GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Essex Community College used a five-run fifth inning to break open a close game and added a six-run ninth to capture the National Junior College World Series title with a 14-1 victory over Pima Community College of Tucson, Ariz., last night.
It was the first national baseball title for the Baltimore County school.
Essex took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Danny Gonzales, who had reached on a fielder's choice, scored on a single to right field by Mike Peters, who was later named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Pima tied the score in the score in the fourth inning. Essex pitcher Rob Webster, who replaced starter Jason Shaffer, walked Arturo Hoyos and Scott Aguilar to lead off the inning. Hoyos was caught stealing, and two batters later Brian Imblum doubled to right to drive in Aguilar.