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Baseball – Cavaliers win conference crown

04/28/14

Baseball – Cavaliers win conference crown

JCCC captures third East Jayhawk title in five years

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Johnson County Community College baseball team (42-11, 29-7) claimed its third East Jayhawk Conference championship in five years after completing a four-game sweep against Highland last weekend. The Cavaliers only needed to win two of the four games, but put an exclamation point on capturing the title by winning all four by a combined score of 30-to-5.

Johnson County opened the four-game series with a 5-1 win at Highland. Alec Alvarez opened the game with a single, and later scored on Zach Isham’s single to left field, giving JCCC an early 1-0 lead. Highland answered back in the bottom of the inning on a RBI double by Justin Paul.

JCCC added single runs in the top the fourth and fifth innings, and blew the game open on Sam Mrstik’s two-run homer in the top of the seventh.

Connor Miller improved to 7-2 on the season. He allowed only three hits, on unearned run, and struck out seven over seven innings on the hill.

The second game was all Johnson County. Five runs in the first three innings allowed the Cavaliers to put the game away early. A two-run double by Ben Calvano and a two-run single by Alvarez during the second innings fueled JCCC’s offense. Alvarez added another RBI later in the game to give him three in the game. Johnson County went on to win the game in seven innings, 12-0.

Cavaliers ace Aaron Schnurbusch kept the Scotties in check all day. He allowed no runs and just three hits, while striking out seven in his seven innings on the mound. The win upped Schnurbusch’s season mark to 10-1 overall, and lower his ERA to 1.87. His 10 wins rank tied for third in the NJCAA.

JCCC closed out the series with two home games on Saturday, winning 7-2 and 6-2. Anthony Miller collected three hits, including a triple, drove in a run and scored twice. Schnurbusch also ripped a triple and drove in two runs.

Derek Beier struck out 10 to earn his sixth victory of the season. He allowed just two hits and two earned runs over seven innings.

In the final conference game of the season, Johnson County took control with a three-run fourth inning. The big blow was Michael Hayworth’s RBI double with two outs.

Justin Wyant got the win for JCCC. He allowed two runs over 4 2/3 innings. He also struck out four batters and surrendered just four hits. Jacob Nelson, Derek Hurt, L.J. Hatch and Dalton Gulick all saw action in relief. The four pitchers allowed just two hits, no runs and struck out six over the final 4 1/3 innings.

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For schedules, rosters, and other team information, go to www.jccc.edu/cavs.