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 3- Mid Atlantic District Preview (Reg. 10 & 20)

In recent history this district has been dominated by Rockinham. Winning both the last two tickets to the world series, and being national ranked each of the past few years. Before their two trips Prince George’s won in 2017 and in 2014, Montgomery went in 2016, 2015, 2013, and 2012, with Westmoreland taking the trip in 2011. 

The talent this year is mostly centered around Rockingham with tallent up and down the team, as well as Caldwell and a few over  at Thomas Nelson. 

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Div. 2- North Plains District (Reg. 11, 13)

The North Plains has been dominated the past decade by teams from Iowa. of the 16 Teams that make up this district, 7 of them are from Iowa (Kirkwood, North Iowa Area, Southeastern, Des Moines Area, Iowa Central, Iowa Lakes, and Ellsworth), While the rest of the District is made up of teams from Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota, Michigan, and Minnesota. 

Despite having big teams make it to Enid every year this District has had the unfortunate “Dry Streak”. The Last National Championship game came back in 2003 when Iowa Central finished second to Grand Rapids. Northeast (NE) was the winner in 2019 making the schools first trip to the World Series ever in just the 2nd year; Kirkwood’s last trip was in 2018; Southeast (NE) went in 2017, North Iowa Area went in 2016, 2015, and 2013; Southeastern (IA) went in 2014, and Des Moines Area takes the last two spots over the past decade with trips in back to back years in 2011 and 2012.

The talent is at an all time high in the North Plains (and everywhere else) this year. It is lead by:

Kirkwood’s- Luke Llewellyn, Josh Fitzgerald, and Joel Vaske

North Iowa Area’s- Cole Hupke, Robert Hogan, and Thomas Gross

Northeast’s (NE)- Alex Potter, Houston Fogelstrom,. And Jeremy Schneider

Bay College’s- Tanner Halvorson

Des Moines Area’s-Carter Boernemeir, Ray Ray Douglas, and Ben Nippolt 

Iowa Central’s- Devon Schewe, Devin Hurdle, and Mat Dreher

Bismark State’s- Brayden Koenig

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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. 3- South District Preview (Reg. 2, 5, & 14)

When people think about Texas Junior College Baseball you generally think of the San Jac’s, the Howard’s, the Grayson’s, and the McLennan’s. But there is a part of the state that is just as good that gets very little love due to the fact that they have the “Division Three” Title or Stigma.

The South District in Texas has been arguably the most successful division 3 district for the past decade. This might have part to do with the fact that they play earlier than most other division 3 schools. But it also has to do with the fact that since 2011 this district has had 6 national title games (Eastfield-2011) and Tyler (2014-2018), with 5 National Titles (2011, 2014-2017) with Brookhaven in 2019 finishing 3rd at the tournament.

As you would expect this is also a very team district with talent-

Tyler’s- Adam Davis, Cooper Rawls, and Heath Hood

Coastal Bend’s-Jacob Wilson, and Eric Martinez

Brookhaven’s-Brett Wagner, JJ Davis, and Andrew Acierni

Cedar Valley’s-Mario Pena, and Corbin Thompson

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