Trojans to vie for NJCAA titlePublished 1:00am Saturday, June 1, 2013
Three run deficit? No problem.
Five-run deficit? Piece of cake.
No matter what was thrown at them by Cochise College (AZ), the Central Alabama Trojans had an answer for it, and thanks to a dramatic comeback in the bottom of the ninth, the Trojans are playing for the NJCAA National Championship tonight.
The Trojans overcame a four-run deficit to defeat the Cochise Apaches in a all-out slugfest by a score of 14-13 in 11 innings.
The rally started when Central Alabama was down to their final three outs and trailing the Apaches 13-9.
Region XXII player of the year B.J. Martin drew a walk, and advanced to third thanks to a Zach Rinehart single.
Paul Young was able to score Martin thanks to a fielder’s choice that resulted in Rinehart being put out.
After an Alex Lee single, Young was able to cross home plate thanks to a wild pitch.
Bo Edwards reached on a walk, and a Blaine Miller double brought home Lee to make the game 13-12.
Ryan Raspino delivered a sac fly to knot things up.
After Gabe Dees mowed through the Apaches in the 10 and 11th innings, Raspino reached on a dropped fly ball.
Cochise walked Darius Reese to get to Ben Hall, but that proved to be the doom of Cochise as Hall delivered a single to left center to score Raspino and win the game.
This was the second multi-run deficit that the Trojans had to make up, as they were down 4-1 entering the bottom of the third inning.
CACC scored five unanswered runs to erase that deficit, capping that comeback with a two-run blast by Bo Edwards which made the game 6-4 in favor of the Trojans.
Cochise got to Trojan starter John Michael Knighton, who allow 10 hits and 14 runs in 5.1 innings of work.
CACC faces Palm Beach State at 8 p.m. for all the marbles.