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March Madness is over and baseball is finally here!! Kevin Jenks won our NCAA Tournament office pool by picking some team out of Pennsylvania. Eddie was out of the competition early due to a team from Wichita meeting up against a herd of Green.

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March Newsletter is out!

March Madness is here!!! Who is your favorite team? Laces and the staff will be competing in a Bracket Challenge, and the great thing about it, our fans can win free tickets to the 2018 NBC World Series by following us on Facebook.

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2017 NBC All-Americans

NBC All-Americans Announced for 2017


WICHITA, Kan. – The 2017 NBC All-Americans all had important hands in advancing their teams through the 83rd NBC World Series powered by Westar Energy.


Advancement, or winning, played a huge factor in shaping the 2017 All-American Team as the Cheney Diamond Dawgs and Mulvane Patriots played the most games in the World Series and wound up with the most representatives.


Here is the All-American team for the 83rd NBC World Series powered by Westar Energy:


Catchers (2):

Dalton Dinkel (Mulvane Patriots) earned the Just Block It Catcher Award after throwing out all four attempted base stealers against him. Dinkel had a NBCWS high 56 putouts as well. Dinkel also held his own at the plate with a whopping .417 average, scoring five times and driving in six while helping to advance the Patriots through the First Week, Win & In, and the Championship pool play rounds.


Caleb Cox (Mulvane Patriots) was just as productive offensively as his teammate, smashing a .533 average with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Cox posted the highest slugging percentage of any catcher throughout the 16 day stretch.


First Baseman (1):

Jake Levin (Everett Merchants) put on a show in the addidas Home Run Derby with moonshots to finish in second place out of the fourteen participants. In game, Levin was a stabilizing force in the middle of the Merchants’ lineup on their way to a runner-up finnish. Levin drove in four runs for Everett while leading all first baseman with a .438 average and a .471 on base percentage.


Second Baseman (1):

Hank LoForte (Santa Barbara Foresters) served as an ignitor for the Foresters three wins, tallying a .533 average while scoring four runs. LoForte reached base ten times in seventeen plate appearances while swiping a pair of bases. He also registered nearly five assists per game, plenty of them beyond the realm of routine, two more than any other infielder in the World Series.


Third Baseman (1):

Adam Brown (Mulvane Patriots) was among the most clutch hitters throughout the World Series, delivering RBI when Mulvane needed them most. Brown was one of only two players in the entire World Series to get to double digits in RBI, driving in 10 with 11 hits. Brown finished with three doubles and struck out just one time in 33 at bats.


Shortstop (1):

Alex Lyon (Wellington Heat) displayed spectacular instincts in the field without committing an error and lead all shorstops with a .455 batting average while also driving in 8 runs. He was a primary force in the Wellington lineup and an anchor defensively for the Heat in the field.

Outfield (3):

Tresten Kennard (Cheney Diamond Dawgs) swatted the baseball around Lawrence-Dumont Stadium en route to a World Series high 11 RBI. Kennard powered the middle of the Diamond Dawgs Lineup on their way to a Series high 8 wins while scoring eight times and hitting a pair of doubles and a pair of triples. Kennard finished with nine games played and a .448 average.


Nik Gonzalez (Northwest Boom) was an offensive lightning round for the lone representative from Arizona. Gonzalez fell a homer shy of the cycle but still roped three doubles and a triple while posting a .923 slugging percentage, the highest of the 2017 World Series. Gonzalez finished with seven hits in thirteen at-bats (.538) and scored five times in just three games.


Colton Barrington (Austin Shockers) was perhaps the biggest standout on an Austin Shockers team that earned the Best Offensive Team award. Barrington went 7-15 (.467) while scoring five times and driving in four runs in just four games.



Utility (2):

Landon Riker (Seattle Studs) sparked the Seattle Studs lineup to the tune of a 5-10 World Series. Riker was a constant threat on the bases, driving in three runs and walking three times as well.


Jacob Boston (Hays Larks) was in the middle of the fray for the Larks no matter where he hit or played defensively. Boston logged time in both the outfield and infield for Hays while still roping a .474 average, driving in four and scoring three times. Boston also delivered a pair of doubles.


Designated Hitter (1):

Brennan Fontenot (Great Bend Bat Cats) delivered just about every time he was at the plate for the Bat Cats, swatting a .471 average with five extra base hits. Fontenot’s .941 slugging percentage led all hitters.


