Junior College World Series

Photo by Christopher Tomlinson

The Yavapai College (Arizona) Roughriders celebrate Saturday night after winning the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series title with a 5-2 victory over San Jacinto 
College-North (Texas) at Suplizio Field.

’Riders wear the crown

Romero, Turtle lead Yavapai to JUCO title

Guts, a healthy dose of adrenaline, a 15-strikeout performance and a guy named Turtle.
Yavapai College (Arizona) used everything the Roughriders had Saturday night to claim the school’s first Alpine Bank Junior College World Series championship since 1993, downing second-ranked San Jacinto College-North (Texas) 5-2.
“We’re going to let it all sink it tonight and enjoy it,” shortstop Ramsey Romano said. “It’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”




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