The 2019 Alpine Bank Junior College World Series is now upon us and the first day just didn’t seem to want to end.
There were 76 runs scored in the first three games, with the final game of the day starting at 10:05 p.m.
The 2018 runner-up, Walters State, had the first game of the tournament against Cowley College from Kansas. The game nearly set a JUCO record by finishing nine innings in three hours and 57 minutes. Only 12 minutes off the record.
The Senators laid down the law early, with a five nothing lead in the second, and both teams would bounce runs off of each other for the remainder of the game.
No. 3 Walters State came out on top over the Tigers 16-12.
The second game of the day included the defending back-to-back champions, the No. 16 Chipola Indians. However, the reigning JUCO champs were defeated by No. 15 Navarro.
Most of the runs were scored off of home-runs. Navarro’s Jose Gonzalez Jr. hit three home-runs on the day which tied a JUCO record. Gonzalez led the Bulldogs to a 10-6 first round win.
Next up was Chattahoochee Valley and New Mexico Junior College. The Pirates were looking for redemption after being the first ones eliminated in 2018.
They avenged their last JUCO appearance with a 20-12 seven inning mercy rule over the No. 14 Thunderbirds. Chattahoochee jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, which New Mexico cut to two in the third inning. Both teams traded blows, but it was the Pirates who had the knockout punch in the seventh.
To wrap things up in a late night fiasco was Monroe and Central Arizona.
No. 9 Iowa Western will take on Connors State in the 10:00 a.m. game on Sunday to wrap up the first round.
No. 12 Cowley College vs. No. 14 Chipola at 2:00 p.m. // Game 6 (Consolation Bracket)
No. 14 New Mexico Junior College vs. ______ at 7:30 p.m. // Game 7 (Consolation Bracket)
Chattahoochee Valley vs. _______ at 10:00 a.m. // Game 8
No. 3 Walters State vs. No. 15 Navarro at 7:30 p.m. // Game 10