Pitchers (5):

Blair Henley (Santa Barbara Foresters) was dominant in his turn to start for the Santa Barbara Foresters. Henley tossed seven scoreless inning and scattered four baserunners while punching out seven hits.


Bradley Demco (Cheney Diamond Dawgs) came in key situations for the Diamond Dawgs throughout the World Series and delivered almost every time. Demco was nearly unhittable in his first three appearances while he racked up two wins, a save, and 19 strikeouts in twelve innings of work.


Dalton Shelberg (San Diego Force) had a start for the ages in the San Diego Force’s 17 inning marathon to open up Championship Week. Shelberg tossed ten scorless innings, only allowing one hit and two walks while striking out 8. Despite earning the combined shutout effort, Shelberg still only lasted half of the game but was the primary reason the Force were able to capture the win.


Ryan Semon (San Diego Waves) played a crucial role in helping the Waves win their pool during Championship Week. Semon tossed seven scoreless innings over two relief outings while picking up one save and only allowing five baserunners.


Pete Irvin (Everett Merchants) kept the Everett Merchants in winning position in all of three starts. Irvin worked around hits, while starting half of the Merchants games. Irvin tossed 14 innings and posted 12 strikeouts.


Manager (1):

Pat Hon (Cheney Diamond Dawgs) led a Cheney team that remained unbeaten from the very opening day of First Week all the way until the semifinals on August 5th. The Diamond Dawgs notched 8 wins and survived two elimination games.



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Quarterfinals Matchups taking Shape

Quarterfinal Matchups

WICHITA, Kan. – The Quarterfinals have their first two matchups set with the final two pairings being decided with the results of Thursdays matchup.

The Kansas Stars (3-0) won Pool A outright and will take on the Derby Twins (1-2) after they nabbed the second spot in Pool C. The Stars and Twins will play the feature game on Friday night at 7pm. Chipper Jones is expected to play through the remainder of the World Series. Tickets are available at Select-A-Seat or at the Lawrence-Dumont Stadium Box Office.

The second matchup will feature the winner of Pool C, the Santa Barbara Foresters (3-0) playing the Everett Merchants (2-1), who have only lost to the Stars en route to a second place finish in Pool A. The time of that game will be announced after all matchups are set.

Two more teams have already qualified for the Quarterfinals as the Cheney Diamond Dawgs (2-0 and in action against the San Antonio Angels now) won Pool B and await the winner of the 9:30pm game on Thursday between the Mulvane Patriots (1-1) and the Wellington Heat (1-1) out of Pool D.

The Pool D winners, the San Diego Waves (2-0) will play the winner of the 7pm feature game Thursday night between the Hays Larks (1-1) and Seattle Studs (1-1) out of Pool B.

The Santa Barbara/Everett, Cheney game, and San Diego Waves game will all be assigned times on Friday at either 1:00pm, 3:30pm, or 9:30pm.

Friday’s Quarterfinals are presented by PEC and the Midwest Hearing Hot Dog Eating Contest will take place before the feature game.

Purchase tickets at Select-A-Seat or at the Lawrence-Dumont Stadium Box Office.

August 1st-Recap

Mulvane Patriots 5, USA National Team 4

Robert Neustrom got Team USA off to a great start with a first inning triple but it was quickly erased when Aaron Brown drove in two with a double in the top of the second. USA would answer with a run in the sixth on an RBI double from Tyler Crowl and then took the lead on another Neustrom RBI in the seventh. Mulvane wouldn’t go away though, forcing extra innings in the ninth. The Patriots added one in the tenth that was answered immediately in the bottom of the inning. It was a twelfth inning run that ended up being the difference but not before some trouble. The National Team put two guys on without any outs before Sloan Baker escaped trouble and preserved the win.

Seattle Studs 12, San Antonio Angels 2

The Studs seemed intent on breaking out the sticks early and Ryan Budnick was right in the middle of it with a two run homer in the bottom of the first, becoming the first player in this series to hit multiple home runs. Dylan LaVelle added three RBI including a triple and scored onece in the run-rule shortened win. Geoff Brown tossed six solid innings to qualify for the W, only allowing two runs.

