Walters State and Chipola played what essentially came down to a best of three series to win the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction this past week. They would face other opponents in the tournament, but eventually it would come down to a deciding third game. The Indians defeated the Senators in the rubber match 10-7, and Walters would have to settle for the national runnerup spot.
Walters and Chipola were matched up in the first round of the tournament. Walters came out on top in that game by an 8-6 final as the Senators would plate five runs in the last four innings with Chipola holding a 6-3 lead. Dylan Harris, Logan Carey, Austin Henry, Tyler Gentry, and Hunter Gilliland would each have two hits in the game with Henry and Gilliland each driving in two runs. Henry would have a double, Carey had a triple, and Gentry would have a home run in the game. Carey would score twice and Gentry would touch home three times in the game. Gage Gillian would earn the victory with five innings of work in relief. He allowed five hits and only one run while striking out four batters.
The Senators would meet Jefferson out of Missouri in the next round. They would come out the winners by a 14-9 final. Duncan Pence and Gilliland each would have three hits in the win. Hunter Wolfe, Carey, and Henry each would have two hits. Carey would have three RBIs while Henry, Pence, and Wolfe would each drive in two runs. Wolfe and Henry would each score three times while Dylan Harris and Luke Berryhill scored twice. Hayden Lehman got the start and earned the pitching victory. He went the first five innings, surrendering six hits and six runs (four were earned). He struck out four batters. Alex Haynes got the save, working the final 1 2/3 innings.
Walters would face San Jacinto-North in the next round, and would earn an easy five inning 17-0 win. Every Senator would reach base and score at least once in the game. Harris, Wolfe, Henry, Gentry, and Drew Haynie each ad two hits in the game. Pence would have three RBIs while Harris, Gentry, Berryhill, and Haynie had two RBIs. Harris, Carey, and Henry each scored three times; Wolfe and Gentry each scored twice. Harris would hit a home run in the game. Peyton Alford got the win, working four innings of two hit ball. He would strike out five batters.
The Senators would then earn a 12-10 win over Southern Idaho in the next round. Wolfe, Henry, Pence, and haynie would each pound out two hits in the game. Pence would have a three run home run and drive in a total 5 RBIs in the game. Henry would have two RBIs in the game. Henry would score three times while Harris and Gentry each scored twice. Haynes would get the win in relief. He would work four innings, allowing only one hits and no runs. He would strike out eight hitters. Gage Gillian would get the save.
Chipola fought their way out fo the loser's bracket to revenge their first round loss to the Senators by the same 8-6 score. Gilliland would have three hits and Carey two in the loss. Henry would have a three-run homer in the contest. Gillian would take the loss in relief.
In the chapionship game, The Senators would see the Indians score eight runs in the last four innings to pull out the win. Walters would hold a 5-2 lead going into the top of the fifth inning before the Indians would plate four runs to take the lead. Walters would tie it in the bottom of the inning, but then Chipola would plate three more runs in the top of the seventh, and add an insurance run in the top of the eighth. Henry would have three hits in the game. Harris, Carey, and Pence each would have two hits. Wolfe, Henry, and Gilliland each would have 2 RBIs in the game while Carey would score two runs. Lehman would take the loss in relief.