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Photo by Gretel Daugherty

McLennan’s James Rudkin celebrates as he trots down the third-base line toward home after hitting a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning of Friday’s game against Walters State.

The game of his life

Rudkin's grand slam sends McLennan into JUCO World Series title game

James Rudkin rounded third base Friday, still cherishing his first career grand slam that gave McLennan (Texas) Community College a 6-4 lead over Walters State (Tennessee) Community College in the bottom of the fifth inning at the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.
The freshman first baseman was so amped that when McLennan coach Mitch Thompson extended a hand to high-five his player, Rudkin hit Thompson’s hand so hard it stung.
“Is that the hardest you’ve ever hit a coach’s hand?” Thompson asked after the game.


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