WCCC loses first-round game
Gloucester (N.J.) County Community College demonstrated why its the No. 1-ranked junior college baseball team in the nation.
Gloucester turned six errors into six unearned runs in an 8-2 victory over Westmoreland County Community College in the opening round of the Junior College World Series Saturday at Glens Falls, N.Y.
Westmoreland County Community College returns to action noon today against an opponent to be determined in the eight-team, double-elimination series.
"I think we played scared - like we were playing not to lose instead of playing to win," WCCC manager Mike Draghi said.
Left-handed winning pitcher Michael Antonini (10-0) kept Westmoreland off balance throughout the game with his fastball and change-up.
Draghi gave credit to his losing pitcher Justin Dickert (8-4), a freshman righthander.
"Justin pitched a solid game, but you just can't give a team like Gloucester six or seven additional outs," Draghi said. "It's a 2-2 game if we play solid defense."
Gloucester slugger Tim Edmeads took advantage of his extra trips to the plate to belt a two-run homer, two singles and a double. He also reached base twice on walks.
WCCC scored single runs in the first and sixth innings on RBI singles by David Campbell and Shawn Schwarz.
Draghi held a meeting with his team after the game.
"I reminded them that with our fall and spring schedules, we've won over 50 games and won a regional championship," Draghi said. "We've played some very good teams and whenever we've lost, we've bounced back the next game. We need to be ready to play when we go out there tomorrow."
Matt Roach, a freshman lefthander from Hempfield, is expected to start today's game for WCCC.
Westmoreland County Community College is representing Region 20 (Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and the District of Columbia) in the tournament.