Offensive explosion helps Buccaneers eliminate Jefferson (Mo.)

Shelton State (Ala.) Community College’s Brett Wellman is congratulated Wednesday after hitting a home run during the Buccaneers’ 12-4 victory over Jefferson (Mo.) College in Game 14 of the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series at Suplizio Field.

Jefferson (Mo.) College’s Fred Ford trots around the bases Wednesday after hitting a home run during the Vikings’ loss at Suplizio Field.

Steven Glasgow had to do a double-take at the scoreboard, because he’s sure not used to pitching with an eight-run lead.

“I didn’t know how to react,” the Shelton State (Ala.) Community College reliever said Wednesday after the Buccaneers put up an uncharacteristic 12 runs in a 12-4 victory over Jefferson (Mo.) College to stay alive in the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.

Shelton entered the World Series averaging 5.6 runs per game.

“It was nice. Just let them hit it,” he said of his eighth-inning approach.

He was pretty special the other six innings, too.

After Austin Kilbourne faced eight batters in the first inning and gave up a two-run home run to Fred Ford that sailed far over the 410-foot sign in center field, then put the first two batters on in the second, Shelton coach Bobby Sprowl went to his bullpen.

Glasgow gave up a one-out, two-run double to Brett Wiley, then allowed only two hits the rest of the way.

“Steven the first inning was a little shaky, and then he really took control of the game and from then on, it was over,” Sprowl said. “He just never gave them a chance. His ball was really sinking, he was down in the zone, and he pounded the strike zone all day with off-speed stuff and fastballs, and when you do that, you’ve got a chance.”

He handled a club that hit .357 in four games.

“Their guy came in, and his sinker was working really well and shut our bats down,” Jefferson coach Sam Carel said. “You’ve got to tip your hat to him. A good sinker is going to beat a lot of good-hitting teams. He was funky enough on the mound with his arm action and had a good sinker going, and he was better than us today.”

Glasgow knew he had to keep the ball down and let his defense do the work. He struck out four and walked only two.

“They’re a very good hitting team,” Glasgow said. “I give credit to my defense. It’s not like I was out there striking people out; that wasn’t the case. We’ve got a great group of kids behind me. I knew if I was able to keep the ball down and get them some ground balls and pop flies, they would make plays for me. That’s what they did.

“Today I was able to establish the changeup. This group of hitters, they’re really good, and they had my fastball timed up. I had to have something else besides a fastball-slider combination or a fastball-changeup combination. I had to keep the ball low to keep it from going out of the park.”

Sprowl said he never would have thought his team would hit more out of the park than the Vikings. Shelton State hit only six home runs all season and Jefferson hit 54, plus five more in Grand Junction.

And yet the Bucs hit two out of Suplizio Field on Wednesday.

Their No. 9 hitter, Brett Wellman, hit a two-run home run in the second inning, and they tied the game 4-4 on three walks and a hit batter in the fifth.

Shelton State (40-22) finally took the lead for good with three runs in the seventh inning when a two-out error at short let one run in, and Chase Fields followed with an RBI double. He came home on another double by Wellman, who drove the first pitch he saw from Tyler Thompson into the left-field corner.

“We don’t score that many runs, but we got some big hits with guys on base,” Sprowl said. “We had a couple of chances early and left the bases loaded. We have to get a little help every now and then to score. They tried to help us, and we didn’t take advantage of it.”

A five-run eighth inning put it away. Lance Wilson beat out a bunt single and Terrance Dedrick hit a home run to left.

“I thought I hit it pretty good, but I wasn’t sure,” Dedrick said. “My first reaction was to take off running. I heard the crowd yelling and the music playing, and that’s when I knew it was gone.”

The loss ended the tournament for Jefferson (53-12), which went 2-2 in Grand Junction this year after going 0-2 in 2011.

After recovering from its first loss of the tournament, Shelton plays San Jacinto (Texas) College-North at 3 p.m. today.

“We took it personally the way we got beat the first game,” Dedrick said. “We didn’t want that to happen again. We met that night and talked about how we were going to get it done.

“Even if we didn’t win, we were going to make sure we played our hearts out every game. I think that’s what we did.”


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