Five home runs by Cowley College, including three in the first inning, propelled the Tigers to an 11-8 win over Seminole State Saturday in opening-round action of the National Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo


Five home runs by Cowley College, including three in the first inning, propelled the Tigers to an 11-8 win over Seminole State Saturday in opening-round action of the National Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo
The loss sent the Trojans to the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination event.Cowley’s three first-inning blasts all went over the left field wall at Suplizio Field. The first was supplied by the Tigers’ first batter, Ronald Melendez. B.J. Misialek added another solo shot and Andy Petz had a three-run bomb that gave Cowley a 5-2 lead.
The Trojans’ initial run in the top of the first came from a David Chester RBI double to right center. Chester scored two batters later on a fielder’s choice by David Jackson.
Both teams scored three runs in the second inning. SSC got an RBI single from Cale Ellis and a Chester single to left that scored two.
Cowley’s three runs came from one swing. Colt Loehrs rocketed a homer to left center that brought in two players who had reached on walks and gave the Tigers an 8-5 advantage.
SSC got one run back in the third with its only homer. Dustin Andrews led off the inning with a shot to right field.
The teams each scored single runs in the fourth inning. Seminole State added one more in the seventh as Rich Hawkins scored on a wild pitch.
Cowley responded with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, a frame that was interrupted by an hour and 13-minute rain delay. When play resumed, Mac Gordon launched a two-run homer over the wall in left center.
Seminole State’s starting pitcher, Terrance Jackson, was tagged with the loss after allowing eight earned runs on six hits in two innings.
Cowley reliever Calvin Drinnen got the win. After taking the mound with two out in the second inning, he limited SSC to three runs on six hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings. Tyler Rosenthal, who pitched the last two scoreless innings, got the save.
Chester finished as Seminole State’s top hitter with a 3-for-5 effort and three RBIs. James Lavinskas also went 3-for-5. Andrews and Ellis both went 2-for-5.
Cowley, which was outhit by the Trojans 14-10, had three players with two hits each — Melendez, Gordon and Petz.
Seminole State is scheduled to play again at 1 p.m. today against the loser of Saturday’s late game between Santa Fe Community College and Middle Georgia.