May 23, 2009

WNC Loses 11-inning Heartbreaker to No. 1 Howard

Mike Long races to the plate.
Mike Long races to the plate.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- The opportunities to win were present for the
Western Nevada College baseball team on Saturday.

Howard College (Big Spring, Texas) only led once, however, a leadoff
home run by Runey Davis in the 11th inning was the game-winner as the
Hawks handed Western Nevada College a heartbreaking 4-3 loss in opening
round play of the National Junior College Athletic Association JUCO
World Series before a near capacity crowd at 10,000-seat Suplizio Field.

Even though WNC enjoyed a 15-5 advantage in the hit column, it wasn't
enough for the Wildcats (45-13) against Howard (59-1), the No. 1 ranked
team in the NJCAA national poll. Never mind the rankings or win-loss
records, the Wildcats left Carson City this week with victory in mind.

"It was a good game. It was a dogfight," said Coach DJ Whittemore.

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Jordan Lewis at the mound in Game 1 of the 2009 JUCO World Series Wildcats Sluggers at bat  
Jordan Lewis at the mound in Game 1 of the 2009 JUCO World SeriesWildcats Sluggers at bat  
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