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Roughriders advance to JuCo World Series finals

Yavapai College third baseman Turtle Kuhaulua throws to first for the out in an elimination game Thursday during the Junior College Baseball World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. (Joseph Harold, Montrose Daily Press/Courtesy)

Yavapai College third baseman Turtle Kuhaulua throws to first for the out in an elimination game Thursday during the Junior College Baseball World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. (Joseph Harold, Montrose Daily Press/Courtesy)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – For the first time in a decade, the Yavapai College’s baseball team has qualified for the finals of the JUCO World Series after notching a 7-3 victory over Iowa Western in an elimination game on Thursday, June 2, at Suplizio Field.

The Roughriders won’t know who they play next in the double-elimination national tournament until the winners’ bracket final is played between San Jacinto (Texas)-Chattahoochie Valley (Alabama) at 6:30 p.m. Arizona time tonight, June 2.

If San Jacinto (3-0 in the Series) loses to Chattahoochie (2-1), San Jac and Chattahoochie would play again at 6 p.m. Friday, June 3, to determine which team would face Yavapai (4-1) in the national championship game at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 4. In other words, Yavapai would receive a bye to the title game on Saturday.

However, if Chattahoochie loses to San Jac, San Jac would remain unbeaten in the tournament and take on Yavapai in the national championship game on Friday night. If that happens, the Roughriders, with one loss, would need to win Friday to force an if-necessary title game on Saturday evening.

For more on Thursday’s game between Yavapai and Iowa Western and for information on which teams will play on Friday, pick up a copy of Friday’s Daily Courier Sports section or visit dcourier.com.

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