Outlaws two wins from CABA World Series title

Star Staff

One tie was enough.

So, batting in the bottom of the seventh inning with the score knotted at 3, pinch-hitter Thomas Ayers doubled and Jacob Kok followed with a walk-off single for a 4-3 victory for the Miles City Outlaws Varsity over highly regarded Seattle En Fuego on Monday afternoon.

The win left the Outlaws at 2-0-1 in pool play at the Continental Amateur Baseball Association (CABA) 18U World Series in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The Outlaws face the winless (0-3) Mountain Northwest All-Stars at 3:30 p.m. today in bracketed play. The second game has En Fuego (2-1) playing host Cheyenne (1-0-2).

Cheyenne, which tied 2-2 in pool play against both the Outlaws and En Fuego, edged Mountain Northwest 3-2 in the final game of pool play Monday night.

Miles City jumped ahead early against En Fuego, scoring twice in the first inning and once in the second to back the pitching of starter Jace Notbohm. Kyle Nielson singled with one out, Seb Morrow reached on an error and both scored on a double by Makenzie Gross.

The Outlaws made it 3-0 when Quayde Shores doubled to start the second and came around to score on two passed balls.

It stayed that way until the fifth when Notbohm had his shutout bid denied on back-to-back two-out run-scoring doubles. Notbohm finished the fifth before giving way to newcomer Reid Baty, who surrendered the tying run in the sixth on a single and double. Baty then walked two to load the bases before getting out of the jam on a grounder to shortstop Dylan Monroe.

In the top of the seventh, En Fuego didn’t score despite two singles and two errors by the Outlaws. Baty induced a short fly ball to right field and a comebacker to end the inning.

Then came the heroics with one out by Ayers and Kok to end the game and put the Outlaws within two victories of taking the title.

Notbohm allowed two runs on six hits and two walks, striking out five. Baty blew the save but picked up the victory. He allowed four hits and two walks.

The Outlaws outhit En Fuego 10-7 with Nielson and Kok collecting two hits each.

The third-place and championship games are scheduled Wednesday.

The Outlaws improved their record to 33-26-3.