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Bravos de León 12, Olmecas de Tabasco 3

2B-3B Brandon Macias batted in five runs to lead the Bravos de León (11-20) to a 12-3 win over the Olmecas de Tabasco (10-20) at Estadio Domingo Santana in León on May 6.

This was the first game for the Bravos' new manager Luis Carlos Rivera and new pitching coach Ray Loya. It was also the first game for 1B Leslie Anderson, who went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and three runs scored.

The Olmecas opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first on a triple by CF Yordanys Linares, who scored on a single by DH Sandy Madera. Olmecas starter LHP Carlos Teller didn't allow a hit until the forth inning. With two out and the bases empty, he walked LF Alfredo Marte. Anderson got the Bravos' first hit of the game. Teller then walked Macias to load the bases, then hit DH Joshua Banuelos to tie the game. The next batter, 3B Miguel Torrero, hit a two-RBI single, and the Bravos led 3-1 after four innings.

The Bravos got a "small ball" run in the fifth. CF Sergio Garcia opened the inning with a single. He moved to second on a hit batter (Teller hit three of them), and third on a line drive out. He then scored on a sacrifice fly by Marte. Teller was relieved by RHP Rodolfo Aguirre after walking the next batter.

Bravos de León 7, Toros de Tijuana 4

C Israel Nunez hit a two-RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie and give the Bravos de León (9-12) a win over the Toros de Tijuana (14-7) at Estadio Domingo Santana in León on April 23. Nunez was followed by SS Hector Hernandez, who hit an RBI double to make the final score 7-4.

RHP Edwin Quirarte to0k the mound for the Toros at the start of the deciding inning. He retired the first two batters he faced, and didn’t retire another one. With two outs and the bases empty, he walked the Bravos’ leading hitter, LF Alfredo Martes. 3B Miguel Torrero hit a single to move Martes to third, and DH Adam Munoz walked to load the bases for Nunez. It was Martes who scored the winning run.

Neither of the starters, LHP Miguel Pena for the Toros and RHP Fernando Villalobos for the Bravos, made it to the fifth inning. The game was scoreless going into the fourth, and Villalobos allowed only one hit over the first three innings. That changed quickly in the top of the fourth. RF Dustin Martin started the inning with a double, LF Cyle Hankerd hit a single, and 3B Alex Liddi hit a single, scoring Martin. CF Corey Brown then hit a three-run home run, chasing Villalobos with the Toros ahead 4-0, but that ended the scoring for the Toros. The Bravos answered with a two-run home run by Munoz, and another two-run home run by CF Rico Noel. The score remained 4-4 until the seventh. The Bravos got double plays in the fifth and seventh.

Interview with Bellevue Coach Duane Monlux

Duane Monlux is the Head Coach of the Bellevue University Bruins. The Bruins finished third at the NAIA Baseball National Championship last season His record at Bellevue over seven seasons is 256-97-3. He was selected as Coach of the Year by the North Star Athletic Association for the 2016 season. This interview took place on February 12, 2017, after the Bruins split a double-header with the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Drovers.

Bob Broughton, courtesyrunner.com: I hadn’t originally planned on talking to you about today’s games [vs. Science and Arts of Oklahoma], but USAO’s got some pitching.

Duane Monlux: Yeah, they do. They had some good arms in both games, and not only that, in the games they played previously. They have some really good starting pitchers, they have the ability to strike people out. They’re a good team. They hit the ball well today, and they’re going to beat a lot of teams, that’s for sure.

BB: We had a lot of balls bobbled by the infielders,but they came up with a couple of big defensive plays in the outfield when they needed them [by RF Randy Ventura]. I’m thinking specifically of the sixth inning of the first game. The right fielder robbed you guys of an extra-base hit, at a point when it really mattered.

DM: Well, we got it back to 4-2, and that would have changed that inning. That was a heck of a play. They played a clean game. They’re a very good baseball team, with good pitching, good hitting, and pretty good defense. They went through the whole nine-inning game with no errors, and they’re absolutely a World Series-caliber team.

Science and Arts of Oklahoma 7, Bellevue 2; Bellevue 1, Science and Arts of Oklahoma 0 (9 innings)

The Bellevue Bruins (3-1, ranked #3 pre-season) and the Science and Arts of Oklahoma Drovers (7-4, ranked #7 pre-season) split a double-header with a stiff wind blowing, at USAO. The Drovers won the first game 7-2, and the Bruins won the second game 1-0. Both games were scheduled for seven innings, but it took nine innings to decide the second game.

