Navarro faces tough road in attempt to return to GJ

If defending champion Navarro (Texas) College is going to repeat as Alpine Bank Junior College World Series champion, the Bulldogs will have to win five games over the next three days.

San Jacinto (Texas) College-North scored a run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 12th inning after a two lightning delays and one rain delay Tuesday to defeat Navarro 7-6 and advance to the third round of the Southern District tournament in Mount Pleasant, Texas.

So much rain has fallen in Mount Pleasant that the tournament schedule has been shuffled three times since Saturday. Play Tuesday was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., but wet grounds delayed play until 5 p.m.

Tied 6-6 in the 10th inning, lightning delayed the game, and by the time it finished, the second game between Blinn College and Galveston, scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., was nearly 2½ hours late in starting.

The Southwest District tournament in Lubbock, Texas, is down to one game after Howard College erupted for 11 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning for a 16-7 win over Cisco College.

Included in that big inning was a triple that caromed off the head of the Cisco left fielder, who was blinded by the sun.

Howard, which lost to Cisco 8-0 on Monday, beat Grayson County College 6-2 to reach the championship game.

Middle Georgia College moved closer to its first JUCO World Series appearance since 2009 with a 7-6, 10-inning win over Gordon College in the championship of the Region 17 tournament.

Middle Georgia hosts Gordon, Columbia State (Tenn.) and Walters State (Tenn.) in the East Central District starting Friday in Cochran, Ga.

The Southeastern tournament in Ozark, Ala., has been pushed back a couple of times by rain, but Wallace State-Hanceville has moved into the semifinal game against Shelton State.

Central Alabama plays Chattahoochee Valley in an elimination game, and Faulkner State faces Southern Union in another elimination game this afternoon.

Two teams have qualified for the 55th annual JUCO World Series, which begins May 26.

Polk (Fla.) College claimed the Gulf District and Neosho (Kan.) College won the Central title.

The Western District tournament begins Thursday in Salt Lake City, with Salt Lake Community College, Lamar Community College, Western Nevada and Central Arizona.

Harford (Md.) College plays a best-of-three series starting Friday at Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist for the Eastern title.

Eastern Oklahoma and Delgado (La.) College play at Jefferson (Mo.) College for the South Central berth, and Iowa Western and John A. Logan (Ill.) play at South Suburban (Ill.) starting Friday for the Northern title.


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