2021 Division 3 Junior College World Series Preview

District Noah’s Preseason Pick Chris’s Preseason Pick Actual Winner
Great Lakes DuPage DuPage Owens
Mid-Atlantic Rockingham Rockingham Rockingham
North Niagara County Herkimer Niagara County
North Atlantic Bergen Bergen RCSJ-Gloucester
North Plains St. Cloud Tech St. Cloud Tech St. Cloud Tech
South Tyler Tyler Coastal Bend

 

Great Lakes District – Region 12 – #4 Owens – 35-13 (8-Seed)

Path to Greenville: 

Region 12 Championship: W vs Delta 7-6, W vs Delta 4-1

Great Lakes District Championship: W vs Oakton 13-3, W vs Oakton 11-10

 

Top Pitchers

Wyatt Smith (SO) (RHP) – 4-2, 53.0 IP, 2.89 ERA, 69 K

Grant Harris (FR) (RHP) – 3-0, 34.0 IP< 2.38 ERA, 33 K

Kolson Egnor (FR) (RHP) – 10 App, 2-0, 1 SV, 20.1 IP, 6.20 ERA, 25 K

 

Top Hitters

Shea Hendrixson (SO) (INF) – .371/.464/.496, 8 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 25 RBI

Steven Haugh (FR) (INF) – .336/.516/.593, 12 2B, 4 3B, 3 HR, 26 RBI

Caden Lance (FR) (INF) – .250/.369/.344, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 23 RBI

 

Owens is a team that when you look at them on paper nothing really yells “STUD”. They all contribute to get the job done and so far they have done it well. Coach Parisho said “This is a fun team to watch, you never know which guy is going to have a day and step up”

 

One Big thing for the History Books is that Owens brought back their program in 2019 so technically this is only the “2nd” Season sense bringing the program back and well. Look where they are. 

World Series History:(Since 2001)

1 Trip

2021

Mid-Atlantic District Region 10 – #5 Rockingham – 27-14 (7-Seed)

Path to Greenville: 

Region 10 Tournament: L vs Surry 5-14, W vs Thomas Nelson 12-10, W vs Surry 10-0, W vs Caldwell Tech 5-2, W vs Caldwell Tech 11-10

Mid-Atlantic District Championship: W vs Westmoreland 7-2, W vs Westmoreland 20-6

 

Top Pitchers

Jonathan Todd (FR) (RHP) – 6-1, 1 CG, 57.1 IP, 4.71 ERA, 96 K

Scott Meitzler (SO) (RHP)  (Lenoir-Ryne Commit) – 15 App, 3-3, 4 SV, 1 CG, 48.1 IP, 3.54 ERA, 75 K

Ricky Gonzalez (FR) (RHP) – 4-0, 20.1 IP, 7.52 ERA, 19 K

 

Top Hitters

Scott Meitzler (SO) (C) (Lenoir-Ryne Commit)  – .402/.503/.730, 5 2B, 1 3B, 11 HR, 37 RBI, 

Gabe Duncan (FR) (OF) – .266/.387/.352, 9 2B, 1 3B, 23 RBI, 12 SB

Bennet Nooe (SO) (OF) – .354/.451/.639, 19 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 41 RBI

 

World Series History:(Since 2001)

3 Trips

2018, 2019, 2021

North DistrictRegion 3 – #3 Niagara County (NY) – 30-9 (4-Seed) 

Path to Greenville: 

Region 3 Sub Regional: W vs Tompkins Cortland 6-1, W vs Tompkins Cortland 11-1

North District Championship: W vs Finger Lakes 14-6, W vs Erie 10-3, L vs #7 Herkimer 19-8, W vs #7 Herkimer 11-10

 

Top Pitchers: 

Ryan Peterson (SO) (LHP) – 9-0, 7 CG, 65.0 IP, .97 ERA, 67 K

Chad Gartland (FR) (RHP) – 6-2, 5 CG, 48.0 IP, 1.88 ERA, 61 K

 

Top Hitters:

Scottie O’Bryan (SO) (OF) – .487/.560/.817, 14 2B, 3 3B, 6 HR, 37 RBI, 35 SB

Andrew Fairbrother (FR) (INF) – .427/.483/.595, 11 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 33 RBI

