WICHITA — The National Junior College Athletic Association National Team claimed the final quarterfinal spot of the NBC World Series with an 8-0 win over the Everett Merchants Wednesday night at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
The game was called after five innings on the eight-run rule.
The NJCAA finishes second in its pool at 2-1. Everett finishes 1-2.
Jared Shemper threw five innings for the NJCAA to claim the win. He allowed three hits, a walk and nine strikeouts. Indigo Diaz, Nick Urbantke and Juan Cabrera finished the game. Cabrera struck out two.
The Merchants used six pitchers with starter Trevelle Hill taking the loss. Hill allowed one earned run on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Jackson Bandow struck out three. Alex Aumick struck out two.
A pair of errors in the top of the first led to a pair of runs for the NJCAA team. Brandon Parker and Brock Edge each had an RBI single in the inning.
Kade Clemens added a run-scoring triple for the NJCAA in the top of the fourth.
The wheels fell off for Everett in the top of the seventh inning as the NJCAA scored five runs.
Tommy Sacco and Clemens each hit an RBI single. Josh Brystan hit an RBI double. Brant Blaylock and Saul Garza each drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in a run. The last NJCAA run was aided by a dropped fly ball in foul territory.
Clemens finished the game three for four hitting. Brock Edge went two for three.
Anthony Gomez went two for three for Everett.
Shemper (W, 1-0), Diaz 6, Urbantke 6, Cabrera 7 and Hoehner; Hill (L, 0-1), Bandow 6, Powers 7, Mahovlich 7, Anderson 7, Aumick 7 and Ferguson. Time — 2:38.