New Mexico wins Junior College World Series
Post Independent Staff
GRAND JUNCTION ” Cody Fielding hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the third inning to lead New Mexico Junior College to a 6-3 win over St. Petersburg (Fla.) in the championship game of the 2005 Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.
It was the first JUCO title for the Thunderbirds (54-10), who were also making their first appearance in the 10-team, eight-day, double-elimination tournament.
Fielding was credited with a homer by the official scorer when St. Petersburg center fielder Cheyne Hurst lost his fly ball in the sun and it rolled to the outfield fence.
Cody Harkham, who pitched 7 1-3 innings before being removed, earned the win. Josh Giles, who ended a late threat from the Titans when they loaded the bases with one out, was credited with the save.
Cory Zimmerman, who singled earlier in the inning, also scored on the play that boosted the Thunderbirds’ lead to 6-1. Prior to Fielding’s roller, New Mexico took a 4-1 lead on Mike Gosse’s solo homer and an RBI single from outfielder Amadis Padilla.
Tournament batting leader Renny Osuna gave the Thunderbirds the lead on a first-inning RBI single which they added to in the second when Isaac Rincon’s single scored Fielding from second base.
New Mexico was the only squad to go undefeated in tournament play. Previously, New Mexico defeated Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, Wallace State (Ala.) and Iowa Western Community College twice.
St. Petersburg (46-16) reached the championship game on elimination bracket victories over Texarkana (Tex.) College, Potomac State (W. Va.) and Wallace State after being saddled with a 12-6 loss to Potomac State Tuesday.
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