Bucs' World Series ended by Heartland, 7-2

Catawba Valley Commmunity College's dream of winning an National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Div. II World Series is over.

After nearly a four-hour rain delay, the Bucs (38-17) fell to Heartland Community College on Tuesday, 7-2.

It was the second time CVCC lost to Heartland (53-7) in the tournament, including a 5-4 opening game defeat in the tournament on Saturday.

The Hawks led 5-0 after four innings, plating two runs in the first, one in the third and two in the fourth.

CVCC broke into the run column with an RBI sac fly by Zech Wiggs in the top of the sixth that plated Rob Cafeiro.

Heartland's Mike Failoni and Dylan Johnson added their second RBIs of the contest in the bottom of the seventh on a pair of singles, padding the Hawks' lead by making it 7-0.

Trying to pull the comeback, CVCC's A.J. Risso singled in the ninth inning to plate Cory Cline, but that was all the Bucs could muster.

Heartland advances to play Thursday against either Madison (45-11) or the winner of Des Moines Area (51-13) vs. Western Oklahoma St. (46-15).

CVCC finishes the tournament with a 2-2 record, earning its first two NJCAA World Series wins in school history.