No. 11 SLCC Bruins Baseball Beat Up On Southern Idaho
SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake Community College lived up to their lofty national ranking with an 19-2 shellacking of the College of Southern Idaho in the District 18 championship game.
The Bruins hosted the Southern Idaho Golden Eagles at Cate Field in South Jordan, UT on Saturday, May 14.
SLCC, after finishing first in the Scenic West Athletic Conference with a 45-8 record, experienced little resistance while cruising to the District 18 crown. After 12-1 win against Utah State University Eastern to open the tournament, the Bruins played their closest game of the weekend in a 6-4 win over CSI to advance to the championship game.
Daxton Purcer (11-0) got the ball to start the title tilt and got all the offensive run support he could ask for as the Bruins offense scored a run in every inning, including a six-run third inning that put the Bruins in front 9-0 early. Purser allowed three hits in six innings of work, striking out 11 Golden Eagle hitters.
11 Bruins finished with a base hit. Dalton Hodge supplied the big bat going 5-6 at the plate. Hodge added six RBI and scored four runs. Karson Bodily contributed three hits while Hunter Swapp, Cade Perkins, Brady Winget, Chase Taylor and Zak Blaszak added two hits apiece.
Bruins head coach DG Nelson spoke about how his teams willingness to buy-in early has led to success, “They just bought in and trusted in their own abilities. They all understand who they are. Don’t try to do more than what they’re capable of.” Nelson continued, “They are a very, very competitive group. They play the game the right way. They play hard.”
District 18 All-Tournament Team
Bradley Stone- College of Southern Nevada
Iakaika Ganancial- College of Southern Nevada
Tate Gambill- College of Southern Idaho
Mason Olson- College of Southern Idaho
Morgan Albrecht- College of Southern Idaho
Dax Purser- Salt Lake Community College
Braden Winget- Salt Lake Community College
Dalton Hodge- Salt Lake Community College
Jaxon Weatherly- Salt Lake Community College
Chase Taylor- Salt Lake Community College
Tournament MVP- Bruer Webster- Salt Lake Community College
Salt Lake hosts the NJCAA Western District Championship scheduled to be held Thursday, May 19- Saturday, May 21. Teams and schedule is yet to be determined. Tickets for Bruins athletic events can be found here.