The Cheney Diamond Dawgs are a game away from the NBC championship.
The Dawgs beat league the rival Mulvane Patriots 7-4 Friday night in their quarterfinal game at the National Baseball Congress World Series. Now Cheney will face the Kansas Stars – an all-star team of former Major League Baseball players – in one of two semifinals on Saturday evening at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
Cheney scored four runs in the top of the first. Mulvane answered with a single run in the bottom of the first, leaving Cheney ahead 4-1. The teams then played through six scoreless innings.
The Dawgs went ahead 7-1, scoring three times in the top of the eighth. Mulvane got two runs back in the bottom of the inning. The Patriots tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth, but managed just one more run.
Cheney and the Kansas Starts are scheduled to play at 7 p.m. Saturday. The other semifinal, between the Hays Larks and Everett (Wash.) Merchants, will begin at 3 p.m. It was originally scheduled to be the nightcap, but was moved to Saturday afternoon because of the threat of inclement weather late Saturday evening.
Diamond Dawgs advance to NBC quarterfinals
It’s on to the quarterfinals for the Cheney Diamond Dawgs.
The Dawgs wrapped up pool play in the championship week with a dramatic, walk-off victory on Thursday afternoon at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Cheney defeated the San Antonio (Texas) Angels 3-2.
Andrew Miller scored the winning run. He got on base with a single to right field. He then advanced to second on a sacrifice by Scott Hastings. Hastings got on base, too, because of an error by the Angels. Miller scored on a blown pick-off attempt.
San Antonio scored a single run in each of the first two innings for a 2-0 lead. Cheney got a run back in the bottom of the second. Tresten Kennard got a walk and then stole second base. A ground-rule double by Miller scored Kennard.
The Dawgs tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth when Travis Young scored on a single by Quentin Crandall. Young got on base with a walk and went to second on a single to right field by Grant Devore.
Cheney will play in Friday’s quarterfinals. Game time and the Dawgs’ opponent are unknown as of 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Three more games are scheduled in pool play Thursday.
Diamond Dawgs keep on winning
By Michael Buhler
The Cheney Diamond Dawgs just keep winning at the National Baseball World Series.
The Diamond Dawgs won their first pool game of championship week last Sunday by rallying from a six-run deficit for a 9-8 win over the Seattle Studs.
In that game, Cheney trailed 8-2 after five innings but rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth, then added another in the eighth and scored two in the top of the ninth to complete the comeback.
“We have said all year if we have good at bats and get the starter out, we have a chance late in the game,” Cheney coach Pat Hon said. “The guys have done a great job of that the last few weeks. so I just reminded them that the starter was at 85 in the fifth inning – and if can get him out, we will win.”
Trailing 8-7 in the top of the ninth, Jackson Glenn and Wyatt Divis both singled to lead off the inning, then Andrew Miller doubled home Glenn to tie the game and send Divis to third. Shortly after that, Divis scored on a wild pitch to give the Dawgs a 9-8 lead.
Cheney trailed 8-2 in the top of the sixth inning when its offense came alive. Josh Whisler connected on a bases-loaded single to score Miller and Tresten Kennard to make it an 8-4 game, then Grant Devore doubled home Quentin Crandall and Travis Young to make it a two-run game.
The Dawgs got within one run in the top of the eighth when Crandall led off the inning with a triple, then scored on a Hunter Douglas ground-rule double to make it 8-7 and set the table for the exciting finish in the ninth.
Devore had four hits from the leadoff spot for Cheney – including a pair of doubles – while Miller, Crandall and Whisler each had a pair of hits. Whisler also drove in three runs. Connor Queen tossed 4 1/3 innings of one-hit, scoreless relief for the win.
“Seattle has beat us two years in a row in close games and we really wanted another crack at them,” Hon said. “They are a class organization with a class coach.”
The Diamond Dawgs made it to championship week by winning all three games of pool play last week, then won a play-in game last Friday against Great Bend to advance to championship week.
Last Tuesday, Cheney downed the WestChase (Texas) Express 12-9 to win its second game in opening-week pool play. The Dawgs led 7-0 after two innings and held off several comeback attempts by the Express to take the win.
