SUGAR LAND, Texas – Riding an offensive outburst, San Jacinto College completely overwhelmed Blinn College and Angelina College in the semifinal round of the Region XIV Tournament on Monday, May 11 to claim a berth in the championship game to be played Tuesday, May 12 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land.
In game 1, San Jac (South Zone No. 1 seed), defeated Blinn (South Zone No. 4 seed) 12-4, outhitting the Buccaneers 17-8 in the 11-inning game. In game 2, San Jac thumped Angelina (East Zone No. 2 seed) 10-1, outhitting the Roadrunners 13-5.
San Jac faces off against Angelina today at 11 a.m., in the championship game to determine who wins the tournament and receives the automatic bid to the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series, May 23-30 in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Freshman left-handed pitcher Colton Schmidt (La Porte / La Porte High School) was effective for San Jac in game 1, pitching 7.3 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits. The offensive attack was led by sophomore infielder Austin Boyd (Sweeny / Sweeny High School), who went 4 for 6, with 3 RBIs, 1 double, and who scored twice; sophomore infielder Jon Meyer (Phoenix / Mt. Ridge High School), who went 2 for 7, scored once, had 2 RBIs, and 1 stolen base; freshman infielder Garrett Luna (Magnolia / Magnolia High School), who went 3 for 6, scored twice, and had two doubles; and sophomore outfielder Josh Palacios (Brooklyn / Telecommunications High School), who went 1 for 4, scored twice, had 1 double, and 1 stolen base.
Two San Jac pitchers combined to hold Angelina at bay in game 2 – sophomore right-hander Dalton Viner (Choctaw, Oklahoma / Choctaw High School), and sophomore southpaw Tyler Davenport (Crosby / Crosby High School). Viner went 4.7 innings, allowing 1 earned run on 3 hits. Davenport went 4.3 innings, allowing no runs on 2 hits. Key contributors on offense were Boyd, who went 1 for 4, scored once, had 2 RBIs, and a stolen base; Meyer, who went 2 for 5 with 1 triple, scored once, and had 2 RBIs; and freshman designated hitter Gonzalo Sosa, who went 4 for 5, scored twice, and had 1 RBI.
Head Coach Tom Arrington was pleased with how the team stayed focused in spite of having to wait out two rain delays, and playing two games in one day, one of which was a long extra-inning game. “That extra-inning game was a dog fight, but late in the game our guys came out swinging and found a way to win it,” Arrington commented. “We carried that momentum into the second game, and our hitters had quality at-bats against very good pitchers. If our pitchers can continue to be effective, and we can continue to swing the bats, we have a good shot at bringing home another regional championship.”
San Jacinto College is looking for its 23rd trip to the Junior College World Series. San Jac has won five national titles (1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990) and has appeared in 13 national championship games, most recently in 2012 when it finished as the national runner-up.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.