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Archers earn a split in first day of South Central District play

Donald Lovelady

Donald Lovelady

After the first day of the South Central District playoff round, the Archers are 1-1 and are still alive in the chase for a berth in the Junior College World Series.

The Archers opened Day 1 of the District round with a 9-1 loss to Delgado Community College, before defeating 10th-ranked Seminole State CC 3-2.

While the Archers have been spurred all season by a potent lineup that is collectively batting .338 this season, it was the work done on the mound that kept the Archers afloat.

Sophomore hurler Austin Meine delivered the Archers’ win and kept the season alive by pitching 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball. The STLCC bullpen, anchored by 1 1/3 innings of work by closer Donald Lovelady, preserved the one-run lead.

The win was an encouraging bounce-back performance for the Archers, a trait that has become common for the team that did the same to clinch the Region XVI championship last week over Maple Woods Community College.

“We’ve done it before,” head coach Scott Goodrich said. “We did it last week when we bounced back against Maple Woods. When we play to our abilities, everything will shake out for us. We didn’t have many hits, but we got them at the right times.”

The Archers will now await the outcome of today’s game between Delgado and Seminole State to determine the next game for STLCC. If Delgado wins, the Archers will play Delgado at approximately 4 p.m. central time. If Delgado loses, each team would be 1-1, and a coin-flip would determine which team will receive a bye to the championship game tomorrow. The South Central District is the lone remaining District playoff in the country to determine a winner. The eventual District champ will travel to Grand Junction, Colorado for the Junior College World Series, which will be held May 23-30.