Grand Junction, Colo. — Iowa Western used a nine-run third inning to outslug Connors State 18-10 in the opening round of the NJCAA Division I World Series.
The Reivers led 12-3 before Connors State scored seven in the top of the sixth. But Iowa Western regained command with four in the bottom of the sixth and two in the eighth.
Greg Bennett went 4 for 5 with four runs and six RBIs while Caleb Balgaard homered twice for the Reivers, who continue World Series play at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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