25 May Gonzalez’ record-tying 3-HRs spark 10-6 win
By MIKE MONTFORT —
GRAND JUNCTION, Co. – Navarro (39-16) advances to a 7:30 pm (MT) Monday second-round matchup with third-ranked Walters State after a 10-6 win Saturday over No. 16 Chipola in front of 4,982 fans at Suplizio Field.
Coach Matt Podjenski’s Bulldogs crushed five home runs and won their 10th straight game while opening the tournament with a victory over the two-time champion Indians as Jose Gonzalez, Jr., had a JUCO record-tying performance.
Gonzales, Jr., tied a JUCO World Series record today with three home runs in a single game. He is one of 12 players ever to accomplish the feat — the first time it’s happened in 10 years. Gonzalez was 4-for-4 at the plate, hit three home runs, drove in four and totaled 13 bases.
The Bulldogs hit back-to-back home runs twice in today’s opener. Rugely and Gonzales hit consecutive homers in the second inning; Gonzalez and Dawson Woods did it during the eighth inning.
During a seven-game hitting streak since May 5, Gonzalez is 15 for his last 24 at-bats (.625), with four home runs, nine RBI and 10 runs scored.
Navarro reached double-digit scoring for the 18th time this season as the team won for the 39th time to equal a season-high total during the Pudge Era.
Collin Storms, who relieved starter Carson Rollins, got credit for his seventh pitching victory. Storms worked 3.1 innings and struck out four before departing in the eighth.
Chipola sophomore third baseman Julio Carrion hit a two-run homer off Storms and trimmed Navarro’s lead to 7-6.
Navarro 10, Chipola 6….. Official Attendance: 4,982
SCORE BY INNINGS……….R-H-E (LOB)
Chipola…..010 300 020 – 6- 6-1
Navarro…..120 130 03X – 10-11-1
W: Collin Storms. L: Andrew Moore. NC: Rollins, Storms (5), Riley (8), Jones (9) and Woods. CC: Bennett, Moore (2), Cullen (2), Smith (5) and Arauz.
3B: Mason Holt
HR: Jose Gonzalez 3, Cash Rugely, Dawson Woods
TB: Stacey Bailey, Jose Gonzalez 13, Kyle Hawkins, Mason Holt 3, Kyle Landers, Cash Rugely 5, Dawson Woods 4
RBI: Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo, Jose Gonzalez 4, Cash Rugely 2, Dawson Woods
SF: Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo
HBP: Wesley Powell
GIDP: Cash Rugely
B-1: Mason Holt hits a one-out triple (5) and scores on a passed ball during Kyle Landers’ at-bat. (NC, 1-0)
B-2: Back-to-back home runs by Cash Rugely (7) and Jose Gonzalez (8). (NC, 3-1).
B-4: Jose Gonzalez launches his second home run in as many at bats. That’s No. 9 on the season, and ties him with Stacey Bailey for the team lead. (NC, 4-4).
B-5: Gonzalez reaches on a two-out infield single that enables Bailey to score from third. A throwing error by second baseman Ivan Johnson allow Rugely to score from second base on the play. Rugely had reached on a single to centerfield that drove in Landers. (NC, 7-4)
B-8: Gonzalez hits his third home run of the game and ties a JUCO World Series record. Dawson Woods follows with his 3rd homer as the Bulldogs go back-to-back for the second time today. (NC, 10-6)
NO. POS PLAYER (CL.) …….HR-RBI-SB / BA
21 CF Jordan Anderson (So.) 3-29-20 / .296
3 LF Corey Rosier (Fr.) 2-28-12 / .291
10 SS Joshua Rivera (So.) 5-31-13 / .330
11 2B Ivan Johnson (So.) 9-49-13 / .389
5 DH Cameron Gray (Fr.) 2-42-8 / .325
29 3B Julio Carrion (So.) 6-33-1 / .258
9 C Alex Arauz (So.) 5-31-1 / .308
18 CF Connor Kehl (So.) 2-29-8 / .351
7 1B Daniel Cerda (Fr.) 0-19-9 / .250
2B Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo
CF Mason Holt
1B Kyle Landers
3B Stacey Bailey
SS Cash Rugely
DH Jose Gonzalez
C Dawson Woods
LF Kyle Hawkins
RF Wesley Powell
( P Carson Rollins)