Cheney Diamond Dawgs 7, Hays Larks 3

The Diamond Dawgs continue their roll with a tournament leading 6th win on Tuesday night. Austin Gehle held the Larks quiet for 5.2, enough time for the offense to roll with a two run homer by Daniel Richardson and a solo shot from Jackson Glenn. Tresten Kennard continued his incredible series with a four hit night in five at bats while scoring twice. He’s hitting .478 for the World Series. Bradley Demco pitched 3.1 for the save and to set aside the spot for the Diamond Dawgs in the quarterfinals.

San Diego Waves 8, Wellington Heat 7

The Heat put up crooked number in the second and third with four different players each contributed an RBI in the early rallies. But the Waves would not go away thanks to a host of hitters. First, San Diego tied the game at four while Eric Del Prado drove in two and Brandon Stewart added an RBI from the leadoff spot. But it was Trevor Beard who came up the biggest. The Waves fell behind 7-4 before tying it in the bottom of the eighth. Beard then delivered a walk-off single with a runner on second to break the tie and give the Waves a win at 1:30am on Wednesday morning.

adidas Home Run Derby


John McMillon-Santa Barbara Foresters

Ryan Budnick-Seattle Studs

Colton Onstott-Liberal Bee Jays

Robert Neustrom-USA National Team

Colin Simpson-Hays Larks

Colin Nevil-Derby Twins

Jake Levin-Everett Merchants

Tanner Pinkston-San Diego Force


First Round Homers:

Cheney Diamond Dawgs Trestan Kennard 1

Colorado Cyclones Tyler Neeley 2

Colorado Sox Tallon Schaler 1

Derby Twins Colin Nevil 6

Everett Merchants Jake Levin 6

Hays Larks Colin Simpson 6

Liberal Bee Jays Colton Onstott 7

Mulvane Patriots Zach Allen 1

San Antonio Angels Mark Frankhouser 3

San Diego Force Tanner Pinkston 4

San Diego Waves Jordan Mopas 2

Santa Barbara Foresters John McMillon 10

Seattle Studs Ryan Budnick 7

Team USA Robert Neustrom 7

65 Total Home Runs on Tuesday during the first round of the adidas

Home Run Derby

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Derby Twins 6, Colorado Sox 4

After trailing by 1, Derby strung together a three run top of the seventh but lost the handle heading into the ninth. The Colorado Sox scored one in the seventh and two in the eighth to make it a 4-3 game in the top of the ninth. Needing a run, the Twins found it to send it to extras where Cooper Minnick provided the game winning hit. The Twins will battle the San Diego Force on Wednesday for a chance to move to bracket play.

Colorado Cyclones 3, Liberal Bee Jays 1

Matt Burkart had a pair of doubles that turned into two runs for the Colorado Cyclones. Braxton Lorenzini tossed five inning of one run ball while the bullpen held the Bee Jays scoreless for four innings. The Cyclones will battle the Merchants on Wednesday for the second spot coming out of pool A.

Kansas Stars 10, Everett Merchants 1

Andy LaRoche hit a three run homer in the first to provide all the runs the Stars would need. Roy Halladay was dominant in three innings of work. Ben Sheets backed him up with three scoreless frames and Brian Gordan recorded the final three outs.

Santa Barbara Foresters 4, San Diego Force 0

David Clawson’s two run homer was enough offense for the pitching heavy Foresters as Blair Henley was excellent for seven solid frames.Wichita State product Luke Ritter also added an RBI for the Foresters. Tanner Pinkston was 2-4 in the loss for the Force.

Comebacks and Longstanding Record Tied-July 30 Recap

Hays Larks 6, San Antonio Angels 0

The Larks jumped out on familiar turf and never looked back. The 2016 runners up came out agressively and banked two runs thanks to Keone Givens triple. Clayton Rasbeary scored twice with a pair of hits including a solo homer. Alex Lopez was the stabilizer for the Larks going eight strong innings while scattering seven hits and walking just one.

San Diego Waves 7, Mulvane Patriots 5

Although Mulvane created intrigue with a four run sixth inning, the San Diego Waves had already staked themselves to a four run lead in the first. Eric Del Prado was the run producer with three RBI singles to create the difference. Meanwhile, teammate Jordan Mopas tied an 83 year old record by getting hit by a pitch three times.

