Dixie College blew a lead in the bottom of the ninth but came back to beat Monroe Community Collge of Rochester, N.Y., in the 10th in the first round of the National Junior College World Series.
The Rebels led going into the bottom of the ninth inning with six runs when Monroe left fielder Steve Wintermute hit a single that scored two runs to send the game into extra innings.Then, in the top of the 10th inning, Rebel third baseman Kelly Peterson beat a throw to first base on an error, and Monroe second baseman John Rivino mishandled an infield hit by Reed Secrist. Mark Tolbert then hit a grounder to short, and the throw was wide, allowing two runs to score. Paul Allen then took over as relief pitcher for Dixie and retired all three batters.
Dixie was to play the winner of the late game between Cochise College and San Jacinto, while Monroe plays the loser of that game.
In another first-round game, shortstop George Day drove in five runs and Chris Benhardt ended the game in the seventh inning with a solo home run as Northeast Oklahoma A&M defeated Hinds, Miss., 14-6.
Earlier Saturday, Iowa Western beat Brookdale, N.J., 8-1. The final first-round game will be Sunday with Brevard, Fla., meeting Wabash Valley, Ill.
Northeast Oklahoma gave up five quick runs to Hinds in the first inning, but Day drove in two runs in the third, two more in the fourth and another in the fifth.
The Norsemen got six runs in the fourth for an 11-5 lead.
Heath Payne, who came on in relief in the first inning, picked up the victory for Northeast Oklahoma, while Hinds starter Freddie Hill took the loss.
Iowa Western catcher Curt Martin drove in four runs with a double and a single to lead the Reivers to an 8-1 first-round victory over Brookdale.
Brookdale outhit Iowa Western, 11-9, but couldn't score a run until the ninth inning.
Martin's two-run double in the third put the Reivers up 2-0, and Martin scored on a sacrifice bunt by Mike Bell. The Reivers added two runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth.
Iowa Western starter Steve Milisits went nearly all the way to pick up the victory, needing relief help only for the last two outs of the ninth inning.
Brookdale starter Scott Stevens suffered the loss for the Jersey Blues, who stranded 13 base runners.