Seven of the nine
Opening Round brackets were decided today, and two “if necessary”
games will be played on Monday, May 13.
was the first team to qualify
for this year's National Championship tournament. They won the
Oklahoma City bracket by defeating Oklahoma City 1-0
in the final. Steven Cazares pitched a three-hit shutout for the
Warriors. The only run of the game came on an RBI single by C Ian
Josh in the second inning.
Warriors got to the final by defeating Science and Arts of
Oklahoma 8-5, and Jamestown
13-3. DH Andrew Clark hit a
grand slam home run against USAO; Daniel Cloteaux got the win,
despite allowing 13 hits and walking four in six inning of work
The Warriors got six runs in the first inning against Jamestown, led
by a bases-loaded triple by 3B Anthony Feliciano. Feliciano, from
Bayamon, Puerto Rico, had a total of six RBI for the game. The
Warriors used four pitchers, gave up 14 hits (story).
This will be
Sterling's first-ever appearance in the National Championship
tournament. The school is located in Sterling, KS. It has 674
students, and supports 16 varsity sports.
also making their first trip to the National Championship tournament.
They won the Joliet bracket, defeating Judson 4-3
in the final. The Panthers trailed 3-1 going into the bottom of the
eighth, but they tied it with a two-RBI single by CF Matt Owen, and
he scored the winning run on a wild pitch. Julio Angulo got the win
in relief, but it was Tyler Molder who kept the Panthers in the game,
allowed three runs over seven innings. Aaron Conyers, who pitched a
complete game shutout against Judson the previous day, got a save
Conyers has not allowed an earned run in 43 innings. The Panthers
defeated Mayville State 5-1
in their first game, with the help of three unearned runs. Thomas Korn
got the win, went seven innings, struck out eight (story).
Located in York,
NE, York has 471 students, supports 12 varsity sports.
Northwood (TX) will
be the third set of new faces for the fans in Lewiston. The Knights
defeated Oklahoma Baptist 7-4
in the final of the Hattiesburg bracket. They got all the runs they
needed (all six of them unearned) in the first inning. A dropped fly
ball and a misplayed grounder set up a two-RBI double by 2B Isaac
Maturino. A wild pitch brought in the third run, RF Joee Reyna hit an
RBI single for run #4, and 3B Logan Brumley hit a two-RBI single for
the winning run. Clayton Woodruff got the win in relief, went six
innings, allowed one run on five hits, struck out seven.
Knights defeated South Carolina-Beaufort 7-5
and host William Carey 9-0
earlier in the tournament. Four pitchers combined for the four-hit
shutout against William Carey, which was a close game until the
Knights scored five runs in the top of the eighth. Roman Gomez, who
pitched 6 1/3 innings, and allowed all four hits, got the win.
is located in Cedar Hill, TX, and has 773 students. They have 12
Sooner Athletic Conference will be represented by Rogers
State, who defeated Lubbock
Christian 8-4 in the final. The
Hillcats got the winning run on an RBI single by 2B Hector Rivera in
the top of the sixth, pulled away with three runs in the top of the
eighth, two of them on an RBI single by SS Jose Olazagasti. Kyle
Duncan went the distance for the Hillcats. Attendance: 557 (story).
Hillcats were the fourth seed in the Claremore bracket. They defeated
Midland 8-4 in their
first game, defeated Lubbock 7-5, and Lyon 16-2.
Brandon Bargas went the distance in the first win against Lubbock,
allowed four earned runs on ten hits, struck out eight. This game
drew 501 fans, and it was the first win for the Hillcats against the
Chaparrals this season (story).
The Master's will
be making their second trip to Lewiston; the first one was in 2000.
The Mustangs defeated San Diego Christian 11-7
in the final. The Mustangs shut out Tabor
1-0 in the first game of the tournament which they hosted. A.J. Work
went the distance, scattered seven hits and three walks, struck out
six. 3B Cody Harris hit an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth for
the only run of the game (story).
The Mustangs defeated SDCC 3-1 in the second game. James Scott got
the win, went seven innings, allowed four hits, struck out four. RF
Chris Talley hit a home run for the winning run (story).
The Mustangs got five runs in the seventh inning to pull away from
the final, which drew 455 fans. CF Caleb Halvorson hit a two-RBI
single, SS Jonathan Popadics hit a two-RBI double, and LF Steven
Karkenny hit an RBI single.
the bracket that they hosted, and the Flames will be making their
seventh trip to Lewiston during the seven seasons that Mark Brew has
been the Head Coach. They defeated Avila 12-3
in the first game, Madonna 9-2
in the second, and Avila again 14-0 in the final. Four pitchers
combined for the shutout in the final; Clint Terry got the win, went
five innings, allowed three hits, struck out five. C Danny Canela hit
a three-run home run in the top of the first inning, had four RBI for
be making their sixth straight trip to Lewiston, and their eleventh
in the past twelve years. To get there, they swept through the
bracket that they hosted, which was probably the toughest of the nine
brackets. They defeated Ave Maria 7-6,
#17 Concordia-Irvine 7-6,
and #22 Lindsey Wilson 6-5
in the final. Kevin Maloney went the distance against Ave Maria,
allowed nine hits, struck out eight (story).
Embry-Riddle led Concordia 5-2 going into the ninth inning. Concordia
scored four runs in the top of the ninth to take a 6-5 lead, but
courtesy runner Connor Williams scored the tying run on a ground out
by pinch-hitter Dillon Ennis, and SS Jordan Romero hit an RBI double
to win it. Jon Rapose, who came in to put out the fire in the top of
the ninth, got the win; he three five pitches, and struck out one of
the two batters he faced (story).
The Eagles led the final 6-0 after four innings, but had to hang on
as Lindsey Wilson got three runs in the top of the seventh, and two
more in the top of the eighth to make it a one-run ball game.
However, the eighth inning ended with a strikeout by Rapose followed by a baserunner caught trying to steal second.
Maloney came on in the top of the ninth, retired all three batters he
faced, and added a save to his win against Ave Maria (story).
The three games drew 963 fans.
Defending champion and #8
Tennessee Wesleyan and #20 Missouri Baptist will be
playing the “if necessary” game on Monday to decide the Kingsport
bracket. Missouri Baptist defeated the Bulldogs 6-3 in the first
final game. The Spartans led by 3-1 going into the ninth inning. 3B
Joseph Taylor hit a two-RBI single in the top of the ninth to give
the Spartans the winning run, and C Garrett Vail hit another RBI
single to make it 6-1. The Bulldogs got two back in the bottom of the
ninth, and had runners on second and third when the game ended on a
ground out. Mike Avila, who went 8 1/3 innings, got the win (story).
There will be
another “if necessary” game played in the Montgomery bracket.
Bracket host and #1-ranked Faulkner lost 4-2 (10 innings) to
#16 Texas Wesleyan in their second game of the tournament. LF
Henry Yates hit a two-run home run in the top of the tenth to win it
for the Rams, before a crowd of 400. Patrick Stanley got the win, but
starter Cory Bafidis went eight innings for the Rams, allowed two
runs (both in the first inning) on five hits, struck out six (story).
The Eagles defeated Indiana Tech 15-2 to set up the rematch
with the Rams; Jeremy Holcombe got the win, struck out eight batters
in seven innings. In the first final game, Julian Esquibel went the
distance, allowed five hits, struck out 15, didn't walk a
batter. The Eagles' winning run came on a balk in the sixth
inning. They got another run in the sixth on an RBI bunt by LF
Esteban Paula, then got five more runs in the seventh, led by a
two-run home run by C Zac Colby. The listed attendance for this game
was also 400.