Cheney Diamond Dawgs 9, Seattle Studs 8

The Diamond Dawgs have a couple of heartbreaking losses to the Seattle Studs over the lengthy histories of both teams. But the Diamond Dawgs were the heart breakers on Sunday. Trailing 8-2 before the sixth, Cheney struck for four runs in the inning to cut the defecit to two. Cheney struck for one in the eighth and then two in the ninth before holding on for the victory behind Connor Queen’s 4.1 scoreless innings of relief. Grant Devore led the offense with four hits including a game-opening double in which he scored on a biazrre play that saw the relay man bounce a ball of his nearest teammate’s head.

Wellington Heat 7, USA 3

The Heat caught the attention of all World Series participants with an offensive onslaught. Mike Lowe was in the middle of the action for the Heat as they lead for a majority of the game.

Championship Week Gets Started with Two Games in One

Sunday’s Events

10::00 Gates Open

11:00 San Antonio vs. Hays

1:30 Mulvane vs. San Diego

4:00 Cheney vs. Seattle

7:00 Wellington vs. USA

7:00 Stars & Stripes Concert


Saturday’s Scores

San Diego Force 3, Colorado Sox 0

If the saying that pitching and defense wins championships is true, both San Diego and Colorado displayed plenty of both in a 17 inning marathon to kick off Championship Week. San Diego had plenty of opportunities to back Dalton Shelberg who threw ten scoreless innings. Tanner Pinkston and Tyler Plantier each had three hits but it was the run produced by Trevor Abrams that broke the stalemate. San Diego will play Santa Barbara on Monday. The 17 innings matches the marathon played last season by the Kansas Stars and Hays Larks for amount of zeros before a score.

Everett Merchants 5, Liberal Bee Jays 4

Jake Levin was the primary run producer as the Merchants staved off the Liberal Bee Jays.John Samons picked up the win with 2.2 innings of work while holding the Bee Jays to just a run.Garrett Scott was 4-4 in the loss for Liberal.

Kansas Stars 3, Colorado Cyclones 2

The Stars appeared enamored with Cyclones starter Brent Jones as the righty threw six scoreless innings against a collection of Major League Veterans. Jones only allowed three hits and utilized his defense expertly. But the Stars struck for all their runs in the ninth inning when Brandon Inge doubled in a run to tie the game before Dan Uggla and Mat Diaz added RBI. The Stars pitching staff showed its power as Roy Oswalt, Jason Marquis, Brett Tomko, Joe Nathan, and Heath Bell combined to hold the Cylcones to just one run.

Santa Barbara Foresters 6, Derby Twins 4

Hank LaFort was solid in the field but made his presence felt offensively with a 3-3 night while scoring two runs.Steven Coe contributed two hits as well as the Foresters backed Evan Lee. Lee went 5.2 and picked up the win in a game that started at 11:40pm.





Win & In Recap

Cheney 5, Great Bend 3

Down three  to zero  after 5, the Diamond Dawgs got a run back in the top of the 6th and scored two in the seventh to force extra innings. For Great Bend, starter Gyenonglu Kim was excellent for six innings before giving way to the bullpen with a lead in the seventh. But Bradley Demco was dominant in relief for the Cheney Diamond Dawgs and turned the tide long enough for the offense to get back into one. Demco threw 5.1 scoreless innings of relief while striking out seven and only allowing two hits. Phil Ingram had three hits and Travis Young scored twice to seal the win. The Cheney Diamond Dawgs have qualified for Championship Week with a game set for Sunday at 4pm against the Seattle Studs.

Mulvane Patriots 5, Austin Shockers 1

Ryan Erickson held the Shockers silent but it was Channing Williams who stole the game in the top of the ninth with a clean steal of home to produce the winning run. Dalton Dinkle added a two run double to open up the score. Erickson sealed what was ruled as a one hitter, the lone blemish being a fourth inning. Mulvane advances to Championship Week and will draw a first round matchup with the San Diego Waves at 1:30pm on Sunday.

Thursday, July 27 Recap

Westchase Express 4, Fresno A’s 3

Westchase rode the Eric Gonzalez Express to their second victory. Gonzalez went the distance allowing three runs while striking out six. Eric Thomas led the way at the plate. with an RBI for the Express while Ivan Silva and Jonas Garcia added to the triple craze at the 83rd NBCWS. Westchase held on late as Gonzalez only allowed one run in the final seven innings.

Hattiesburg Black Sox 11, Dallas Dirtbags 0

The Black Sox knew they would have work to do in order to put themselves in position to advance to Friday, and they busted out the sticks. Kedrick Martin got plenty of support but kept the shutout the run-rule shortened game going five innings and allowing just three baserunner. Kreg Garner drove in three runs and had a double in the win.

