Monday was quite the day for sports in Grand Junction. Even though none of it happened in the Valley, there were plenty of important games and events going on.
CMU Baseball Moves to National Semi Finals
The No. 1 Mavericks advanced to the Division II College World Series semi-finals with a 6-5 win over No. 5 Central Missouri.
Mesa’s second inning magic was back as they scored three in the frame thanks to a couple sacrifice hits and a RBI single from Josh Shapiro.
The Mavs would take on two more in the next inning with a Spencer Bramwell RBI double, and an RBI fielders choice by Jordan Stubbings.
In the sixth inning, Saturday’s starting pitcher Trevin Reynolds had an RBI single of his own to make it a 6-1 ball game.
But, the Mules would fight their way back to make it a one run game. But, that’s when senior Will Dixon came in to stop the bleeding. He threw 2.1 innings, struck out four and gave up only one hit to earn his program tying sixteenth save of the season.
Starting pitcher Andrew Morris picked up his seventh win of the year. He threw 5.1 innings, gave up three earned runs, six hits, and struck out one.
The Mavs will wait until Thursday, June 6 to play in the national semi-finals. They will play the winner of the No. 4 Ashland/No. 5 Central Missouri game at 5:00 p.m. in Cary, North Carolina.
Colorado Rockies Select Topia in First Round
With pick No. 23 in the 2019 MLB draft, the Colorado Rockies selected switch hitting first baseman Mike Topia from UCLA.
This was the second time that the Rockies drafted Topia. The first time was in 2016 out of high school in round 36.
He’s only a junior, and he stands at 6’5″ and 226 pounds. So far in his third collegiate season, Mike is hitting .319 with 73 hits, 48 runs, 60 RBI, and 16 homeruns.
The Bruins are the No. 1 team in division one ball and are trying to make it to the College World Series.
Central Arizona’s Surprising Hero
The Vaqueros took home their third Junior College World Series title on Saturday, however things didn’t look good for CAC as they were down 7-0 after the top of the first inning.
Arizona’s starter only lasted two innings before freshman Mitchell DeCovich stepped on the mound.
For the next six innings, DeCovich held the Iowa Western bats silent, striking out six and only giving up two hits.
During that stretch, the Vaqueros eventually took the lead and beat the Reivers 13-8 to win their first title since 2002.