Div. 2-West District Preview (Reg. 1)

The biggest question about this district is if they are going to play or not. As of right now we

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Div. 1- South West District Preview (Reg. 5)

So if you are new here welcome to the Region/District that is close to my (Noah’s) heart. And every year this is one that is one of the harder ones to put together/judge/rank/all of the above because A. I can't be biased, B. there is always talent coming out of every nook and cranny in this region, C. there is only one team that can make it to Grand Junction out of this region and almost every year there could be 2-3 teams that could make noise at the World Series but only one can make it, and D. when it comes time for the Region 5 Tournament anything and everything can happen and i have seen that first hand. 

Over the past decade there has been a huge variety of teams with only 3 teams making multiple trips over the past 10 years with McLennan going in 2015 (National Runner-Ups), and 2017; Cisco in 2016 and 2012 (this one hurt on a personal level); and Midland in back to back years in 2013 and 2014. New Mexico punched their ticked in 2019 and Temple got the ticket in 2018 due to a very controversial call/situation that took place in the Region 5 Championship between Cisco and McLennan. 

As stated above and like almost all other regions there is a plethora of tallent that is in Region 5 this year which includes:

Clarendon’s- Kevin Bermudez

McLennan’s- Garret Martin, Logan Henderson, and Kevin Skweres

New Mexico Militaries- Rudy Solis

Odessa’s- Guilio Monello, Sean Stephens, and Trevor Hatton

Howard’s- Broch Holmes, Justin Wishkoshki, and Nicco Cole

El Paso’s- Seth Homfeld, Oscoar Cuello, and Pablo Cortes

Weatherford’s- Hunter Rosson, Brett Brown, and Cade Farr

Grayson’s- Wade Elliott, Shay Harris, and Nathan Art

New Mexico’s- Adrian Torres and Justin Butz

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Div. 1- West District Preview (1, 9, 18)

So where do we even begin. The “Defending” National champs come from this region. Yes, that's in quotes only because we did not have a 2020 Champion due to the obvious reason of covid. But still this district has the argument to be the best top to bottom. 

The defending National Champs Central Arizona come out of this district, with another trip in 2011 (NRU), Southern Idaho claimed the crown in 2018; Southern Nevada took the crown in 2017 for the first time since 2010 with Bryce Harper; Yavapai won the National Title in 2016 with a trip the year before in 2015; with Cochise going back to back years in 2014 and 2013. The only other school to claim a crown from this district over the past decade is Western Nevada who does not have a baseball team. 

The tallent out west this year is as good as it has ever been (we just have gotten tired of saying it is better than every other year cause every school has more talent than they have had years in the past). It is lead by;

Southern Nevada’s-Dax Fellows, Cole Schaefer, Kris Bow, and Austin Plante

Central Arizona’s- Kiko Romero, Mat Olsen, and DJ Carpenter

Pima’s- Alex Kelch, and Engel Ochoa

Northeastern’s (CO)-Druw Sackett, Evan Reynolds, and Jesh Leckey

Cochise’s- Jimmy DeLeon

Utah State Eastern’s- Ryder Peterson, Dawson Hall, and Dylan Sanchez

Western Nebraska’s- Jerson Morales, Jordan Rollins, and Paul Panduro

Arizona Western’s- Delano Selassa, and Jarrod Belbin

Yavapai’s- CJ Valdez, Taisei Yahiro, and Amari Bartee

South Mountain’s- Trent Adams, and Brendan Anderson

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Div. 2-West District Preview (Reg. 1)

Just falling in last year's National Championship game, Mesa Finished the season as the second-best team in the country. They started the Tournament the second-ranked team and then had to fight their way through the losers bracket to make it to the Title game where they faced NOC-Enid “The Home Team” in a winners take all National Title. 

This is another Region where the records do not tell the whole story as to how good these teams actually are. This region is a combined conference with the Division 1 Arizona teams. To truly illustrate how tough their yearly schedule is, they had to play 2 games apiece against the National Champion at the Division 1 level Central Arizona, as well as D1 top 20 ranked Pima, South Mountain, Arizona Western, Cochise, and Yavapai. 

Previous Winners: ‘19 Mesa (National Runner-Up), ‘18 Scottsdale, ‘17 Phoenix, ‘16 GateWay (National Runner-Up), ‘15 Scottsdale, ‘14 Mesa (National Champs)

The Pre-Season Player of the Year goes to one of Mesas key contributors in last year's run Taylor Darden. While the Pre-Season Pitcher of the Year goes to Chandler Webster (Texas Tech) who is also on the Pre-Season All-American Team.

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Div. 1- West District Preview (1, 9, 18)

To come out of Arizona is one thing. To make it out of there and win the bid to go to Grand Junction is another, and once there to win the whole thing is another. Well, that is exactly what Central Arizona did last year. Getting into the Arizona playoffs last week of the season as the 4-seed. Then winning the Region 1 title. Then headed up to take on the rest of the district and took care of business there. Once in Colorado, it was on. Making the switch back to metal bats was a huge advantage for them. They won their first 2 games before losing to Iowa Western. They fought back through the Losers bracket beating Chattahoochee Valley, and Walters State before taking on Iowa Western for the second time in the National Championship game. They took care of the Reivers in a slugfest 13-8. 

Previous winners:’19 Central Arizona (National Champs), ‘18 Southern Idaho, ‘17 Southern Nevada, ‘16 Yavapai (National Champs), 

The Powerhouse that is the west is just as you would have thought...Loaded with talent. Taking home Preseason Player of the Year honors is Christian Encarnacion-Strand (Oklahoma State), while Mitchel Devocivh (Washington State) from Central Arizona takes home the Preseason Pitcher of the Year. 

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