HUTCHINSON, KS – Ryan Sullivan’s bottom of the 10th walk-off single lifted the Colorado Cyclones to a 5-4 victory over the Hattiesburg, MS Black Sox in the first round of the NBC World Series powered by Evergy on Monday afternoon at Hobart-Detter Field.
Sullivan led the Cyclones’ offense with a 3-for-5 day at the plate, with JT Hall also coming up with three hits in five at-bats for the Black Sox. Colorado starting pitcher Justin Kleinsorge struck out four batters in five innings of work while Hattiesburg starter Clyde Kendrick came up with six strikeouts in 5.2 innings on the mound.
The Black Sox struck first in the top of the first inning, scoring three runs off a Pablo Lanzarote home run. Two fielder’s choices allowed the Cyclones to make it 3-2 through seven innings before a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning allowed the Black Sox to extend their lead to two runs.
A bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning and a balk allowed the Cyclones to tie the game at 4-4 and force extra innings, with Sullivan coming up with the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 10th.
The Cyclones face the Cheney Diamond Dawgs on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Eck Stadium in Wichita. The Black Sox will play on Wednesday at Eck Stadium, with their opponent and game time is still to be determined.
WICHITA, Kan. – The Hattiesburg, MS Black Sox defeated the Denver, CO Cougars 9-4 in the 2020 NBC World Series powered by Evergy on Wednesday night at Eck Stadium.
Jamal Washington and Marcus Regan led the Black Sox with two hits and two RBIs each, with Carter Pennington going 3-for-4 at the plate for the Cougars.
A single to right field by JT Hall allowed the game’s first run to score in the bottom of the first inning for the Black Sox, with two more runs crossing home following an error in the outfield. The Cougars chipped away to make it a one-run game through the middle of the fourth inning, but a two-RBI single from Regan and a wild pitch gave the Black Sox three runs to push the lead 6-2.
The Cougars cut the deficit to two runs after the top of the eighth inning, but the Black Sox struck again with another three-run outing in the bottom of the eighth. A solo home run from Pablo Lanzarote and a two-RBI double from Washington gave the Black Sox the five-run lead carried through the end of the game.
The Black Sox will play the Hutchinson, KS Monarchs on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in Hutchinson.
HUTCHINSON, Kan.- The Hutchinson, KS Monarchs stayed alive in the 2020 NBC World Series powered by Evergy with a 5-4 victory over the Hattiesburg, MS Black Sox on Thursday night at Hobart-Detter Field.
The Monarchs combined for nine strikeouts, with Wichita State’s Liam Eddy coming up with five strikeouts in five innings pitched to earn the win. The Black Sox’s pitching staff combined for 11 strikeouts, with Tre Hobbs leading the way with six strikeouts.
Hutchinson had five separate hitters collect a hit to tally for five hits and Jaylyn Williams went 3-for-4 on offense to lead the Black Sox.
Following a one-out double, Taylor Barber came up with an RBI single to give the Monarchs its first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Monarchs followed that up with a four-run bottom of the fifth inning, but the Black Sox stayed alive by getting on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning. The Black Sox used a three-run top of the eighth inning to cut the deficit to one and got the tying run on first following an error in the ninth, but the Monarchs sealed the win with two consecutive outs.
The Monarchs will face the Hays, KS Larks on Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Eck Stadium in Wichita.