Iowa Western out, Connors State, Walters State in at JUCO
Iowa Western Community College’s reign in the Northern District is over.
The defending Alpine Bank Junior College World Series champion, ranked second in the latest NJCAA Division I baseball poll, was eliminated Saturday by Wabash Valley (Ill.) College 5-2.
That ended the Reivers’ streak of Northern District titles at six. Iowa Western won the 2010 and 2012 JUCO titles.
Connors State (Okla.) College and Walters State (Tenn.) Community College, both of which were last in Grand Junction in 2008, won their respective district championships.
The fifth-ranked Cowboys (52-9) won the South Central District with a 3-1 victory over top-ranked Delgado (La.) Community College. Walters State (37-16), ranked No. 13, blanked Columbia State (Tenn.) Community College 6-0 to win the East Central District.
In Sterling, the Western District tournament was suspended by lightning, with No. 11 Western Nevada leading No. 6 Cochise (Ariz.) College 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth. Western Nevada forced a second title game with a 5-4 win earlier Saturday.
The championship game will resume at noon today at Northeastern Junior College; Cochise has runners on first and second with no outs.
Iowa Western was upset in Friday’s opener 2-1 by Wabash Valley (Ill.), but came back to beat South Suburban (Ill.) 11-4 in an elimination game Saturday morning.
Saturday afternoon, though, the Reivers fell behind 4-1 and couldn’t catch up in their rematch with Wabash Valley. The Warriors play Kaskaskia College today for a berth in the World Series, needing to beat the host Blue Devils twice.
In the Eastern District, third-ranked Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist plays Potomac State (W.Va.) this morning in the title game, needing only one win to advance. Potomac defeated ASA (N.Y.) College 6-3 in an elimination game Saturday after Spartanburg clinched a spot in the title game with a 7-2 win over ASA.