Butler County Times Gazette
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  • WICHITA — It was another Elimination Monday at the National Baseball Congress World Series with three second-round elimination games at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita.
    The San Diego Waves edged the Wellington Heat 7-6 and the Valley Center Diamond Dawgs downed the St. Joseph Mustangs 8-5. The Arvada Colts and Fairbanks Goldpanners game was still in progress at deadline.
    Becker Sankey had an RBI single for San Diego in the first inning. Christian Johnson drove in a run with a single in the second inning.
    Tony Piazza and Kirk Rocha each had RBI hits for Wellington in the first inning. Luke Doyle and Rocha each had an RBI hit in the third inning.
    The Waves took the lead with five runs in the top of the fifth. Jordan Varga and Nolan Barraza each hit an RBI triple in the inning. Sankey hit an RBI double. Andrew McWilliam drove in a run on a ground out.
    Michael Finocchario drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
    Haysville got back in the game with a run in the sixth inning and another in the seventh, but left three runners on base total in the last two innings.
    Jeff Neptune threw 6 2-3 innings for the Waves, allowing six runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts. Emelio Esquibel finished the game for the save. Tyler Clancy took the loss in relief of Brandon Morris.
    Barraza went three for four hitting for San Diego. Varga and Johnson both finished two for four. Roberto Martinez and Sankey both went two for five.
    Doyle finished three for four hitting for Wellington. Rocha finished two for three. Nick Billinger went two for four. Piazza went two for five.
    Valley Center scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to snap a 5-5 tie. With bases loaded and one out, Jake Schleppenbach drew a walk, Justin Harris drove in a run on an error and Jordan Harris drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. All three runs were unearned.
    Valley Center was outhit 14-4, but the Mustangs had five errors. Kaylem Quinn drove in two runs for the Diamond Dawgs.
    Brandon Huske and Joe Koerper each went two for four hitting for St. Joseph. Huske drove in two runs. Koerper, Francisco Alvarez and Eric Wilcoxson each drove in one run.
    C.J. Gregorey posted the win for Valley Center in relief of Tom Bailey. Austin Aspegren took the loss for the Mustangs.

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