Midland, D-BAT Elite advance out of Pool B
FARMINGTON — The Midland Redskins stymied Southern Nevada in different facets of the game, coasting their way to a 10-2 mercy rule win and the top spot in Pool B Sunday at Worley Field.
“It’s great that we know we’re doing well so far. We’re just going to try to continue what we’re doing to stay on top,” said Redskins pitcher Jeff Criswell.
The Redskins forced multiple ground outs, line outs and fly outs.
They also used five pitchers (Criswell, Seth Lonsway, Ian Bedell, Peyton Deats and Liam Eddy) to stay fresh on the mound leading into the rest of the Connie Mack World Series. Those five repeatedly attacked different corners of the plate and combined for five strikeouts and six forced ground outs.
Midland capped it off with a strong hitting outburst, swinging with speed and precision. The ball traveled quickly, and runners moved across the diamond quickly.
Casey Martin, Casey Opitz and Jake Ruby hit a combined 5 for 7 with three home runs, including Martin’s three-run shot over the left-center wall in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Cal Conley hit 3 for 4, including the game-ending RBI single. Midland had 10 hits in all.
“The run support’s been tremendous so far in the tournament. We’re just hoping to keep that up,” Criswell said. “It definitely takes a little bit of pressure off the pitchers.”
Midland coach Dave Evans was suspended for Sunday's game after getting ejected from the team's Saturday night game against the South Troy Dodgers.
Southern Nevada’s Ryan Sepede hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth, and Gino Sabey drove in a run off a fielder’s choice play shortly after.
“We just couldn’t match what they had for us,” Southern Nevada coach Chris Sheff said. “Today, we kind of ran into a sawmill a little bit. They have some quality hitters, and we just couldn’t contain them. Out of the three teams we played, I thought their approach was the best.”
Sheff said his squad, who beat the Dodgers and lost to D-BAT Elite on Saturday, used seven arms during pool play, four of which haven’t played high school varsity baseball yet.
Midland now awaits where it’ll be seeded in the CMWS championship bracket.
D-BAT Elite 8, South Troy Dodgers 2
D-BAT Elite punched its ticket into bracket play at the Connie Mack World Series, knocking off the South Troy Dodgers 8-2 today at Worley Field to finish second in Pool B.
Holding a 4-2 lead in the sixth, D-BAT blew the game open with a pair of home runs. Caeden Trenkle launched a three-run shot, followed by a solo blast from Ty Coleman that stretched the lead to 8-2.
D-BAT Elite joins the Midland Redskins as the two teams to advance out of the pool and reach bracket play, which begins Tuesday at Ricketts Park. Their opponents in bracket play have yet to be determined.
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