Johnson County Community College’s baseball team took the difficult path to the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.
The Cavaliers lost their opening game in the Region VI Championship, 2-0 to Kansas City Kansas, dropping the region’s top seed to the loser’s bracket.
Back the Cavaliers came, winning four games to set up a rematch with KCK and needing to win twice.
A five-run fourth powered Johnson County to an 8-1 victory in the opener as sophomore lefty Aaron Schnurbusch surrendered one hit and struck out 12.
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In the deciding game, Dalton Gulick and Connor Miller, a pair of right-handers, combined for a no-hitter in a 2-0 victory.
“We knew we had the pitching, defense and hitting to win this tournament,” Cavaliers coach Kent Shelley said.
Johnson County, 50-12, will face Midland in the World Series opener at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Johnson County sophomore softball pitcher Zoe Price chosen to the NJCAA All-America first-team. Price was 21-2 with an ERA of 1.45 with 119 strikeouts in 2014.
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