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Magical tournament began with Mesa

By Jon Mitchell

Bus Bergman knew that if he was given a chance to host a national college baseball tournament, people would come. Bergman, who in 1959 was the baseball coach at Mesa College — now Colorado Mesa University — figured Grand Junction ...


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AIMING HIGHER: High-scoring McLennan hoping to take back title

By Dale Shrull

McLennan Community College (Texas) is back and the Highlanders hope to win one more game than they did in 2015. The final game. Two years ago, the Highlanders made the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series championship game but lost to ...


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TIGER MEMORIES: Cowley College hoping to win another JUCO

By Matt Meyer

Cowley College (Kansas) doesn’t like to miss milestone anniversaries. During the 40th anniversary of the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series, the Tigers made their first JUCO appearance and won the first of their two titles. They ...


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MAKING IT ROUGH: Crowder College prides itself on being good two-strike team

By Matt Meyer

The Roughriders are rough on opposing pitchers. Crowder College (Missouri) has drawn 332 walks this season, third in NJCAA Division I baseball. That total is almost 40 more than any other team at the Alpine Bank Junior College World ...


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GATOR-AID: Pitching the key as San Jacinto makes 22nd appearance

By Matt Meyer

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, San Jac is back. San Jacinto College-North (Texas) will make its 22nd — and third consecutive — appearance at the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series after four convincing wins at the Southern ...


Digital video board

By Matt Meyer

A new fixture is gracing the outfield of Suplizio Field, just in time for the JUCO World Series. A 16-foot high, 27.7-foot wide digital video board will be used to display player’s names, statistics and video highlights. Instant replay ...


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BALANCING ACT: 2007 champion Chipola returns to JUCO

By Patti Arnold

Jeff Johnson isn’t as concerned with entering the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series as the No. 1 team in the nation as he is about making sure his pitchers stick to their routines. Having 2 1/2 weeks off can mess up bullpen ...


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READY TO STING: Florence-Darlington embracing underdog role

By Patti Arnold

Preston McDonald was fresh out of college when he became an assistant baseball coach at Florence-Darlington Technical College (South Carolina) in 2008. One year later, he was the Stingers’ skipper. Seven years after that, he has ...


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READY TO GOVERN: Wallace-Dothan hoping to make noise

By Patti Arnold

Whatever it takes. That’s been the way the Wallace Community College-Dothan (Alabama) baseball team has played all season, right through the Southeastern District tournament. It took a close call at second base, then a sacrifice bunt ...


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THE STARS ALIGN
Well-rounded, close-knit Southern Nevada back in Grand Junction

By Patti Arnold

Nick Garritano laughs about it. “We don’t have Bryce in the lineup,” the College of Southern Nevada coach said of Bryce Harper, who played for the Coyotes when they were last in Grand Junction, in 2010. “We ...


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