Murphy’s Yavapai Roughriders drop opening game of JuCo World Series |

Murphy’s Yavapai Roughriders drop opening game of JuCo World Series

J.R. Murphy’s Yavapai College (Ariz.) baseball team lost 6-5 to Wallace State Community College (Ala.) in its opening game of the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., on Sunday.

Murphy, a 2004 Truckee High grad, started on the mound for the Roughriders in front of 9,848 in attendance. He went 8 1/3 innings, striking out nine and allowing two earned runs (four total) on three hits and four walks for the no decision.

With Yavapai leading 4-3 entering the top of the ninth, Murphy walked the leadoff batter before being replaced by Derek Tarapacki, who gave up a two-run home run to the first hitter he faced. Tarapacki gave up another run before retiring the side.

Trailing 6-4 in the bottom of the ninth, Yavapai’s Troy Hanzawa hit a two-out solo home run over the left field wall to trim the lead to one. But the next batter struck out to end the game.

Yavapai plays the loser between Potomac State and Butler Tuesday morning.

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