Cowley tops Seminole after hour-long delay

A downpour suspended play at Suplizio Field on Saturday afternoon for 70 minutes. After play resumed, Cowley County held on to defeat Seminole State 11-8.

It’s a desert … honest.

You’d never know it by the downpour that hit in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday night during

Game 3 of the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.

A 70-minute rain delay didn’t slow down the Cowley County (Kan.) Community College baseball team, which used five home runs to defeat Seminole State (Okla.) 11-8.

“We’ve shown signs of this and we’ve shown signs we can’t hit at all,” Cowley County coach Dave Burroughs said. “Today our guys were ready to go and played really well.”

Cowley seemed to handle the rain delay better than Seminole, especially right out of the gate.

“You never know how your kids are going to handle it,” Burroughs said. “We talked about it in the dugout, you’ve just got to go play and hang on.”

Seminole’s Drew Taylor returned to the mound despite the delay, and the Tigers’ Mac Gordon hit the Tigers’ fifth home run of the game after Colt Loehrs reached on an error, giving Cowley an 11-8 lead.

“He’d been staying around the zone,” Gordon said. “He left one in and I did the best I could to hit it hard and move (Loehrs) over.”

Calvin Drinnen threw 51/3 innings of strong relief to get the win, allowing three runs on six hits. But after sitting for an hour with the temperatures dropping, it was an easy call to go to closer Trevor Rosenthal.

The hard-throwing freshman was hitting spots and throwing in the low 90s and picked up the save by allowing only one hit and striking out four.

“He’s a cool cat,” Burroughs said. “I knew he’d excel in that situation.”

Cowley County scored each of its first eight runs on home runs, hitting three in the first inning after Seminole opened with a pair of runs on three straight hits.

“We’ve hit some this year, but I wasn’t expecting that to happen,” said designated hitter Andy Petz, who hit the three-run shot in the first. “I knew the ball carried here in Colorado, but that was a nice surprise. That was fun.”

The Trojans (40-19), who play an elimination game at 2 this afternoon, got two runs back in the second on four hits, then got a solo home run in the third from Dustin Andrews.

The win broke a six-game losing streak in Grand Junction for the Tigers, who have two titles in six trips.

“We finished third in ’01 and lost two in ’02 and lost two two years ago,” Burroughs said. “We’re just happy to get that monkey off our backs.”


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