BA intern Ben Badler wraps up the JC action outside of Grand Junction, Colo., as California and the Pacific Northwest–which do NOT send their teams to the NJCAA event in Colorado–settled their championships.
In the Golden State, freshman Bryant Hollingsworth allowed one run in a complete-game victory for Riverside Community College, which defeated Cypress 6-1 to win the California Community Colleges championship on May 28.
Hollingsworth (7-1) did not allow a run until the ninth inning, recording six strikeouts, one walk and allowing six hits in the process. The complete game was the fifth of Hollingsworth’s 14 starts this season.
Eddie Quevedo had three RBIs to lead the way for the Tigers. Third baseman Matt Clark, the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, added a two-run double in the fifth that gave Riverside a 3-0 lead. Clark, a sophomore who transferred after one season at UC Santa Barbara, led the California JCs in home runs this spring and projects as a first-five-rounds pick.
For the Tigers, the championship is their first since they won three straight titles from 2000 to 2002.
In the Pacific Northwest, Bellevue Community College freshman Kyle Decater hit a solo home run in the third inning that proved to be all the run support that starting pitcher Mike Lee would need in the championship game of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.
Lee, a 27th-round draft-and-follow of the Yankees, held Skagit Valley College scoreless through seven innings and picked up the win as the Bulldogs beat the Cardinals 3-0 to win the NWAACC championship. The title is the Bulldogs’ first since 1979.
After Decater’s home run, Bellevue added another run in the fourth inning when sophomore Brian Gana’s double drove in freshman Kyle Mongtgomery from second base. Gana was just getting started, though, as he also hit an RBI-single in the eighth inning to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead.
Brad Reid came on in relief of Lee in the eighth inning and held the Cardinals scoreless to pick up the save. Decater was the tournament’s MVP.
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