Howard loses flip, can win title tonight

Zach Neal starting pitcher from Howard College VS Western Nevada College, in 2009 JUCO



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Zach Neal starting pitcher from Howard College VS Western Nevada College, in 2009 JUCO

Britt Smith is two for his past 19 tries in coin flips,

That’s about the only thing that’s gone wrong for the Howard (Texas) College baseball coach.

After his team’s 11-3 victory Thursday over Western Nevada College, Smith (actually his daughter Bailey) lost the coin flip to determine the home team for tonight’s championship game of the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.

The two times Smith’s team has been in the visitors dugout during the tournament haven’t turned out too badly for him. The Hawks have won both games, including Thursday night.

Howard, the only undefeated team in the JUCO World Series, can win a national title tonight with a victory over Santa Fe (Fla.) College. The Saints eliminated San Jacinto (Texas) College-North Thursday afternoon 12-4 in seven innings.

Howard and Santa Fe face off tonight at 7:30 in the JUCO championship game.

A Howard victory gives the Hawks their second JUCO title and their first since 1991, their only other appearance in the national tournament.

With one loss, Santa Fe needs to defeat Howard tonight, then win the rematch on Saturday night in order to earn its fist JUCO title.

Smith knows that even though Santa Fe has a loss, his team will have its hands full tonight.

“There’s no doubt they wouldn’t be playing if they hadn’t played well this tournament,” Smith said.

Despite a one-game edge, Smith said he team is going to have to come ready to play.

“We’re going to have to bring our ‘A’ game,” he said.



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