Last 5 Winners: 2021 - Phoenix, 2020 - Covid, 2019 - Mesa (National Runner Up), 2018 - Scottsdale, 2017 - Phoenix, 2016 - Gateway (National Runner Up)
One thing we have said over here for the past few years is that the Division 2 schools in Arizona do not always get enough credit as they should. They play against some of the top teams at the Div. 1 level all year. Many of them are nationally ranked year in and year out. On top of that, they play with wood bats until they get to the postseason.
This region when making it to the national tournament has been one of the few regions that have had multiple teams make it to the national title game. With Mesa going in both 2019 where they finished runner-ups, and in 2014 where they won the National Title. Both GateWay and Scottsdale have National Title games where they both finished as Runners Up.
Looking at this region is always tricky when you look at it and only look at the records. But again that is not the whole story. They play arguably one of the toughest schedules at the division 2 level every year.
Top Players/Draft Prospects in the Region
*These are in no order
Treston Shallenberger - SS - GateWay
Braedon Stoakes - OF - GateWay
Crew Parke - Ss - Chandler-Gilbert
Riley Pagel - INF/DH - Chandler-Gilbert
Bennett Eltoft - Scottsdale (SIU Commit)
Mitch Dowing - RHP - Glendale (New Mexico State Commit)
Mitchell Dyer - Glendale (Cal-State Northridge Commit)