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Roadrunners In
World Series

 
2001 Nationals

DelTech Going to JuCo
Series for Third Time

The Delaware Tech-Owens baseball team reached the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series for the third time with a 13-6 win over the Community College of Rhode Island in the Northeast District tournament finals on Sunday, May 13.

The Roadrunners, now 36-5, will represent the Northeast in the World Series in Millington, Tenn., from May 26-June 2.

In beating Rhode Island, ranked fifth in the country, the Roadrunners accomplished an unprecedented feat in the school's history with three consecutive home runs by Jay Balback, Nate Husser and David Engle in the fifth inning. The barrage gave DelTech a comfortable 12-2 lead after five innings.

Winning pitcher Brian Elder, named the tournament's most valuable player and most valuable pitcher, made the lead stand up as he struck out 10 in a complete game performance. Elder is now 8-1.

The Roadrunners scored four runs in the second inning as Keith Brock cleared the bases with a triple. Derek Haley, who went 4-for-4 with a triple and two RBI, drove in the other run in the inning. Haley was named the tournament's outstanding offensive player.

The two teams scored two runs apiece until the fifth inning, when the Roadrunners broke open the 6-2 contest with the back-to-back-to-back homers.

DelTech also secured the tournament's most valuable defensive player award as catcher David Engle took that honor.

The Roadrunners advanced to the final round with a pair of victories on Saturday, May 12. DelTech beat Mercyhurst (Pa.) 9-6 in its first game and advanced to the finals with a 6-5 win over Rhode Island in its second game.

The Roadrunners rode the hitting of Jay Balback and Tyler Brock to the win over Mercyhurst. Balback went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI while Brock doubled and drove in two runs. Travis Timmons got the win on the mound.

Against the Community College of Rhode Island, DelTech rebound from a 4-0 deficit as Darrell Chever singled in Keith Brock in a four-run ninth inning to score the winning run.

Chever went 3-for-5 with the game-winning RBI against Rhode Island while Matt Albano was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Mark Commolli earned the win with 12 strikeouts.

The Roadrunners reached the Northeast tournament with a 9-8 win over Brookdale (N.J.) on Saturday, May 5, in the Region 19 Division II championship game.


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