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Foresters capture sixth NBCWS title

NBC World Series Championship game recap:

Foresters take sixth championship in battle of storied teams

WICHITA, Kan. — Jacob Patterson pitched seven innings of shutout baseball and was supported by a 12-hit attack as the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Foresters defeated the Hays (Kan.) Larks 6-2 to win the 2016 National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series.

The title is the sixth for the Foresters, who went undefeated in pool play and won three more games in the single-elimination playoffs to join previous titles in 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Santa Barbara took control early as Lex Kaplan singled in a run and scored on Dylan Paul’s two-run double in the first inning. The Foresters then added single runs in the second, fourth and seventh innings and did not look back in coasting to the win.

Patterson scattered six hits and two walks while striking out five to earn player of the game honors. Kyle Isbel went 4-for-5 while Kaplan and Matt Henderson each had two hits.

The Larks (5-1) had chances against Patterson, but were turned away until breaking through in the ninth against reliever Cody Crouse as Ty Redington and Conner Ross drove in runs. Redington and Alex Weiss each had two hits for Hays, which finished as runner-up for the fifth time.

Alex Lopez took the loss, giving up five runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings.

The 82nd annual tournament was the first one under a pool play/knockout round playoffs, in which 16 teams battled in four pools of four teams each. The pool champions in the first week played for the right to advance to Championship week, while during Championship Week both the pool winners and second-place teams advanced to the single-elimination quarterfinals, finals and championship.

The tournament saw fairly similar offensive totals to last year, with a team average of .281 and 26 home runs compared to .287 and 34 home runs in 2015. Twelve teams hit .300 or better, led by the National Junior College Athletic Association National Team, which batted .369. The Foresters were the lone team to finish with an ERA of 1.76, and Haysville (Kan.) had the best fielding at .983, although Santa Barbara edged Hays .982 to .981 to win the best fielding award.

Joseph DeRoche-Duffin of the San Diego Force hit three home runs, the most in the tournament since Nolan Reimold of Hays had four in the 2004 tournament.

Santa Barbara is 80-24 in the 17 years since the NBCWS became a wood-bat only tournament. Hays, in 15 appearances, is 62-28.

The tournament saw an appearance by the Kansas Stars, a collection of former Major League players headlined by Roger Clemens. The Stars went 3-2, reaching the semifinals before bowing to Hays 9-6 in a 17-inning marathon that was two innings shy of the all-time longest game, a 19-inning battle between Fallon (Nev.) and Langley (Va.) in 1961.

Santa Barbara and Hays earned automatic bids to the 2017 NBCWS.

Mike Dean

NBC World Series

Tournament scorer/statistician

NBCWS Leaders Summary as of Aug 09, 2016 (Championship Week)

82nd NBC World Series — Wichita, Kan.

NBCWS Leaders Summary as of Aug 09, 2016

(Championship Week games only)


NJCAA National Team2.446652229512862-2
Sant Barb Foresters2.3625822214011286-6
San Diego CA Force2.3405314183027112-4
Fairbanks Goldpnnrs2.3338720295106115-7
Kansas Stars2.29375162250118150-0
Northwest WA Honkers2.25958815200696-9
Haysville Aviators2.254679172117130-1
Valley Ctr Dia Dawgs2.250643163003131-4
Hutch KS Monarchs2.246693173007205-6
Hays KS Larks2.2426610162019114-6
Seattle WA Studs2.2336091401114115-7
Liberal KS BeeJays2.175577102306120-1
San Diego CA Waves2.175632111209202-2
Dodge City KS A’s2.1434917100090-1
Austin Sharp End Ath2.12158271006152-2
Sterling CO Xpress2.06546030007161-1


Northwest WA Honkers20.5020118.01811616
Sant Barb Foresters20.6020015.0511817
San Diego CA Force20.6420114.091126
Seattle WA Studs21.0020118.01432116
Kansas Stars21.5020018.0733817
Hays KS Larks21.5020118.010431024
NJCAA National Team22.5720014.0644511
Hutch KS Monarchs23.1802017.01996713
Fairbanks Goldpnnrs23.6020020.019108511
San Diego CA Waves23.7102017.0129787
Valley Ctr Dia Dawgs23.7102017.01587713
Liberal KS BeeJays29.0002017.03020171014
Dodge City KS A’s29.0002013.0171513149
Austin Sharp End Ath29.5302017.0292318710
Haysville Aviators29.7202016.2211918119
Sterling CO Xpress210.6702014.1211817167


