JUCO 2009 Notes May 29, 2009

Tournament hits TV today

• Tonight’s championship game of the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series will be aired live on Altitude 2, Channel 47 on Bresnan Communications.
The game was originally set to be on Altitude’s main channel, but JUCO was bumped for the Denver Nuggets’ Western Conference playoff game tonight against the Los Angeles Lakers.
In Durango, the JUCO game is on Bresnan’s Channel 41. Dish Network subscribers can see the game on Channel 450, with DirecTV viewers tuning in to Channel 682.
DVDs of the championship game or games will be available on the JUCO website, http://www.jucogj.org. The DVDs are $25.

CHALLENGER NIGHT

• Before the start of the night game Thursday, the Challenger Program was recognized on the field. Players from the program, which gives special needs students the chance to play baseball, with high school, college and JUCO players serving as ”buddies” were on the field. The Challenger players joined the teams from Western Nevada and Howard to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” During the ceremony, the JUCO Committee donated $2,5000 of a $7,500 grant from the El Pomar Foundation to the Challenger Program, run by Carma Brown. Taylor Harper, a Challenger player and a ball shagger for this year’s tournament, threw out the first pitch.

SANTA FE’S OFFENSIVE STORM

• In five games this week, the Saints have scored 58 runs, an average of 11.6 runs per game. Keon Broxton is leading the World Series with 12 runs scored, 11 RBI, five home runs and 30 total bases heading into tonight’s game.

DOUBLING THE FUN

• San Jacinto and Santa Fe went on a doubles spree Thursday, combining for eight, six by the Saints and two by the Gators.

A LITTLE MEE TIME

• Santa Fe’s Andy Mee has been the Saints’ designated hitter, but came in to pitch in the seventh inning against San Jacinto. Mee had made three other appearances as a pitcher this week, with three saves in three wins.

LEAVING DUCKS ON THE POND

• San Jacinto stranded 16 runners on base in its final two games of the series. Against Howard on Wednesday, the Gators left the tying run on base in the ninth inning in a 12-11 loss. Facing Santa Fe, the Gators left the bases loaded with one out in the seventh inning and lost 12-4 in seven innings.

LATE-WEEK TROUBLE

• Since San Jacinto College won its most recent national championship in 1990, the Gators have been back 10 times. With San Jac’s 12-4 loss to Santa Fe, the Gators finished fourth in the tournament, which makes the 10th top five-finish since 1990, but never No. 1.

GOOD LUCK JERSEYS?

• Santa Fe broke out the gray sleeveless jerseys with blue undershirts Thursday, the first time the Saints have worn their “alternate” jersey this week. Strangely enough, the Saints were the home team, with San Jacinto wearing their all-white uniforms as the visiting team.
Conversely, Western Nevada lost to Howard in Game 1 in all-gray uniforms. Since then, the Wildcats went with royal blue tops and white pants, winning three in a row. They showed up in that same uniform Thursday, but the winning streak was halted by Howard, which eliminated Western Nevada.

HOME RUN RECORD

• Western Nevada’s Travis Feiner hit a home run in the bottom of the first inning Thursday night to break the tournament record. Feiner’s home run to right-center was the 59th of the tournament, breaking the mark of 58 set in 2002. In the second inning, Joe Leftwich homered for the 60th home run of the week. The 61st home run of the tournament also was hit.

REMATCHES

• Both games Thursday were rematches of earlier games in the tournament. Santa Fe avenged its 9-4 loss to San Jacinto in
Game 13 with a 12-4 victory, eliminating the Gators from the tournament. In the night game, Howard didn’t need extra innings like it did in Game 1 to drop Western Nevada, winning 11-3 in seven innings to move into the championship game.

ATTENDANCE

Game 16: 3,206

Game 17: 10,528

Total for the day: 13,734

Tournament total: 99.526


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