Divis and Kennard both homered and each drove in four runs, while Dallas Reed added a pair of hits – including a triple – and Scott Hastings doubled. Bradley Demco tossed 3 1/3 innings of relief to earn the win.
The Diamond Dawgs completed a sweep of their pool last Thursday by rolling past the Jasper (Ind.) Reds 12-2. Cheney and the Reds were tied at 2-2 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Dawgs scored nine time in the inning to break the game open.
Devore had three hits to lead Cheney, while Young added a pair, a double and a triple. Devore, Kennard and Young each drove in two runs, while Devore added a double. Tyler Miller started and got the win, holding Jasper to one hit over four innings.
The Dawgs reached championship week by rallying past the Great Bend Bat Cats 5-3 in 10 innings. With the score tied at 3-3 after nine innings, Reed and Young both scored on wild pitches to give Cheney the lead.
The Diamond Dawgs trailed 3-0 after five innings, but began to chip away in the top of the sixth as Divis scored on a Tresten Kennard base hit to make it 3-1. In the top of the seventh, Crandall singled home Young to make it 3-2, then Kennard singled home Phil Ingram to tie the game.
Ingram led Cheney with three hits, while Reed added a pair and Whisler doubled. Demco tossed 5 1/3 of scoreless relief for the win.
“I have never had a team with this much fight in them,” Hon said. “They always think they have a chance.”
The Diamond Dawgs took on the Hays Larks earlier this week in pool play and will wrap up pool play Thursday against the San Antonio Angels. The top two teams in each pool will advance to the quarterfinals, which begin Friday.
Diamond Dawks advance to championship week
The Cheney Diamond Dawgs are making quite the first impression.
The team, playing its first season in Cheney after moving from Valley Center, will be part of championship week at the National Baseball Congress World Series, held at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita.
The Diamond Dawgs advanced to one of two semifinals in the play-in week, where they faced the Great Bend Bat Cats. Cheney rolled through pool play, getting two of its three wins in run-rule games.
However, it took extra innings to win Friday night’s semifinal. The Bat Cats scored three times in the bottom of the fifth, breaking a scoreless tie. Cheney evened the score over the next two innings. In the top of the sixth, the Diamond Dawgs’ Wyatt Divis scored on a single by Dallas Reed. Cheney strung together a series of hits in the top of the seventh, scoring twice to even the game 3-3. The game stayed tied through the rest of regulation.
In the top of the 10th, with Reed on second and two outs, Cheney scored two runs on two different wild pitches, all in one at-bat while Grant Devore was at the plate. In the bottom of the inning, the Bat Cats got two runners on base but couldn’t convert, sealing the victory for Cheney.
Cheney wins NBC pool
The Diamond Dawgs advanced to Friday’s semifinal by sweeping its pool. Cheney wrapped up pool play with a 12-2, run-rule victory over the Jasper (Ind.) Reds. The game was called after 5-1/2 innings. On Tuesday, Cheney knocked off the Westchase (Texas) Express 12-9.
Diamond Dawgs win NBC opener
The Cheney Diamond Dawgs rolled to an easy victory in their first game at the 2017 NBC World Series, held at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita.
The Dawgs pounded the Fresno (Calif.) A’s 10-0 in a 5-1/2 inning, run-rule game.
Cheney scored twice in the bottom of the first. Tresten Kennard hit a 2-out, 2-run double for a 2-0 lead.
The A’s pitching struggled the entire game, despite using multiple pitchers. The A’s gave up four straight walks the Diamond Dawgs to open the bottom of the second. The Dawgs took advantage, scoring 4 runs for a 6-0 lead going into the third inning.
Cheney added four more runs in the fourth for a 10-0 lead. Cheney held Fresno scoreless in the top of the fifth, ending the game early.
The Diamond Dawgs, playing in Pool B, will take on the Westchase (Texas) Express at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Express also won on Sunday. Cheney will wrap up pool play on THursday with a game against the Jasper (Ind.) Reds.
There are four pools of four teams playing this week at the NBC. On Friday, the Pool A and Pool C winners will play, as will the Pool B and D winners. The two winners from those games will advance to the NBC’s Championship Week, which begins on Saturday.
In Pool D, the Great Bend Bat Cats and Hattiesburg (Miss.) Black Sox picked up wins in their first game.