By Travis Mounts
The Cheney Diamond Dawgs sit atop Pool A in championship week play at the National Baseball Congress World Series.
The Diamond Dawgs pick up their second NBC win on Saturday night, beating the San Diego Waves 8-5 in Saturday’s late game at Wichita State. Both teams had won their openers on Thursday.
The Waves, playing as the home team, drew first blood with 2 runs in the first and 3 more in the second inning. Cheney answered in the top of the third, tying the game at 5. The Waves helped with two walks to begin the inning, but then San Diego record two outs. Another walk loaded the bases. Then a San Diego wild pitch led to a run and advanced the runners. An error allowed two more runs to score as batter Trestan Kennard got on base and advanced to second. He went to third on another wild pitch, and scored on Andrew Miller’s triple. Miller scored on a single by Matt Scheurich.
Wade Raburn’s seventh-inning double scored a run. Blake Rambusch and Ramon Vingochea scored in the eighth.
Cheney took advantage of nearly every San Diego mistake. The Waves outhit the Diamond Dawgs 11-5.
Starter Nate Postlethwait had a rough night, leaving the game in the top of the second. His teammates picked up, with Tyler Miller pitching 6-2/3 innings and getting the win. John Shull got the save for Cheney.
Wade Raburn, Kennard, Miller, Scheurich and Chaney Dodge all batted in runs for the Diamond Dawgs.
Cheney’s next game will be at 1 p.m. Monday. The Diamond Dawgs (2-0) will take on the Texas Express (0-2) in the final pool play game for both teams.