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The SCC baseball teams poses after winning a district championship Saturday at Christensen Field in Beatrice.

The Southeast Community College baseball team will play in the Junior College Division II World Series for the first time in school history.

In a best-of-three series against Iowa Central at Christensen Field, the Storm swept the first two games on Saturday to claim a district championship and stamp their ticket to the JUCO World Series.

SCC Coach Dion Parks said it was difficult to describe the joy the team felt after the last out was recorded.

"It's an honor to be in position to play and represent our school and community at such a great venue," Parks said. "It should be a wonderful experience. Winning this was for all the guys who put in the time in the past and helped us get this program to this point. We are honored to have this opportunity."

The Storm won the first game on Saturday 11-9. They trailed 8-1 in the game, but scored five runs in the sixth inning, two runs in the seventh inning and two more runs in the eighth inning to come from behind and win.

Ryan Cornell had two solo home runs in the game while Ben Palensky had a home run, a double, two singles and two RBI's in the game. Alec Lee had three hits, including a home run, two RBI's and four RBI's. Chris Cornish had two hits including a double and two runs scored. Wyatt Meyer had two hits and two RBI's.

Trey Kissack pitched the first five innings before giving way to Xavier Bradley-Rael, who pitched two scoreless innings.

Gavin Gragg pitched two-thirds of an inning and BJ Sparks picked up the win by pitching the final 1.1 innings.

Parks said it was a good day to hit and it really showed in the first game.

"The wind was blowing out hard, so we knew we had to score some runs," Parks said. "The first kid we faced was throwing up to 92 and 93 miles per hour and we knew we had to get to him. Our guys kept fighting and we were able to do that. We had some guys come up with some big hits, we got the lead and the win and we were able to carry that momentum over to the second game."

In the second game, SCC won 7-4. They led 5-0 after seven innings, but a Iowa Central made it interesting with four runs in the eighth inning. SCC tacked on two runs in the ninth for insurance to get the win and clinch the series, sparking a huge celebration in the middle of the field.

Wyatt Meyer had two home runs and three RBI's in the game. Grant Van Scoy and Ben Palensky also homered. Masen Prososki had two hits including a double.

Kayleb Sanderson pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on two hits while striking out five and walking six. Nate Lorenzen pitched a third of an inning before Sparks picked up the save, pitching 1.2 innings.

"This is why we coaches do what we do, to see these kids get to experience moments like that," Parks said. "They will remember this for the rest of their lives and it's really special for those kids. They deserve all the credit in the world."

The NJCAA Divsion II World Series is hosted by Enid, Okla. at David Allen Memorial Park. The tournament is slated to begin on Saturday.

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