Central Arizona earns fifth trip to GJ for JUCO

The top-ranked team in junior college baseball went the distance to get to the national tournament.

Central Arizona College, ranked No. 1, defeated No. 4 Salt Lake (Utah) Community College twice Saturday in Coolidge, Ariz., to win the Western District title. The Vaqueros are making their fifth trip to the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series, their first since 2008. They won the 2002 title.

Potomac State College of West Virginia won the Eastern District, defeating No. 15 Pitt (N.C.) Community College 6-4 in 11 innings in Keyser, W.Va.

The Catamounts will make their fourth trip to the World Series, their first since 2006.

“Words can’t describe it,’ ” Potomac State coach Doug Little said in a release. “I am extremely proud of our players and coaches and thrilled to be going back to Grand Junction and the Junior College World Series.”

Central Arizona defeated Salt Lake (Utah) Community College 12-9 to win the Western District title Saturday in Coolidge, Ariz.

“They’re probably the best team we played all year,” Central Arizona coach Jon Wente said. “It was a tough series.”

The Vaqueros (52-13) had to make their way through the losers’ bracket to win the district title.

Salt Lake defeated Central Arizona 8-3 on Thursday in the first game of the four-team, double-elimination tournament.

Central Arizona bounced back and eliminated Yavapai (Ariz.) College and Lamar Community College for a rematch with Salt Lake.

The Vaqueros took a big lead and held on for an 8-6 win in the first game. Greg Ryan picked up the win. Eric Wooten, who is from Thornton, got the save.

Central Arizona scored five runs in the seventh and added three more in the eighth to win the second game.

Jordan Weymouth drove in five runs, including three on a bases-clearing triple in the seventh. He added a two-run single in the eighth.

Jordan Lewis was the winning pitcher and Wooten picked up the save.

Potomac State College (35-10) had to fight off a couple of Pitt rallies before Alan Filauro singled down the right-field line to score two runs and give Potomac State the Eastern District title.

Potomac won the first game 2-1. Pitt (38-13) forced a third game with a 4-1 win Friday.

East Central: South Georgia College upended seventh-ranked Walters State (Tenn.) Community College 3-2 in Morristown, Tenn., to advance to today’s championship game.

The Tigers (32-31) broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning when Kelcey Butts scored on a wild pitch with two outs.South Georgia built a 2-0 lead with an unearned run in the second and a bases-loaded hit batter in the fourth.

Walters State tied it in the fifth on a ground ball out and a Cody Stubbs RBI double.

The Senators play Columbia State (Tenn.) Community College in an elimination game today. The winner must beat South Georgia twice for a berth in the World Series.

South Central: Delgado (La.) College eliminated Eastern Oklahoma State with a 5-4 victory in New Orleans.

The No. 24 Dolphins advance to today’s championship game against No. 19 Jefferson (Mo.) College at noon (MDT).

Northern: Iowa Western Community College and John A. Logan (Ill.) College advanced to the final with victories over South Suburban (Ill.) College in Carterville, Ill.

South Suburban was eliminated, losing to Iowa Western 13-4 and John A. Logan 7-4.

Iowa Western must beat Logan twice today to return to Grand Junction and defend its national championship.


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