First game: The Drovers jumped on starter RHP Todd Nicks for four runs on six hits and three walks in the first two innings. The scoring started with an RBI single by 3B Christian Perez in the bottom of the first. RF Randy Ventura scored on a double play ball, and Frankely Gonzalez hit an RBI single. Nicks walked in a run in the second inning.

The Drovers got an excellent pitching performance from RHP Stephen Wright. He went the seven-inning distance, allowed six hit, struck out nine, and didn’t allow an earned run. The Bruins didn’t get on the board until the fifth inning, when C Jake Browne walked, then scored on an error after a single by 2B Blake Macdonald. Macdonald scored when 3B Matt Evans reached on an error.

Texas Wesleyan 8, Jarvis Christian 7; Texas Wesleyan 8, Jarvis Christian 7

The Texas Wesleyan Rams (5-2) swept a double-header (two eight-inning games) at home against the Jarvis Christian Bulldogs (7-6) by identical scores of 8-7.

First game: The Rams took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by 1B Julio Ibarra (Caracas, Venezuela) and a two-RBI single by C Aidan Laurini. They led the rest of the way. The Bulldogs got one back in the top of the second on an RBI single by DH Chase Martinez, and another in the fourth on a solo home run by C Carlos Andrade. The Rams added another run in the fifth on an RBI single by SS Casey Moses, and two more in the sixth on an RBI single by DH Dylan Measells (Stuttgart, Germany) and Ibarra scoring on a wild pitch. The Rams led 6-2 after six innings.

The Bulldogs got back into it with three runs in the top of the seventh. CF DeAndre McGuire hit a single into left field with two runners on base. The left fielder lost track of the ball. McGuire came all the way around to score, and it was a one-run ball game. The Rams answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh; LF Blake Seaton hit an RBI double, was bunted over to third, then scored on a sacrifice bunt by C Garett Crook.

Midland 9, LSU-Shreveport 8

DH Robert Cummins hit a walkoff RBI single with two out in the bottom of the seventh to give the Midland Warriors a 9-8 come-from-behind victory over the LSU-Shreveport Pilots. The game was part of a tournament hosted by Dallas Christian College.

A stiff wind blowing throughout the game made every fly ball an adventure, and Cummins’ game-winning hit was no exception. It was a high popup that dropped between the first baseman and right fielder.

The Pilots led 8-6 going into the bottom of the seventh, and Pilots reliever LHP Pat Day struck out the first two batters. LF Buddy Balsino walked to keep the Warriors alive. RF Nathan Virgen doubled, then pinch-hitter Chris Foster hit a two-RBI single to tie the game, and he went to second on a wild throw. He was then batted in by Cummins.

Jarvis Christian 9, Tabor 7; Tabor 6, Jarvis Christian 3

The Jarvis Christian Bulldogs (6-4) and the Tabor Bluejays (2-1, ranked #10 pre-season) split two seven-inning games. The Bulldogs won the first game 9-7, and the Bluejays won the nightcap 6-3.

First game: The Bulldogs took a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. RF Christopher White got it started with a one-out single. 2B Alex Garcia walked, then CF DeAndre McGuire laid down a good bunt. So good that Tabor 3B Kyle James had to rush the throw to first. It was off-target, and the result was, McGuire got two RBI on the bunt. McGuire then scored The next batter, 1B Carlos Andrade, walked. DH C.J. Tyler hit an infield single, then LF Spencer Thomas hit a three-run home run.

The Bluejays got two back in the top of the fourth, on RBI singles by DH Blake Standiford and James. C Braxon Byfield hit a sacrifice fly on a good turn at bat in the top of the fifth. The Bulldogs got a run in the bottom of the first when McGuire singled, then scored when a fly ball hit by Thomas was dropped. That made the score 7-3 for the Bulldogs.

The Bluejays tied it in the top of the sixth. 1B Colton Flax hit a leadoff double, and scored when CF Brent McClure hit another double. McClure scored on a single by James. James stole second, then scored on a single by SS Abdiel Alicea (San Juan, Puerto Rico). He scored on a single by RF Jordan Harris, on a good at-bat.

Tabor 7, Wiley 3

The Tabor Bluejays (ranked #10 pre-season) got a win in their season opener, and the Wiley Wildcats are still looking for their first win. This was the Wildcats’ home opener.

The Wildcats had a chance. They took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth (of a seven-inning game) when Jerry Johnson, pinch-running for 3B Ruben Hancock, scored on a squeeze bunt by SS Trevor Spear. Hancock opened the inning with a double. A failed bunt attempt left him at second. He went to third on a single by 2B James Richey, and was replaced by Johnson. The inning ended when C Oswaldo Palacios grounded out, stranding runners at second and third.

