Kenai’s Steffensen hitting well in DII Junior College World Series

Kenai’s Steffensen hitting well in DII Junior College World Series

Kenai’s Paul Steffensen extended his college hitting streak to eight games Wednesday, helping third-seeded Mesa Community College advance in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series.

Steffensen got the week started by hitting 1 for 4 in a 2-0 opening-round win against sixth-seeded Lincoln Land (Illinois) Community College on the first day of the tournament in Enid, Oklahoma.

Then, on Tuesday, the 2018 Kenai Central grad went 1 for 4 again with an RBI, but Mesa lost 4-3 in 12 innings to Madison (Wisconsin) College. Later on Tuesday, Mesa beat Northeast College 8-6 in 10 innings, advancing the Thunderbirds to the semifinal round. Steffensen hit 2 for 6 in that game, including a game-tying RBI groundout in the eight inning.

Wednesday, Mesa beat Madison 11-3, as Steffensen went 2 for 5 with an RBI and two runs. Mesa will face Madison again Thursday in an elimination game, with the winner advancing to the finals.

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