Big bats help Cowley punch JUCO ticket

Cowley College (Kansas) secured its second consecutive trip to the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series on Monday, rallying from an early two-run deficit to beat Neosho County 17-8 in the Central District championship game in Wichita, Kansas.

The Tigers (43-16) pounded out 19 hits and got a 4-for-5 performance from catcher Dalton Dinkel. Brooks Zimmerman and Ross Messina each finished with three hits and four RBI to help Cowley rally from an early 2-0 deficit.

Neosho (43-22), which had to hold off a four-run rally in the top of the ninth inning to beat Johnson County 9-8 just to make the title game, had 13 hits and had six players with two hits apiece. The Tigers, however, got home runs from Connor Litton, Zimmerman, Kea’von Edwards and Ross Messina.

Zimmerman’s RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning sparked a seven-run frame and helped the Tigers take a 12-3 lead.

McLennan Community College (Texas) kept its season alive twice on Monday in the Southwestern District, first beating No. 16 Grayson County 3-0 before beating Weatherford College 17-9.The teams play again in another title game at noon today for a trip to Grand Junction.

Weatherford had beaten McLennan on Sunday to earn a title-game berth.

In the Region 20 Tournament, Harford College beat Hagerstown 16-8, taking advantage of six Hagerstown errors and getting a pair of doubles from Peyton Sorrels. The Fighting Owls (50-8-1) moved into the Eastern District tournament where they’ll begin play on Thursday afternoon.


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