JUCO World Series: CACC pounds out 18 hits in win over NJCAA’s No. 1 teamPublished 1:12am Thursday, May 30, 2013
It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win.
Central Alabama escaped jam after jam while pounding out 18 hits to down the NJCAA No. 1 ranked Spartanburg Methodist Pioneers by a score of 10-5.
With the victory, the Trojans (41-13) are the only unblemished team left standing in the tournament thus far and are one win away from a spot in the NJCAA Division I championship game.
The Trojans were able to pull away from the Pioneers in the latter stages of the game.
Central Alabama’s rally started when the Trojans were down 2-1 heading into the sixth.
Alex Lee reached on a Spartanburg error, and Bo Edwards followed by rapping a double to deep center.
Blaine Miller brought in both Lee and Edwards with a two-run single to right, making the game 3-2 CACC.
After Darius Reese reached first on a fielder’s choice and stole second, Ben Hall made the Pioneers pay with an RBI single to right field that increased the Trojans’ advantage to 4-2.
Central Alabama tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh thanks to RBIs by Lee and Edwards that made the score 6-2 CACC.
The game seemed well in hand for the Trojans, but the Pioneers bats began to come alive in the bottom half of the frame.
Spartanburg Methodist scored three runs to cut the Trojans’ deficit to one.
The Trojans wouldn’t be deterred, as they went right back to work on offense.
In the top of the eighth inning, Paul Young delivered a single that scored Rinehart to increase the lead to 7-5 in favor of Central Alabama.
Spartanburg Methodist threatened in the bottom of the eighth when they loaded the bases with two outs.
Blaine Miller shut the door on that potential rally with a inning-ending pickoff throw to first.
The Trojans then put up three more runs in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach.
Edwards reached first when a pitch hit him, and Ryan Raspino moved Edwards over to second with a single.
Reese laid down a bunt down the left field line, which loaded the bases for Hall, who delivered again this time in the form of a two-run single to right field.
Hall later swiped second and B.J. Martin brought him across home plate with a single to right.
Spartanburg wouldn’t go away, as they eventually chased reliever Gabe Dees in the bottom of the ninth after putting runners at first and second.
Shawn Smirnoff stonewalled the Pioneers’ hopes of a comeback, picking up the final three outs with little trouble.
Matthew Norton started the game for the Trojans, going 4.1 innings and allowing five hits and two runs.
Ethan Hunt got the win for CACC, going two innings in relief of Norton and striking out two batters while being credited for three runs.
Dees pitched 1.2 innings and walked three, but allowed no runs and struck out two.
At the plate, Martin, who went 4-for-6 on the night, with one RBI, and Hall, who was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, led the Trojans.
Reese was 2-for-5 with three runs scored, Edwards was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, and Young was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Miller was 2-for-5 with two RBIs, and Rinehart scored two runs. Lee and Raspino each scored one run.
Next for CACC will be a rematch with Palm Beach State College, who the Trojans beat 6-4 in their tournament opener.
Game time is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. CST. The Outlook will provide more information on how to view the game as it is made available.