FARMINGTON — Midland's Lane Flamm and D-BAT 17's Kaden Krowka turned in two of the best pitching performances of the Connie Mack World Series in Game 8 tonight at Ricketts Park.
But it was Flamm who was just a little better. He propelled Midland to a 2-0 victory, pitching a complete game that included nine strikeouts against four hits, one walk and one hit batter.
"He was fantastic," Midland coach Dave Evans said of Flamm. "He had great command of all three pitches, a great breaking ball that kept (D-BAT) honest. For a 17-year-old, he's a fantastic pitcher and an outstanding talent. He really competes."
Krowka battled back from a rough start that saw him struggle to find the strike zone, walking four batters in the first three innings.
"I think Kaden made a self-adjustment based on how our guys were playing behind him," D-BAT coach Zack Matthews said. "He realized he probably needed to do it himself, reached down and figured it out."
D-BAT committed two errors in the first three innings.
Evans praised Krowka's outing, saying the D-BAT pitcher deserved a better result than he got.
Midland broke the scoreless tie in the top of the third inning when Nick Jodway singled up the middle to score two.
After giving up the two-run single to Jodway in the third, Krowka dispatched of the next nine batters he faced.
Midland will play the Florida Legends in Game 11 at 7:15 Thursday night at Ricketts Park.
D-BAT will play the East Cobb Yankees in an elimination game at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at Ricketts Park.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.