The Johnson County Community College baseball team has its back against the wall again.
The Cavaliers lost 10-5 to Midland (Texas) in their opening game on Saturday in the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.
Johnson County faces an elimination game against Columbia State (Tenn.) today.
But the Cavaliers are no strangers to such pressure games. After losing their opener in the Region VI Championship, the Cavaliers won six straight games to reach the NJCAA World Series.
John Fairchild, Anthony Miller and Riley Landuyt each hit solo homers against Midland on Saturday. Miller and Landuyt both finished two for five and had two RBIs apiece.
NCAA D-II track
Pittsburg State’s Jeff Piepenbrink won the pole vault at the NCAA Division II track and field championships on Saturday in Allendale, Mich.
Piepenbrink vaulted 17 feet, 1 1/2 inches.
The Gorillas’ Marquise Cushon, who went to Raytown South, took fourth in the triple jump (51-53/4)..
In other finals on Saturday:
Central Missouri’s Mary Riley, who went to Olathe North, finished third in the javelin with a throw of 163-0.
The Mules’ Nikki Douglas took third in the 400 meter hurdles at 59.33 seconds.
Brooks Ballou of St. Mary College finished second in the marathon at the NAIA championships in Gulf Shores, Ala. Ballou, who is from Bonner Springs, crossed with a time of 2 hours, 31 minutes and 51.00 seconds.
Park’s Elizabeth Grubbs, who is from Gladstone, took sixth in the women’s marathon at 3:15:40.80.
Baker’s Tyler Sloan, a Sumner Academy graduate, finished fourth in the women’s 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.98.