After battling through one of the latest nights of baseball the Highlanders have seen, McLennan Community College found a way to stay alive in the NJCAA Region V Tournament.

Logan Freeman hurled eight solid innings and the Highlanders used a five-run fifth to down New Mexico 9-2. It was a bit of a quick turnaround for MCC, having wrapped up their 4-3 loss to Weatherford close to 1 a.m. Sunday morning. The game between Howard and Midland went to extra innings, so the Highlanders didn’t start until 10 p.m.

Sleep or no sleep, MCC lives to fight another game, advancing with wins over New Mexico and Odessa late Sunday evening, a game that was delayed in its own account due to inclement weather.

But it was pitching and a big inning that were on display Sunday afternoon. Logan Freeman allowed just one run in his eight innings of work, grabbing the win.

Freeman was helped out by the Highlander bats in the fifth. Tied 1-1, the first three Highlanders walked to start the inning. After Brendan Venter was hit by a pitch to score a run, Cole Haring smacked a grand slam to put MCC up 6-1. The inning proved to be enough, as Freeman, Connor Heffron and Nick Thornquist took care of the rest on the bump.

MCC plays Grayson at 1 p.m. Monday with the winner moving to the championship game against Weatherford.

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