Patriots take first game in the D3CS

By Jim Dixon

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. -- The battle of Texas has its first causality, as Texas-Tyler defeated Texas Lutheran 8-1 in game one of the D-III Championship Series at 2018 NCAA D-III College World Series at neuroscience group field at Fox Cities Stadium.

The Patriots were firing on all cylinders as the pitching and defense kept the Bulldog offense off balance and the hitters gave the team a healthy cushion on the scoreboard.

Josh Burns swinging the bat
Josh Burns drove in two runs in the Patriots' five-run explosion in the fourth inning.
Photo by Steve Frommell,
Simon Sedillo se-dealing
Simon Sedillo did some straight dealing in his start on three days' rest.
Photo by Steve Frommell,

Texas Tyler wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard. Jared Pauley and Alex Bishop walked and were driven home by Blake Wilson who tripled down the right field line.

Nathan Malinovsky, the Texas Lutheran starter never came out of the dugout for the second inning. Jacob Wieder took the mound with extra warmup pitches.

TLU had runners on base for each of the first three innings only to see innings one and two end on double plays. In the third, Riley Schaefer doubled to left and Ben Marvin plated him with a single that dropped between the shortstop and left fielder.

The Patriots did most of their damage in the fourth with five runs to take a commanding 7-1 lead. Bowie Farris opened with a single to right and was pushed to second on a walk to Graham Welch. Blake Maddox brought home the first run of the inning and Henry Sanchez followed with the second free pass of the inning. Pauley scored two with a double on the left field line to end the day for Weider. Cody Rimko took over on the mound. Following a groundout for the first out, Josh Burns got two RBIs of his own on the final hit of the inning for the Patriots.

UTT added added to its run totals in the sixth. Pauley walked and moved to second on Tanner Roach's single. Pauley stole third and was in position to score on Burns' fly ball to center.

Simon Sedillo pitched a complete game for the Patriots, getting his second win and second complete game of the World Series. He allowed one run (earned) on six hits. Malinovsky took the loss with two runs in his only inning of work.

Both teams will return to the diamond following a 30 minute break with Texas-Tyler as the home team.