The CANAM College League World Series match up has been decided, following two exciting best-of-three Division Finals series that just wrapped up yesterday.
In the first series, the Southern Conference’s Grand Canyon College took on the Caribbean Six Conference’s Freeport U Rum Runners. The teams had split their regular season series 1-1, and the playoffs were also a hard fought battle with no clear underdog. Freeport looked strong in the opening game with a 6-0 shutout win, but Grand Canyon battled back in game 2 with a 5-0 shutout win of their own.
It would go to a third, final game, and once again Freeport U’s Jim Rollin would be the hero, putting up 7 solid innings allowing just 4 hits and a walk, while striking out 6, and once again contributing on the offensive side by batting 2-for-2 (making a perfect 4-for-4 so far this postseason).
Freeport U Rum Runners won the game 5-1, with Grand Canyon’s only run coming from 9th in the lineup Marty Cashman, in a solo shot in the fifth off Rollin that tied the game. But the Rum Runners soon answered with a 4-run 7th inning and held on for the win.
They advance to face Assiniboine U Rivermen, after they took down the Mass Bay Law College Maulers in three games, in a series looked very much like Mass Bay’s to lose. Game 1 was a narrow 1-0 victory for Assiniboine, which was quickly answered by a Game 2 offensive onslaught by Mass Bay that saw them beat the Rivermen 9-3, with catcher Charlie Doran contributing a 2-run homer and 2 RBI doubles.
But the Rivermen battled back and game 3 went the distance, and then some. Mass Bay scored first, in the top of the 9th, to break a scoreless deadlock, with a Mark Mulholland double. Pinch hitter Danny Fanning cashed in Mulholland an out later, but Assiniboine’s Russ Geldart held off any further attacks. The Rivermen answered in the bottom of the 9th to tie. Finally, an 11th inning solo shot by pinch hitter Sam Breen off Mass Bay’s James Borden would put the Rivermen over the top, winning the game and the series, 2-1.
Freeport U and Assiniboine U met up twice during the regular season, splitting those games 1-1, though the Rum Runners would seem to have the heavier bats and the better pitching, giving them a slight advantage in the best-of-three CANAM World Series.