FARMINGTON — The Midland Redskins got off to a great start in the first day of pool play of the Connie Mack World Series.
The Redskins, out of Cincinnati, took advantage of three D-BAT Elite errors in the top of the first inning, riding the Dallas-based team's mistakes to a seven-run inning en route to a 7-0 victory in Pool B this morning at the Farmington Sports Complex.
"Winning that first game in this format is really important," Midland head coach Dave Evans said. "If you lose a game early, the pressure is on you. Then you have to win the next two, and that puts a lot of pressure on the kids. It's great to get off to a good start."
Midland starting pitcher Tyler Brown was brilliant on the mound in the win, going all seven innings while giving up just three hits. Evans said Brown did a great job commanding the strike zone with all three of his pitches.
Aside from the errors in the first inning, which saw a downpour of rain, the D-BAT defense was solid and didn't get in any trouble the rest of the game.
Southern Nevada Baseball 5, South Troy Dodgers 0
One of the biggest concerns for Southern Nevada Baseball entering the Connie Mack World Series was if the team's young players would show any nerves. That concern was quickly squashed when Las Vegas-based team rolled to a 5-0 victory over the South Troy Dodgers today at the Farmington Sports Complex.
"Coming in here, we talked about whether we'd be nervous or not, and I don't think we were. I think we played confidently," Southern Nevada head coach Chris Sheff said. "I don't think the guys were nervous at all today, and with a young group, we're pleased with that."
Seth Delgado provided four of Southern Nevada's runs. He notched a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning, then hit a bases-loaded single up the middle the scored two more runs in the bottom of the sixth.
The Dodgers, out of South Troy, N.Y., struggled to get anything going at the plate, only picking up a handful of hits against Bryce Robinson and Tyler Curtis.
The only issue Southern Nevada seemed to have was stranding runners on base. The squad left the bases loaded twice, and in total left 12 runners on during the game.
D-BAT 17 4, Southern Nevada 1
D-BAT 17 bounced back from a 7-0 loss this morning to topple Southern Nevada 4-1 tonight at Ricketts Park and keep its hopes of making into bracket play alive.
It took D-BAT a little while to get its offense going, something head coach Brandon Gowins said were lingering effects from the morning's loss.
"I think the first couple innings, after getting shut out in the morning, you start pressing a little bit. I think we left 15 guys on today, and once we got one big hit, they all started coming," Gowins said. "Those last few innings, we put a lot of good swings on the ball."
The win put D-BAT at 1-1 in Pool B, and the loss dropped Southern Nevada to 1-1. Both team will close out pool play Sunday morning at Worley Field. Southern Nevada will play Midland at 9:30 a.m., followed by D-BAT versus South Troy at noon.
Midland Redskins 12, South Troy Dodgers 0
Midland turned in its second shutout of the day, rolling past the South Troy Dodgers 12-0 at Ricketts Park to take control of Pool B in the Connie Mack World Series.
The win wasn't all smooth sailing for the Redskins, who saw their head coach Dave Evans ejected in the second inning for arguing a play that resulted in an inning-ending double play.
After the ejection, the Midland players took it to a new level, scoring four runs in the third, then six in the forth.
With the ejection, Evans is suspended for Midland's next game, but can appeal the ruling.
Midland will close out pool play Sunday, facing Southern Nevada at 9:30 a.m. at Worley Field.
South Troy will play D-BAT 17 in their final pool play game following the Midland-Southern Nevada game.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.