Merchants knocked out of ‘pool’ bracket in NBC World Series

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By Luke Olson

The Everett Merchants had a chance to advance to the final eight teams with a shot at the NBC World Series title–supporting a 1-1 record and coming off a crucial 7-2 victory over San Diego Force Baseball.

But, when the offense does not score any runs, that becomes the detriment of a loss. The Merchants fell to the NJCAA National team, 8-0 last Thursday–eliminating them from the tournament.

Trevelle Hill gave his team a quality outing on the mound, surrendering three runs (one earned) on five innings pitched. He walked four and struck out four. Two of the unearned runs came in the top of the first that began with a throwing error from the second baseman and was later brought in on a single.

The other came on a crisp single to center–but a costly throwing error from Gavin Rork in center field had the runner cross home with ease for a 2-0 lead.

The offense never amassed a rally or any sort of momentum. They had only three runners in scoring position and two of those base runners came in the bottom of the sixth inning. Anthony Gomez and Max Whitt provided back-to-back singles and both advanced on a fielders choice. But, a pitching change from NJCAA proved to be instrumental to stop Everett’s chances as he put out the next two batters to end the inning.

NCJAA shut the door the next inning with a catastrophic five-run inning from their offense.

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