Team routed by Chat Valley 13-3, rematch set for tonight
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – San Jacinto College, the only undefeated baseball team in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) World Series heading into the final rounds, ran into a buzz saw in the game against top ranked Chattahoochee Valley Community College, played in Grand Junction, Colorado on Thursday, June 2. Chat Valley routed San Jac 13-3 in the game that was called in the seventh inning due to the tournament run rule (8-run lead in the seventh inning).
Despite the loss, San Jac remains alive in the double-elimination tournament and will have a chance for redemption in a rematch with Chat Valley (which also has one loss) in the semifinal game, to be played tonight at 7 p.m. (CST). The winner of the game will face Yavapai College in the championship game, to be played on Saturday, June 4 at 7 p.m. (MST).
In the first three rounds of the national tournament, San Jac scored 35 runs and overpowered opponents with potent offensive production. In Thursday’s game, Chat Valley’s ace starting pitcher Chase Burks managed to slow down San Jac’s offense by scattering 7 hits, allowing 3 walks, striking out 5 and allowing 3 earned runs.
San Jac Head Coach Tom Arrington tipped his hat to Burks and the talented Chat Valley team. “The game featured the number one team in the nation against the number two team, so we knew it would be a challenge,” he commented. “Burks kept our hitters off balance with a sinker that ran inside and a slider that ran away, which made it difficult for our guys to make solid contact.”
San Jac is the nation’s top-ranked junior college team by Perfect Game and is ranked No. 2 in the nation by the NJCAA. Chat Valley is ranked No. 1 by the NJCAA, and No. 4 by Perfect Game.
San Jac, known for solid pitching and defense, was uncharacteristically subpar in both areas in the loss to Chat Valley. “We were hurt by errors and defensive miscues, which proved very costly, and our pitching just could not contain their hitters,” said Arrington.
Arrington said the team will make adjustments and be better prepared for the next game. “I still believe our players will come through,” he commented. “They are very resilient and they want very much to win the national championship. They will give everything they have.”
Outfielder Max Wood (Vancouver, British Columbia / West Vancouver Secondary High School) and infielder Caden Williams (Sugar Land / Dulles High School) were key contributors on offense for San Jac. Wood went 2 for 4 with 1 RBI and scored 1 run. Williams went 1 for 2 and had 2 RBIs. Chat Valley’s offense, ranked among the nation’s best with a team batting average of .333 and slugging percentage of .513, roughed up three of the four San Jac pitchers they faced. Starter Montana Parsons (Conroe / College Park High School) pitched 1.2 innings, giving up 4 hits and 6 earned runs. Hunter McClellan (Nacogdoches / Nacogdoches High School) pitched 2 innings, allowing 6 hits and 4 earned runs. Jerry Maddox (Dayton / Dayton High School) pitched 3 innings, giving up 5 hits and 3 earned runs. Patrick Donaho (Houston / Stratford) struck out the only batter he faced.
The JUCO World Series schedule of games, tournament bracket and live game feeds are available at the JUCO website, jucogj.org. The remaining games of the 2016 NJCAA Division I Baseball World Series will be broadcast live in high definition on computers and mobile devices on MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball. Through the partnership with MLBAM, MLB.com will produce and air the live broadcast of tonight’s game, as well as tomorrow’s championship game. In the booth for MLB.com will be MLB Network’s Scott Braun and four-time World Series champion Jeff Nelson. In addition, Emmy Award-winning sports broadcaster Daron Sutton will provide in-depth interviews of players, coaches and tournament representatives.
For more information about San Jacinto College baseball, visit sanjacsports.com.
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.