Renegades, Knights cruise in opening games at CMWS

Matt Hollinshead
Southern California's Brock Moffitt pitches against the Carolina Vaqueros on Saturday at Ricketts Park.

FARMINGTON — The SoCal Renegades got some much-needed offense to open Connie Mack World Series pool play, crushing Puerto Rico 8-0 this morning.

"We got the big hit when we needed it," Renegades coach Si Pettrow said. "It was nice to get guys on, get them over."

The Renegades stressed doing damage with runners in scoring position.

Pettrow said it was important to bring baserunners home no matter the situation, whether off a fly ball or ground ball. Pettrow also said his hitters had good timing at the plate, which was even more helpful in getting runners home.

"We're built on moving guys from station to station, and, of course, getting them in," Pettrow said.

Nashville Knights 9, Grand Rapids Diamond 0

The Nashville Knights have been waiting a while to get to Farmington and the Connie Mack World Series, and the Knights made the wait worthwhile with a dominant performance in their opening game in Pool A today at Ricketts Park.

Nashville's JT Weber connects on a pitch against Grand Rapids Diamond on Saturday at Ricketts Park.

The Knights blew open their game with Grand Rapids Diamond in the second inning, getting RBIs from Lofton Cotton, Jonathan Giles, Steven Kokoski and JT Weber on their way to a 9-0 victory.

"We had timely hits, took what they gave us and came out on top," Knights coach Eric Fruechtmeyer said. "(Grand Rapids pitcher Bryce Davis) was up to 92, 93 (mph). He did have some command problems, so when he got in the zone, we made him pay for it."

Noah Farmer started on the mound for Nashville and earned the win.

Southern California Renegades 10, Nashville Knights 9

Southern California sneaked away with a 10-9 win over Nashville when the game was stopped after reaching the two-and-one-half hour time limit today at Worley Field.

With the introduction of pool play at this year's Connie Mack World Series, the tournament implemented the time limit on pool play games to ensure the four games at each of the three fields being used don't stretch long into the night.

The two offenses took advantage of the small dimensions are Worley, a field that saw a combined 52 runs in the first three games held there.

SoCal's win puts them at 2-0 and in pool play while Nashville falls to 1-1. The two teams will close out action in Pool A Sunday. Nashville will face Puerto Rico's Carolina Vaqueros at 3 p.m. at the Farmington Sports Complex, followed by SoCal versus Grand Rapids Diamond at 5:30.

Grand Rapids Diamonds 19, Carolina Vaqueros 12

The Grand Rapids Diamonds and Puerto Rico's Carolina Vaqueros continued the runfest at Worley Field, putting up more runs in the final game of the day at the field than any other with a 19-12 win for the Diamonds.

In four games at Worley, a combined 83 runs were scored, and two of the games ended when they hit the two-and-one-half-hour time limit.

The win puts Grand Rapids at 1-1 in pool play while the Vaqueros fell to 0-2. Both teams will be back in action Sunday. The Vaqueros will play the Nashville Knights at 3 p.m. at the Farmington Sports Complex. Grand Rapids will play the Southern California Renegades following the Vaqueros-Knights game.