WICHITA — The Cheney Diamond Dawgs have been one of the highest scoring teams in summer college baseball this season.
The Colorado Cyclones brought that offense to a halt Wednesday in a 7-1 win over the Diamond Dawgs in pool play at the 84th National Baseball Congress World Series at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
The Cyclones finish 3-0 in pool play and are 6-1 overall in the tournament, qualifying from the first week of play. Cheney finishes the tournament 1-2.
“That was the story of the tournament,” Cheney manager Pat Hon said. “We had a bad start to the first game and a bad start to the second game. We got through the first inning today, but then essentially a bad start to this game. It just didn’t click. I told the guys, this is the best group and the most fun group I think I’ve been around. I pride myself on putting them in the best position player-wise and lineup-wise to win the game. I don’t think I did that today or this tournament. Nothing really clicked.”
Colorado starter Foster Gifford went seven innings to get the win, allowing a run on five hits with five strikeouts. Luis Deleon and Hayden Schaeffer each threw a scoreless inning to finish the game.
Nate Postlethwait took the loss for the Dawgs, allowing two earned runs on five hits with a walk in five innings. Jacob Uhing went four innings, allowing no earned runs on five hits. Connor Queen finished the game, allowing a hit and a walk.
Only two of the seven runs allowed against the Dawgs were earned.
The Cyclones took command with a five-run second inning. Loading the bases with no outs, Aidan Laurini grounded into a fielder’s choice to score a run. Joe Kuhn followed with an RBI single. Jake Pearson hit a two-run double. Kennedy Badgett drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Caleb Squire drove in a run with a double.
The Cyclones scored on an error in the fourth inning. An error in the seventh inning set up a Trent Bollman RBI single.
Cheney broke the shutout in the bottom of the seventh. Hunter Douglas hit an RBI single. The Dawgs left two runners on base in the inning.
Bollman went three for five to lead Colorado. Brandon Pruitt and Tresten Kennard each went two for four for Cheney.
The Dawgs end the season 34-8, winning the Sunflower Collegiate League title and the Mid-Kansas Collegiate Qualifier Tournament.
“This is a young team,” Hon said. “Most of them are freshmen and sophomores who I have had for one and two years. I think a lot of them want to come back.”
The San Antonio Angels improved to 7-0 in the tournament with a 10-3 win over the San Diego Force.
The Angels, which came through the first week of play, won its Championship Week pool at 3-0 to advance to the quarterfinals. The Force finish the tournament 0-3.
The Angels fell behind 3-0, but used a seven-run eighth inning to win the game.
The Force took the lead in the bottom of the first when an error by the San Antonio catcher on a stolen base attempt set up an RBI single for Jake Pulcheon.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, David Huddleston hit an RBI single. Brian Williams hit a solo home run to left field with one out in the bottom of the seventh.
San Antonio came back in the top of the eighth inning. With one out and runners on first and third, Jordan Billups hit an infield single to drive in a run. A walk loaded the bases, setting up a two-run single for Evan Perez. A hit batter re-loaded the bases. With a full count, Orlando Collado drew a walk on a 20-second infraction by the Force pitcher. Jack Wisniewski followed with an RBI single. Ian Bailey hopped a single over the Force third baseman for a two-run single.
The Angels piled on for three more runs in the top of the ninth. Jordan Billups hit an RBI triple, scoring on a Dillon Stumpf double. Stumpf scored on a wild pitch.
San Antonio used five pitchers with Jacob Schriber pitching the seventh for the win. Traiton Suttles and Jose Diaz each threw a scoreless inning in the eighth and ninth respectively to slam the door on the Force.
Bailey and Billups each went three for five hitting with two RBIs. Stumpf went three for four with an RBI.
The Force used eight pitchers with Max Holtzclaw taking the loss.
Williams was two for four hitting for the Force.
The San Diego Waves scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the 11th, including the game-winner on a wild pitch, to claim a 5-4 win over the Colorado Black Bears in the opening game of the day.
San Diego improves to 2-1 while Colorado drops to 0-3. The Waves advance to the quarterfinals.
San Diego scored in the bottom of the first on a wild pitch. The Black Bears tied the game in the fifth on a Zach Walsh sacrifice fly.
The Waves regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth on a Jake Rico RBI single. The Bears took the lead for the first time in the seventh inning on RBI doubles for Garrett Skillings and Brett Bonar. Bryan Rosario tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with a bases-loaded infield single that knocked the glove off the pitcher.
Skilling put the Bears in the lead with an RBI single in the top of the 11th.
In the bottom of the 11th, the Waves led off with a walk and a Kiel Palm single. Rosario then singled to tie the game. A walk loaded the bases, but Rico grounded into a 1-2-3 double play. The next pitch bounced away from the catcher, allowing Rosario to score.
Rosario finished the game three for five hitting with two RBIs. Palm finished two for four. Rico finished two for five.
San Diego starter Austin Eggleston went 6 2-3 innings, allowing two runs, six hits, three walks and a four strikeouts. John Schultz finished the game for the win, allowing two runs, four hits, three walks and four strikeouts.
Skillings finished two for five for the Black Bears, driving in two runs. Bonar also finished two for five.
Bears starter Andrew Shaw lasted seven innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Zach Burch went 1 1-3 innings, allowing two hits, three walks and a strikeout. Chris Rodriguez finished the game for the loss, allowing two hits, two runs and three walks.
The Everett Merchants and the NJCAA National Team’s game to determine the final quarterfinalist was in progress at deadline.
The quarterfinals begin at 1 p.m. today. The semifinals are set for Friday. The finals are scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday.