Indians win all four over Rattlers

Monday, April 22, 2019

LA JUNTA, Colo. – The McCook Community College baseball team completed a four-game series sweep over Otero Junior College Saturday winning a pair of extra-innings games. The Indians won the first game 2-1 in 10 innings, and the second game 4-1 in nine innings.

“What a weekend for us, we had to battle our tails off today,” MCC coach Jon Olsen said.

Freshman Justin Lucas (Las Vegas) hit a 10th-nning home run in Game 1 to back the 13-strikeout pitching of freshman Braden Babcock (Oshawa, Ontario). In the second game sophomore transfer Ricardo Jimenez, (Hialeah, Fla.) broke up a 1-1 tie with an RBI single in the ninth inning and MCC added on two more runs to back the 11-strikeout performance of freshman Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli, (Austin, Texas).

“We got a pair of outstanding performances on the mound,” Olsen said. “The level of pressure playing extra-inning games on the road when you don’t have the last at bat is pretty intense. Braden, Tyler and our defenders were up to it today.”

Otero JC drops to 7-20 in Region IX play and 11-36 overall.

The Indians improve to 15-22 and 11-15 in the Region IX Empire League.

“We knew we needed a big weekend this weekend, we got it and now have a chance to make things interesting the next two weeks, hopefully we can continue to play well.”

This week, MCC will host Colby Community College in a Tuesday game then five key home Region IX games starting with a Wednesday doubleheader with Southeast Community College starting at 2 p.m.

Then a doubleheader Saturday against Trinidad State starting at 1 p.m. and a Sunday nine-inning game with Trinidad State at 1 p.m.

Over the weekend the top two teams in the standings went 0-3, and as a result MCC picked up ground on the leaders but the top four teams (which will advance to the Region IX tournament) are all within 1.5 games of each other. Southeast Community College is three games back of fourth place and MCC is four games back.

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