Ervin

Jerrick "Deuce" Ervin (bottom) slides in safely for Eastfield, playing in the NJCAA Division III College World Series in Greeneville, Tenn. Ervin, Gus Witt and Khalon Clayton, all former Kilgore High School Bulldogs and multi-sport athletes here, will play for Eastfield Wednesday night as the Harvesters try to win the junior college version of the College World Series against Herkimer. It's at 6 p.m., and streams live online for a fee at njcaa.org.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Updates with Tuesday night’s game.

Eastfield College – with three former Kilgore High School players on its roster – has advanced to the championship game of the NJCAA Division III World Series.

Former Bulldogs Khalon Clayton, Jerrick “Deuce” Ervin and Gus all suit up for Eastfield.

The Harvester Bees won their first two games in the junior college-level World Series, being played in its entirety in Greeneville, Tenn., but lost on Monday to Herkimer College, 9-3.

Eastfield bounced back with a big win Tuesday night, 11-1 over Caldwell Tech (that eliminated Caldwell), and that puts Eastfield in the championship game tonight (Wednesday night) against Herkimer, the team that beat them Monday. It’ll be a rematch, winner take all for the title.

First pitch is at 6 p.m. See it streamed live on njcaa.org, and there will be a charge, looks to be $5, at this link: https://www.njcaa.org/network/landing/index

In Tuesday night’s win over Caldwell that put them in the championship game, Eastfield clamped down on the defense and didn’t allow Caldwell a run until the sixth inning. The Harvesters scored three in the fourth – that would’ve been enough, as it turned out, but they added five more in the fifth, and three in the sixth for good measure. Eastfield had 13 hits in the contest.

Ervin finished 2-of-4, Clayton 2-of-3 with 2 RBI, and Witt 0-of-3 in the win.

As mentioned, the guys won their first two games, beating Niagara County Community College, 11-5, on Saturday, then topping Caldwell, 6-3, on Sunday.

In the win over Niagara, Eastfield went up 3-0, only to see Niagara battle back and tie it in the third inning. Eastfield had a 5-0 scoring spurt, though, in the eighth inning to put the game away.

Eastfield collected 12 hits in the game. Ervin, playing center field, went 2-of-4 and scored two runs, and also walked twice. Clayton, the right fielder, also went 2-of-4, both of them doubles, and had a walk, as well. Witt, playing third base, went 2-of-5.

In the win over Caldwell on Sunday, again Eastfield took an early lead, this time 2-0, and again had a late-game scoring outburst to seal the win.

Ervin went 1-of-4 with an RBI, and had a walk. Clayton was 2-of-5 with 2 RBI and a stolen base. Witt was 2-of-4 with a double, and scored a run.

In Monday’s 9-3 loss, Herkimer just went nuts offensively, with 17 hits off Eastfield’s pitching; Eastfield had four hits.

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Sports editor

Mitch Lucas is the sports editor for the Kilgore News Herald, and has been since June 1, 2002.

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