Week 8 Preview

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Div. 2- Gulf District Preview (Reg. 23)

If you have followed anything that we have put out over the last 2-3 years you know how we (well atleast Noah) feels about this district. When you have on a yearly basis 6-7 teams that are within the top 15 that are all vying for one spot to go to Enid, as well as when they play Div 1 teams from outside their region they usually give them more then what they thought they were going to get from just some teams from Mississippi how could you not like this district. 

Other than LSU-Eunice, all the teams in this region are from Mississippi which poses one interesting thing. Junior College’s from Mississippi can only have four of out of state players on their roster, Including those that are on scholarship. Which also adds to the fact that Mississippi might be the most under appreciated High School Baseball State in the country. 

This region has had the Most National Championships and Championship Games over the last decade. Including the Team of the Decade in LSU-Eunice. Going into 2018, Pearl River was Ranking the #1 team as well as getting the #1 seed in Enid, unfortunately finishing tied for 3rd with Pasco-Hernando. LSU-Eunice, as Mentioned above, was the Team of the Decade. They took trips in 2018 (National Champs), 2015 (National Champs), 2013 (National Runner-Up), 2012 (National Champs), as well as a trip in 2010 (National Champs). Hinds took trips in 2017, and 2014 (National Runner-Up); Jones was the only other team to make a trip to Enid from this region with trips in 2016 (National Champs), and 2011 (National Runner-Up). So it is clear to see that this region has had success when it comes to the National State. Add with the fact that over 90% of this region is from the state of Mississippi again that state is arguably one of the best High School states for Baseball. 

When it comes to the talent that is in this region this year we are not quite sure where to begin. From top to bottom this is a talent rich standpoint, then you add what this year has brought with more talent ending up at schools that you did not think it would end up at this region is one of the deepest at any level:

Copiah-Lincoln’s- Peyton Parker

East Central’s- Jesse Boydstun, and Amani Larry

Hind’s-Pablo Lanzarote, Connor Carter, Bryce Brock, and Matt Corder

Holmes’- Cole Drake

Itawamba’s- Ben Fryer, Tyler Murphy, and Lane Domino

Jones County’s- Dalton Rogers, Deejay Booth, Hunter Leblanc, and Hunter French

LSU-Eunice’s- Jacob Hammond, Hunter Tabb, Jack Merrifield, and Jerry Couch

Meridian’s- JT Ethridge and Choyce Diffey

Mississippi Gulf Coast’s- Hayden Robb and Antonie Harris

Northeast Mississippi- Jacob Compton, Cole Phillips, and Bryan Seaman

Pearl River’s- Landon Harper, Graham Crawford, Austen Izzio, Tate Parker, and Leif Moore

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Div. 2- Central District Preview (Reg. 24)

This District has been dominated the past few years by the combination of Parkland and Lincoln Land. Both have 3 Trips to Enid in the last 6 years; with Parkland making it to the National Championship in 2018 but came up short in a walk-off win by LSU-Eunice. 

At this point I feel like it is getting repetitive but talent is overflowing in this district just like almost every other one. Its lead by:

Heartland’s-Luke Patzner and Tyler Brandenburg

Parkland’s- Rigel Verciglieo, Trevor Burkhart, and Charlie Hodges

Illinois Centrals-Brady Brecklin, and JD Deany

Spoon Rivers- Colin Fenill, and Ben Fricke

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Week 2 Recap/Teams of the Week/Players of the Week/Plays of the Week (1/25-1/31)

This week saw a TON of baseball all across the country. Still no rankings this week and we will not have any until the end of February. Until then we will have these recaps mixed with our Players of the Week, Teams of the Week, and Recap of our “Series” of the previous week.

Tournament of Champions Recap

1/29

1/30

1/31

Howard-3 vs #7 Grayson-17

#3 McLennan-18 vs Howard-10

Navarro-3 vs #7 Grayson-9

Odessa-1 vs #10 San Jac-8

Weatherford-7 vs Alvin-1

Alvin-4 vs #7 Grayson-5

#3 McLennan-6 vs Alvin-11

Weatherford-3 vs Odessa-2

Navarro-9 vs Weatherford-12

#3 McLennan-3 vs Odessa-1

#3 McLennan-17 vs #10 San Jac-8

Weatherford-10vs #10 San Jac-12

Howard-10 vs #10 San Jac-7

Navarro-21 vs Howard-11

Odessa-4 vs #7 Grayson-7

Navarro-8 vs Alvin-0

Tournament Rankings

Rank

Team

W

L

PF

PA

P

1

#7 Grayson

4

0

38

14

11

2

#10 San Jac

3

1

35

38

10

3

Weatherford

3

1

32

24

6

4

#3 McLennan

3

1

44

30

5

5

Howard

1

3

34

63

-3

6

Navarro

2

2

41

32

-4

7

Alvin

1

3

16

25

-5

8

Odessa

0

4

8

18

-13

Before you Criticize the rankings which we know people are going to do regardless, the final standings above are calculated on the weight of each win. Hence why even though Navarro wen 2-2 and Howard was 1-3, Howards 1 win (#10 San Jac)  was worth more than both of Navarro's wins (Alvin and Howard). Yes, Navarro beat Howard but were going off the strength of the wins vs actual list for those standings. 

