Saturday’s Alpine Bank Junior College World Series Recap
Post Independent Staff
J.P. Patron’s tie-breaking, three-run homer was the key blast of a four-run 10th inning rally by the Gators (37-23) in a first-round game against state rival Temple (44-17). The victory advanced San Jacinto to Monday’s 7:30 p.m. winners bracket game with Walters State, Tenn.
The Gators took an early 3-0 lead on Kyle Henson’s RBI base hit and a two-run single from Nicholas Godre in the first. Then San Jacinto scored three times in the fourth to extended the lead.
In the sixth inning, the Leopards drew to a 6-all deadlock, scoring an unearned run and then scoring again on a two-run homer by Brian Ruggiano. Trey Hogan sent the game into extra innings on a game-tying single that scored baserunners Austin Turner and Josh Wilson.
Fourteen-game winner Jack Tilghman of the Senators (57-7) outdueled his Conners State (36-21) counterpart Josh Neal in a pitchers’ match for a 3-1 victory. Both hurlers went the distance for their respective teams, allowing 11 hits and striking out 13 between them.
The Cowboys, who play Temple, Texas, in a losers-out game at 10 a.m. today, scored first when Kevin Campbell doubled in Darren Blocker. Walters State promptly tied the game back at 1-all in the third and took the lead for good the next inning when R.J. Scheck raced home from third on a Neal wild pitch.
Enrique Garcia tossed a complete-game seven-hitter with 11 strikeouts for the Catamounts (40-13) who advance to Monday afternoon’s winners bracket game against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
Potomac State eked out two runs in the top of the first inning, only to see its lead halved by South Suburban (51-11) in the bottom of the frame. The Catamounts distanced themselves by scoring two runs in the fourth, taking advantage of some sloppy defensive play from their opponents.
The rally took shape when Derek Bowen of the Catamounts slapped a double with two outs. A passed ball that went through South Suburban catcher Eric Chappel’s legs advanced Bowen to third. He scored on Joe Ageste’s infield single.
Ageste was also able to maneuver himself into scoring position when first baseman Jim Kolovich’s relay throw to pitcher Andy Loomis ” covering the bag ” sailed wide. Potomac’s designated hitter Chase Bailey cashed in on the mistake by poking an RBI single, scoring Ageste from second.
Due to the length of Saturday’s early games, the results of Saturday evening’s Broward, Fla. ” Butler, Kan., contest were not available at press time.
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