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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Heat ready for World Series

  • After a regular season of 42 wins overall and a 28-6 Jayhawk League winning record the Wellington Heat travel to Wichita for their opening appearance Friday night in the 2014 National Baseball Congress World Series at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Their first game is at 10 p.m. Friday.
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  •  By Karl Younkman
     
        After a regular season of 42 wins overall and a 28-6 Jayhawk League winning record the Wellington Heat travel to Wichita for their opening appearance Friday night in the 2014 National Baseball Congress World Series at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Their first game is at 10 p.m. Friday.
        The Heat face Prairie Gravel of Illinois in their first test of the tournament. Prairie Gravel is a two-time champion of the NBC Series.
       “Our first game is going to be a battle,” said Heat Owner and Head Coach Rick Twyman. Twyman spoke after a Thursday night exhibition game with the San Diego Waves.
        A major concern for Twyman all season has been the hitting of the Heat. “We need to start swinging the bats better,” said Twyman. “In this tournament we need to show up and play well from the start.”
         The Heat will add some familiar faces to Twyman for the NBC run. Pitchers Brandon Maris and Charlie McCreedy join the Heat again after toiling for Twyman in years past. Also, position player Nick Billinger gets to work with Twyman again in a Heat uniform to add some more depth to the every day lineup. The three former Heat players have been playing pro ball in the summer leagues since leaving the Heat.
         Friends University signee Matty Burke will add some backup at catcher while this season’s Dodge City starting pitcher Jager Harjo will bring his Jayhawk League best record credentials to the Heat staff for the tournament.
        Twyman hopes that the Wellington faithful will head to Wichita in force to cheer on the Heat. “We need our fan base to show up for the games,” said Twyman. “The guys love to play in front of big crowds and the toughest game is always the first one of any tournament. So we need that big crowd to start off.”
          “We’ve had a good season this summer but now the task at hand is to go win a National Title.” The first pitch for the Heat game is at 10:00 pm. A splendid time is guaranteed for all at the classic baseball tournament.
     

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