Kansas Stars2542101.000201-2
NJCAA National Team2421501.000000-0
Haysville Aviators250221.986006-7
Hays KS Larks254181.986001-2
Northwest WA Honkers254161.986106-6
Sterling CO Xpress243131.982001-1
Valley Ctr Dia Dawgs251212.973003-5
Dodge City KS A’s239242.969004-6
Sant Barb Foresters245172.969102-2
Hutch KS Monarchs251283.963003-5
Seattle WA Studs254253.963200-3
Liberal KS BeeJays251213.960001-1
San Diego CA Force242213.955111-2
Austin Sharp End Ath251254.950205-6
San Diego CA Waves251275.940217-10
Fairbanks Goldpnnrs260277.926300-1





Min 2.8 AB/Team gameGAvgABRHRBI2B3BHRBBMin 1.0 IP/Team gameAppERAW-LSvIPHRERBBSO
Mitchell Morimoto-NJC2.83363520000Tanner Dahl-NWWA20.001-017.290009
Rhett Aplin-NJCNT2.75083621101Ben Wusterbarth-HMNR20.000-006.120007
Justin Harrer-49S2.66795600001Kyle Johnston-SBF10.001-006.020037
Sam Thorne-SDFRC2.66760440000Keegan Curtis-HAYS10.001-006.0310211
Brandon Inge-KSTAR2.62582511002Alex Lopez-HAYS10.001-005.220055
Michael Burns-HAYS2.57173411002Joe Lienhard-DGCA10.000-005.130053
Joe Moroney-SBF2.57172421001Jonathan Groff-NJCNT10.001-005.000017
Steven Pico-SDWVE2.57170420101A.J. Franks-49S20.000-005.020013
Jacob Boston-HAYS2.50082410000Jayson Yano-SDFRC10.001-005.020002
Neil Lambert-AVTR2.50081431000Brad Bennett-NWWA10.000-004.050011
Austin Atwell-49S1.50060331000Josh Beckett, KSTAR10.000-003.000022
Chase Sortor-AUSEA2.50060300001Tim Hudson, KSTAR10.001-003.000023
Cole Krzmarzick-49S2.455113511100Taylor Thompson, STUDS20.000-012.220002
Bret Boswell-SBF2.44495472011Braden Riddle, SDWVE20.000-002.121012
Kyle Knauth-LBJ2.42973312001Tyler Wilson, NWWA10.000-002.100003


Justin Harrer-49S6 Kyle Knauth-LBJ2 Conner Savage-STUDS33
Rhett Aplin-NJCNT6 Bret Boswell-SBF2 Joe Moroney-SBF33
Cole Krzmarzick-49S5 Jax Biggers-NJCNT2 6 tied2 
Brandon Inge-KSTAR5 33 tied1 STRIKEOUTSIPSO
Mitchell Morimoto-NJCNT5 TRIPLES3BKeegan Curtis-HAYS6.011
RUNS SCORED9 tied1 Tanner Dahl-NWWA7.29
Justin Harrer-49S5 HOME RUNSHRParker McDonald-VCTR7.18
Bret Boswell-SBF5 Jos DeRoche-Duffin-SDFRC2 5 tied7 
4 tied4 7 tied1 
Bret Boswell-SBF7 Jos DeRoche-Duffin-SDFRC10 
Isaiah Aluko-49S6 Bret Boswell-SBF9 
Pete Orr-KSTAR5 Rhett Aplin-NJCNT9 
Jos DeRoche-Duffin-SDFRC5 Cole Krzmarzick-49S8 
Sam Thorne-SDFRC4 5 tied6 


Northwest WA Honkers201.00081718.000.06
Hays KS Larks201.000104618.000.22
Hutchinson KS Monarchs02.00039-617.000.53
San Diego CA Waves02.00029-717.000.53
Santa Barbara CA Foresters201.0002212115.000.07
Fairbanks AK Goldpannrs201.00020101020.000.50
Haysville KS Aviators02.000919-1016.671.14
Austin Sharp End Ath02.000223-2117.001.35
San Diego CA Force201.0001411314.000.07
Seattle WA Studs201.00093618.000.17
Valley Ctr Dia Dawgs02.00038-517.000.47
Dodge City KS A’s02.000115-1413.001.15
NJCAA National Team201.0002241814.000.29
Kansas Stars201.0001631318.000.17
Liberal KS BeeJays02.000720-1317.001.18
Sterling CO Xpress02.000018-1814.331.26

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