Saturday, 11 May 2013 22:08

2013 Opening Round Results, part I

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Seven of the nine Opening Round brackets were decided today, and two “if necessary” games will be played on Monday, May 13.

Sterling 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.

The 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 (story). 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.

York is 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 (story). 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.

The 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.

Northwood is located in Cedar Hill, TX, and has 773 students. They have 12 varsity sports.

The 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).

The 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.

Lee won 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 the game.

Embry-Riddle will 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.

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Bob Broughton started going to British Columbia home games in 2001, and was favorably impressed with the caliber of play. This led to annual trips to the NAIA Baseball National Championship in Lewiston, ID, a nine-hour drive from Vancouver. He retired in Guanajuato, Mexico in 2012.


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