NAIA World Series title won by LCC Chaps
1983 The NAIA World Series officially left Lubbock after a three-year run Monday but, for the first time in that span, the winners' traveling trophy will remain in town.
In its third try as the host team, Lubbock Christian College found all the ingredients for a national championship, holding off top-ranked Lewis-Clark College 12-9 to capture the Chaps' first NAIA crown in the school's 13-year baseball history.
For the Chaps, the winning recipe included clutch hitting from Bob Fannin and Ed Jeffrey and taking advantage of uncharacteristically sloppy fielding by the Warriors. But in the end, it was the strong pitching of Chaparral starter Kirk Dudley and relievers David Bulls and Rick Dillman which capped the most successful LCC season ever before a record crowd of 3,467.
"It came down to what options were available," said a happy but exhausted LCC coach Larry Hays, who handled his pitching st.
He got six strong innings from Dudley. Then Bulls came in to pitch the Chaps out of one jam and, after Travis Walden got one out, Dillman struck out the final two Warrior batters to record the save as he was buried by his celebrating teammates.
With the score tied 7-7, the Chaps scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth for a 12-7 lead. But then they had to hold on for dear life.
"They just never quit," Hays said of the Warriors. "A normal club we would have beat three times."
Bulls, 13-5, gave up a single to Brian Thomas and walked Jeff Villa in the top of the ninth and was replaced by Walden, who walked Chad Miltenberger to load the bases. Thomas scored on a wild pitch before Fred Quintero grounded out.
Walden then walked Dan Dow to reload the bases and was replaced by Dillman, who gave up a single to Gary Balmer to make the score 12-9.
But then Dillman, a freshman who saved a state high school championship game when he was a junior at Monterey, went to work against the meat of the Warriors' lineup.
He struck out David Martinez who was three-for-six, on an 0-2 pitch. Then, against NAIA player of the year Jim O'Dell, Dillman worked the count full before catching O'Dell looking with a fastball, setting off a wild celebration by the Chaps which buried Dillman between the mound and home plate.
The Chaparrals, who lost to the Warriors 18-17 in a 10-inning marathon early Friday morning, forced the championship game by defeating Lewis-Clark 4-3 on Sunday.