Midwest City, OK Ousts Las Vegas, NV
Despite the absence of their star shortstop, Midwest City has more than held their own this week. They continued their run with a superb outing from starting pitcher Kevin Hill and defeated the Western Regional champs 7-1.
Midwest City, the Mid-South Regional champs, started off with a one run first inning to give themselves the early lead. Things remained relatively quiet for a few innings, before the Outlaws broke through for another run in the top of the fifth. They blew the game open with a four run seventh. Las Vegas got a run back in the bottom of the inning, but Midwest City answered with their last run in the eighth.
Midwest City starter Kevin Hill was superb, going the distance and surrendering one unearned run on just five hits. He walked one and struck out seven. Dakota Roehl was the hard luck loser for Las Vegas, as he went seven innings and gave up six runs, though just one of them was earned. He scattered eight hits and four strikeouts, pitching well enough to win. Derron Davis came in for the final two innings, giving up a run on five hits.
Caleb Price, the designated hitter in the nine hole, led the offensive attack for Oklahoma with a homerun and three rbis. Turner Coon and Dalton Bernardi both added two rbis apiece. Brooks Klein had three hits for Las Vegas in the losing effort.
Midwest City advances to the tournament's final day. They'll take on the winner of tonight's game between Eden Prairie, MN and Roseburg, OR. They'll need to win two games tomorrow, whether that be against Roseburg and Eden Prairie, or two over the Minnesota champs.