Chattahoochee Valley knocked out of JUCO world series

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comMay 27, 2014 

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- A dropped fly ball opened the floodgates as Spartanburg Methodist scored nine unearned runs in the second inning and went on to an 18-3 win over Chattahoochee Valley on Tuesday in the JUCO world series.

The game was stopped after 4½ innings by the mercy rule.

The loss was No. 1-ranked CVCC's second of the tournament, eliminating them from the event at Suplizio Field.

Spartanburg had two runners on and two outs in the top of the second when Brandon Burris hit a fly ball to center field. JD Perry was unable to hold on to the ball, and the error allowed the two base runners to score to tie the game at 2-2.

CVCC, which was making its first world series appearance, made four more errors in the inning as Spartanburg added seven more runs for a 9-2 lead.

"JD is the best center fielder I have had." CVCC coach Adam Thomas said. "For him to drop the ball out there is just unexplainable. But I feel for him. He is so heartbroken. He thinks he cost us the game, but that didn't.

"It was just a fluke. It is ironic that our defense also cost us in the loss to Blinn. We led our league in defense. We are a good defensive team. But I tell the guys to keep the routine plays routine. When you don't do that, this is what happens."

Spartanburg scored eight more runs in the third inning. CVCC made its sixth error of the game in the third, but all of the runs were earned.

Hunter Mitchell took the loss as he allowed seven runs (all unearned) on four hits and three walks in 1 2-3 innings.

Trevor Kieboom hit a two-run homer for the Pirates in the top of the first for a 2-0 lead.

The Pirates beat Delgado (Louisiana) 8-6 to open the world series on Saturday, then lost to Blinn (Texas) 10-2 in eight innings.

CVCC finishes the season at 48-11 as its set a single-season record for wins for the program.

"It is unfortunate that we played our worst two games of the season on the biggest stage," Thomas said. "But baseball is just a game, and that is how it goes.

"We don't typically meet as a team after a game, win or lose. But we met back at the hotel. I told the guys I was proud of them, and I thanked them for getting me to a world series.

"I told them that they will be the best team in school history until someone wins a world series."

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