Island Invitation/Week 3 Preview

This weekend out on the island of Texas there is the second annual Island Invitational that takes part on the

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Div. 1- Mid-South District Preview (Reg. 14)

Region 14 has by far the most history at the Division 1 Junior College level. Mainley due to the power that is San Jac. With 5 National titles, 14 National Title games, and 26 Trips to Grand Junction those are all records across the country. But, the talent does not stop there by any means. From top to bottom this is one of the top regions in the country. Any team that makes it out of Region 14 has had success when going to Grand Junction. Since 2011, San Jac has gone in 2018 (3rd), 2017 (NRU), 2016 (NRU), 2015 (5th), and 2012 (NRU); Navarro has gone in 2019 (3rd), 2013, and 2011 (National Champ); and Blinn in 2014 (5th).

As with every region the talent that is in Region 14 is absolutely loaded. From top to bottom with:

San Jac’s- Chase Wilkerson, Harold Coll, and Hunter Hollan

Navarro’s-Cash Rugely, Alex Vargara, and Austin Eaton

Northeast Texas’s- Sawyer Thornhill, Nico Baumbach, and Kaleb Wisnoski

Paris’s- Sam Creed

Galveston’s-Connor Dykstra, Johnny Bassailion, and Blake Martin

Blinn’s- Jace Hutchins, Dylan Theut, and Trevor Mott

Wharton’s- Trey Valka, and Josh Salinas

Bossier Parish’s- Beau Ross, Dylan Collins, and Zach St. Pierre

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NJCAA Div. 1 Strength of Schedule Rankings

With the season starting either right after this goes out or in the past if you are just reading it you know one thing is for sure. This year Junior College Baseball is about to be one of the Hottest things in the baseball world that nobody is talking about.. Well that is expect for use. 

So since our Pre-Season Ranking came out we decided to take a look at some of the toughest schedules across the country. 

In this post we look at the top 25 Toughest Div 1 Schedules this year as well as a team that we feel might not lose a game and possibly put the 2009 Howard teams record in jeopardy. 

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Team

1

Alvin

2

Community Christian College

3

Wharton

4

Galveston

5

Panola

6

Baton Rouge

7

Salt Lake

8

San Jac

9

Triton

10

Pima

11

Navarro

12

North Central Texas

13

Hill

14

Northeast Texas

15

Seminole State (OK)

16

Arkansas Baptist

17

Lincoln Trail

18

Rend Lake

19

Lake Land

20

Volunteer State

21

Weatherford

22

Kaskaskia

23

Yavapai

24

Temple

25

Central Arizona

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Island Invitational Recap/Week 3 Recap/Teams of the Week/Players of the Week

Island Invitational

So going into the Island Invitational if you would have said it ended the way it did i think most people would be surprised. That though is not a diss by any means to any team that took part in this the past weekend. The teams that surprised almost everyone were Temple and Western Texas. 

Both teams coming into the weekend had a lot to prove. Temple had played 3 games against JV Teams and did not really get to see what they were made of. Now this weekend their Bats came alive as well as their pitching showed up. Going 3-0 is never an easy task but going 3-0 against the opponents that they did should tell you a lot about what is going on over there. 

Western Texas was the other big surprise this weekend going 2-1 with wins over both Alvin and Galveston. Western Texas showed that they are not to be understated when it comes to playing this year. With the west of Region 5 pretty wide open at this point with no Clear top dog yet it would not surprise  us if Western made a strong case at making their way to a Regional for the first time in a long time. 

Friday Games

Saturday Games

Blinn

7

Western Texas

3

Alvin

3

Western Texas

12

Alvin

2

Temple

3

Blinn

1

Temple

5

Galveston

10

Western Texas

13

Galveston

3

Temple

15

Galveston

5

Blinn

6

Galveston

2

Alvin

4

Team

W

L

PF

PA

1

Temple

3

0

23

6

2

Western Texas

2

1

28

20

3

Blinn

2

1

14

13

4

Alvin

1

2

9

17

5

Galveston

0

4

20

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Top 25 Recap

*(#-#) Overall Record

Div. 1
#1 Southern Nevada  (3-1) 0-0
#2 Wabash Valley (0-0) 0-0
#3 McLennan (5-3) 2-2

