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Baseball - Cavaliers face must-win situation to stay alive in region playoffs

05/15/17

Baseball - Cavaliers face must-win situation to stay alive in region playoffs

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College Cavaliers baseball team is on the brink of elimination in the NJCAA Region VI/Central District playoffs. The Cavaliers will look to stay alive Monday afternoon when they take on Neosho County Community College at 4 p.m., at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kan. The winner will face Cowley College at 7 p.m.

The Cavaliers swept the four-game Neosho County to open conference play back on March 2.

Johnson County opened bracket play in Wichita on Friday, May 12 with a 7-4 victory over Dodge City Community College. Tied a 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth, the Cavaliers reeled of five runs over the next three innings to take control of the game. Sophomore Matt Warkentin collected three hits and drove in three runs. Sophomore Brandt Ollinger drove in two with a double in the sixth and a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Sophomore right-hander Branden Stanek improved to 9-0 on the season, logging 6.1 innings. He allowed four runs off six hits and struck out seven batters. Freshman Briley Buckley pitched the final 2.2 innings to pick up the save.

JCCC followed with a come-from-behind 14-8 victory over No. 3 ranked Hutchinson Community College. Trailing by five runs (6-1) after four innings, the Cavaliers plated seven runs in the fifth, followed, one in the sixth, three in the eighth and two in the ninth to win going away.

Sophomore Tanner Padgett had a big game, collected five hits and five RBI. His three-run home run in the eighth proved to be a key blow, upping JCCC’s lead from 9-8 to 12-8.

Freshman Matt Johnson homered and drove in three runs, and freshman Jake Karst ripped a two-run double to help JCCC’s cause.

Sophomore right-hander Brennan Lewis picked up the win in relief, and Buckley picked up another save, pitching 3.2 scoreless innings to close out the game.

The Cavaliers were sent to the consolation bracket Sunday evening after suffering a 10-6 setback to Cowley College.

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