Payton Tolle was at home Thursday when he pitched six innings to propel the two-time defending champion Santa Barbara Foresters to the semifinals of the Baseball National Congress World Series.
The budding two-way star of the Wichita State baseball team capitalized on their home-court advantage by playing at Eck Stadium in the first round of the knockout game, as Santa Barbara led the Mansfields (Texas) TBT Ballers in an 8-0 win after seven innings.
Tolle, a 6-foot-6 southpaw, allowed just three hits and struck out one in his first performance for the California All-Star Team. The Foresters take on the Seattle Studs in Friday’s semifinal at 8:30 p.m. at Eck Stadium in a matchup featuring two programs that have won 10 of the last 11 NBC World Series titles.
The former Jayhawk League programs face off in Friday’s semifinal at 6 p.m., as the Hays Larks take on the Liberal Bee Jays for the right to play Saturday’s championship game at 7 p.m.
For the Foresters, Nate Rombach, a standout Dallas Baptist, continued his hot play in the tournament with a 2-RBI base rule double in the first inning, then scored on wild pitch to give Santa Barbara the first lead 3-0. .
With Tolle silencing the Ballers’ bats, Santa Barbara was able to end the game in the bottom of the seventh inning on a 3-RBI brace to left field by Hunter Ensley, an outfielder who just finished his freshman season in a shirt red in Tennessee.
Seattle Studs 2, Hutchinson Monarchs 1
The tournament pitching duel, the Studs and Monarchs were tied 1-1 until the 14th inning when Seattle gave up a run for the win.
After Braeden Terry led the start of the 14th inning for Seattle with a single and then advanced to second base on an error, William DeForest clipped a ground fly across the left side of the infield to tag Terry for what was to come. become the winning point.
Hutchinson scored the tying run at first base with two outs on a Hunter Autrey single, but the rally would end there thanks to Seattle reliever Roy Robles’ seventh and final strikeout, who pitched five scoreless innings with a hit allowed in relief to starter Anthony Brady, who pitched the first nine innings.
It was a devastating result for Hutchinson reliever William Maynard, who pitched the last eight innings of the game and struck out 12 batters.
Hutchinson’s only run of the game came in the first inning when Lane Brewster led off with a triple and then scored on an RBI single by Olathe native and Wichita State rookie Alex Birge. Seattle tied the run in the top of the second inning before the teams traded 11 consecutive frames of scoreless baseball.
Hays Larks 5, Lonestar Baseball Club 2
Hays broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh inning, as he scored two runs in consecutive innings to pull away.
Texas Arlington star Hunter Rosson hit a solo home run, while Tennessee shortstop Austen Jaslove delivered a 2 RBI single. Starter Brady Rose, a Baptist pitcher from Dallas, picked up the win by allowing just one earned run over seven innings with six strikeouts.
Liberal Bee Jays 6, Haysville Aviators 1
Liberal exploded for all six runs in the final three innings to recover from a 1-0 deficit to advance to the semifinals.
Daylan Pena (Texas State), Zach Yorke (Grand Canyon) and Tyce Armstrong (Texas Arlington) all had RBI hits in the top of the seventh inning to give the Liberals a 3-1 lead. Cooper Hext, a McNeese State outfielder, homered a two-run homer in the ninth inning to provide the final score line.
Despite finishing with 13 hits (one more than the Liberal), Haysville only managed one run with all nine batters finishing with one hit. Paul Wittman, Trent Mallonee, Drake Girard and Austin Warkins all finished with two hits.
SummerBall Showdown moves to knockout matches
The 20-team summer baseball tournament at the Genesis Sports Complex in Goddard concluded its seeding games Thursday, with the knockout game beginning Friday.
The El Dorado Walnuts, Kansas Cannons, Park City Rangers, Corn Belt Omaha, Dirtbag Baseball Club and PSCL Select were the six teams to finish 2-0 in blind matches to start the week.
The quarter-final matches will be played on Saturday evening, while the semi-finals will be played at 1 p.m. on Sunday with the championship match starting at 7 p.m. the same evening with a live DJ and karaoke.
Friday SummerBall Showdown Schedule
1:00 p.m. – Wichita Black Sox vs. ICT Avengers, Field 1
2 – US Military Wardogs vs. 316 Baseball, Field 2
2—Mid-Crest Cougars vs. Valley Center Mud Daubers, Field 5
3—Cluckers Baseball vs. McPherson Pipeliners, field 3
4—Great Bend Batcats vs Hefner Lake Pelicans Field 1
5—Wellington Heat vs. Midwest Moos, Field 2
5—Dirtbag Baseball vs Kansas Curve Field 5
6—PSCL Select vs. Newton Rebels, Field 3
7—Wichita Black Sox-ICT Avengers winner vs. Corn Belt Omaha, Field 1
8—U.S. Military Wardogs-316 Baseball Winner vs. El Dorado Walnuts, Field 2
8—Mid-Crest Pumas-Valley Center Mud Daubers winner vs. Kansa Cannons, Field 5
9—Cluckers Baseball-McPherson Pipeliners winner over Park City Rangers, Field 3