McLennan Highlanders fall to San Jac in JUCO opening round

McLennan Highlanders fall to San Jac in JUCO opening round

The McLennan Highlanders fell to the San Jacinto Gators 15-7 in the opening round of the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. Will Carsten took the loss on the mound for the Highlanders.
 
San Jacinto jumped out to the early 2-0 lead, scoring one run in each of the first two innings. Hunter Grimes' two-run homer in the second tied the game at two going into the third inning.
 
The Gators added three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to take the 8-4 lead. But the Highlanders weren't out of the game. McLennan added a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth to cut the San Jacinto lead to one, 8-7 heading into the final inning.
 
San Jacinto scored seven in the top of the ninth and the Highlanders were unable to recover.
 
McLennan will face Snead State in an elimination game Sunday at 8:30 p.m. (CT).
 
San Jacinto 15, McLennan 7
San Jacinto 110 330 007 – 15 10 4
McLennan 022 000 120 – 7 10 0
Hunter Hollan, Lex Garcia (6), Chase Roberts (8), Andrew Petrowski (8), Calin Knight (9) and Jose Torres. Will Carsten, Gay Harrison (5), Cash McNicholas (8), Will Glatch (8), Ryan Messick (8) and Hank Bard. WP: Hollan; LP: Carsten. Leading hitters – San Jacinto: Jordan Williams (2-4, 3B, HR, 4 RBI), Alan Shibley (1-4, 2B), Harold Coll (1-4, 2 RBI), Armani Sanchez (1-3, HR,2 RBI), Jack Hicks (1-1, 2 RBI), MJ Rodriguez (3-3, HR, 2 RBI) and Jose Torres (0-5, 2 RBI); McLennan: Hunter Grimes (2-5, HR, 2 RBI), Cole Dillon (2-3, 2B), John Ceccoli (0-1, RBI), Daniel Altman (0-4, RBI), Mateo Zeppieri (2-4, RBI) and Hank Bard (2-5, 2B, RBI). Record: McLennan 49-12-1 (28-4).