Thursday, August 13, 2009

NBC World Series Day 11

Two games were played yesterday. The first part of this post details those games. Below the game highlights is an impressive piece from the NBC website that features past MLB stars that have played in the NBC World Series.

Hays (KS) Comes Back To Beat Crestwood (IL) In A Thriller

...In a game which looked to be an early blowout, turned into a late inning nail-bitter with the Hays (KS) Larks coming back in dramatic fashion with a 9-8 over the Crestwood (IL) Panthers.

The Panthers jumped out to an early 7 to 1 lead after two innings thanks in large part to Anthony Albano's two RBI triple in the top of the first inning. Multiple errors by the Hays Larks in the second inning allowed the Panthers to tack on more runs. After scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning, Hays could not manage to put up another run until the bottom of the sixth inning when Codi Harshman blasted a two RBI triple.

Hays put up three runs in the sixth inning to make the score 7 to 5. The Larks put up one run in both the seventh and eighth innings which included a throwing error by Crestwood in the eighth allowing Hays to tie the game at seven.

In the top of the ninth inning Crestwood regained the lead after wild throw by Hays' catcher which allowed the runner to come around and score. In the bottom half of the inning Hays got two runners on thanks to a fielder's choice and and throwing error allowing runners to advance to second and third. With one out and runners on second and third, Andrew Heck singled through the left side scoring both runs and giving Hays the come from behind victory.

The Crestwood (IL) Panthers were eliminated and the Hays (KS) Larks move on to play today.

The El Dorado Broncos Ease Past The Liberal Beejay's

....In a very close feature game, the El Dorado Broncos’ were able to hand the Liberal Beejays their first lost in a 4-3 final.

Liberal got things started early on in the fourth when Steven Tucker hit a double giving Tanner Rindles an easy run into home. This was followed up by Mitch Caster scoring off of Justin Gordey's pop fly to left field. To round the top half of the inning, Torrey Jacoby hit a grounder to El Dorado's short stop, allowing for Steven Tucker to add another run to the board, bringing the score to 3-0.

El Dorado was late to get their momentum, but in the bottom of the sixth they finally got things started. Travis Whipple hit a triple, giving the go ahead runs to both Elliot Frey and Kirk Walker. Traivs Whipple was then able to score off of David Allbritton's single, tying the score up at 3-3.

Things went scoreless until the bottom of the ninth where things heated up. As Liberal started to buckle under pressure and bases loaded for El Dorado, Elliot Frey came to the plate and hit a line drive down the first base line. The Beejays were unable to secure the out and gave the run up to Bronco's Wes Cunningham for the win.

El Dorado will take on the Hays Larks tomorrow night at 7:30 and Liberal will play the 10:00 game tonight against the Santa Barbra Foresters.

National Baseball Congress Hall of Fame

In 1990, after 55 years of great players, managers and administrators for the National Baseball Congress, the Rich family, who had purchased the NBC in 1986, decided to begin recognizing some of the great contributors to the NBC legacy by creating the "National Baseball Congress Hall of Fame."

The inaugural class was selected and inducted during the 1991 NBC World Series in Wichita, KS. It was much harder to decide whom not to include than whom to include among the first 12 inductees. The class was led by the legendary Leroy "Satchel" Paige, who won the first NBC title with his pitching prowess and his Bismarck, ND, Corwin-Churchill barnstorming, integrated ball club. Paige still holds the NBC record with 60 strikeouts in one tournament and a 4-0 record!

Also a can't-miss selection was NBC founder Raymond "Hap" Dumont, who in 1934 convinced the City of Wichita to build Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in order to host a national tournament. The first NBC tournament was a huge risk on his part, as similar tournaments had failed miserably on both coasts. Paige, and support from the local media and the national publication The Sporting News, helped make the tournament an instant success.

A complete list of Hall of Fame inductee's follows, complete with the year they were inducted. Many are household names. Some are remembered only by those who have followed the progress of the NBC over the years.


Inaugural Class of 1991
Bob Boone
Joe Carter
Chris Chambliss
Raymond "Hap" Dumont
Ron Guidry
Whitey Herzog
Ralph Houk
Billy Martin
Rick Monday
Bauldie Moschetti
Satchel Paige
Allie Reynolds
Tom Seaver
Don Sutton
Dave Winfield

Class of 1992
Larry Davis
Dick Sanders
Ozzie Smith

Class of 1993
Roger Clemens
Bert Wells

Class of 1994
Craig Nettles
Daryl Spencer
Bob Sullivan

Class of 1995
Bob Gadberry
Al LaMacchia
Arnold "Jug" Thesenga

Class of 1996
Carl Lewton
"Howie" Minas
Harry "The Hat" Walker

Class of 1997
Bobby Boyd
Randall "Dee" Hubbard
"Scoop" Nunes

Class of 1998
Bobby Bragan
Bob Broeg
Leo Mashak

Class of 1999
H.A. "Red" Boucher
Mark McGwire
Ralph Winegarner

Class of 2000
John Olerud
Dian Overaker
Kirk Vuscko

Class of 2001
Barry Bonds
Joe Garagiola
Rafael Palmeiro

Class of 2002
Jim Dietz
Tony Gwynn
Leonard Kelley
Jack O'Toole

Class of 2003
Merl Eberly
Kirk Gibson
Grier Jones
Buck O'Neil

Class of 2004
Don Dennis
Mark Grace
"Baseball" Bill Gwinup
Carl Kentling

Class of 2005
Sonny Cashion
Bob Cerv
Will Clark
Harold Pyatte

Class of 2006
J.D. Schneider
Steve Shaad
Von Hayes
Robin Ventura

Class of 2007
Robert E. Rich, Jr.
Melinda R. Rich
Herb Hess
Arnold Ashley
Andy Teter

Class of 2008
Jess Bolen
Mike Dean
Burt Hooton
Dave Kingman

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