Galveston (Texas) 10, Triton (Ill.) Community College 9
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) _ Center fielder Jose Rosado came on in relief to help Galveston (Texas) College to a 10-9 win over Triton (Ill.) Community College in the championship game of the Junior College World Series Saturday night.
It was the teams’ third meeting and the second time Galveston has defeated the Trojans 10-9 in this tournament. Triton handed Galveston its first defeat 8-4 Friday night, forcing Saturday night’s playoff.
Triton, which lost in the final to Yavapai, Ariz., last year, pulled to 10-9 with a run in the bottom of the ninth but Rosado got pinch-hitter Phil Seminero to ground into a double play with the bases loaded to end the game.
Triton boasted one of the best defenses in the tournament before Saturday’s final, but committed three errors that led to five unearned runs.
Pat Wolfe led Triton with a home run and a triple. Jason Ramminger had two doubles.
Starter Mark Cridland got the victory for Galveston, which has only played baseball for three years and has been in the tournament two of those three years.
Triton loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh but Galveston coach Dick Smith used four pitchers, including third baseman William Roland and Rosado, to get out of the inning with no runs scored.
Rosado, who won most valuable player honors and picked up the save, came in to strike out left-hander Jamie Ramminger and retired left-hander Eric Dates on a groundout. He pitched 2 2-3 innings.
Smith said the shuffle of pitchers in the seventh inning was nothing special.
″We did that in the state tournament and we had worked on this kind of thing in the bullpen this week,″ Smith said.