Yavapai gets back in win column | SierraSun.com

Yavapai gets back in win column

Truckee High graduate J.R. Murphy’s Yavapai College (Ariz.) baseball team powered its way to a 9-2 victory over Butler Community College (Kan.) Tuesday in the NJCAA World Series.

Yavapai’s Kevin Gossage, nephew of former major-league pitcher Goose Gossage, hit three home runs for the Roughriders in the must-win elimination game. Butler is now eliminated from the series, leaving six of the original 12 teams in the Grand Junction, Colo., tournament.

The Roughriders scored five runs in the third inning, including two on a home run by Gossage, and never relinquished the lead. Joey Rosas pitched a complete game, allowing just two runs on eight hits while striking out five.

Yavapai is now 1-1 at the 2006 JuCo (junior college) World Series. The Roughriders face the loser of Tuesday night’s Potomac-Wallace State game at 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. If Yavapai wins on Wednesday, Murphy will get the start the following day.

“It’s a pretty intense atmosphere,” Murphy said of the JuCo World Series, where a crowd of 9,848 was on hand to watch Yavapai’s opening game. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Murphy, the Roughriders’ ace of staff, started on the mound for Yavapai in Sunday’s 6-5 loss to Wallace State Community College (Ala.). He got the no decision, pitching 8 1/3 innings, striking out nine and allowing two earned runs on three hits and four walks.

“Obviously we were bummed,” Murphy said about the loss. “But we had a day off to regroup. We got back to the basics and got back to what we do best.”

For game results, box scores and other info from the JuCo World Series, visit http://www.jucogj.org

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