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NCCC stays alive in JC III World Series.

Brandon Nicholson’s sacrifice fly sent home the lead run in the top of the 13th inning and Niagara County Community College defeated Century (Minn.), 5-2, in an elimination game Monday in the NJCAA Division III Baseball World Series at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, N.C. Nicholson’s fly ball to center field sent home Nate Chase with the winner. Michael Colosi (Niagara Falls) followed with an opposite-field double to right for two more runs. Alex Kubera set Century down in order in the bottom fo the 13th and picked up the win. Cleanup batter Colosi went 5 for 7 in the game. Chase had two hits including an leadoff single to start the rally in the 13th. Michael Eagler (Niagara Falls) pitched 4.2 scoreless innings in relief of starter Cam Voss (Fredonia).

NCCC (45-6) will face Rowan-at-Gloucester County (N.J.) at 3 p.m. Tuesday in an elimination game. The winner will face the loser of Monday night’s Tyler (Texas) vs. Northern Essex (Mass.) winners’ bracket final at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. NCCC defeated Rowan-Gloucester, 3-1, on Saturday.

Coach Matt Clingersmith’s Thunder Wolves dropped from the winners bracket after they blew an early 3-0 lead and lost to Northern Essex, 6-4, in a second round game that did not end until early Monday morning. NCCC left 14 runners on base in the loss. Nicholson hit a solo homer for the losers.

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