Twins ground Aviators at NBC

A wild pitch end the Haysville Aviators’ run at the 2019 National Baseball Congress World Series, with Derby beating the Aviators 7-6e Wednesday night at Wichita State University.

Derby scored 2 runs in the bottom of the ninth, negating a 5-run top of the ninth from the Aviators.

Pitcher Ben Ludwig came in to start the bottom of the ninth for Haysville, but the Twins hot two singles and a walk to load the bases with just one out. The Aviators then swapped pitchers, bringing in Devin Marton. Derby’s Thomas Green hit a sacrifice fly to right field, which gave Derby two outs but also tied the game at 6. Then on a 2-1 pitch, Martons pitch got past Dayan Reinoso, allowing Colton Whitehouse to score the winning run.

Generating runs was a challenge for the Aviators during most of their NBC run, which included a pair of shutout losses to start the tournament. They were held scoreless through the first seven innings on Wednesday, and trailed 1-0 heading into the eighth. Sterling Spurling scored on a single by Charles Gordon.

Derby answered with 4 runs in the bottom of the inning to go up 5-1.

The Aviators found their groove in the top of the ninth. With two runners on and one out, Keaton Candor drove in a run with a double. That led to a Twins’ pitching change. Senituli Taufahema’s single loaded the bases. Cody Muncy then scored on a fielder’s choice to make it 5-3. A walk sent Candor home, and Spurling and Drew Helberg scored on a fielder’s choice to give the Aviators a 6-5 lead.

Derby advances to play the Cheney Diamond Dawgs on Thursday night.