JUCO NOTEBOOK: ‘Bus’ Bergman honored in night game

The late Walter “Bus” Bergman, who helped bring the Junior College World Series to Grand Junction, was honored before Sunday night’s game between Iowa Western and Crowder (Mo.) College.

Before the game, members of Bergman’s family, including his widow, Elinor, and children, Walt Bergman and Jane Norton, were brought onto the field.

Norton, a former Lieutenant Governor for the state of Colorado, threw out the first pitch on behalf of the family.

“This was the first JUCO tournament that my dad hasn’t been at obviously,” Norton said. “Coming back to Grand Junction, it was really kind of hard so we decided as a way to pay tribute to him we’d throw the first pitch out.”

Throwing from the bottom of the mound, she successfully got the ball into the glove of a Crowder (Mo.) College player behind home plate.

“I throw like a girl,” Norton said, with a laugh. “My dad was a great athlete and I don’t know if there was an expectation, but I didn’t get any of his athletic prowess unfortunately.”

Top Sellers: For the third straight year, Colorado Printing Company is selling baseball cards featuring all of the players in the JUCO World Series, including the College of Southern Nevada’s Bryce Harper.

Sales representative Sean Nickle said that Southern Nevada’s cards have been selling well and extra sets of the team were printed because of the excitement surrounding Harper, although the company will make more cards if necessary.

The cards are available near the south gate of Suplizio Field for $5 a pack, sold in sets by each team.

Quick start: Iowa Western’s Ivan Hartle didn’t take long to make his mark against Crowder (Mo.) College, hitting Tim Bado’s second pitch of the game over the right-field fence. Within 15 minutes of starting the game, the team had hit through the lineup, scoring five runs.

Zero hero: Iowa Western pitcher Taylor Eikenberry threw the tournament’s first shutout and the tournament’s fourth complete game.

18+: In six of the first seven games of the tournament, the two teams have combined for at least 18 runs. Every game in the first day finished with 18 and two of Sunday’s games hit 19. The only game not to reach that run mark was Iowa Western’s 12-0 win over Crowder.

Fast relief: In the elimination game between Pitt (N.C.) Community College and Temple (Texas) College, neither team’s starting pitcher lasted more than 41⁄3 innings. Temple reliever Brandon Parrent spent more time in the game (42⁄3 innings) than either starter.

The blues: In all three of Sunday’s games, the team that lost was wearing blue.

Attendance: Total attendance for Sunday’s games was 20,070, with the last game bringing in 8,848. The tournament drew 50,709 for Saturday and Sunday combined.


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