Two more teams were eliminated Tuesday in the 62nd Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.
Fans said goodbye to Cowley College and Connors State, trimming the field down to five.
On Tuesday, a Connors State Cowboys comeback fell just short, 6-5 to the Chattahoochee Valley Pirates in the first game of the day. The Navarro Bulldogs pumped out two grand slams in a romp of Cowley, 16-5 in a five-inning mercy.
Navarro’s Jose Gonzalez Jr. smacked a grand slam in the 4th inning, stretching the Bulldogs lead to 12-2. The bomb was Gonzalez’s fourth home run of the JUCO World Series, and finished the night with 5 RBIs. After scoring 48 runs in their first three games, the Cowley Tigers fall to 47-14 on the year and are eliminated from postseason contention.
In the evening contest, the Iowa Western Reivers stomped the Central Arizona Vaqueros 14-4 in a six-inning mercy. In the first inning, lead-off hitters for both teams hit solo home runs to left field. Liam Spence for the Vaqueros homered just three pitches into the game. Cooper Bowman hit the equalizer for the Reivers in the first at-bat of their inning.
A slew of errors and unusually shaky pitching from the Vaqs allowed Iowa Western to jump out to an 8-1 lead after the 3rd. In the 6th inning, Central Arizona’s Jye Deeble allowed a Reiver to score on an errant throw to the first baseman in a pick off attempt. After a walk, Deeble allowed Bowman to score on a wild pitch to enact the mercy rule.
The Reivers advance to the finals of the winners bracket against Walters State Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.