Bellevue coach Duane Monlux has been scouring the internet to find information about the Bruins’ first round opponent in the NAIA World Series. Bellevue is in Lewiston, Idaho, and opens the World Series on Friday afternoon against Auburn-Montgomery of Alabama.
Monlux says it won’t matter how much information he gathers if the Bruins don’t play well.
“There is a lot of information on the internet and you try to gather as much as you can”, said Monlux. “At the end it is still playing baseball. It is still guys making pitches, playing defense and trying to get timely hits.”
Bellevue is the third seed and enters the tournament with a 51-10 record. The Bruins are making their 13th appearance in the World Series and their first since 2008.
Auburn-Montgomery is seeded sixth and is 45-15. The Warhawks finished as the runner-up in both the Southern States Athletic Conference Regular-Season and Tournament to claim a bid to the National Tournament. They swept through the Opening Round Montgomery Bracket, which they hosted. AUM out-scored their opposition 38-15 to reach the World Series for the fourth time in program history.
Monlux says they key in a double elimination format is to avoid an early trip to the loser’s bracket.
“That is one thing that is nice about a tournament of this length is if you can stay in the winners bracket you get days off. If you are in the losers bracket you are going to go through a lot of pitching.”