For the first time in 17 years the Central Arizona Vaqueros are Junior College national champions once again. They won their third title in franchise history by beating Iowa Western 13-8 on Saturday night.
Things didn’t look good for Arizona early, as the Reivers scored five runs before CAC recorded an out. They were down seven runs in the bottom of the first but were able to hold Iowa to just one run for the rest of the game as the Vaqueros chipped away.
Central Arizona’s starter only lasted two outs until freshman Mitchell DeCovich came in to calm things down, and boy did he. He pitched the next six innings only giving up one run which wasn’t earned, two hits, four walks with six strikeouts.
After the win head coach Anthony Gilich was named the tournament’s best coach, winning his first title in his four years of being CAC’s skipper.
Sophomore Dakota Donovan was named the tournament’s most valuable pitcher, leading the JUCO World Series with 26 strikeouts in just 15 innings.
The other two titles the Vaqueros won were back in 1976 and 2002.