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HCC baseball wins Region XX championship

The Harford Community College baseball team scored five runs in the ninth inning to claim the 2014 NJCAA DI Region XX Championship in exciting comeback fashion on Sunday. The host Fighting Owls forced the decisive winner-take-all game with a 19-15 win in the first game of the day and won the title with a 13-10 Championship Game victory over Potomac State.

Cody Brittain capped off an amazing tournament with a three-run double down the leftfield line in the ninth for the game winner. Harford mounted the rally down two, with one out in the inning. Tyler Napierala walked, CJ Young singled through the left side and Rob Koski worked a walk to load the bases before Brittain crushed his 10th hit of the tournament. He finished 10-for-21 with 10 runs scored and 13 RBIs.

James English recorded the final five outs of the game to earn the win. He also got the win in game one, tossing two innings to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. English struck out the final two batters before the dogpile celebration on the mound.

Jake Molison also landed on the All-Tournament Team after going 4-for-5 with a triple and five RBIs in game one. Brittain, Daulton Weeks, Koski and Craig Joseph also were on the All-Tournament Team. Brittain went 4-for-7 in game one with six runs and five RBIs with a home run.

The Fighting Owls advance to the NJCAA Eastern District Championships hosted by Region X Champion USC-Sumter this weekend in South Carolina.

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