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Blue Devils eliminated at Nationals

The Riverland baseball team was eliminated from the Junior College World Series when it lost to Tyler Junior College 6-2 Sunday in Tyler, Texas.

“We just didn’t hit today and their pitcher hit his spots and threw strikes,” RCC head coach Scott Koenigs said. “We hit a lot of lazy fly balls and easy ground balls. They’re a good team and we played well.”

The Blue Devils (36-12 overall) fell behind 3-0 after five innings and they trailed 6-0 before scoring twice in the eighth inning.

“There were some controversial calls and they didn’t go in our favor,” Koenigs said.

RCC opened the national tournament with a 9-5 loss to Manchester 9-5 Saturday.

The Blue Devils stranded 18 runners on base and left the bases loaded five times in that loss.

“We didn’t have a real good ptiching performance in that one and you’re not going to win many games by stranding 18 guys on base,” Koenigs said.

RCC 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 — 5 13 0

Manchester 0 2 0 2 2 1 1 1 X — 9 8 0

RCC pitching: Brian Voigt (L), 3 IP, 4 H, 5 BB, 4 ER, 3 K; Tyler Jones, 5 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 5 ER

RCC hitting: Jeff Huth, 3-for-6, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 R; Kyle Young, 2-for-3, 3 BBs; Shawn Pape, 1-for-2, RBI; Brad Winkelman, 1-for-5, R; Brian Voigt, 0-for-1, 4 BBs, RBI; Kyal Williams, 2-for-5, RBI; Derek Hahn, 2-for-5; Dusitn Fritz, 1-for-3, R, 2 BBs; Winston Smith, 1-for-4, R

Tyler 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 2 0 — 6 12 1

RCC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 — 2 6 1

RCC pitching: Mitch Jaeger (L), 7 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 4 K, HBP; Brad Winkelman, 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 K

RCC hitting: Pape, 1-for-4, RBI, SB; Young, 2-for-4; Hahn, 1-for-4; Huth, 1-for-3, R; Reece Steckler, 1-for-3, double, RBI, R