WICHITA — The Boulder Collegians didn’t flinch after falling into an early hole and used an explosive five-run seventh inning to record an 8-5 win against the Wichita Slammers Monday in the back draw of the National Baseball Congress World Series.
The victory keeps the Collegians alive in the double-elimination tournament and sets up another elimination game Tuesday at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
The Collegians trailed 2-0 after three innings but took their first lead with a three-run fourth. The hometown Slammers recaptured the advantage with two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth, but the Collegians avoided elimination by erupting for five runs in the seventh, a burst highlighted by a two-run single from Drew Rosbottom.
Monarch graduate Cole Maltese followed Rosbottom’s shot with an RBI single, and Michael Graff added another RBI single to complete the rally. Rosbottom finished with three RBIs while going 3 for 4 with a pair of runs scored.
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Boulder Collegians 8, Wichita Slammers 5
At NBC World Series (Wichita, Kan.)
Slammers 101 021 000 — 5 13 0
Collegians 000 300 50X — 8 11 3
W — Patty. L — Ruxlow. Sv — Smith.
Collegians hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Kruzel 3-1-0-0, Sutherland 4-2-2-0, Ibarra 3-2-1-2, Rosbottom 4-2-3-3, Maltese 4-0-1-1, Graff 4-0-2-1, Powell 3-0-1-1, Katz 4-0-0-0, McCoy 4-1-1-1. 2B — McCoy. 3B — Ibarra.
Collegians pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Robinson 3.2-6-2-2-2-4; Blessing 1.1-3-2-0-0-0; Patty 2-3-1-1-2-2; Smith 2-1-0-0-0-1.