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Kaskaskia College Drops Second Game And Exits JUCO World Series

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD Sports

Kaskaskia College is out of the JUCO World Series.  They dropped their second straight game in the double elimination tournament at Grand Junction, Colorado to be eliminated.  

Kaskaskia fell to Palm Beach State, Florida in their second round game, 7-1.  Kaskaskia jumped to an early first inning 1-0 lead as Palm Beach starter and eventual winner Ryan Pistey hit a batter, walked two, and allowed an RBI single to Dennon Koziol that scored Jarod Perry. Kaskaskia College left the inning with the bases loaded.  Those were among the 12 runners Kaskaskia would leave on base during the game.

"The first inning we had a chance to jump on them and we only got one.  We felt like we had the right guys at the plate at the right time, but we just couldn't break through.  In the last three or four weeks of the regular season and the playoffs, we got those hits 

and we didn't yesterday (Saturday)  and we didn't today (Sunday).  A tip of the hat to Palm Beach, they played well. They pitched it well and got those timely hits," said Coach Mitch Koester.

After the rough first inning, Pistey settled down the rest of the game, allowing no additional runs while scattering another nine hits and two walks.  He struck out three.  

Kaskaskia starter Joey Coonrad was tagged with the loss, allowing six hits and four runs, only two of which were earned.  In relief, Jevon Boyd allowed three hits and one walk, as well as three runs to score.  Kory Albert then got the last two batters out one-two.  

Kaskaskia out hit Palm Beach State 10 hits to nine.  

Koester says they now look forward to next year.  "With the guys coming back and the guys coming in next year we feel like we have an opportunity to make another run at it.  We know what it is going to take to win at this level, we got to make plays, you gotta make pitches, you gotta get timely hits to win ballgames at this level of competition," said Koester.

The loss ends Kaskaskia College's season at 39-12.  Palm Beach improves to 39 and 20 and advances to the next round of the JUCO World Series.       

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