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Nate Metzger
Heartland Community College athletic director Nate Metzger stood in his office with logo artwork for the schools teams. (Pantagraph/STEVE SMEDLEY) (August 22, 2007)

SPRINGFIELD -- The No. 1 ranked and top-seeded Heartland Hawks Community College baseball team kept its quest for a national championship alive by fighting its way through the consolation bracket and into the title game of the NJCAA Region 24 Division II tournament at Lanphier Park in Springfield.

Heartland (51-9) was leading No. 3 seed Lincoln Land, 5-3, in the first of what the Hawks hope to be two contests against the Loggers (38-17), when rain and lighting forced the game to be suspended in the top of the fifth inning. Play will resume at 2 p.m. Monday and, if Heartland emerges victorious, the two teams will play again immediately afterwards for the regional championship.

Heartland advanced to the championship round with a 12-4 win over Parkland on Saturday before downing Danville, 15-7, Sunday afternoon.

Hawks players honored: Pitchers Chris Razo and Aaron Hauge, designated hitter Dylan Johnson and outfielder Zac Zellers were named to the All-Region 24 Division II baseball team.

Outfield Brinn Bell was selected for the Rawlings Gold Glove team.

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