|COLLEGE BASEBALL: ATHENS GRADS VARGASON, FORBES HEADED TO NJCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH NORTHAMPTON (2017-05-23)
Valley Sports Report
VINELAND, N.J. — Despite losing a winner-take-all Region XIX championship game and an automatic berth in the NJCAA National Championships to Cumberland County College Monday afternoon, Athens grads Zane Vargason and Tyler Forbes and their Northampton teammates will play on after receiving an at-large bid to the national tourney.
The fifth-seeded Spartans opened the double-elimination Region XIX tournament Saturday with a 9-7 win over third-seed RCGC.
Vargason was 2-for-3 with a double in the win.
Forbes started allowed six runs — two earned — on four hits, while striking out four in 3 2/3 innings.
The Spartans then knocked off top-seeded Cumberland County College, 4-3, Saturday afternoon to advance to the championship round. Vargason also had a hit in the win over CCC.
Cumberland CC knocked off RCGC to advance to the championship round, where it had to beat Northampton twice to claim the title.
It did just that, knocking off the Spartans, 6-3, on Sunday, and then 6-4 on Monday.
Towanda grad Tristan James finished off the first game for the Spartans. He allowed one run on one hit in 2 1/3 innings of relief, while striking out one and walking one.
Vargason was 2-for-3 in the first game.
Northampton falls to 34-7 and Cumberland improves to 53-6.
The Spartans are the fifth-seed at the NJCAA Championships and will play fourth-seed Century College of Minnesota in the opening round Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Pioneer Park in Greenville, Tenn.
IN PHOTO: Zane Vargason.
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