Both Championship Week berths from the first week of the 85th National Baseball Congress World Series went to Sunflower Collegiate League teams following Wednesday’s final knockout games at Eck Stadium.
The Derby Twins outlasted the Hays Larks 9-7 and the Great Bend Bat Cats downed the Hutchinson Monarchs 24-10, the highest scoring game since the tourney returned to wood bats in 2000.
Derby scored in the bottom of the first on a double steal with runners at first and third base. Dorien Jenkins added an RBI single in the second inning.
Hays (34-12) came back with three runs in the top of the third. Alex Strachan hit an RBI single. Belbin hit a two-run triple. Derby matched that in the bottom of the third. Colton Whitehouse drove in a run with a double and scored on a Derrick Winn single. Derby added a run on a wild pitch.
Hays regained the lead with four runs in the fifth, aided by two errors and several other defensive misplays.
Derby loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh. A run scored on a wild pitch. Bryce Donovan followed with a two-run double to put the Twins back in the lead. Whithouse added an RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning.
Derrick Winn went two for three hitting to lead Derby. Ryan McNally went two for four. Whitehouse and Justin Bundy each went two for five.
Kaleb Hornea threw 2.2 innings of relief for the win. Jake Hammond finished the game for the save.
Skyler Luna went three for five for Hays. Grant Lung went two for three.
Newton Rebel Enzo Bonventre had a pinch-hit single for Hays.
Rustin Hays took the loss for Hays.