Dyersburg State joins JUCO field for 1st time
Last year about this time, Dyersburg State Community College (Tennessee) lost to Darton State (Georgia) in the East Central District championship game.
This season, the Eagles made sure it didn’t happen again, defeating East Georgia State College 11-3 on Friday in the title game to qualify for the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series for the first time.
Back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning by Hagan Severance and LaDarius Williams keyed No. 2 Dyersburg’s 13-hit attack, and broke up a scoreless game. After that, the Eagles (47-7) scored in each of the next four innings to pull away.
Williams went 3 for 5 and drove in four runs.
In the ninth, Dyersburg closer Chase Stone got a foul pop-out to open the inning, then struck out the final two batters, throwing his arms up in victory before he was engulfed by his dog-piling teammates.
Dyersburg State was at or near the top of the NJCAA Division I rankings all season.
In the Western District, the College of Southern Nevada took advantage of two wild pitches in the bottom of the ninth inning to score the only run of the game in a 1-0 elimination game against Trinidad State Junior College. The Coyotes then knocked off Arizona Western 6-4 to get into the championship game against Central Arizona today.
Central Arizona is undefeated in the double-elimination tourney.
Lincoln Trail and Wabash Valley both won first-round games in the Northern District tourney and play to reach the championship game today.
Triton and Indian Hills play an elimination game this morning, with that winner facing the Lincoln Trail-Wabash loser to get to the final game.
Florence-Darlington Tech is in the championship game of the Eastern District tournament against USC-Lancaster, which eliminated last year’s district champ, Harford Community College (Maryland) 10-2 on Friday night.
The South Central tournament, already moved from Crowder to Joplin, Missouri, to try to escape rain, was postponed by rain and will begin today with Delgado Community College (Louisiana), Seminole State College (Oklahoma) and second-ranked Crowder in a round-robin, double-elimination format. The championship game is now Sunday.