Great Bend Bat Cats 8, Inland Empire Golden Bears 4

Despite some pressure placed on them with a Black Sox win, the Bat Cats continued to dust off opponents. Benjamen Sims went 3-4 and scored three runs while Corrigan Bartlett drove in three runs. Mitch McIntyre went seven strong innings on the bump without allowing an earned run. Great Bend seals up a perfect pool play record and will meet up with Cheney on Friday Night.

Cheney Diamond Dawgs 12, Jasper Reds 2

Grant Devore and Travis Young were in the middle of a nine run fourth that helped Cheney run away from Jasper for Pool B. Devore was 3-4 with 3 runs scored and two driven in. Young was 2-3 with two runs scored and two driven in. Cheney will matchup with the Great Bend Bat Cats on Friday night.


Cheney Diamond Dawgs (KS)

The Diamond Dawgs raced through Pool B with a pair of run rules and a third victory by three runs. Overall, the offense was explosive averaging over 11 runs per game. Tresten Kennard has been  going 5-10 with 10 RBI. The top six hitters in the Diamond Dawg lineup are all over .400 in the first three games. Six pitchers for the Diamond Dawgs have combined to work 13 scoreless innings

Dallas Dirtbags (TX)

The Dirtbags had some tough luck on the trip north but Dallas dealt with a swarm of tough teams. Mark Peterson stood out at First Base as he drove in five runs at the plate with a pair of 2 RBI games. Luke Cullum and Nico Garza both finished over .400.

Fresno A’s (CA)

The A’s represented the Western Association for their first NBCWS appearance. Anthony Ward paced the A’s at the plate going 5-10 in three games. Alec DeMaria went 4.2 for the longest A’s outing while Marco Gonzalez and Ubaldo Romo both made scoreless, inning-long appearances.

Great Bend Bat Cats (KS)

The Bat Cats certainly made their prescence known in their first NBCWS appearance. After disptaching the Dallas Dirtbags in game one, they pulled away from the Black Sox late. They’ll advance to Friday night’s win and in ball game against the Cheney Diamond Dawgs. Great Bend has been at the front of the Triple surge as Brennan Fontenot has three and Benjamin Sems has two.

Hattiesburg Black Sox (MS)

The Black Sox may have generated the most buzz in town of any team oustide of the state of Kansas in First Week. On the field Hattiesburg played with grit, battling back on the opening night to win game one 5-4 after being no-hit for the first six innings. aylyn Williams was a standout at the plate, helping to deliver the winning runs in the come from behind victory over the Golden Bears. After a night two loss to Great Bend, Hattiesburg woke up the bats for an 11-0 victory over Dallas in their final game. The win put them into position to advance with a Great Bend loss, which could have made run differential a factor. Exciting all the way to the end. Off the field, the Black Sox were very giving of their time to a community they had never been to in their 80 plus years of existence. Hattiesburg visited the Wesley Children’s Hospital, taking signed NBC Baseball’s to the kids.

Inland Empire Golden Bears (CA)

Every year of the three years for the Inland Empire Golden Bears has been a step forward. IE was created in 2015, made their first appearance in 2016 and in 2017 began consecutive appearances. This year they ran into a very tough Pool D but held tight against the top two teams from the Pool. A late inning loss on Sunday put pressure on the Bears to bounce back on Tuesday, which they grabbed a needed victory. Coming into Thursday’s feature game, a win by four runs over Great Bend would have advanced them to Friday. A long way in a short time for a scrappy team.

Jasper Reds (IN)

Perhaps no team in the NBC has been operating longer, dating back to the 1890’s. And while the Reds NBC experience started in 1993, their last win came in that World Series debut. The Reds pulled their first victory in 24 years defeating the Fresno A’s 8-5 and snapping an 11 game losing streak in Wichita during July and August dating back to 1993.

WestChase Express (TX)

The NBCWS debut of the WestChase Expres certainly had plenty of excitement. While Cheney created a large run differential in two run-ruled wins, WestChase hung tight in the pool with a blend of speed and timely hitting. Eric Thomas stole a pair of bags while Allan Hooker finished 4-10 with 5 RBI and three runs scored.


Crazy 8’s:

There have been 32 triples in the 24 Pool Play Games while just 8 home runs.




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