Niagara reaches World Series title game

Niagara's Mike Elwood scores on a double by Jake Mehan against Northern Essex during the NJCAA?Division III World Series on Tuesday at Mike Carter Field. (Herb Nygren Jr. | Tyler Morning Telegraph)

It was payback time for Niagara County (N.Y.) Community College.

The Thunderwolves avenged an earlier to Northern Essex (Mass.) with a 9-5 victory on Tuesday in Game 13 of the NJCAA Division III College World Series.

The victory means Niagara will meet Joliet (Ill.) Junior College for the national championship tonight at Mike Carter Field. The game has a 7 p.m. start.

A win by Joliet means the Wolves will win the national title. However, a Thunderwolves win will require another game on Thursday in the double-elimination tournament.

The Thunderwolves amassed nine extra base hits to eliminate the Knights.

Niagara jumped on the board early with two runs in the top of the first. The Thunderwolves added a run in the third, two in the fourth and scored four runs in the sixth.

Dylan Baun led the way with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Ernie Kirkwood drove in three runs and recorded two doubles.

NECC plated their runs in the fourth and sixth inning. Three runs came in the sixth on four hit batsmen and a two-RBI single by Domingo Cruz.

“Offensively we just clicked all the way through … we stroked the ball pretty well today,” Niagara coach Matt Clingersmith said. “Offense has got to be there (tomorrow). We’re starting to run a little thin on pitching.”

Niagara starting pitcher Marcus Cavarello worked 5 2-3 innings, allowing one hit and five runs to earn the win. Cam Hall tossed 3.1 scoreless innings to close out the game.

No. 5 Niagara College (N.Y.) Community College 9, No. 4 Northern Essex (Mass.) Community College 5

NJCAA Division III World Series

At Mike Carter Field

Niagara201204000—9171

N. Essex000203000—551

Marcus Cavarello, Cam Hall (6) and Jake Meehan. Keegan Pafford, Nicholas Goodin (4), Shane Beauchemin (6), Michael Patane (8) and Manuel Cabral.

W – Cavarello, L – Pafford. S – Hall.

2B – NCCC: Dylan Baun 2, Mike Elwood, Ernie Kirkwood 2, Michael Orlowski 2, Kyle Craig. 3B – NCCC: Craig.

SB – NECC: Lucas Reynolds, John Faia.

RECORDS — Niagara 39-21, Northern Essex 29-9.

NEXT UP — Northern Essex vs. Joliet (Ill.), 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mike Carter Field.

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