Beasley starts Darton’s first game in the JUCO World Series- a 13-11 Cavalier loss


On Saturday Jeremy Beasley was the starting pitcher in Darton State’s first ever game of the NJCAA Division 1 World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. His opposition was Cisco, from Texas, a team with a bunch of big bats. Cisco’s .388 team batting average is the second best in the country and the Wranglers also had a .463 on base and a .632 slugging percentage entering the national tourney. So, this team is a challenge for any starting pitcher. In fact opposing pitchers had a 9.94 ERA against the Wranglers.

Beasley pitched five innings against Cisco and allowed nine earned runs on 10 hits with one strike out and three walks. He left the game with Darton trailing 9-5. Freshman Ryan Nelson is the second best statistical hitter on the team and he hit a two-run triple off the left field fence in the first inning as Cisco built up a 3-0 lead and then in the third he belted a three-run homer over the left field fence- his 16th of the season. Wesley Phillips also hit a solo homer off of Beasley in the fifth. Nelson added a solo shot in the seventh as Cisco held on to a 13-11 win.

On Sunday Darton lost to Delgado 12-2 in five innings eliminating the Cavaliers from the tourney.

Top of the first – Beasley got the first two outs on a fly ball to left and a strikeout and then he yielded a double to right and a single up the middle that made it 1-0 Cisco. He allowed a single and Nelson’s triple off the fence, in left center, that scored two to make it 3-0. He stranded a runner at third on a grounder to short.

Top of the second- Jeremy retired the first batter on a foul pop up to third after a 14 pitch dual, he walked a batter and then induced a grounder to short and a fly ball to left to leave a runner at second base.

Top of the third- Jeremy walked the lead off hitter, allowed a single to left and then he fielded a sacrifice bunt and threw to first for the first out. Nelson hit a three-run homer to left to make it 6-0. Beasley yielded a single and then handled another sacrifice bunt before ending the inning with a grounder to second.

Top of the fourth inning- Cisco started off the inning with a double and an infield hit which put runners on first and third. A ground out to second base put Cisco up 7-4. A walk and a sacrifice fly to right made it 8-4. Jeremy retired Nelson on a 0-2 fastball which was caught in center field.

Top of the fifth– Jeremy got the first two outs on two pitches on a fly ball to left and a ground out to first base. However, Wesley Phillips hit a 1-1 pitch over the left field fence to put Cisco up 9-5. A fly ball to center ended the inning,