JUCO: Notes from May 26, 2009
Honoring a local veteran
• Before the start of the game between Howard and Shelton St., the stadium held festivities in honor of Memorial Day. To honor all of the vets who have died serving this country there was a moment a silence, followed by a special releasing of doves into the air.
To represent the vets ,there was a special recognition to Sgt. 1st Class Greg J. Green who last was on duty in the Philippines for Operation Enduring Freedom. After he was introduced, the crowd gave him standing ovation. While on the field, Green threw out the first pitch.
Green felt honored to be announced at the World Series.
“It is awesome, it was overwhelming,” Green said. “It was just an honor to represent the vets, help people remember the vets and people are serving around the world and their not enjoying anything like this.”
What was really amazing was after he was off the field, Green continued to get a huge ovation when he walked by the individual sections. Adults and children walked to him and wanted to get his autograph.
Green did admit that he was a bigger football fan than baseball, but enjoyed coming out to the ballpark.
• When the game between Cowley County and Santa Fe was delayed because of rain in the bottom of the first inning, the fans got to listen to Mesa State play in the NCAA Division II World Series game. The stadium sound controllers turned on the radio broadcast for fans to enjoy. Fans were cheering during every good play made by the Mavericks.
• Western Nevada College can get used to this whole metal bat thing. The Wildcats, who play in a wood-bat league, have let loose at the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series. Western Nevada has 38 hits in three games and has scored 11 runs in its past two wins over Iowa Western and Middle Georgia College, respectively.
“We were frustrated after the first day leaving 15 guys on base,” Western Nevada first baseman Eric Maupin said. “But the last couple games, we have done a good job of getting the big hit and driving guys in.”
And for the Wildcats, it has been a literal big hit. The past two games, Western Nevada has hit six home runs — including two from Maupin.
In the first game of the day, Santa Fe coach Johnny Wiggs’ daughter, Jenna, sang “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch of the Western Nevada-Middle Georgia game.
It has been a tradition at Santa Fe for Jenna Wiggs to sing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.”
•For the third team sent home, Middle Georgia College was very impressive at the plate. The Warriors scored 34 runs, had 42 hits and finished with 32 RBI.
“Offensively I thought we did well,” Middle Georgia coach Craig Young said. “We couldn’t get some outs we needed to keep anyone off of the board.”
• Santa Fe pulled out all the stops Monday afternoon to get past Cowley County, including using tonight’s starting pitcher, Daley Cox.
Cox pitched the eighth inning, facing three batters and allowing one hit. The sophomore from Winter Garden, Fla., plays San Jacinto tonight at 7:30 p.m.
SIX RUNS WITHOUT AN OUT
• In Santa Fe’s win over Cowley County, the Saints scored seven runs in the third inning. Of the seven runs, six of them were scored before one out was recorded. Seven batters went up to the plate during that stretch.
CHEER ME UP
• When the Howard College Hawks were batting and the count got to two balls and two strikes, the players on their bench took off their hats and started to rub them. The ritual continued until the count changed. The Hawks have been the most vocal team in the tournament with continuous chatter throughout the game.
• After a solid start to Day 3 — 5,694 fans in the first game — the rain kept fans away during the second game of the day (3,408). The fans returned for the fireworks game with the attendance at 10,271.Three-day total: 59,096.