The Texas entry — Brookhaven — stayed alive and No. 1 Gloucester County (N.J.) and No. 6 Waubonsee (Ill.) remained unbeaten after the second day of play on Sunday in the NJCAA Division III World Series at Mike Carter Field.
Games continue today with two elimination contests at noon (Brookhaven vs. Niagara County, N.Y.) and 4 p.m. (Century, Minn., vs. Nassau, N.Y.), followed by the unbeaten game at 7 p.m. (Gloucester vs. Waubonsee).
Before the 7 p.m. game, to honor the U.S. Military on Memorial Day, Tyler Junior College assistant athletic director Chuck Smith, who recently returned from his deployment to the Middle East, will throw out the first pitch.
Brookhaven 9, Northern Essex (Mass.) 2
After dropping their opening games, the Brookhaven Bears (32-19) and Northern Essex Knights (18-16) needed a win to continue in the double-elimination tournament.
The Bears, who had been shutout on Saturday 2-0 by Waubonsee, brought their sticks on Sunday, banging out 14 hits.
Matt Stein, Alexander Anderson, Logan Tucker and Ethan Guinn had three hits apiece to spark the Bears' attack. Also, Tyler Edwards had two hits and three RBIs for the Farmers Branch college.
Stein, Anderson and Edwards each had doubles.
While the offense got going, Brookhaven's pitching was also stellar as Zack Freeman kept the Knights in check with six strikeouts and only one walk in 8.1 innings. Brice Springer got the final two outs.
Edgardo Medrano, Jacob Rayner and Christopher Legerstrom each had doubles for the Knights.
Medrano had two hits. Others with hits were Tyler Johnson, Alexander Ray, Christopher Martin and Trevor Bouvier.
Northern Essex was eliminated with the loss.
Century (Minn.) 5, Montgomery (Md.) 2
The Century Mighty Wood Ducks got on track as hurler Eldon Evans limited the Raptors to just two runs. Evans pitched eight innings and struck out six. Dakota Belter pitched an inning, striking out two.
Century (39-12) was led offensively Jack Lindberg's two hits and three RBIs. Ben LaMere had two hits, including a double and an RBI. Ben Schmitz and Zach Nielsen (RBI) each had hits.
The Raptors, who end their season at 40-17, banged out eight hits, including two each by Greg Turlik and Matthew Shook. Adding one hit apiece were Ian Velez, Sam Stefnaelli, Travis Smith and Miles Lieder, Both Shook and Lieder each had RBIs.
Gloucester (N.J.) 8, Niagara (N.Y.) 5
In a battle of unbeatens, the top-ranked Roadrunners broke out to a 4-0 lead and then held off the Thunderwolves.
George Monsen led Gloucester (47-3) with a 4 for 5 performance. Narcisco Crook, who belted a home run, continued his hitting with three hits and four RBIs. Bryan Perlmutter had a double, while Matt Ackerman, Tom Kain, Bret Phillips and Eric Frain each had a hit.
Ackerman, Perlmutter, Kain and Frain had RBI apiece.
Bill Mendek pitched 7.1 innings to get the win. Mike Cogliano (.2 innings) and Kevin Walsh finished the game.
The Thunderwolves (38-17) battled back, but couldn't get ahead of the Roadrunners.
Niagara players with hits were Chris Beer, Russell McGibbon, John Knauth, Anthony Schiro, Michael Elwood, Patrick Quinn, Nick Kellner and Mike Orlowski. With an RBI apiece were Beer, Schiro, Elwood and Orlowski.
Cameron Carney pitched 3.2 innings with Marcus Cavarello relieving for 5.1 innings and allowing only one run.
Waubonsee (Ill.) 8, Nassau (N.Y.) 3
In the second game of unbeatens, Waubonsee (38-22) plated four runs in the first inning and never looked back in registering the win.
Angel Sanchez held the Lions in check with seven hits and four strikeouts.
The Chiefs' bats were led by Harry Vickers with two hits and three RBIs, while Cody Burton had two hits and two RBIs. Eric Ray had two hits and an RBI. Jake Jouris and Tevin Brown each had hits. Ray and Tyler Mamoff had an RBI apiece.
For the Lions (20-17), William Cheshire had a 3 for 4 outing. Chris Appell had two hits, while Michael Cruz and Kevin Lao had a hit apiece. Also, Brandon Gideon and Cruz had RBIs.