Chris Tani (FR) (OF) – .424/.520/.553, 7 2B, 2 3B, 24 RBI. 19 SB

 

World Series History:(Since 2001)

6 Trips

2009, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2021

North Atlantic District – #1 RCSJ-Gloucester – 34-4-2 (1-Seed)

Path to Greenville: 

North Atlantic District Championship: W vs #24 Atlantic Cape 12-10, W vs #17 Northern Essex 7-2, W vs #17 Northern Essex 22-4

 

Top Pitchers

Chris Widger (FR) (LHP) – 7-0, 2 CG, 51 IP, 1.41 ERA, 64 K

Marcus Eusebio (SO) (RHP) – 6-1, 1 CG, 35 IP, 3.86 ERA, 37 K

Joe Marino (SO) (LHP) -10 App, 3-1, 1 SV, 26 IP, 4.15 ERA. 28 K

 

Top Hitters

Nick Nocella (FR) (OF) – .425/.496/.725, 10 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR, 34 RBI

John Cristino (SO) (C) – .398/.516/.797, 13 2B, 1 3B, 12 HR, 54 RBI

Sam Daggers (FR) (OF) – .351/.431/.526, 10 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 39 RBI, 11 SB

Dauri Genao (SO) (INF) – .414/.491/.579, 12 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 41 RBI

World Series History:(Since 2001)

16 Trips

2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 (National Champs), 2006, 2008, 2010 (National Champs), 2011, 2012, 2013 (National Champs), 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2021

North Plains DistrictRegion 13 – #8 St. Cloud Tech – 25-4 (5-Seed)

Path to Greenville: 

North Plains District Tournament: W vs Minnesota State 10-4, Rochester 8-7 (10 Inn), W vs Itasca 11-1, W vs #10 Century 10-4, L vs #10 Century 3-8, W vs #10 Century 8-2

 

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Top Pitchers

Dylan Haskamp (RHP/2B) – 5-1, 2 CG, 43.0 IP, 2.30 ERA, 41 K

Christian Lessman (FR) (RHP) – 3-0, 2 CG, 33.2 IP, 2.14 ERA, 33 K

 

Top Hitters

Will Funk (SO) (OF) – .371/.461/.661, 4 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 21 RBI

Erik Holloman (SO) (INF) – .408/.504/.755, 10 2B, 8 HR, 31 RBI

Drew Beier (FR) (OF) – .398/.526/.545, 3 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 19 RBI

 

When you can not get on campus and practice as a team until February that is going to cause problems. When your team consists of guys from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Colorado, Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico to go along with that, that does not help your team. 

 

But what St. Cloud Tech, Coach Fischer and his guys have done through the adversity that many have had to deal with this season is pretty awesome to watch. Guys showed up when they needed to. When parts of the team were slacking others picked it up. 

 

On top of that when you have a solid core group of guys coming back after last year with opportunities on the table to go play at higher levels you know you have a winning culture on your side. 

World Series History:(Since 2001)

4 Trips

2012, 2014, 2018, 2021

South DistrictRegion 14 – #12 Coastal Bend (TX) – 27-29 (6-Seed)

Path to Greenville: 

South District Opening Round: W vs North Lake 3-2, W vs Brookhaven 10-6, W vs Brookhaven 9-3,

South District Championship: W vs #9 Tyler 7-0, L vs #9 Tyler 3-12, W vs #9 Tyler 7-6 (11 Inn.)

 

Top Pitchers

JJ Sanchez (SO) (LHP) – 3-6, 61.2 IP, 5.25 ERA, 54 K

Justin Gomez (FR) (RHP) – 15 App, 4-1, 1 SV, 34.1 IP, 4.46 ERA, 35 K

Preston Allen (FR) (RHP) – 9 App, 5-1, 33 IP, 2.73 ERA, 32 K

 

Top Hitters

Ruben Sepulveda (SO) – .342/.422/.444, 11 2B, 3 HR, 41 RBI

Eric Martinez (FR) (INF) – .253/.386/.453, 8 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR, 32 RBI

Michael Villalon (R-FR) (INF) – .303/.347/.532, 7 2B, 6 HR, 26 RBI

 

Do not and I repeat do not let Coast Bend go under your radar. Do not let that record fool you. They are a Division 3 team that plays in the toughest half of one of the Toughest Regions in all of Junior College Baseball. That’s a bold claim but it is true. 

