history & records
NJCAA World Series Teams 2008 NJCAA JUCO World Series Johnson County Community College earned its first trip to the NJCAA JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., in the 2008 season. The Cavaliers went into the 10-team tournament looking to become just the second school from Kansas to win a world series title . However, the dream season for the Johnson County Community College baseball team came to an end over the weekend, as the Cavaliers were eliminated from the 2008 Alpine Bank Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. The Cavaliers ended the 2008 campaign with an overall mark of 41-18, tied for ninth in the World Series. JCCC drew Shelton State Community College in Game 1 on Saturday, but lost 8-4 after a late-inning pitching collapse. The Cavaliers then became the first team to go home, falling 20-7 to Central Arizona College on Sunday. JCCC did hold leads in both games. Against Shelton State, JCCC had a 4-3 lead entering the bottom of the eighth inning, but two errors and hit batter led to a five-run inning for the Buccaneers. In the elimination loss, the Cavaliers led 6-5 when sophomore left-hander Travis Blankenship left the game after five innings. The bullpen, which had been very strong for JCCC all season, gave up 15 runs over the final three innings. “It certainly is disappointing,” JCCC head coach Kent Shelley said in an interview with Patrick Bahr of The Daily Sentinel after the scone game. “We expected to do a little better than we did. Nothing will take away from this experience. To have 5,000 people out her on Sunday morning in an elimination game speaks volumes to the class of the city.” Despite the team’s disappointment, several individuals had impressive performances in their first World Series appearance. Sophomore shortstop Doug Otto, the East Jayhawk Conference MVP, first-team AllAmerican and Rawlings Gold Glove winner, hit a teambest .667, going 4-for-6 with two doubles, a home run, three RBI, five runs, three walks, and was 3-for-3 in stolen bases. Otto was named to the JUCO World Series All-Tournament Team. Freshman John Lenherr and sophomore Parker Amos also were solid at the plate. Lenherr hit .500 (4-for-8) with a double and three runs, and Amos hit .444 (4-for9) with a run and a team high four RBI.
Cavaliers earned its first berth to the World Series by defeating cross-town rival Kansas City Kansas, 6-2 in the final game of the Region VI Tournament at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kan. Sophomore left-hander Travis Blankenship pitched nine innings, allowing just two runs on four hits, and struck out nine to earn the complete game victory, his 11th of the season, which tied a school record . Blankenship set the tone early, striking out the first two batters of the game, and four of the first five he faced. He didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning. While Blankenship was throwing a gem, Kansas City Kansas’ defense opened the door for JCCC. The Blue Devils committed eight errors in the game, two in the first inning which led to two runs, two in the second and two in the third, giving JCCC a 4-0 lead. Kansas City Kansas cut into the Cavaliers lead with a two run sixth inning, but JCCC matched that in the bottom half of the inning, and never looked back.
JCCC JUCO World Series Firsts First Hit Jon Lenherr. single, 1st inning vs. Shelton State First Base on Balls Drew Garwood, 3rd ininng vs Shelton State First Stolen Base Doug Otto, 4th innings vs. Shelton State First RBI Nate Thomas, 4th inning vs. Shelton State First Extra Base Hit Doug Otto, double, 6th inning vs. Shelton State
2013 johnson county community college baseball guide
Spring 2013 JCCC baseball media guide