GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - #9 Chattahoochee Valley bounced back from their first loss last night to eliminate the defending national champion #1 Iowa Western Reivers 14-2 in game 14 of the Alpine Bank Junior College Baseball World Series.
Chattahoochee Valley (43-16) wasted no time getting started, opening up with a pair of singles and a walk. Jake Maziar would then hit a double into the right gap, scoring three. After a balk and strikeout, Brandon Whiteford would hit a two-run home run that was inches from landing in the lap of someone in a moving car in the parking lot. It was all Pirates after one half an inning, 5-0.
With two outs on the board, Iowa Western (54-7) loaded the bases with three consecutive walks by Pirates pitcher Bryce Conley. Josh Newell with a 3-1 count watched the next two pitches go by to end the inning. Bottom of the second, two outs and bases load, Jake Scudder was walked to get the Reivers their first run. But they would leave three more on the base path.
The Pirates used two doubles and a single to score two more runs in the third. A wild pitch by Brayden Young would give Chattahoochee an 8-1 lead through two and a half innings. Iowa Western would again load the bases in the third with a pair of hits and an error. They would score on a wild pitch, but again leave two on the bases (eight through three innings).
Brandon Whiteford would provide the Chattahoochee offense in the fourth with a 2-RBI single. They would add four more in the fifth as Kendall Ford hit a 2-RBI single through the left side to lead 12-2 and Ryan Hagan with a 2-run home run, putting #1 Iowa Western up against the wall, needing at least three runs to extend the game and their season.
Jared Gates would lead off the inning with a double and Devin Stueck walked. With two outs on the board, catcher Matt Rindal would come to the plate with his first plate appearance of the Series and was hit-by-pitch on the first pitch. Alex Krupa, last year's MVP stepped to the plate and flew out to center to end the game and the Reiver Season.
Pirates pitcher Conley had a rocky win, going 5.0 inning, throwing 107 pitches, 5 strikeouts, and 8 walks. Chattahoochee Valley will play Thursday at 3:00pm. Iowa Western ends their historic season at 54-7.