 

They took wins from San Jac, Blinn, Alvin, Wharton, and Galveston who all at one point this season were ranked in the National Rankings. 

 

To also be noted they are getting back some big time arms and bats that have missed big chunks of the season. 

 

World Series History:(Since 2001)

1 Trip

2021

 

At-Large 1 – Region 14 – #9 Tyler – 36-16 (2-Seed)

Path to Greenville:

South District Opening Round: W vs North Arkansas 6-4, L vs DC-Eastfield 8-10, W vs North Arkansas 16-0, W vs DC-Eastfield 9-5, W vs DC-Eastfield 24-1

South District Championship:L vs #12 Coastal Bend 0-7, W vs #12 Coastal Bend 12-3, L vs #12 Coastal Bend 6-7 (11 Inn)

 

Top Pitchers

Caleb Putnam (FR) – 6-2, 1 CG, 62.1 IP, 3.75 ERA, 60 K

Adam Davis (FR) (RHP) (Lamar Commit) – 6-0, 1 SV, 34.0 IP, 3.71 ERA, 33 K

Cooper Rawls 7-2, 30.1 IP, 3.56 ERA, 34 K

 

Top Hitters

Dalton Davis (FR) (INF) – .399/.507/.680, 22 2B, 5 3B, 6 HR, 50 RBI, 28 SB

Jacob Johnson (SO) (OF) (Southeastern Louisiana Commit) – .340/.495/.532, 18 2B, 4 HR, 27 SB

Heath Hood (SO) (OF) – .394/.478/.661, 5 2B, 3 3B, 6 HR, 32 RBI, 16 SB

 

Tyler, much like Coastal Bend, plays their entire season against Division 1 Teams. All have Scholarship players which means they are playing tougher competition. 

 

One huge thing for Tyler getting the At-Large bid which should scare some people is that they are getting one of the biggest contributors/glue guys back who has missed the last month and a half in Heath Hood. 

 

World Series History:(Since 2001)

9 Trips

2007 (National Champs), 2010, 2012, 2014 (National Champs), 2015 (National Champs), 2016 (National Champs), 2017 (National Champs), 2021

 

At-Large 2 – Region 4 – #11 Oakton – 30-19 (3-Seed)

Path to Greenville:

Region 4 Tournament: W vs Waubonsee 10-2, W vs DuPage 11-6, W vs Joliet 5-1

Great Lakes District Championship: L vs Owens 3-13, L vs Owens 10-11

 

Top Pitchers

Nathan Pardini (SO) (RHP) – 6-0, 60.1 IP, 2.83 ERA, 78 K

Joe Gabel (SO) (LHP) – 5-1, 48.0 IP, 3.75 ERA, 69 K

 

Top Hitters

Christian Seegers (FR) (INF) – .352/.466/.655, 13 22B, 10 HR, 43 RBI

CJ Deshazer (SO) (INF) – .242/.398/.352, 7 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR

World Series History:(Since 2001)

3 Trips

2018 (National Champs), 2019, 2021

Computer Picks

These were done via the Massey Rating Matchup Tool

 

Game 1 Coastal Bend Oakton Coastal Bend 2-1
Game 2 Rockingham Tyler Tyler 8-4
Game 3 RCSJ-Gloucester Owens Gloucester 13-0
Game 4 St. Cloud Tech Niagara County St. Cloud Tech 9-4
Game 5 Oakton Rockingham Oakton 8-5
Game 6 Owens Niagara County Owens 3-1
Game 7 Coastal Bend Tyler Coastal Bend 5-4
Game 8 RCSJ-Gloucester St. Cloud Tech Gloucester 4-3
Game 9 Owens Tyler Owens 9-4
Game 10 Oakton St. Cloud Tech Oakton 16-1
Game 11 Coastal Bend RCSJ-Gloucester Coastal Bend 6-5
Game 12 Owens Oakton Oakton 6-4
Game 13 RCSJ-Gloucester Oakton Gloucester 8-6
National Championship Coastal Bend RCSJ-Gloucester Coastal Bend 20-9

 

Coastal Bend is the Computers Pick for National Champion

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