Grand Junction, CO--Chipola's bid to win a second National baseball championship is off to a good start, and to say the least, the Indians providing their fans who made trip to Grand Junction Colorado with some serious entertainment. While most of us slept Sunday night, the Indians were busy racking up their first win in the ten team, double elimination tournament.
After falling behind Grayson Texas 4-0 in their opener, the Indians rallied to take the lead with 7 here in the bottom of the second, Derrick Pitts, who had a huge night with this two rbi double just out of the reach of the Grayson center fielder.
The Chipola pitching was less than stellar, and hurt by 8 errors, they gave up the lead again, Grayson getting 4 in the 4th and 4 more in the 7th to lead it 12-9 into the bottom of the 8th inning.
Jeff Johnson's team would rally big time in that inning though, Pitts again with another double, this one down the left field line, plating two more runs, that made it a 12-11 game. Grayson's pitcher would plunk a hitter later in the inning to force in the tying run.
Then it's Michael Revell with a two rbi single to left, Lagarde sliding in with that second run and the Indians had the lead for good. Revell 3 for 4 and the two ribbies.
It's Pitts though the real hero, he gets another two rbi double in that rally, and finished the game 6 for 6, with 3 doubles and 9 rbi. Just for good measure, the freshman from Murray Utah came on to the hill to close out the game in the 9th. Chipola wins 19-13, they get today off and will play in the winner's bracket tomorrow night at 7:30 against Navarro (outside Dallas)/Iowa Western.
After last night's amazing performance, Pitts was asked if he's ever had a game like this one.
Chipola Freshman/6-6, 9 RBI
"Man a long time, I've been in a slump lately so you know that's a very good game to get out of it you know. Our offense is amazing, we always come back. Every time we're behind we always find a way to come back you know our team did great."
Again a night off for the Indians, we'll hear from Jeff Johnson Monday night at ten.