JUCO Notebook: Hot sales, but not on hot dogs

Chicken strips and pizza are in; hot dogs are, more or less, out. With the renovated concessions, there has been a spike in sales of chicken strips and pizza — items that have not been available at previous JUCO World Series, said Sheryl Thompson, event operations supervisor.

That’s meant fewer hot-dog sales, although after Thursday there still had been about 4,000 sold.

“I think the concessions have been a lot more efficient, and people are going through faster,” Thompson said.

Peanuts were sold out by Thursday as well.

“Our suppliers can’t find anymore,” Thompson said, “because the crops failed on peanuts, so there’s no more.”

The first two mornings of the series, breakfast burritos and sandwiches were available. “First time we’ve done that, too, and those sold well,” Thompson said. “We saw a couple with McDonald’s sacks saying, ‘We don’t even have to come to McDonald’s, we can just come here.’”

At JUCO Souvenirs, the top selling cotton T-shirt was the gray background, black-and-red lettering 2012 JUCO World Series version.

JUCO items aside, the Under Armor T-shirts and hoodies were the top seller at the same booth.

“Our sales are slightly up from last year,” said Cory Carlson, owner of B&H Sports, who was running the JUCO Souvenirs booth.

JUCO’s version of the Yankees: Ed Ward, a 76-year-old Grand Junction resident, left Suplizio Field midway through the sixth inning Friday with San Jacinto (Texas) College North ahead of Gordon (Ga.) College, 5-0. His cardboard sign spelled out the reason he was leaving.

One side read: “LSMFT.”

And on the other: “Lord Save Me From Texas.”

“I never have been a fan (of San Jac),” Ward said. “They come here more than anybody, and they win more than anybody. So, I root for everyone else.”

Home team advantage: The home team is 11-6 in this year’s Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.

San Jacinto (Texas) College-North is 3-0 in the home dugout and 0-1 in the visitor dugout going into Friday night’s game. The Gators were the home team Friday night.

Gordon is 3-1 in the home dugout. The Highlanders were in the visitors dugout for the first time Friday night.

Iowa Western has been the visitor in four of the five games in the tournament and is 3-1 there. The Reivers are 1-0 in the home dugout.

No heroics: All of the games through Friday night were decided without a ninth-inning rally.

Attendance: Suplizio Field could have used one more fan Friday night, as the attendance for Day 7’s lone game was 7,999. It brought the tournament’s total attendance to 96,426.


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