2023 Avista NAIA World Series – Game Eight Recap 

Southeastern (Fla.) starts Red Banner defense with strong pitching effort 


No. 1 Southeastern (56-4) def. No. 9 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (34-17), 5-2 | Box Score 


  • No. 1 Southeastern (Fla.) will play No. 4 William Carey (Miss.) (48-9) on Monday at 6:35 p.m. PT/8:35 p.m. CT 
  • No. 9 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) will drop to the loser’s bracket and play No. 10 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (35-27) on Monday at 11:35 a.m. PT/1:35 p.m. CT 



  • Tonight’s contest was a matchup of the 2022 World Series Finale which saw the Fire defeat LCSC 11-5  
  • The Warriors opened the scoring in the top of the second, when heady base running by Isaiah Thomas took advantage of a fielding error and two wild pitches 
  • Southeastern countered right back with a two out, RBI single to right field by Josh Pogozzo, scoring Stephen Cullen 
  • Lewis-Clark State had a chance to break the tie in the top of the fourth as they had the bases loaded, but a Nick Seamons strikeout ended the frame 
  • The Fire broke the stalemate in the bottom of the fifth as Adonys Herrera singled to center field, which scored the speedy Nick Winkelmey from second base 
  • After throwing 112 pitches and striking out 13 batters, Darien Smith gave up a solo blast to left field – off the bat Thomas – to knot the game at 2-2 in the eighth 
  • Set up by singles from Nunez and Herrera, Chayce Bryant blasted a three run homer to center field, bringing the score to 5-2 
  • Reese Wissinger (W, 5-0) finished the last two innings and struck out five; Herrera went 3-4 with a run and RBI in the win 




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