The KCLB had an amazing showing at this years 84th NBC World Series.
The Kansas Cannons kicked us off in the first week of a tournament. Posting a 3-1 record. Pool champions, ultimately losing to the Colorado Cyclones. The Cannons placed 9th overall. 4th in winning percentage, 2nd in Team Pitching (ERA) and 7th in overall Team Batting Average at .307.
The Wellington Heat took 3rd place in Championship Week. Posting a 4-1 record. Recording quality wins over Jayhawk League Champions, Hays Larks and also Pacific International League Champions Seattle Cheney Studs. Finally losing in the semi-finals to the NJCAA National Team. The Heat were 3rd in winning percentage, 6th in Team Pitching (ERA) and 6th in overall Team Batting Average at .330.
The KCLB posted a 7-2 overall record. (.778) In comparison the Jayhawk League posted a 6-6 (.500) overall record, and the Sunflower League posted a 8-4 (.667) overall record. Both the Jayhawk and Sunflower had 4 teams in the tournament compared to our 2 teams.
The KCLB also had 20 players represented on different teams inside of the NBC who played key roles in other team's success.
Aaron Higgins - Wellington Heat
Wyatt Haccou- Wellington Heat
Naotaka Fujieda- Wellington Heat
Spencer Lloyd - San Antonio Angels
Traiton Suttles - San Antonio Angels
Matt Reeves - San Diego Reign
Blake Manuel - San Diego Reign
Blake Robinson - San Diego Reign
Ian Groves from - San Diego Reign
Johnny McIntyre - San Diego Reign
Josh Grubaugh- Kansas Cannons
Tony Trujillo - Kansas Cannons
Triston Wood- Kansas Cannons
Axel Arrieta - Colorado Cyclones
Jake Pearson- Colorado Cyclones
Harry Park- Liberal Bee Jays
Corey Steward- Liberal Bee Jays
Cody Carpenter- Northwest AZ Boom
Liam Rosebeck- Northwest AZ Boom
Andrew Black- Northwest AZ Boom
The Wellington Heat lost in the semi-finals to the Juco National Team (Team USA). 7-3.
The Heat took an early 3-0 lead in the game, but did not keep it for long. USA, scored in consecutive innings to take the lead late in the game, and did not look back.
Although this loss was heartbreaking for Heat and KCLB fans, we could not be more proud of the way the Heat represented the KCLB in the world series.
They posted a 4-1 record, and beat the Jayhawk League Champion Hays Larks, and Pacific International League Champion Seattle Cheney Studs. Quality wins over top programs in the country.
The Heat finished 45-10 overall.
The KCLB finished 7-2 in the NBC World Series. The highest winning percentage of all Kansas based leagues. Heat 4-1, Cannons 3-1.
The Heat held on to get a 1 run victory against the Seattle Studs Thursday night 4-3.
The Heat are now 4-0 in the NBC World Series and take on Team USA in the semi-finals tonight at 9:30.
The KCLB is now 7-1 in the NBC World Series. Come out tonight and Support your KCLB Wellington Heat.