Cochise returning to JUCO
Cochise College (Arizona) is returning to the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.
Saturday night, freshman Darick Hall slapped a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Apaches to a 12-11 victory over South Mountain Community College (Arizona) to win the Western District championship.
The game-winner was Hall’s only hit of the night and avenged a 5-2 loss to South Mountain earlier in the day.
“Poor kid was pressing a little bit, and he finally made contact there,” Cochise coach Todd Inglehart said.
Inglehart said his sophomore class was determined to play at Suplizio Field again.
“We don’t have a lot of sophomores, but the ones who are making the return trip, it means they’re spoiled,” Inglehart said. “They know how special this is. They’ve had aspirations of getting back here after losing that heartbreaker in the semifinals. They’ve had aspirations of that since the moment they left the parking lot.
“It’s like a kid leaving the parking lot at Disneyland for the first time and vowing to go back, because it’s such a great event and something you always remember. And for these freshmen, I’m just so glad they get the opportunity to experience this.”
In the Southern District, Blinn College (Texas) defeated Alvin Community College (Texas) 12-4, avenging Friday’s 12-4 loss. This is the first time the Buccaneers have qualified for JUCO since 1992.
In the South Central District, Seminole State (Oklahoma) beat Delgado (Louisiana) 7-3 to force a rematch today for the championship.
In the East Central District, Darton State (Georgia) plays top-seeded Columbia State (Tennessee) this morning.
Iowa Western Community College, which is hosting the Northern District, will face Wabash Valley (Illinois) in the championship game today.
Spartanburg Methodist (South Carolina) is in the Eastern District championship, defeating Harford (Maryland) 4-3 on a walk-off wild pitch. The Pioneers face USC-Sumter today.