San Jacinto bounces back from Monday loss |

San Jacinto bounces back from Monday loss

GRAND JUNCTION – Sometimes having last ups is the best thing about being the home team. The San Jacinto (Texas) Gators certainly feel that way about Tuesday’s game with Broward (Fla.) Community College.San Jacinto (38-24) scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to overcome a lead Broward took in the eighth inning for an 18-17 win to stay unbeaten in the double-elimination tournament.With one out, designated hitter Kyle Henson homered to knot the game at 17-all. Two hitters later J.P. Patron, who tripled off losing pitcher Mike Fiers, scored the winning run on Jared Gayheart’s bunt single.The Gators play today at 7:30 p.m. Broward was eliminated with their second loss in the tournament.

Milton Loo’s steal of home plate was the highlight of a five-run, third inning for the Roughriders (55-11), who got a strong complete game outing from starter Joey Rosas to keep the Western Division champions alive.They face the loser of Tuesday night’s Potomac State/Wallace State contest. Loo, who grew up on the small Hawaiian island of Molokai, singled to center to get on, and moved to third when Butler pitcher Brandon Johnson hit Aaron Asher with a pitch and then walked a batter.Kevin Gossage, the nephew of former major leaguer Goose Gossage, had three hits in five at bats, including a two-run homer as part of the Roughriders’ third. Butler (39-19) was eliminated from further tournament play with its second loss.

Freshman Michael Wheeler drove in two runs in the third and fourth innings for the Senators (58-7) for a commanding 5-0 lead over the Gators (37-24), before San Jacinto cut the lead to 5-3 in the fourth on Jared Dyer’s three-run homer.Wheeler’s one-out triple that scored Chad Maddox and Jason Gray broke a scoreless tie in the third. The Walters State catcher added to the Senators’ lead when he singled home Gray and R.J. Scheck in the following inning.Starter Lance McClain earned a complete game win, striking out eight hitters, giving up one more run to the Gators – in the seventh – after Dyer homered.Walters State plays tonight at 7:30 p.m.

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