JUCO 2009 Notes May 28, 2009

GJ service clubs honored in Home Run Alley

• Before the 7:30 p.m. game the JUCO committee inducted its latest Home Run Alley hero.
But instead of a single individual, the committee is honoring the service clubs of Grand Junction.
The service clubs serve as the hosts to the 10 teams that make up the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.
Tournament Chairman Jamie Hamilton said the service clubs do so much to make sure the teams have an enjoyable experience in Grand Junction.
“When we back to some of our coaches conventions, the fact was everyone remembers the services clubs,” Hamilton said. “These groups spend a lot of their own money to buy steaks and hamburgers to host the group, so we thought it would be a good idea to induct all the service clubs.”
Hamilton also awarded each club $1,000 on behalf of the JUCO committee. JUCO also continued with its theme of JUCO giving back as before the game, donations were also presented to non-profit organizations around Grand Junction.
“We are an organization that is always trying to raise dollars to make this a good event so we thought it was a good way to give some of that back,” Hamilton said.


• Spartanburg Methodist leadoff hitter Marty Gantt earned his way into the JUCO record books by hitting three home runs in Wednesday’s game. Gantt hit a solo shot, a two-run blast and a grand slam in the Pioneers’ 15-12 loss. Gantt becomes the 10th player to accomplish the feat. He is the latest since Boodle Clark did it in 2003 for Walter State (Tenn.) Community College. Gantt’s big day also set the Spartanburg record for total bases in the season, 163.


• At one point during the game between Spartanburg and Santa Fe, the pitchers were dominating. From the last out recorded during the top of the second to the first out in the bottom of the fourth, 14 batters were retired without a hit. However, the bats battled back after the first out was recorded in the fourth. The Saints had five straight hitters reach base, highlighted by a two-run home run by Ryan Mathews. Before the fourth, the Saints didn’t have a hit.


• The Hawaiian shirt night has been postponed by four days of rain until today. All fans are encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts to the 7:30 p.m. game.


• Santa Fe has now played in the two highest scoring games of the 2009 JUCO World Series. The highest scoring game was against Middle Georgia, in which 30 runs were scored. Wednesday’s game had 27 runs scored. Both high-scoring games were wins for Santa Fe.


• Wednesday night’s Game 15 of the JUCO World Series featured the highest-ranked teams remaining in the tournament. Howard came in as the No. 1 team in the country; San Jacinto came in as the No. 7 team in the country. Their records before Game 15 were a combined 103-10.


• Entering San Jacinto’s game with Howard College, shortstop Ryan Burnamen had not registered a hit. Cut to the second inning, Burnamen led off the inning with a solo home run to left field. It was not his first time touching the bases, as Burnamen had walked twice in the first two games.


Game 14: 3,279

Game 15: 8,550

Total for Day 5: 11,829

Tournament total: 85,792


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