WICHITA, Kan. – The Cheney, KS Diamond Dawgs advanced in the 2020 NBC World Series powered by Evergy with a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Cyclones on Tuesday at Eck Stadium.
Andrew Stewart led the Diamond Dawgs with two hits in three at-bats while Blake Mattey came up with three hits and two RBIs for the Cyclones.
The Diamond Dawgs struck first in the bottom of the third inning following two singles, scoring two runs off a sacrifice fly by Corrigan Bartlett. A bases-loaded hit by pitch allowed the Cyclones to score a run in the top of the fourth inning, but the Diamond Dawgs scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to extend its lead 5-1.
The Cyclones managed to score two more runs in the top of the eighth inning, but the Diamond Dawgs forced a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the ninth to seal the victory.
The Diamond Dawgs will play the winner between Lonestar, TX and the Hays, KS Larks on Thursday in Wichita. The Cyclones will play the Rose Hill, KS Sluggers at 6 p.m. in Wichita.
WICHITA, Kan. – The Cheney, KS Diamond Dawgs advanced in the winner’s bracket in the 2020 NBC World Series powered by Evergy on Thursday at Eck Stadium, defeating the Hays, KS Larks 2-1.
Cheney won the pitcher’s duel despite only coming up with five hits as a team on the night, with Brennen van Breusegen going 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Larks in offense.
Hays got on the board first with an RBI single from Corbin Truslow following a two-out double in the top of the fourth inning, Davis Sims from Western Kentucky managed to get the game tied for the Diamond Dawgs in the next half inning with an RBI single. Following a leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh inning, George Specht collected an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Cheney the 2-1 lead.
The Larks managed to get two runners on base in the top of the ninth by drawing a hit by pitch and coming up with a single to shortstop. Diamond Dawgs’ closer Jeff Wilson, however, forced a fielder’s choice groundout and forced a strikeout to secure the win for Cheney.
Cheney will play either the Santa Barbara, CA Foresters or the Liberal, KS Bee Jays on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Eck Stadium in Wichita.
WICHITA, Kan. – The Santa Barbara, KS Foresters secured its spot in Monday night’s championship game in the 2020 NBC World Series powered by Evergy with a 5-1 victory over the Cheney, KS Diamond Dawgs on Saturday night at Eck Stadium.
Santa Barbara will make its 10th championship game appearance in NBC World Series history, having a 7-2 record overall in the finals. The Foresters will also make its sixth championship game appearance in the last 10 years at the NBC World Series.
Casey Dykstra led the Foresters with a 3-for-3 day at the plate to go with three RBIs while Ryan Holgate came up with a 2-for-3 outing and scored two runs. Pitcher Kyle Luckham Came up with four strikeouts in six innings pitched for the Foresters.
Following a double by Jace Jung, who advanced to third base off a wild pitch, the Foresters scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first after a fielding error by Cheney. Sean McLain drew a two-out walk and advanced to second off a wild pitch in the bottom of the second inning, scoring off an RBI single by Dykstra to move the Foresters ahead 2-0.
A wild pitch and an RBI triple in the bottom of the fourth inning allowed the Foresters to double its lead, with Dykstra coming up with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Santa Barbara a five-run lead. Cheney avoided the shutout in the top of the ninth inning, scoring its only run off a double by Jackson Glenn.
Cheney will face the winner between the Hutchinson, KS Monarchs and the Houston, TX Express on Sunday night at 6 p.m. at Eck Stadium.
WICHITA, Kan. – The Cheney, KS Diamond Dawgs will make its second straight appearance in the NBC World Series championship game, coming up with a 10-3 victory over the Hutchinson, KS Monarchs in the 2020 NBC World Series powered by Evergy on Sunday night at Eck Stadium.
Cheney’s championship game appearance marks the 25th time a team has made the championship game two years in a row at the NBC World Series. Hutchinson collected its best finish in franchise history in the NBC World Series, finishing in third place and came up with its fourth 30-win season in the 12-year history of the team. Their 32 wins are the third most in franchise history.
Trevin Reynolds led the Diamond Dawgs with seven strikeouts in six innings pitched while Luke Sartori and Clayton Chadwick led the Hutchinson offense with two hits each.
The Monarchs grabbed the game’s first lead off a balk and a wild pitch in the bottom of the third inning, but the Diamond Dawgs used a five-run outing in the top of the fourth inning to take a three-run lead. A 6-3 putout in the bottom of the seventh inning allowed the Monarchs to cut the deficit to two runs. Cheney, however, extended its lead 7-3 off a two-run home run from Wichita State’s Corrigan Bartlett.
Caleb Farmer’s double to center field in the top of the ninth inning allowed the Diamond Dawgs to score two more insurance runs. Southeast Missouri’s Lincoln Andrews drove in the final insurance run for the Diamond Dawgs later in the inning, coming up with an RBI single.
The Diamond Dawgs face the seven-time NBC World Series champions, the Santa Barbara, CA Foresters, in the 2020 championship game on Monday night at 6 p.m. at Eck Stadium.
WICHITA, Kan – The Santa Barbara, CA Foresters claimed the 2020 NBC World Series powered by Evergy title and its eighth NBC championship in franchise history on Monday night at Eck Stadium, defeating the Cheney, KS Diamond Dawgs 12-3.
Santa Barbara’s four wins mark the first time the tournament champion had four wins. The Foresters’ perfect fielding percentage is also the first time in NBC World Series history where a team playing more than three games has had a 1.000 defensive mark.
Sean Johnson (Ole Miss) earned tournament MVP honors, earning a win, save in six innings pitched throughout the tournament. Santa Barbara had five players record a multi-hit game, with Sean McLain going 3-for-3 with three runs and an RBI.
The Foresters immediately hit the ground running, with Jace Jung giving Santa Barbara a 2-0 lead following a leadoff single by Matt McLain in the top of the first inning. A wild pitch added an insurance run later in the inning and extended the Foresters’ lead to three runs.
Hunter Cullen hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning to extend the Foresters’ lead, with Christian Encarnacion coming up with an RBI single later in the inning to make it a 5-0 Santa Barbara advantage. McLain drove in another run for the Foresters in the top of the fifth inning, hitting a two-out RBI single to put the Foresters ahead by six runs. Matthew McLain came up in the clutch in the following at-bat, hitting a two-run home run to give Santa Barbara an 8-0 lead.
The Foresters scored for the third straight inning in the top of the sixth, tacking on two more runs with an RBI single and scoring off a fielding error to move ahead 10-0. Texas Tech’s Jace Jung drove in the game’s 11th run with a sacrifice fly to left field in the top of the seventh inning, giving the Foresters its fourth straight inning with a run. A 1-3 putout allowed a second runner to score in the top of the seventh, putting the Foresters ahead by 12 runs.
Caleb Farmer helped Cheney avoid the shutout in the top of the ninth inning, hitting a three-run home run to cut the deficit to single digits.