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Heartland team claims national championship

The Heartland Community College Hawks baseball team has claimed its first NJCAA Division II National Championship.

With an 8-6 win over Southeastern Iowa Community College at David Allen Ballpark in Enid, Oklahoma, the Hawks won the NJCAA World Series tournament.

The Hawks got on the scoreboard early with a Corey Boyette triple that drove in two runs in the bottom of the first. The Hawks built up an 8-1 lead going into the top of the 6th when Southeastern Iowa’s offense came to life, scoring four runs in the 6th and adding another in the 7th on an unearned run.

The Hawks locked it down after that to come up with the 8-6 victory.

Boyette (2 hits, 2 RBI), Bobby Atkinson (2 hits, 2 RBI, 1 HR), and Bloomington University High grad Daniel Mosele (2 hits, 1 RBI) led Heartland at the plate. Pitcher Meade Johnson got the win for the Hawks. Jacob Price was credited with the save.

The Hawks advanced to final round play with a semifinal victory Friday, completing a 10-inning game that began on Thursday before being delayed for weather.

Weather was a factor in the championship round as well, with delays pushing the game to Saturday morning after a multi-hour delay the previous night.


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