Wellington won when it matter the most, locking up second place in the Jayhawk Baseball League.
Wellington just needed to win one game of the last-minute-scheduled double-header against El Dorado on July 24. They would end up doing so, but the home team lost the first contest 5-3. The second game was a 10-4 blowout by Wellington.
With the Heat losing the first game, falling to just a half game ahead of El Dorado; that meant the second game would decide who took second place in the Jayhawk league, and earn a first-week bye in the National Baseball Congress World Series.
Game one was a make-up game, one that was rained out at El Dorado on Monday. So the Broncos were the "home" team on the scoreboard for game one. El Do nabbed two runs in the first, and added another in middle of the seven-inning game.
Wellington tied it at three-all during the bottom of the sixth. First baseman, Tony Piazza singled to right, scoring Rowdy Andrews. The bases were loaded Kirck Rocha, a sacrifice fly-ball scored Joe Williams. TC Mark followed that with a baser to center, as Piazza touched home plate.
El Dorado had just enough left in the tank and, scoring two runs in the next half-inning, and would carry the 5-3 score to the end for the victory.
The Heat cranked it up a notch in the beginning of game two. Five runs scored, the first came when center fielder, Nick Thimesch attempted a sacrifice bunt, he reached first and was safe thanks to a fielding error; hesitation and errant throwing from the Broncs allowed Rocha, who had two hits in the first, to score. Piazza batted Thimesch home on a base hit, Joe Williams also scored in the first. So did Joe Billinger on a Kyle Kilgore hit. Rocaha's second hit drove in catcher, TC Mark.
No one got on the board in the next two innings. Wellington continued to pad their lead in the fourth with four more runs. Piazza sent a pitch over the left field wall, good for two runs. This occured after Rocha scored on a Thimesch single. Mark batted in Billinger to give the Heat a 9-0 lead.
Derek Fischer, right-handed pitcher for Wellington threw a shut-out in his four complete innings. He was relieved before the start of the fifth, El Dorado got one run across the plate in that inning. The Broncs scored three more in the seventh and final inning on a homerun, but it wasn't enough.
Wellington could pick up more home games between now and the NBC World Series. There are two home games, both against Valley Center this Friday and Saturday.
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