For the first time in York College history, the baseball team will be playing in the NAIA Baseball World Series. Each champion of the Opening Round brackets, nine in all, will make their way to Lewiston, Idaho, May 24-31
As the No.1 seed in the Opening Round Joliet Bracket, the Panthers had their way through the first two games but hit a wall in game three. The No. 3 seed Judson College Eagles were in control of the game, holding York's offense to only two hits through seven innings with a 3-1 lead.
Video: final minutes of the game
Then came the bottom half of the 8th when the York bats sprang to life. Jordan Leis singled to center and was followed four pitches later by Jordan Pella's single to center as well. Josh Nuyten hit a sacrifice bunt to put his teammates in scoring position with the top of the lineup coming to the plate. Matt Owen singled through the gap at shortstop and both Leis and Pella scored, tying the game at 3-3 with Owen advancing to second on the throw. A couple of wild pitches in the inning brought Owen in for the go ahead run.
Although Aaron Conyers had pitched a complete game the day before in York's 5-0 win over Judson, Coach Nick Harlan wanted him back on the mound to close out the game. Conyers walked the first batter and then retired the next three without incident and secured York's trip to the World Series.
Tyler Molder, a junior from Reno, Nev., was solid on the mound for the Panthers as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits. He was replaced in the 8th with Julio Angulo who gave up no runs and one hit.
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For more Opening Round tournament information, Including a recap on the game and pics, visit the host site of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The Panthers (44-10) are the No. 6 seed in the 57th annual Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series and will take on the Embry-Riddle (Florida) Eagles, the No. 3 seed (48-13), at 5 p.m. CST on Friday, May 24. The Eagles are the No. 5 rated team in the NAIA, while the Panthers are ranked No. 9. A win on Friday allows the Panthers to rest a couple of days and play again on Monday at 8:30 p.m. A loss puts them right back on the field Saturday afternoon with a 2:00 p.m. first pitch start.
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