Juco Elite Spotlight: San Jac

Juco is for guys with no grades. False! Juco is for guys who can’t play at D1. False! Why would you go Juco, you won’t get recruited and won’t be able to get drafted. False. At the end of the day, there are many falsehoods being perpetuated about Juco route baseball and we here at JBB are dedicated to telling the TRUE story of what options there are for a high school player. Elite Juco programs operate similarly to power 5 D1 programs. They recruit, they have good budgets, they travel and they are HIGHLY recruited. They are very similar, with a few huge distinctions. One such difference is that is no limit to the time a coach can spend with a player by rule, nor is there a limitation to the coaching staff size that would limit a player's accessibility to the coaches on staff. Simply put there is always room, time and people to help in a player's developmental process. This fact is in many ways what prompted the Juco Elite Spotlight feature in the first place. The burning question we had here at The JBB was why should a good player pick a Juco over a D1? For that matter why make that choice in reverse either? What goes into the decision and most importantly what MAKES the decision? The top high school baseball players in the country ALWAYS have a choice between D1, the MLB draft, AND Juco Elite programs. ALL three can lead to prosperity and THAT is the truth that D1 baseball doesn’t want players to know. With that said we had the pleasure of talking with the truly historically elite program and coaches at San Jac and picked their brains on this subject and many others.

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

This District was one of the toughest to call coming out of last year. Going into the season the usual favorite could not compete postseason so it was really up for grabs as to who was going to take home the Mid-South/Region 14 Crown and a trip to Grand Junction. Navarro rose to that occasion taking the Region title from Blinn after running through the first 3 rounds of the tournament. They ended up finishing 3rd in the country after fighting through the losers bracket and forcing a winners take all 3rd place game against Iowa Western to decide who would play for the National Title. They finished the season with a record of 41-18.

Previous winners: ‘19 Navarro, ‘18 San Jac, ‘17 San Jac, ‘16 San Jac

This year San Jac is back in full force with the Pre-Season Pitcher of the Year in Luke Little (South Carolina); who is also the National Pre-Season Pitcher of the Year and All-American. A team that does not always get the recognition in this region Wharton boasts the Pre-Season Player of the Year in Alec Carr (New Mexico) who also happens to be a Pre-Season All-American. 

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SOTW: 2019 Manny Guerra Memorial CSN Border Battle

To start off every season Southern Nevada holds there annual border battle which is always one of the premier pre/early

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