Former Union County High School pitcher, Alex Pridemore meant what he said when he told the Union Daily Times that he planned to help Spartanburg Methodist back to a World Series.
A complete sweep of Hartford CC earned the Pioneers a Region 10 championship and a trip to Grand Junction, Colorado, to compete in the National Junior College World Series.
Pridemore got the start in last Saturday’s tournament finale and worked into the fifth inning before relief pitchers Jared Keels and Cody Mincey shared time on the mound for the remaining three and a half innings, keeping the Owls at bay, 8-1.
Pridemore, Keels and Mincey combined on a four-hitter. Mincey got five straight outs for his third save in the past three games. Meanwhile, Pridemore kept his record spotless (12-0 ) with the win.
SMC (45-16) is making its fifth trip to Grand Junction in the past 12 years under the leadership of Coach Tim Wallace with its most recent appearance three years ago. The Pioneers also made it to the NJCAA World Series in 1983 and 1986 under Coach Lon Joyce who will be inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame at this year’s tournament.
The Pioneers will take on Neosho County Community College (48-14) today at 1 p.m.