WICHITA — A complete effort from the West squad capped its 8-0 win in Saturday’s Sunflower Collegiate League showcase game at Eck Stadium.
The West pitching was dominant. Cheney starting pitcher Trevin Reynolds (Colorado Mesa, Las Vegas, Nev.) opened with two shutout innings and his relief corps allowed five hits.
The West bats scored eight runs in two innings.
The first three West hitters reached base in the second, bringing Hutchinson’s Clayton Chadwick (Sam Houston State, La Vernia, Texas) to the plate. The Monarch drove in its first run. Monarch teammate Dylan Nedved (Iowa, Shawnee) broke open the floodgates with a three-run triple with two outs.
Nedved drove in a fourth run in the fifth with an RBI single, earning him MVP honors Saturday.
“I was really excited to get the opportunity to play with such great ballplayers,” Nedved said. “After having no competition in the spring, it’s been nice to have great competition this summer.”
West and Cheney head coach Pat Hon said he and his staff watched in amazement as their pitching staff threw a shutout.
The East was held hitless before a fourth-inning leadoff double from Newton’s Lincoln Andrews.
“The Hutchinson coaches and I were thinking, ‘can you imagine going into the NBC with this team?’ Hon said. “It was a pretty special group on the field.”
Six of the eight West pitchers recorded at least one strikeout, including a pair of punch outs from Nedved and relief pitcher Aaron Haase (Wichita State, Amarillo, Texas).
Andrews was East’s top hitter, finishing 2-for-2 and reached base in three plate appearances. The East’s final five pitchers pitched scoreless frames.