- Aug 12:
- Winning the CMWS: D-BAT Gallegos manager credits his mentor for teaching him about baseball, life
- Aug 9:
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos, Midland dominate Connie Mack World Series awards
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos sweeps Midland Redskins to win series title
- Aug 8:
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 8
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 19, D-BAT Gallegos vs. Midland Redskins
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins beat D-BAT Leach in Game 17 to move one win away from the title
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 7
- Aug 7:
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos' seventh-inning rally knocks out Danville in Game 16
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 17, Midland Redskins vs. D-BAT Leach
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins hammer D-BAT Gallegos 10-3 in Game 15
- Aug 6:
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 6
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Leach eliminates Carolina Vaqueros in Game 14
- CMWS 2014: Danville Hoots advance past South Troy Dodgers in Game 13
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 15, Midland Redskins vs. D-BAT Gallegos
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos remains unbeaten, topping D-BAT Leach 4-3 in Game 12
- CMWS 2014: Carolina Vaqueros walk off Bill Hood in Game 11
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 5
- Aug 5:
- CMWS 2014: South Troy stays alive, beating Frozen Ropes 2-1 in Game 10
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 12, D-BAT Gallegos vs. D-BAT Leach
- Aug 4:
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Leach survives scare from Bill Hood in Game 9
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 4
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins rally to beat Frozen Ropes 6-3 in Game 8
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 9, D-BAT Leach vs. Bill Hood Baseball
- CMWS 2014: Season ends for Strike Zone after 16-2 loss to Danville Hoots
- Aug 3:
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 3
- CMWS 2014: South Troy Dodgers eliminate Detroit Metro Stars from series after 5-1 victory in Game 7
- CMWS 2014: Bill Hood's Zach Clark claims Home Run Derby title
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 6, Strike Zone vs. Danville Hoots
- Aug 2:
- CMWS 2014: Bill Hood blanks Detroit Metro Stars 3-0 in Game 5
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 2
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Leach blasts South Troy in five innings in Game 4
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos beats Danville Hoots 7-5 in Game 3
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 5, Bill Hood Baseball vs. Detroit Metro Stars
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 1
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins walk off in extra innings against Farmington's Strike Zone
- Aug 1:
- CMWS 2014: New mascot, Hall of Fame inductees are among highlights of opening ceremony
- Connie Mack World Series Parade introduces 10 teams to Farmington
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 2, Midland Redskins vs. Strike Zone
- Jul 31:
- CMWS 2014: Read about the teams competing for the Connie Mack World Series title
- CMWS 2014: Strike Zone will make its fifth consecutive series appearance
- CMWS 2014: Carolina Vaqueros hopes for first title since 1994
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Leach makes second straight series appearance
- CMWS 2014: South Troy Dodgers make back-to-back series appearance
- CMWS 2014: Detroit Metro Stars make their first tournament appearance
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos brings talented group to the series
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins look for their 14th championship
- CMWS 2014: Frozen Ropes looks to make a deeper run
- CMWS 2014: Danville Hoots brings a young team to the series
- CMWS 2014: Bill Hood Baseball returns to series for first time since 2010
FARMINGTON — The Frozen Ropes opened the 2014 Connie Mack World Series with the exact start they were looking for.
The team out of McKinney, Texas, scored six runs in the fourth on its way to an 11-3 six-inning, run-rule victory over the Carolina Vaqueros on Friday at Ricketts Park in Farmington.
Ropes cleanup hitter Colin Simpson led the way with a big game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs.
"It was really fun, a great experience," Simpson said of the win. "It's the most fans I've ever played in front of. The field's amazing. It's a great opportunity, and I loved it a lot."
Frozen Ropes manager Danny Florence was happy with his guys' effort to open the series.
Frozen Ropes' Jake Hulsey pitches in the first half of the game against Puerto Rico's Carolina Vaqueros on Friday during the Connie Mack World Series at Ricketts Park in Farmington. (Alexa Rogals/The Daily Times)
"Getting them first game jitters out the way was huge," Florence said. "Everybody out there was new for us."
The Ropes got on the board first thanks to an RBI single by Simpson in the bottom of the first inning after an RBI single from Simpson to score leadoff hitter Bryar Barnes.
The Vaqueros knotted the score 1-1 with an RBI triple from catcher Angel Lopez in the top of the third inning.
The Texas team answered back with a run in the bottom half of the inning after another RBI single by Simpson scored Creighton Eldridge.
The Puerto Rico Regional champ tied the game again at 2-2 in the fourth, before the Ropes exploded for six runs in the bottom of the inning.
Simpson, Barnes, and Montana Sadler record RBIs in the Ropes outburst.
Frozen Ropes sealed the game with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, capped by a walkoff RBI single by Barnes to seal the victory.
"It would have been good to get it done earlier, but we hung in," Florence said.
Jake Hulsey got the win on the mound for Frozen Ropes after allowing two runs in five and a third innings.
Joshua Colon took the loss for the Vaqueros, allowing five runs in three innings of work.
Frozen Ropes will be off until Monday when they play Midland.
Florence said his team will remain focused while trying to enjoy the next couple of days at the tournament.
Carolina will have a bye in the loser's bracket and won't play until Tuesday.
Joshua Perry is the sports editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him @jperrysuu on Twitter.