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Another great Junior College World Series is in the books. There was no doubt that offense took center stage with a record number of home runs and team ERA’s that were nearing double digits. Congratulations to Chipola College of Florida and Coach Jeff Johnson. It’s Jeff’s second national title and now has milestone titles at the 50th and now the 60th World Series. For San Jacinto and coach Tom Arrington, it’s the Gators 10 runner-up and Arrington’s 6th loss in the title game. It’s easy to criticize the lack of titles For Arrington, but I prefer to look at the constancy of San Jacinto. They just made their 22nd trip to the World Series and are coming off back to back title game appearances. Tom Arrington has done a great job of getting his team into position to win it all every year.
The Junior Harding story was one of the more interesting ones at the Alpine Bank JUCO World Series. The Chipola pitcher was a starter for Jeff Johnson, but was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. After some time in the hospital, Harding returned to a new role coming out of the Indians’ bullpen. Johnson said Harding was a warrior that wanted the ball every day. That tenacity led him to a spot on the All-Tournament team and a JUCO World Series title.
Rockies fans thought we would see David Dahl back with the Rockies by now. Dahl was been out since spring training due to a rib injury. Just when it seemed like Dahl was close, he has sustained another setback. He’s now at extended spring training in Arizona as he continues to have issue with his injury. Great news on the Chad Bettis front as the pitcher is back with the team and could be back on the mound by the All-Star game July 11th. Bettis has been undergoing chemo for his battle with testicular cancer.
Congrats to recent Fruita Monument graduate Gunner Rigsby. Gunner set a school record and won the 5A state title in the long jump. He’s heading to the University of Colorado to do jumps for the Buffs. Not bad for someone that only started long jumping two years ago.
Everyday we hear Paxton Lynch had moved ahead of Trevor Siemian or that Siemian has pulled away from Lynch at the Broncos OTS’s. OTA’s are important to learn Mike McCoy’s offense, but the real battle starts when the pads go on and training camp starts in July. Let’s pump the brakes on either QB having the lead for the job at this point.
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