Tigers stay alive with help from Brothers’ slam, clutch relief outing by Obeso

Cowley College freshman Blaze Brothers crosses the plate after hitting a pinch-hit grand slam during a seven-run sixth inning Monday afternoon against Monroe (N.Y.) College in the Juco World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. Waiting to congratulate him are on-deck batter Grady Davenport (5), and the base runners that Brothers drove in, Tyler Halstead (18), Logan Steenstra (3) and Cody Milligan, front of the line.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A pinch-hit grand slam by freshman Blaze Brothers highlighted a seven-run sixth inning Monday afternoon for the Cowley College baseball team, as the Tigers battled back from a three-run deficit to run-rule Monroe (N.Y.) College 16-6 to stay alive at the Juco World Series. 

The Tigers (47-13) advanced to play Tuesday afternoon against Navarro, a 6-5 loser Monday against Walters State, the team that knocked Cowley to the back draw.

Cowley has scored 48 runs in the first three games of the Series.

“I thought we were a little slow getting started at the plate, but when Miggy (Miguel Obeso) threw that zero up on the board in the fourth, it helped our club relax,” Cowley coach Dave Burroughs said. “Blaze’s grand slam kind of broke their backs.”

Cody Milligan led off the game with a triple and scored on a groundout by sophomore Carson Sader.

Freshman George Specht tripled leading off the second inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Parker Dunn.

Sophomore Brannon Jordan, who started the opening game of the Series, was back on the mound for the Tigers. After lasting only one inning on Saturday, Jordan struck out three of the first four batters he faced Monday before back-to-back singles led to a run in the bottom of the second for the Mustangs (33-18).

Joe Rosselli doubled off Jordan leading off the bottom of the third, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a balk.

Monroe designated hitter Jose Martinez hit a three-run home run with one out in the bottom of the fourth to give the Mustangs a 5-2 lead.

Grady Davenport singled home a run in the fifth.

Jordan walked the leadoff man to start the bottom of the fifth and Miguel Obeso came on in relief to retire the next three batters, two by strikeouts.

Patrick Morrissey (2-3) started on the mound for the Mustangs and allowed the leadoff runner to reach base in five of the six innings he pitched. Freshman Elian Oda took over with the bases loaded and nobody out in the top of the sixth. 

Oda promptly walked Logan Steenstra on four pitches to force in a run and cut the deficit to 5-4. Tyler Halstead followed with a two-run single to put Cowley back in front 6-5 and two batters later, Brothers delivered the knockout blow with a bomb over the left field wall, his first of the season.

Brothers walked with the bases loaded in the seventh inning to drive home his fifth run of the game and increase the lead to 11-5. Davenport followed with a run-scoring single before Cade Stephens hit a two-run double for a 14-5 lead. Cowley tacked on two more runs. 

Obeso (6-0) allowed only one hit and one run in three innings. He struck out six and did not walk a batter. 

“Miggy’s stuff is electric,” Burroughs said. “He was locked in today and dominated the game.”

Halstead had two hits and scored three runs while driving in two from the No. 9 spot in the lineup. Milligan went 2 for 2 with three walks and three runs from the leadoff spot. 

“Everyone in the lineup knows their role really well right now and realize the importance of passing the bat,” Halstead said.

Cowley 16, Monroe 6

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Milligan c2320Gonzlz 2b4110

Sader 2b2001Rojas Jr rf3000

  Brthrs ph1215Alfonzo 1b3000

Davenprt lf5122Encrncn ss3000

Stephns dh4122Castro lf3110

DeSmne 1b3111Bernal c3120

Specht 3b3210Mercds 3b1101

Dunn rf3111Martinz dh3113

  Lill rf0001Rosselli cf3110

Stnstra ss4221Morrissey p0000

Halstead cf4322  Oda p0000

Jordan p0000  Guzman p0000

  Obeso p0000  Presbot p0000

  Ramos p0000

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E — DeSimone, Mercedes. DP — Monroe 2. LOB — Cowley 8, Monroe 3. 2B — Stephens, Steenstra, Gonzalez, Rosselli. 3B — Milligan, Specht. HR — Brothers (grand slam), Martinez. SB — Halstead. CS — Sader. SF — Dunn, Lill, Mercedes.



Obeso (W, 6-0)311106


Morrissey (L)576657







(Oda faced 4 batters in 6th)

(Presbot faced 1 batter in 7th)

(Ramos faced 2 batters in 7th)

HBP — by Matthews (Specht). WP — Jordan, Obeso, Morrissey. PB — Milligan 2. Balk — Jordan. Time — 3:02. Att — 3,910.


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