-Split with both Midland (5-6, 9-5) and Odessa (1-3, 8-3)

#4 John A. Logan (2-0) 2-0

-Swept Morton (3-0, 11-5)

#5 Walters State (3-0) 0-0
#6 Northwest Florida (5-2) 2-0

-Beat Wallace State 8-3 in 10, TNXL 10-1

#7 Grayson (8-3) 2-2

-Swept by #10 San Jac (1-6, 6-11), Swept Seminole State (OK) (11-7, 11-2)

#8 Iowa Western (0-0) 0-0
#9 Johnson County (0-0) 0-0
#10 San Jac (8-3) 3-0

-Swept #7 Grayson (6-1, 11-6), Beat Western Texas (6-1)

#11 Crowder (2-0) 2-0

-Beat Vernon (9-4) and Labette (7-2)

#12 Chipola (10-1) 4-0

-Swept #15 Florida SouthWestern State (4-3, 9-3, 12-11 12 Inn., 14-8)

#13 Cowley (0-0) 0-0
#14 Yavapai (2-0) 2-0

-Swept Community Christain College (11-1, 11-2)

#15 Florida SouthWestern State (8-5) 1-5

-Beat Indian River State (5-3), Swept by #12 Chipola (3-4, 3-9, 11-12 12 Inn., 8-14)

#16 Eastern Oklahoma State 4-0

-Swept Oklahoma Wesleyan (13-2, 15-1), Swept SouthWestern Christian Univ. (16-0, 11-0)

#17 Gordon State (0-1) 0-1

-Lost to Chattahoochee Valley (2-7)

#18 Central Florida (10-1) 3-0

-Beat #21 State College of Florida (5-4), South Florida State (5-2), Lake-Sumter State (10-6)

#19 Georgia Highlands (6-0) 6-0

-Swept Bryan College (21-0, 13-0), Swept Snead State (10-0, 8-1, 6-0, 6-3)

#20 Florence-Darlington Tech (2-0) 2-0

-Swept Cleveland County (11-4, 11-1)

#21 State College of Florida (5-5) 4-1

-Beat Santa Fe (13-9), Lost to #18 Central Florida (4-5), Swept Miami Dade (11-10, 4-3)

#22 Jefferson (0-0) 0-0
#23 Wallace-Dothan (3-3) 2-0

-Swept Tallahassee (16-4, 7-5)

#24 Central Arizona (4-0) 4-0 

-Swept Colorado Northwestern (20-3, 6-1, 8-0, 9-2)

#25 Connors State (0-0) 0-0

Div. 2
#1 LSU-Eunice (7-0) 4-0

-Swept National Park (13-3, 8-1, 17-0), Beat LSU-Alexandria (15-5)

#2 Pearl River (4-0) 4-0

-Swept East Central (MS) (8-5, 9-1), Swept Mississippi Gulf Coast (16-6, 11-2)

#3 NOC-Tonkawa (3-1) 3-1

-Split with Hesston (8-2, 9-10), Swept #15 Des Moines Area (10-3, 5-2)

#4 Heartland (0-0) 0-0
#5 Lansing (0-0) 0-0 
#6 Kirkwood (0-0) 0-0
#7 Hinds (0-0) 0-0
#8 Kellogg (0-0) 0-0
#9 Northeast Mississippi (3-3) 2-2

-Split with Holmes (3-4, 7-5), Split with Northwest Mississippi (3-13, 14-4)

#10 Mercer County (0-0) 0-0
#11 Parkland (0-0) 0-0
#12 Catawba Valley (0-0) 0-0
#13 Lackawanna (0-0) 0-0 
#14 Jones (1-3) 1-3

-Swept by #16 Meridian (10-11, 4-5), Split with East Central (MS) (3-10, 6-3)

#15 Des Moines Area (0-2) 0-2

-Swept by #3 NOC-Tonkawa (3-10, 2-5)

#16 Meridian (4-0) 4-0

-Swept #14 Jones (11-10, 5-4), Swept Copiah-Lincoln (9-2, 11-4)

