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Reiver runaway

By Dale Shrull

They came to Grand Junction, they played great baseball, they dominated, and these river pirates took no prisoners. After shredding Miami Dade College (Florida) pitching for an astounding 20 hits and getting great relief pitching, Iowa ...


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Krupa’s perseverance nets him Preston Walker MVP award

By Matt Meyer

It didn’t take long after Iowa Western Community College’s 17-5 win over Miami Dade College on Friday night for the chants to begin. “Kroo-pah…Kroo-pah.” The cheers for Alex Krupa became louder as more of the ...


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Miami Dade can’t cool off Reivers

By Tim Harty

Miami Dade can’t cool red-hot Reivers A buzz saw. An absolute buzz saw. That’s what Miami Dade College (Florida) coach Danny Price said his team ran into Friday night when Iowa Western Community College routed the Sharks 17-5 ...


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The can’t-miss kid

By Dale Shrull

There’s no such thing as the can’t-miss kid. Jason McMurray was close. As a two-sport Iowa high school star, he was the player of the year in both baseball and football. As a gifted shortstop, Division I was his ...


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‘Merrill!’ Freshman delivers in pinch

By Eden Laase

Iowa Western Community College was by no means comfortable Friday night. In fact, the Reivers’ faithful looked downright uncomfortable. A generally loud bunch, the Iowa Western fans had fallen silent at Suplizio Field. Then, Ryan ...


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Scanning the JUCO crowd

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Half the fun of JUCO is watching the crowd.  ...


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Respect Elder

By Matt Meyer

Kevin Elder had thrown all of 18 1/3 innings during the regular season and one short relief appearance at the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series for Iowa Western Community College. Thursday, the freshman right-hander, whose full-ride ...


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‘I just ... I just pitch for him’

By Tim Harty

His father was a surfer, not a baseball player. So, left-handed pitcher Robert Evans III didn’t learn the game of baseball from Robert Evans II so much as he developed under his father’s watchful and supporting eyes. “He ...


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From ice to diamond

By Dale Shrull

Breathe, just breathe. Don’t look at the crowd. The gigantic Alpine Bank Junior College World Series crowd. More than 8,600 pairs of eyeballs staring at him, watching his every move, twitch and breath. Even a drone floating around ...


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Baseball odyssey

By Tim Harty

Jim Mansilla came to Grand Junction in 1971 thinking all he was here to do was play in the Junior College World Series. What he didn’t know was he was standing at the gateway to what would become his wonderful baseball life, one that ...


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