JUCO GM19: Iowa Western 6, San Jacinto 5

By: Phil Stafford Email
By: Phil Stafford Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- The No. 1 Iowa Western Reivers won their second national championship in the school's history in a bizarre ending on Saturday night.

The Reivers entered the top of the ninth inning trailing 5-4 to the No. 8 San Jacinto Gators.

Keaton Steele started the inning off with a walk and then advanced to third base after a bunt for a hit by Grant Kay, and a sacrifice bunt by Steven Leonard.

Steele scored from third on single through the left side by Brett Bass. That tied the game at 5-5 with 1 out.

Skylar Janisse came in to relieve AJ Glasshof on the mound for the Gators. Janisse struck out his first batter, Sam Bumpers, on a 2-2 pitch. He then walked his next batter, Damek Tomscha, on four straight pitches.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Levi Meyer was up to bat for the Reivers. Between the time that Janisse stepped onto the rubber and addressed the plate, the home plate umpire called him for a balk, scoring Grant Kay from third as the go-ahead run for Iowa Western.

Meyer popped up to end the top half of the frame. After consecutive strikeouts by the Gators, Justin Byrd tripled down the right field line to keep the San Jac hopes alive.

The next batter for San Jacinto was Kirby Taylor. On an 0-2 count, Taylor grounded out to Brandon Tierney to end the game.

Keaton Steele of Iowa Western was awarded the Tournament MVP after the 6-5 victory.

This is the 8th time that San Jac has finished national runner-up in their 22 JUCO World Series appearance.


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  • by Anonymous on Jun 3, 2012 at 07:24 PM
    Where is the stuff that is supposed to be on the facebook page?
  • by Mike Location: GJ on Jun 3, 2012 at 07:21 PM
    Iowa was the better team, but San Jac had this game stolen last night. Umpire was atrocious w/ balls and strikes, and calls a ridiculous balk call in the 9th..Really? Didn't see it live, and watched it again just now on the stream. Didn't see it. He wanted to effect the outcome of the game, and he did. Nice win umpire! Congrats!
  • by Boorian Location: Gj on Jun 3, 2012 at 10:05 AM
    Iowa took over at the end they deserved to win! Great to see San jac lose!! They were very poor sports after the game ranting and throwing Thier helmets. They showed Thier true colors and the right team won! Congrats reivers
  • by SanJac25 on Jun 3, 2012 at 09:38 AM
    GO HOME IOWA! GATORS should have won that game!
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jun 3, 2012 at 10:19 AM in reply to SanJac25
      But they didn't.
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        by Mike on Jul 19, 2012 at 07:41 AM in reply to
        Right. hard to win when phantom balks are called w/ the bases loaded in a championship game...the ump got his 30 seconds of fame. congrats blue!
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