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NJCAA World Series Title Game Decided By Balk Call!
June 3, 2012By Greg Bradley of TennesseeSportsNet/WAXO Radio TV
The Reivers of Iowa Western Community College (62-6) won their second NJCAA Div.I National Championship Saturday night in Grand Junction, Co. with a 6-5 win over San Jacinto of Houston,Tx (41-25).
The game wasn't without controversy though. Iowa scored the go ahead run in the top of the eighth on a bases loaded balk call, giving the Reivers the lead in a game that was highlighted by great defensive plays by both teams that kept the score close.
Iowa Western ranked number one in the NJCAA Top 20 lost their opening game to San Jac 5-2 and worked their way through the losers bracket winning five straight including the rematch with the Gators to take home the title.
Iowa led 4-3 into the seventh when San Jac plated two runs to grab the lead 5-4. The Gators answered with a single driving in the two runs to give San Jac a 5-4 advantage.
The game moved into the ninth. The leadoff batter walked, batter number two reached on a sac bunt and both were moved up on another sacrifice bunt. With runners at second and third the tying score came off a single up the middle.
Two batters later, with bases loaded the plate umpire calls a balk on the Gators pitcher that would score the leading run making the score 6-5.
In the bottom of the ninth, with two outs, San Jan's Justin Byrd triples, but is stranded giving Iowa the win.
The Reivers win their second NJCAA championship. You can click here to check out the stats of the game.