Harper, Coyotes 1 victory from GJ

Bryce Harper, Southern Nevada star, hit for the cycle Friday in a 22-8 rout.



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Bryce Harper, Southern Nevada star, hit for the cycle Friday in a 22-8 rout.

Bryce Harper is one game away to leading the College of Southern Nevada baseball team to the JUCO World Series.

Harper, who appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a 16-year-old and left high school after his sophomore year, got his general education degree and enrolled at Southern Nevada to jump-start his track to professional baseball, is expected to be the No. 1 pick in June’s Major League Baseball amateur draft.

Friday, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal’s website, Harper hit for the cycle, went 6 for 7 and drove in six runs in the Coyotes’ 22-8 rout of Lamar Community College in the Western District tournament in Lamar.

The win put the Coyotes (48-13) into today’s championship game at noon against Central Arizona, which defeated Lamar 17-8 in Friday’s elimination game.

Southern Nevada, ranked second in the nation in the most recent NJCAA Division I baseball poll, had a season-high 23 hits on the blustery day in Lamar. Harper’s home run was the 25th of the season for the freshman. The Coyotes play in a wood bat league.

The Western District winner plays in the feature game on Day 1 of JUCO, at 7:30 p.m. on May 29 at Suplizio Field against the Eastern District champion, either Pitt (N.C.) Community College or Potomac (W.Va.) State College. Pitt won the first game in the best-of-three series Friday 6-0.

Gordon (Ga.) College claimed a 10-0 win over Chattanooga (Tenn.) State Community College in the first game of the East Central District tournament. The teams play again today.

In the South Central, ninth-ranked Eastern Oklahoma State College went 0-2 at home, losing to Crowder (Mo.) College 11-2 and 13-6 to Delgado (La.) Community College. Crowder, which won the Region 16 title Tuesday, knocked off Delgado 14-4. Those teams play for the title today, with Delgado needing to win to force a second championship game Sunday.

The Northern District begins today at Iowa Western College. Wabash Valley (Ill.) College plays Kishwaukee (Ill.) College in the first game, with the loser taking on Iowa Western. The first-game winner then plays Iowa Western in the third game of the day. The championship game is Sunday morning.

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