Huffman's slam helps Bucs win first tourney game
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team staved off elimination by winning its first National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Div. II World Series game on Saturday, defeating the No. 7 Community College of Rhode Island Knights, 11-5.
Trailing 5-3, the Bucs (37-16) scored eight runs in their half of the seventh inning, including a grand slam by Brett Huffman.
Adding to Huffman's four-RBI day, shortstop Danny Fraga drove in two runs and hit a double in the game. The Bucs scored their 11 runs on 11 hits.
Ninth-ranked CVCC lost 5-4 in the tournament's opening game on Saturday to the second-ranked Div. II team in the country, Heartland Community College.
The Bucs play the nation's No. 3 team, Lackawanna College, in consolation bracket action on Monday at 3:30 p.m. Lackawanna defeated Grand Rapids Community College, 12-4, on Sunday night.