Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Community College baseball team is in a heated race for a conference championship with one week remaining in the regular season.

The Jayhawks split a doubleheader Sunday with Jackson Community College, losing the first game 1-0 and winning the nightcap 4-1.

MCC is now 31-16 overall and 17-5 in Michigan Community College Athletic Association play. The Jayhawks are in first place with a one game lead over Delta College and a two-game lead over Grand Rapids Community College and Kellogg Community College.

MCC has four games left, with a doubleheader at Ancilla College on Tuesday and another twin bill at home against Kellogg on Thursday.

Second place Delta Community College has six games remaining.

In Sunday’s opener, MCC only managed one hit and stranded 10 runners.

The Jayhawks played much better in the nightcap. Hunter Stinger paced the offense with a two-run double while pitchers Damon Proctor and Nick Keller combined to hold Jackson to a single run.

The victory clinched a spot for MCC in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 2 regional tournament in Battle Creek. Only the top six teams in the conference qualify for regionals.

The winner of the regional tournament advances to the NJCAA Division 2 national tournament.