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C-State's Delgado Ends Marathon in Bottom of 12th!

May 26, 2014
By Greg Bradley of TennesseeSportsNet/WAXO Radio TV

May. 26, 2014 JUCO World Series
from NJCAA jucogj.org

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Riley Delgado 0-3 til the 12th,  took a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall to end a marathon between Cochise (AZ) and Columbia State (TN). Columbia State tops Cochise 12-11 in 12 innings in game 8 of the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.

The 4:12 minute game started as Columbia State took off to an early 6-0 lead after two innings. In the first, the Chargers scored three runs on five straight hits with two outs. In the second, miscues on routine plays by the Apaches lead to three more runs.

Cochise would not go away quietly as they found a way to rattle Cody Puckett in the fifth. Puckett had a no-hitter through four. The Apaches would then load the bases with two outs for native Canadian, Louis Boyd. He drove a two-RBI double down the left field line, making the Columbia State lead 6-2.

After Columbia State added a run in the bottom of the fifth, Cochise loaded the bases again, this time with no outs off two hit-by-pitches and a walk. Jayson Hicks hit a SAC fly to right, making it 7-3. Trey Reineke drew a RBI hit-by-pitch to make it 7-4, setting the table for Boyd. Boyd sent another double down left line, clearing the bases and tying the game up, 7-7. The Apaches would score five runs on only one hit in the sixth.

Columbia State would regain the lead in the bottom of the frame as Tyler Fullerton hit a solo home run to center field that bounced off the top of the wooden wall. They would add another in the seventh as Desi Ammonds would score off an over throw at first base.

The comeback kids of Cochise would tie the game up in the top of the ninth as Darick Hall would hit a one out double to right center. Sean DeSoto would knock him in with a double of his own. He would move to third on a wild pitch and Jake Luna would tie the game 9-9 with an RBI single into center field.

The Chargers would bring their 3, 4, and 5 hitters to the plate in the bottom of the ninth. Ronnie Jebavy would hit a leadoff single to left field. The following two batters would ground out, moving Jebavy to third. That would bring up Josh Wilson, who was 7-8 on the series. He would battle with pitcher Steve Naemark but would fly out to center to end the inning.

The Apaches lead off the tenth with a double by Reineke and a single by Boyd. Austin Nelson attempted to score a man with a squeeze play, but only advanced Boyd to second. After an intentional walk to Hall, Desoto would give Cochise an 11-9 lead via an RBI double to center.

Austin Atwell came in to pinch hit with one aboard and hit a two-run home run to left center to tie the game again at 11-11.

Cochise couldn’t make any noise in the top of the 11th. Columbia State waited until they had two outs start the hitting. Ammonds send a double down the right line followed up by a single by Wilson. With runners at the corners, Kirby stepped to the plate and grounded out the pitcher to end the 11th.

In the 12th inning, it took six pitches for Delgado to end the contest with a walk-off home run over the leftfield wall, ending the marathon.

The game lasted 4:12, the second longest since 2003 and the 12 innings was the longest, inning wise, since at least 2003.

Columbia State advances to play Tuesday, May 27 at 3:00pm MT while Cochise has been eliminated from the tournament.

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