GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Essex Community College is on game from the National Junior College World Series final, thanks a 10-run fifth inning that led a 13-9 victory yesterday.
Essex defeated Blinn of Brenham, Texas, and tonight will play John Logan Community College (Ill.), which beat Pima Community College (Ariz.), 7-5, last night.
The Essex-Logan winner faces Pima tomorrow night for the championship of the double-elimination tournament.
Essex (37-5) trailed Blinn (45-24) 7-3 entering the fifth inning, beforethe Knights scored 10 runs. The first nine Essex batters scored in the inning.
The Knights recorded seven hits while sending 12 players to the plate. The big blow was designated hitter Greg Boyd's three-run home run, which capped the spree. Boyd had two hits, two runs, and four RBI in the inning.
"Before the inning, we saw their third-base coach smiling," Boysaid. "That showed us they weren't taking us too seriously. It fired us up."
Boyd went 3-for-5, drove in five runs and scored three. Essex'Jackson Edwards got the victory despite pitching five innings and giving upseven runs.
Essex reliever Dale Lahr pitched four innings and allowed two hits for the save. Lahr got into a jam in the ninth, allowing a hit and two walks to load the bases. But the sophomore got out of the jam, allowing just one run.
"Now, we'll have to wait and see what happens," said Essecoach George Henderson. "We think we're in a good position right now."