The wheels came off in the top of the sixth. The Wildcats brought in reliever RHP Tre’von Thomas. He walked the first batter he faced, SS Abdiel Alicea (San Juan, Puerto Rico). The next batter flied out, then a pickoff throw from the catcher to first base went over the head of the first baseman, and nearly all the way to the right field fence. Alicea scored all the way from first, tieing the game 3-3. C Braxton Byfield, who was at bat, doubled, and was replaced by courtesy runner Kyle James, who went to third on a bad pickoff attempt by Thomas. James scored on a single by 2B Jacob Jones, giving the Bluejays a 4-3 lead. Jones ended up going to third on a passed ball, then scored when a ground ball by CF Brent McClure was bobbled by the shortstop. The inning ended with the score 5-3, and the Bluejays added two more runs in the top of the seventh, when Alicea scored on a wild pitch, and 1B Colton Flax hit an RBI double.

2016 MLB draft

Players from NAIA schools taken in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft:

Pick Round Team Player Story School Pos.
46 2 Milwaukee Brewers Lucas Erceg story Menlo (Calif.) 3B
119 4 Arizona Diamondbacks Curtis Taylor story British Columbia RHP
209 7 Arizona Diamondbacks Jordan Watson   Science & Arts (Okla.) LHP
234 8 San Diego Padres Benjamin Sheckler story Cornerstone (Mich.) LHP
258 9 Cincinnati Reds Alex Webb   British Columbia RHP
266 9 Chicago White Sox Max Dutto   Menlo (Calif.) SS
277 9 Houston Astros Ryan Hartman story Tennessee Wesleyan LHP
309 10 Texas Rangers Josh Merrigan story Georgia Gwinnett OF
379 13 Atlanta Braves Brandon White story Davenport (Mich.) RHP
416 14 Chicago White Sox Bryan Saucedo story Davenport (Mich.) RHP
425 14 San Francisco Giants Conner Menez story The Master's (Calif.) LHP
445 15 Detroit Tigers John Schreiber story Northwestern Ohio RHP
464 15 Chicago Cubs Jed Carter story Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) RHP
474 16 San Diego Padres Chris Mattison story Southeastern (Fla.) C
480 16 New York Mets Jacob Zanon story Lewis-Clarke State (Idaho) CF
575 19 San Francisco Giants Brandon Van Horn   The Master's (Calif.) SS
604 20 Washington Nationals Jake Barnett   Lewis-Clarke State (Idaho) LHP
694 23 Washington Nationals Michael Rishwain story Westmont (Calif.) RHP
708 24 Cincinnati Reds Bruce Yari story British Columbia 1B
744 25 San Diego Padres Luis Anguizola   Loyola (La.) C
778 26 Boston Red Sox Jared Oliver   Truett-McConnell RHP
799 27 Atlanta Braves Corbin Clouse   Davenport (Mich.) LHP
801 27 Milwaukee Brewers Nick Cain   Faulkner (Ala.) RF
860 29 Colorado Rockies Josh Shelley   Mobile (Ala.) RHP
886 29 St. Louis Cardinals Noel Gonzalez   Lewis-Clarke State (Idaho) RHP
903 30 Minnesota Twins Quin Grogan   Lewis-Clarke State (Idaho) RHP
909 30 Texas Rangers Christian Torres   Faulkner (Ala.) LHP
922 31 Oakland Athletics Sam Sheehan   Westmont (Calif.) RHP
953 32 Miami Marlins Chevis Hoover   Tennessee Wesleyan RHP
965 32 San Francisco Giants John Timmins   Bellevue (Neb.) RHP
969 32 Texas Rangers Travis Bolin   Davenport (Mich.) OF
976 32 St. Louis Cardinals Leland Tilley   Bellevue (Neb.) RHP
982 33 Oakland Athletics Jarrett Costa   Westmont (Calif.) C
999 33 Texas Rangers Mark Vasquez   Faulkner (Ala.) RHP
1056 35 Los Angeles Angels Sean Issac   Vanguard (Calif.) RHP
1086 36 Los Angeles Angels Jose Rojas   Vanguard (Calif.) SS
1121 37 Los Angeles Dodgers Enrique Zamora   Calument (Ind.) RHP
1134 38 San Diego Padres Will Solomon   Georgia Gwinnett LHP
1161 39 Milwaukee Brewers Jose Gomez   St. Thomas (Fla.) CF


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