#17 North Iowa Area (0-0) 0-0
#18 Southeastern (0-0) 0-0
#19 Fredrick (0-0) 0-0
#20 Morris (0-0) 0-0
#21 McHenry (0-0) 0-0
#22 Northeast (0-0) 0-0
#23 GateWay (AZ) (0-0) 0-0
#24 Iowa Central (0-0) 0-0
#25 Delaware Tech (0-0) 0-0

Div. 3

#1 Tyler (5-2) 3-2

-Split with Galveston (5-4, 0-3), Took 2 of 3 from Murray State (9-2, 3-5, 8-7)

#2 Bergen (0-0) 0-0
#3 Brookdale (0-0) 0-0
#4 Rockingham (2-0) 2-0

- Swept Montreat College JV (5-2, 13-1)

#5 Rowan Gloucester (0-0) 0-0
#6 Cumberland (0-0) 0-0
#7 Northern Essex (0-0) 0-0
#8 Oakton (0-0) 0-0
#9 St. Cloud Tech (0-0) 0-0
#10 Coastal Bend (3-5) 0-3

-Swept by Panola (5-7, 6-7, 1-3)

#11 Owens (0-0) 0-0
#12 Herkimer (0-0) 0-0
#13 Brookhaven (0-0) 0-0
#14 DuPage (0-0) 0-0
#15 Niagara County (0-0) 0-0
#16 Joliet (0-0) 0-0
#17 Mesabi Range (0-0) 0-0
#18 Milwaukee Area Tech (0-0) 0-0
#19 Rock Valley (0-0) 0-0
#20 Minnesota State C&T (0-0) 0-0
#21 Mohawk Valley (0-0) 0-0
#22 Northampton (0-0) 0-0
#23 Caldwell Tech (0-0) 0-0
#24 Ocean County (0-0) 0-0
#25 Onondaga (0-0) 0-0

Teams of the Week 
#12 Chipola

As you saw in our Top Plays of the week, Chipola ended one of their games with a bang in a 3-Run Walk off homer to seal the deal in the 12 inning. This though was just part of their impressive week. 

The Indians took 4 games from #15 Florida Southwestern. Other than the walk off in game 3 these games seemed fairly one sided.

In Game 1, they started off behind giving up 1 in the 2nd Then Scored 2 in both the 3rd and 4th off the bats of Cameraon Gray (Troy Commit) (1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, HR) and Jozsef Rohrbacher (Mercer Commit) (1-3. 2 RBI, Double). Then Bo Bonds (UL-Lafayette Commit) came in in the 5 for a 9 out save striking out 4 while allowing just 2 runs of two solo shots.

In Game 2, Florida Southwestern Started with 3 runs in the top of the 1st before Chipola stepped on the Gas scoring 3 in the 1st 1 in the 3rd, 2 in the 4th and 3 in the 6th. That all came off the bats of Mark Black (1-4, 3 RBI, 1 R, HR), Dylan Goldstein (3-4, 1 R, 2 Doubles) and Jozsef Rohrbacher (Mercer Commit) (2-4, 1 RBI). On the mound Andrew Baker went 4 strong innings with 8 K’s while allowing the only 3 runs in the game. Cedric De Grandpre came in the 5th and finished the game with 8 K’s, No Walks, and just 2 Hits.

Game 3, was where the bats for both teams came alive. In every inning except the 8th, 10th, and 11th there were runs scored.  Dylan Goldstein was the “Savior” when it came down to the bottom of the 12th with a 3-Run homer to walk it off. 

Game 4, was another high scoring affair for both teams with only the 2nd and the 7th being the only innings that no runs were scored. Leading the way for Chipola was Cameron Gray (Troy Commit) (2-4, 4 RBI, 2 R, HR), Andre Tarver (2-4, 3 RBI, R, HR), and Alfonso Villalobos (3-3, 3 RBI, 2 R, HR)

#10 San Jac (Swept #7 Grayson)
Howard (Swept Wayland Baptist outsourcing them 58-13)

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2020 Gold Glove Team

Gold Glove Infield Catcher- Connor Dykstra (@c_dykstra57)- Freshman – Galveston (@GCWhitecaps) First – Cameron Gray (@graycameron10) – Sophomore – Chipola

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