Down To Final Four At Grand Junction

Only four teams remain at the 50th Annual NJCAA Division I World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.

Chipola (Fla.) (39-17) advanced to the championship game after holding off a late rally by San Jacinto (Texas) (46-15) to win 7-6. The Indians are the only team in the world series field that is undefeated at 3-0.

The other three teams joining the Indians in the field of four are Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.), New Mexico and San Jacinto (Texas).

Spartanburg Methodist (53-14) defeated Shelton State (Ala.) 16-7 in Game 12 of the series to earn a rematch with Chipola in the semifinals. Chipola got the upper hand when the two teams met in a slugfest in the second round of the championships, winning 14-12 in front of a loud crowd of 12,101 at Suplizio Field.

Spartanburg has won two of its three games in the World Series, with both wins coming against Shelton State.

The Pioneers combined to score 31 runs in their two wins against the Buccaneers. Spartanburg is led at the plate by freshman Allen Caldwell and sophomore Brooks Robinson. Both hitters are batting over .470 and have collected eight hits in the three games this week.

Top-ranked New Mexico Junior College improved to 3-1 in World Series play as they avenged a loss to Western Nevada (41-24-2) by picking up an 11-1 win in five innings Wednesday. The Thunderbirds jumped out to an 8-1 lead through the first three frames and was able to pick up three more in the bottom of the fifth to make it final due to a 10-run rule.

New Mexico JC faces off against San Jacinto in today’™s only game.

San Jacinto started the World Series on the winning track as it defeated Cowley County (Kansas) CC and Western Nevada by a combined score of 23-8. With their only loss coming to undefeated Chipola, the Gators still have a chance to get even with the Indians if they can get by New Mexico.

Check back for updates to see who advances to Saturday’™s championship game.

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