August 2, 2013
The Broncos used aggressive offense and solid pitching to win four games and win the First Week Championship. Taking an early 4-0 lead to defeat the San Diego (CA) Force 6-2 in the meeting of the last two undefeated teams. Tyler Ware went 3-for-5 and scored twice and Clayton Taylor went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs.
Eric Schuermann, the second of four pitchers, earned the win in relief, allowing one hit and striking out three in 2 1/3 innings.
El Dorado, in winning a $5,000 compensation prize, led all teams in the First Week with a .331 batting average and was second in pitching with a 1.36 ERA. Taylor batted .500 (7-for-14) with 7 RBIs and three extra-base hits.
San Diego, which was unable to recover from that deficit, bounced back in the final game of the first week to beat Cape Girardeau (MO) 7-3. Timothy Williams went 3-for-5 and scored two runs, while Tyler Nordgren and K.J. Miramontes each drove in a pair of runs. Adrian DeMar went 5 2/3 innings to get the win.
The Broncos will open Championship Week on Aug. 2 against the Nevada (MO) Griffons.
The Force also earned a $5,000 compensation check and will play Clarinda (IA) Aug. 3
Those teams join 14 others, including two-time defending champion Santa Barbara (CA), in the second week double elimination phase.
This is the first year of the new format, in which the tournament is divided into two week-long segments.