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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Heat still battling in World Series

  • The Heat will now try to fight their way back to the championship bracket beginning Monday. The game begins at 4:00 pm against an opponent to be determined.
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  • Heat Beaten By Juco National Team
         By Karl Younkman
        The hitting woes of the Wellington Heat continued Saturday night at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium and the NJCAA National Team exploded for six runs in the 5th inning to beat the Heat 6-2 and send them to the losers bracket in the NBC World Series.
        The Heat did manage to get six hits in the game but they came mostly with the bases empty. Kirk Rocha and 2014 newcomer Nick Billinger provided the only RBI’s for the evening. Billinger got his in the 3rd when his single plated Aaron Siple and it was the 9th when Rocha delivered Paul Richmond home.
        Junior Mustain started on the mound for the Heat and when the Jucos came to bat in the bottom of the fifth inning Mustain was working on a no -hitter. ‘Someone’ in the press box that was covering the Heat for the Daily News mentioned that fact and immediately the jinx hit and the floodgates opened.
         After a single by the leadoff hitter, two consecutive triples down the right field line were followed by another single and two consecutive doubles down the right field line and after the dust had cleared the Heat was down 6-l.
        Associate Head Coach Adam Niesius pointed out one glaring deficiency of the Heat hitters. “We flew out 13 times tonight,” said Niesius. “We need to get on top of the ball instead of swinging for the fences. In the tournament so far overall there has only been three homeruns hit. So we need to keep to our strengths and get basehits.”
         Heat pitcher Derek Fischer who pitched the win Friday night and who will become an assistant pitching coach at his alma mater in 2015 was asked to comment on Mustain’s effort against the Jucos.
          “Junior was pitching hard,” said Fischer. “He was getting a lot of groundballs and keeping the ball out of the air. In the 5th he got pinched in the strike-zone a few times. Then they had some hard hit balls in the right place.”
         Six hard hit balls to be exact, all to right field by right handed hitters, in an inning that would bring Mustain’s night to an end.
         The Heat will now try to fight their way back to the championship bracket beginning Monday. The game begins at 4:00 pm against an opponent to be determined.
       
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