World Series Opening Game: Cougars Drop High-Scoring Affair To Phoenix College 

Photo Credit: Gary Demski
Photo Credit: Gary Demski

ENID, OK - The #9 seed FCC Cougars returned to the diamond on Saturday afternoon to battle the #8 seed Phoenix Bears in the Opening Round of the NJCAA DII World Series held in Enid, Oklahoma. In a seesaw battle, the Bears would defeat the Cougars by the score of 10-8. Cougars sit at 20-10 on the season and the Bears improve to 26-21. 

FCC starting pitcher, Max Proctor, exited the game early with an apparent lower leg injury. The right-handed pitcher just couldn't find his footing on the mound through the first two innings of the game. He was relieved by Jared Hurlburt in the bottom of the second. The Bears did major damage in the second frame as cleanup hitter Tijmen Takke hit a grand slam to clear the bases giving Phoenix the 6-0 lead. The Cougars would not go away quietly. 

In the top of the third, Brodey Neveker hit a double down the right-field line to knock in a pair. Nicco German followed up with a double in the gap. 

Wyatt Miles would hit a hard grounder to the shortstop who booted the ball to allow another run to score. Just like that, the Cougars cut the lead to 6-5. 

In the top of the fifth, Michigan Daub led off the inning with a single. Justin Acal followed up with a gap shot resulting in a triple that scored Daub. Neveker would collect his third hit of the game with a hard single up the middle to knock in Acal to make it 7-7. Nicco German followed up with a single and Wyatt Miles drew a walk to pack the bags. Lane Gay chopped a ball to the shortstop to score Brody Neveker to give the Cougars their first lead, 8-7. 

After five innings of play, there were a combined 15 runs on 18 hits by the two teams! 

FCC's David Gingras would come out of the bullpen to start the bottom of the sixth inning. The Bears would load up the bases and plate three runs thanks in part to three walks and a pair of costly errors.  

Brodey Neveker led the FCC offense with four hits on the day. He knocked in three runs. Justin Acal tallied three hits in five trips to the plate. Michigan Daub and Nicco German each had a pair of hits.  

David Gingras was tagged with the loss and falls to 3-1 on the season.  

UP NEXT 

The Cougars will return to the diamond on Sunday afternoon as they will face the loser of Kellogg CC/Madison. The first pitch is set for 5 PM EST. This is an elimination game of the World Series tournament.