Jasper Reds Lose World Series Opener

nbc_2014logo2The Jasper Reds lost their opening game of the 2014 National Baseball Congress World Series 12-5 to the Derby Kansas Twins on Friday nigh in Wichita, Kansas
The Reds had a couple of early leads including a 5-3 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth, when Derby scored 3 times to take a 6-5 lead after five complete.  The Twins, of the famous Jayhawk League, then broke open the close game with 5 runs in the bottom of the 6th, capped by Dylan Dillard’s grand slam.  Dillard led the Jayhawk League in home runs this summer. None of the Reds top pitchers were able to make the trip to Wichita.
Jasper now plays the Kansas Cannons at 1pm (Jasper time) Saturday at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.  The tournament is honoring long-time Wichita State Baseball Coach Gene Stephenson on Saturday.
Earlier in July, Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks was named the National Baseball Congress Graduate of the Year.
Goldschmidt, one of numerous current and former Major Leaguers to play in this tournament, participated in the 2008 NBC World Series.

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