Yavapai moves into final four | SierraSun.com

Yavapai moves into final four

Truckee High graduate J.R. Murphy’s Yavapai College baseball team routed Potomac State College 13-3 Wednesday in the NJCAA World Series.

The win puts the Roughriders in the final four of the double-elimination tournament being held in Grand Junction, Colo.

The game remained close for the first few innings, with Potomac leading 2-1 after three. The Roughriders then exploded for 11 runs in the bottom half of the fifth to take a commanding 12-3 lead.

Yavapai’s Kevin Gossage, nephew of former major-league pitcher Goose Gossage, ended the game and eliminated Potomac from the tournament in the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run to right field, setting into effect the 10-run rule. Gossage tied a JuCo record the previous day by hitting three home runs against Butler Community College.

The Roughriders, now 2-1 in the JuCo (junior college) World Series, will face the loser between Wallace State and Walters State Thursday at 3 p.m. (2 p.m. PST). Murphy, Yavapai’s ace pitcher, will get the start.

Murphy got the no decision in 6-5 loss to Wallace State on Sunday. He threw 8 1/3 innings in front of 9,848 fans, striking out nine and allowing two earned runs on three hits and four walks.

For updated results from the 2006 JuCo World Series, visit http://www.jucogj.org.

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