Jaison Andujar went a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBI’s and just missed hitting for the cycle, as Alvin Community College dispatched hosting Wharton County College 7-4 in Region XIV Baseball action on Thursday.
While the Dolphins (13-11) picked up their seventh straight victory, their season will be put on hold indefinitely due to Covid-19. The NJCAA has postponed their national basketball championships, but had not made any formal announcements on cancelling any spring seasons, as of March 13.
The Pioneers jumped to a 4-1 lead after two innings on two-run homers by Luke Haas and P.J. Villarreal. Andujar went deep with a solo shot for ACC in the top of the second.
However, the Dolphins rallied to tie it at 4-4 in the third on Donovan Sanders’ RBI single and a two-run homer by Tanner Davis.
ACC then took the upper hand for good at 5-4 in the fourth on Garrett Poston’s RBI single and Elias Koury plated the sixth tally with another single in the sixth.
Andujar drove in Davis in the ninth with a single to increase the margin to 7-4.
Tyler Zarella picked up the win on the mound for Alvin with Matthew Charles collecting a save in relief.
Julian Rojas slugged a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift Dolphins to a 4-3 victory over Wharton County in in the series opener on March 10 at ACC’s Phillips Field.
Rojas drilled a 1-0 pitch off Pioneers’ reliever Cole Williams over the right-center field wall to give the Dolphins their sixth straight win. ACC had also loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but the threat was derailed by an inning-ending double play ball.
Mark Gomez picked up the pitching win in relief for ACC.
Wharton took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Brandon Broughton’s sacrifice fly, while Rojas tied it with an RBI single in the second and Koury followed with a run-scoring double to give the Dolphins their first lead.
The teams continued to battle back and forth throughout. The
Pioneers took advantage of a wild pitch to tie it at 2-2 in the fourth and ACC used Bryce Hughes’ single to take the upper hand again at 3-2 in the sixth. Wharton then forced extra innings with Alec Carr’s sacrifice fly in the ninth.
After ACC missed out on the opportunity in the ninth, Williams opened the bottom half of the 10th by coaxing Jaison Andujar’s grounder to first and then striking out Dee Torres before Rojas unloaded the game-winning blast.