Temple scores 11 runs to stay alive
Post Independent Staff
GRAND JUNCTION ” The Leopards sent 11 hitters to the plate and scored seven runs in the fifth inning to force the eight-run ahead mercy rule after seven innings in a Junior College World Series elimination bracket contest. Temple allowed two runs, but won by a final score of 11-2. John Wilson and Lance Lofton hit back-to-back home runs in the rally.
Temple (44-17) never trailed. A lead-off homer by Leopards infielder Brian Ruggiano in the first combined with an RBI double from designated hitter Jonathan Farrow opened a 2-0 lead.
Starter Kane Holbrooks pitched the full seven innings for Temple, scattering seven hits, allowing single earned runs in separate innings. Connors State (42-22) was eliminated after its second tournament loss.
Sophomore right-hander Mike Fiers was not scored on in five and two-thirds innings before being touched up by South Suburban’s Ben Bartley for a two-run homer in the fifth.
Outfielder Vince Scaduzio socked a pair of solo home runs for Broward (38-15) in the first and fifth innings. The Seahawks took command quickly taking a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, then scoring at least one run in each of the next five innings.
South Suburban (51-12), making its first JUCO appearance in 15 years, was eliminated. Broward faces Temple, Texas, in a loser’s-out game at 10 a.m. today.
Dustin Koca hit a three-run homer as the key blow of a four-run, fifth inning to give Butler (39-17) the lead before reliever Greg Johnson slammed the door on the Seahawks (37-15), giving up one run in four innings.
Catcher Tyler Goodro and Koca contributed the bulk of Butler’s offense with five of the team’s 10 hits. The victory advances the Grizzlies to Monday’s winner bracket.
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