If you are looking, that was the biggest surprise that would have to be Weatherford. Coming in there were a lot of questions we felt needed to be answered when it came to them. On paper they were good but would that translate to the field? And other than the one loss to San Jac to close up the weekend they proved to be better then what we gave them credit for. Their combo of X Factor bats and High End Arms are going to be a big reason why they can continue to be successful this season. 

The team that “Won” the Weekend was Grayson going 4-0 with wins over Howard, Odessa, Navarro, and Alvin. They scored an average of 9.5 runs a game while allowing just 3.5 runs. Coming into the weekend Grayson was one of two teams that had played games before this weekend. With very few questions to be answered about them they answered them as loud as possible. With a line up that seems to have no holes, as well as arms that never seem to end, this team looks to be as complete as anyone in the country at this point. 

With more games being played this week we debated having an updated ranking but still decided to hold off until more have the chance to play. 

Division 1

#1 Southern Nevada started their season off going 3-1 with a loss to close the weekend to Salt Lake 15-3

#2 Wabash Valley starts their season February 13th.

#3 McLennan Competed in the Tournament of Champions going 3-1 with a loss to Alvin to start the weekend

#4 John A. Logan starts their season this week against Morton on Wednesday the 3rd

#5 Walters State went 3-0 outsourcing USC Salkehatchie 37-0

#6 Northwest Florida State went 2-0 with wins over Coastal Alabama-Brewton and Pensacola State

#7 Grayson went 4-0 at the Tournament of Champions

#8 Iowa Western Starts their season February 27th

#9 Johnson County starts their season February 12th

#10 San Jac went 3-1 at the Tournament of Champions

Division 2

#1 LSU-Eunice went 3-0 

#2 Pearl River starts their season this week against East Central on Wednesday the 3rd

#3 NOC-Tonkawa starts their season this week against Hesston on Tuesday the 2nd

#4 Heartland starts their season February 27th

#5 Lansing starts their season March 16th 

#6 Kirkwood starts their season February 27th

#7 Hinds starts their season this weekend against Southwest Mississippi 

#8 Kellogg starts their season on March 12th

#9 Northeast Mississippi went 1-1 with a lost to East Mississippi

#10 Mercer County

Division 3

Only 2 Division 3 top 10 teams played this week

#1 Tyler went 2-0 against Centenary (10-1, 9-5)

#10 Coastal Bend went 2-2; Two Losses against Western Texas (13-4, 7-6); and two wins against Ranger (5-1, 12-5)

Other Notable Weeks

Cleveland County-1-0 This week marking the first ever program win 12-2 vs Surry

UA-Rich Mountain-1-2, Despite going 1-2 this week they also got their first ever Program win 8-4 vs Paris

Team of the Week
#12 Chipola (4-0)

Chipola claims our team of the week honors for week 2. With two wins over Coastal Alabama-Monroeville and two wins over #23 Wallace-Dothan. 

They kicked off their week with a 10-3 win over Wallace-Dothan. This game was lead by Lyle Miller-Green (3-3, BB, RBI, 2B, 3 R), and Alfonso Villalobos (1-3, 3 RBI, HR, 3 R) at the plate while Andrew Baker and Jaylen Nowlin (UA-Birmingham Commit) did their jobs on the mound combining for 13 K’s with only 1 hit. 

In the next two games they took on Coastal, In game 1 they won it 8-4 behind the bats of Dylan Goldstein (1-2, 3 RBI, HR, 1 R) and Mark Black (2-3, 3 RBI, HR, 1 R). In their second game they won it 5-2 behind the relief efforts of Bo Bonds (UL-Lafayette Commit) who went 3 innings striking out 9 with no hits.

To close out their week they took the last game vs Wallace-Dothan 12-2. This looked to be a complete team effort at the plate with 4 individuals all with multiple RBI’s (Myle Austin 2, Mark Black 2, Matthew Garcia 2, Cesar Franco 2)

Honorable Mentions
Grayson (4-0)-Wins vs Howard (17-3), Odessa (7-4), Navarro (9-3), Alvin (5-4)
East Mississippi (2-0)- Wins vs Itawamba (9-3), #9 Northeast Mississippi (3-2)

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Pre-Season 201

And here we are. After almost a month of previews, team rankings and such we have it. The JBB’s Pre-Season 201. Yes, that is a lot of names, and yes we are crazy. But first before you jump down our throat like some still probably will before actually reading this part. THIS IS NOT A DRAFT RANKING. Yes, there is some crossover. But, this is as it always a Ranking as to who we think is the top players at the junior college level regardless of how their draft stock looks, what division they play at, ext. 

There are 87 Different Schools Represented. The Top five schools represented below follow in order with Wabash Valley (13), San Jac (10), Crowder (9), both John A. Logan and Southern Nevada (8), and Walters State (7).

Top 10

#1-Christian McGowan-RHP-Eastern Oklahoma State
#2-Hunter Parks-RHP-Florence Darlington Tech
#3-Brant Voth-C-John A. Logan
#4-Peyton Zable-RHP-Iowa Western
#5-Harold Coll-SS-San Jac
#6-Curtis Washington Jr-OF-Wabash Valley
#7-Josh Fitzgerald-OF-Kirkwood
#8-Zac Robinson-RHP-Wabash Valley
#9-Quinton Hall-OF-Johnson County
#10-Ricky Tiedemann-LHP-Long Beach

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