WICHITA — Dodge City scored early and often in a 10-0 five-inning victory over Jasper, Ind., in a pool-play game Monday afternoon at the 85th National Baseball Congress World Series at Eck Stadium. Tyler Brown and Ryan Williams combined for five hits and four RBIs as Dodge City advanced to a single-elimination, eight-team tournament that begins Tuesday.
A schedule and matchups for that bracket will not be released until after the completion of Monday night's games. The top two teams in each of four three-team pools qualified for the single-elimination, eight-team tournament. In Pool C, Derby went 2-0, Dodge was 1-1 and Jasper finished 0-2.
The A's built a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Daniel Lewis hit an RBI single and Williams followed with a two-run homer. Dodge City made it 8-0 with a five-run third inning that featured five hits. Brown plated Williams with an RBI double and scored as Alex Blaszyk hit an infield single went to second on an error.
Josh Grubough used a sacrifice fly to drive in Blasyk; Daniel Arroyo added an RBI double and the A's produced their fifth run of the frame on Sam Neufeld's sacrifice fly. Brett Graber's fourth-inning sacrifice fly made it 9-0 Dodge City, which sealed its win on an RBI single from Brown in the fifth.
Axel Arrieta struck out four and allowed two hits while pitching four shutout innings in collecting a victory. Justin Hirschberg struck out one in a 1-2-3 fifth. Austin Simmers and Jared Sermersheim each hit a single for Jasper.
Derby 10, Dodge City 4
The Twins scored six runs in their final two at-bats to break open a one-run game against the A's in Dodge City's initial pool play game at the 85th NBC World Series.
Leading 4-3 in the eighth inning, Derby scored four times on a two-run single from Jackson Hardy, a run-producing fielder's choice from Colton Whitehouse and an RBI single from Ryan McNally.
The Twins went ahead 10-3 in the ninth inning as Mitchell Austin came home on a double steal before Dorien Jenkins touched the plate on an RBI single from Jaret Koin. The A's only answer in the bottom of the ninth was a triple from Daniel Lewis, who stole home to give Dodge City it's fourth run.
Originally scheduled for a 9:30 p.m. Sunday start, the A's were leading the Twins 2-1 in the bottom of the third, when heavy rain forced the game to be suspended to Monday morning. Austin's RBI single in the top of the second handed Derby a 1-0 lead before Jamaal Howard's two-run homer in the bottom half put Dodge City up 2-1.
After play resumed early Monday, the Twins took a 3-2 in the top of the fourth on an RBI single from Bryce Donovan and a bases-loaded walk to Koin. But Griffin Selby's RBI double in the bottom half drove in Ryan Williams with the tying run for the A's.
A solo home run from Whitehouse in the top of the fifth gave Derby a 4-3 lead. Brett Gonzales collected three hits to lead the Twins, who received two hits apiece from Koin, Whitehouse, McNally, Austin and Jenkins. Lewis, Tyler Brown and Brett Graber each produced two hits to top the A's.
Zach Trevino was the winning pitcher after six innings of relief. He struck out four and walked one while allowing two earned runs on eight hits. Reliever Kyle Robinson was charged with a loss after pitching 3 1/3 innings. He gave up three earned runs on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk.