Santa Fe survives Cowley’s comeback attempt to move on
Santa Fe (Fla.) College got lead with its offense, and held onto a win with its defense.
The Saints held a comfortable 10-2 lead over Cowley County (Kan.) Community College after the third inning of Game 9 at the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.
In the ninth, with the lead cut to 10-9, Alex Godshall’s overhead basket catch saved the victory for Santa Fe.
“We are 2-0 and right where we want to be,” Santa Fe coach Johnny Wiggs said. “We had that great inning to jump to a big lead, but it was a little disappointing how we finished offensively.”
Santa Fe found itself in a two-run hole early after Cowley’s B.J. Misialek hit a two-run home run in the top of the first inning.
The Saints didn’t take long to respond as the second batter of the game, Keon Broxton, hit a two-run home run to tie the game at 2-2. The Saints would add another run as Ryan Mathews got Andy Mee across the plate on a sac fly.
Then the rain started.
Heavy afternoon rains delayed the game 90 minutes, causing both teams to sit and wait in the dugouts.
Once play restarted, Santa Fe didn’t waste any time jumping on the Tigers. The Saints put together a seven-run third inning, highlighted by Mathews’ two-run home run to right center field. The Saints had four straight extra base hits including back-to-back doubles by Trace Venegas and Nathan Hartman.
John Maler replaced Cowley starter Stephen Kohlscheen for the Tigers and got Cowley out of the inning.
“I was thinking we were down by a lot so I had to keep the innings short,” Maler said. “We had a lot of time to fight back so I wanted to help us get into it as soon we can.”
Maler was the trick the Tigers were looking for on the mound as the 6-foot-4 sophomore from Devol, Okla., evened the playing field, tossing four shutout innings.
During that time, Cowley began to chip at the lead.
The Tigers scored one run in the fourth inning, and added two in the third to cut the lead to 10-5.
“We told our guys if you are going to get down, get down early so you have room to catch up,” Cowley coach Dave Burroughs said.
Cowley made its big push in the seventh inning when catcher Mac Gordon hit a three-run home run to cut the game to 10-8.
“They had big comeback, and their bullpen did a great job,” Wiggs said. “We were disappointed we didn’t swing it better when we needed to.”
Cowley added another run in the eighth inning, but with runners on first and third, Santa Fe pitcher Daley Cox got Andy Petz to ground into a double play.
“That double play helped us out a lot because if we didn’t’ get that it would probably be 10-10 and we’d still be playing,” Broxton said. “So you can’t have enough big plays.”