By Mark Schnabel
WICHITA — The Seattle Studs stayed alive in the National Baseball Congress World Series with a 12-2 win over the San Antonio Angels Tuesday in Wichita.
The game was halted after seven innings on the eight-run rule.
Seattle starter Geoff Brown went six innings for the win, allowing two runs, on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Ben Ruff finished the game, giving up a pair of hits with two outs.
Seattle’s Ryan Burdick hit a two-run shot to left field with one out in the top of the first. Burdick added an RBI single in the top of the third. Dylan LaValle added a two-run RBI triple. Kyle Sutherland drove in LaValle on a single.
The Studs added three runs in the top of the fourth, all with two outs. Lorin Archibald and LaValle each had an RBI single. Another run scored on a wild pitch.
San Antonio finally got in the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth. Ty Reynolds drove in a run on a ground out. Gavin Herrera had an RBI single.
San Antonio prevented the run rule from kicking in in the top of the sixth with a 6-4-3-5 triple play.
An error in the top of the seventh led to three runs for the Studs.
Nicholas Hamel went four innings for San Antonio, 0-2, giving up a runs on 10 hits with a walk and three strikeout. Jose Diaz and Cameron Jones finished the game.
Archibald went three for four for Seattle. Budnick finished two for four with three RBIs. LaValle went two for three with three RBIs.
Mark Frankenhouser went three for four for San Antonio. Herrera went two for three.
In the opening game of the day, Mike Leal hit an RBI single in the top of the 12th inning to lead the Mulvane Patriots to a 5-4 win over the USA National Team.
Team USA is actually the University of Iowa baseball team, which will be playing later this month at the World University Games in Tokyo and is using the NBC World Series as a tune-up for that tournament.
Team USA fell to 0-2 in the NBC.
Team USA was hampered by four errors.
Team USA scored in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI triple by Robert Neustrom. In the top of the second, Mulvane struck back with an RBI double by Adam Brown. Hunter Aguirre walked and scored.
Matt Hoeg tied the game for Team USA in the sixth inning on an RBI double. Neustrom added an RBI double in the seventh.
Mulvane scored in the top of the ninth on an error. Javis Larson posted an RBI single in the top of the 10th.
Team USA stayed alive in the bottom of the 10th when Grant Judkins grounded into a fielder’s choice to drive in a run.
Team USA loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 12th, but a pair of pop fly balls ended the game.
Larson and Leal each had two hits for Mulvane.
Ben Norman, Kyle Crowl, Neustrom and Tyler Cropley, the first four batters in the Team USA lineup, had two hits each. Spots five through nine in the lineup went collectively one for 26 hitting.
Judkins took the loss for Team USA, the fourth pitcher used by the team. Starter Brady Schanuel went four innings, allowing two runs on two hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
Mulvane starter Noah Draper lasted six innings, allowing two runs on three hits with five walks and five strikeouts. Ryan Bailey threw four innings of relief for the win, allowing a run on four hits with a pair of strikeouts. Sloan Baker inherited two runners on base in the bottom of the 12th, but retired the side, hitting one batter, for the save.
83rd National Baseball
Congress World Series
Mulave Patriots 5,
USA National Team 4
Draper, Price 7, Bailey (W, 1-0) 8, Baker (S, 1) 12 and Herring; Schanuel, Lizarraga 5, Daniels 9, Judkins (L, 0-1) 12 and Copley. Time — 3:18.
Seattle Studs 12,
San Antonio Angels 2
(7 innings, run rule)
Brown (W, 1-0), Ruff 7 and Sutherland; Hamel (L, 0-1), Jones 5, Diaz 7 and Wilkinson. HR — SB: Budnick (2). Time — 1:48.
Cheney Diamond Dawgs vs. Hays Larks, late
San Diego Waves vs. Wellington Heat, late
1 p.m. Colorado Cyclones vs. Everett Merchants
3:30 p.m. Colorado Sox vs. Santa Barbara Foresters
7 p.m. Liberal Bee Jays vs. Kansas Stars
9:30 p.m. San Diego Force vs. Derby Twins
Kansas Stars 2-0
Everett Merchants 1-1
Colorado Cyclones 1-1
Liberal BeeJays 0-2
Hays Larks 1-0
Cheney Diamond Dawgs 1-0
Seattle Studs 1-1
San Antonio Angels 0-2
Santa Barbara Foresters 2-0
San Diego Force 1-1
Derby Twins 1-1
Colorado Sox 0-2
San Diego Waves 1-0
Wellington Heat 1-0
Mulvane Patriots 1-1
USA National Team 0-2