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Highlanders continue Series quest tonight

By Ken K. Green Gordon goes for win number two in the NJCAA baseball World Series when they face number two seed Jefferon in Grand Junction, Colorado. First pitch is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. local time and can be seen live streaming on the world wide web by accessing NJCAA TV through The tenth seed Highlanders (37-23) beat ninth seed Shelton State 13-3 Sunday night. The Vikings (53-10) from Hillsboro, Missouri beat fourth seed Cisco 11-3 Saturday and third seed Polk State 9-5 Monday. Jefferson, making its third appearance in the JUCO World Series (2002, 2011), is coached by Sam Carel in his sixth season with a record of 242-117. The Vikings are led by Fred Ford (.432 BA, 17 2B, 13 HR, 68 RBI, 32 SB) and Brett Wiley (.409 BA, 24 2B, 5 3B, 6 HR, 59 RBI, 29 SB). In their first two games of the tournament, Ford is hitting .300 with two doubles and a pair of runs batted in while Wiley is hitting .444 with two doubles, and home run and five RBI. Jefferson’s top two pitchers, Tyler Thompson (11-1, 2.13 ERA, 91 K) and Dalton Friend (11-0, 2.93 ERA, 68 K), have already pitched in the tourney so Gordon is likely to see a third Viking pitcher. The Highlanders are expected to counter with their ace, University of Georgia signee Kenny Anderson (6-5, 2.45 ERA, 67 K). The winner of Tuesday’s game will play again Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. against eighth seed San Jacinto-North (Tx.) while the loser will play either Shelton State or Polk State Wednesday at five o’clock. For comprehensive coverage of the JUCO tourney by the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, go to

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