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Bellevue and Webber International Win Match-Ups on Day 3

LEWISTON – Day Three of the Avista-NAIA World Series went off without a hitch as the weather window stayed open for both elimination games to be played. Bellevue (Neb.) holds on to advance to tomorrow’s contest while Webber International’s pitching allows the Warriors to stay in the championship hunt. 

GAME NOTES/HIGHLIGHTS

No. 5 Bellevue (Neb.) (49-12) def. No. 9 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (39-18), 9-7

  • Second pitch of the game, Kanta Kobayashi tripled to left field
  • Consecutive singles produced a pair of RBI for the Bruins to take an early 2-0 lead
  • With runners on the corners, Sandoval’s hit went up the middle to plate the Pioneers first run
  • Alexandro Celiceo minimized the damaged with a ground out to end the inning with two MNU runners on the bags
  • MNU starter Alex Meyers was relieved at the mound after 1.2 innings and 28 pitches
  • Noah Castillo tied the contest in the third inning with a solo bomb to left field
  • The stalemate was broken in the sixth as a two batter sequence saw Alec Ackerman single and then Brenton Davis go yard for two-RBI
  • After a pitching change, BU ended the seventh inning with a double play to preserve their one run advantage
  • MidAmerica was pulling out all the stops in the pitching game not wanting their season to end
  • The Bruins benefitted from Alex Stufft’s at-bat as after a balk was awarded and the base runner moved to third, he laid down a smooth bunt giving BU a 5-3 margin after eight
  • Not going out without a fight, Joey Calamaio launched a pinch hit home run to left field – only his second on the year
  • Normally a starter, Elijah Johnson earns the save which is the second in the last three postseason games; he recorded a pair of strikeouts and is the NAIA leader
  • Celiceo (W, 7-1) controlled 6.1 innings for the Bruins allowing three earned runs and tallying four strikeouts
  • The Pioneers used five pitchers in the game with Eric Navarette (L, 5-6) seeing the bulk of the action with four innings
  • Ackerman and Davis had matching 3-4 days with two runs scored each
  • MNU had a trio of batters go 2-4 (Ryan Leo, Joshuan Sandoval, and Castillo)
  • Bellevue now sits one victory away from the third 50-win season under head coach Duane Monlux
  • This season was the 50th in Pioneer history in which they reached their first World Series

No. 10 Webber International (Fla.) (42-21) def. No. 6 Westmont (Calif.) (45-13), 2-0

  • Both teams entered the game looking for their first ever World Series victory for two of the rookie programs in Lewiston this season
  • Westmont was a No. 1 seed in the Opening Round they hosted while Webber International was a Cinderella reaching Idaho after being the third team in the bracket
  • During their first trip to the plate, Bryan Eusebio singled through the left side giving WIU their first lead ever in the Series as two runs scored on the base knock
  • Through five trips to the plate, the Westmont Warriors remained scoreless with only two hits and three walks, but striking out five times
  • Bradley Heacock settled in after the first frame, holding WIU scoreless and bidding time for the Westmont offense to kick into gear
  • In the top of the seventh, Westmont was given an extra life as Robbie Haw beat out the double-play throw which would have ended the inning
  • The next batter Brady Renck reached on an error which put runners on the corners
  • With a runner on third for the first time in the contest, WC had a real chance to get on the scoreboard, but the inning end on Xavier Rodriguez eighth strikeout
  • Rodriguez exited the game at the competition of the seventh with a four hit shutout going, handing the ball Dawson Young for the save opportunity
  • A lead-off fielding error by Webber International allowed Josh Rego to double to left field, posting runners on second and third with no outs punched in the inning
  • Young rebounded with back-to-back strikeouts swinging and ended the inning with a third K as Parker Zarbaugh left the bat on his shoulder in a pinch hit entry into the lineup
  • Westmont was down to its final three outs and needed at least two runs scored for their season to continue
  • They managed just one hit from Haw and he never advanced beyond first base with the game ending on Young’s fifth strikeout of the game
  • Westmont was not able to take advantage of the two error committed by the WIU defense
  • All four hits by the WIU Warriors were different batters – drake Dobyanski, Josh Blackmore, Tyren Milliner, and Eusebio
  • Rego had put Westmont on his back, in both tournament games, going 3-4 and was the only Warrior to record multiple hits

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