Week 6 National Rankings

And here we are the first update to the National Top 25! Back to what this whole adventure started as!

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Week 4 Recap/Teams of the Week/Hot Teams/Players of the Week

Well There was not too much going on this past weekend due to you know… the Weather. There was baseball however earlier in the week, some happened in Florida, and some beat the weather during the weekend. 

Division 1
#1 Southern Nevada (8-4) 5-3

-Swept Colorado Northwestern (9-2, 10-3, 12-2, 3-1), Lost 3 of 4 to Pima (9-8, 12-13, 4-7, 9-17)

#2 Wabash Valley (3-0) 3-0

-Swept Bryant & Stratton (WI) (13-1, 16-4), Beat Wallace State (4-2)

#3 McLennan (5-3) 0-0
#4 John A. Logan (2-0) 0-0
#5 Walters State (5-0) 2-0
-Swept Roane State (6-4, 4-2)
#6 Northwest Florida State (8-2) 3-0

-Beat Baton Rouge (11-5), Swept Coastal Alabama-Bay Minette (2-0, 3-1)

#7 Grayson (9-3) 1-0

-Beat Navarro (6-1)

#8 Iowa Western (0-0) 0-0
#9 Johnson County (0-0) 0-0
#10 San Jac (8-3) 0-0
#11 Crowder (2-0) 0-0
#12 Chipola (10-1) 0-0
#13 Cowley (0-0) 0-0
#14 Yavapai (2-0) 0-0
#15 Florida SouthWestern State (10-6) 2-1

-Lost to Miami Dade (5-15), Beat Elev8 Academy (14-2), Indian Rivers State (9-4)

#16 Eastern Oklahoma State (0-0) 0-0
#17 Gordon State (1-2) 1-1

-Split with Southern Union State (0-3, 6-4)

#18 Central Florida (11-3) 1-2

-Lost to #21 State College of Florida (3-4), Lost to South Florida State (3-6), Beat Indian Rivers State(8-7)

#19 Georgia Highlands (7-1) 1-1

-Split with Wallace State (6-5, 1-4)

#20 Florence Darlington Tech (2-1) 0-1

-Lost to Cleveland County (9-11)

#21 State College of Florida (9-5) 4-0

-Beat Santa Fe (3-2), Beat #18 Central Florida (4-3), Swept Gulf Coast State (10-2, 7-6)

#22 Jefferson (0-0) 0-0
#23 Wallace-Dothan (6-4) 3-1

-Swept Faulkner JV (5-0, 11-0), Lost to Snead State (0-4), Beat Marion Military (4-2)

#24 Central Arizona (8-0) 4-0

-Swept Salt Lake (11-1, 4-2, 11-1, 4-3)

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

Division 2 
#1 LSU-Eunice (7-0) 0-0
#2 Pearl River (6-0) 2-0

-Swept Copiah-Lincoln (10-2, 14-4)

#3 NOC-Tonkawa (3-1) 0-0
#4 Heartland (0-0) 0-0
#5 Lansing (0-0) 0-0
#6 Kirkwood (0-0) 0-0
#7 Hinds (1-3) 1-3

-Split with Southwest Mississippi (4-5, 5-4) Swept by #16 Meridian (8-12, 2-6) 

#8 Kellogg (0-0) 0-0
#9 Northeast Mississippi (5-5) 2-2

-Split with East MIssissippi (3-2, 7-8), Split with Itawamba (13-15, 2-1)

#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 (4-4) 3-1

-Swept Southwest Mississippi (4-0, 10-0), Split with Mississippi Gulf Coast (9-8, 0-2)

#15 Des Moines Area (0-2) 0-0
#16 Meridian (6-0) 2-0

-Swept #7 Hinds (12-8, 6-2)

#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 (0-0) 0-0
#24 Iowa Central (0-0) 0-0
#25 Delaware Tech (0-0) 0-0

Division 3
#1 Tyler (5-2)
#2 Bergen (0-0) 0-0
#3 Brookdale (0-0) 0-0
#4 Rockingham (2-0) 
#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 (4-5) 2-0

-Swept St. Edwards JV (14-3, 4-2)

#11 Owens (0-0) 0-0
#12 Herkimer (0-0) 0-0
#13 Brookehaven (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
 Pima 3-1

OK so for the first time this season the team of the week is not one that had an undefeated week of play but one that made a HUGE STATEMENT with the week that they did have. 

Pima Hosted #1 College of Southern Nevada this past weekend to kick off their season. The took 3 of the 4 games from the Pre-Season Consensus #1 Team. With 2 of them being in a decisive manner. 

When Asked about his team and this past weekend Coach Jacome had this to say “I think our team is a bunch of blue collar hard working kids who compete.  Playing CSN was a great challenge for us and I believe we gained a little confidence in knowing we can compete with anyone in the country.“

They lost game one in a nail biter that came down to the end 8-9. They began to rally back in the bottom of the 9th with 3 runs but fell just short of the comeback. After a rough start from Wilson Bannister (4.1 IP, 8 ER, 4 HR) Darius Garcia came in the 5th and held Southern Nevada at will only allowing one base runner the rest of the game. Both Daniel Duazo (2-2, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 2B) and Parker Schmit (1-2, HR, 2 RBI, 1 R) led the way for the offence that again just fell short. 

Game two was a slugfest on both sides with a combined 10 extra base hits coming by the easy of 5 Home runs and 5 Doubles. It was won in the bottom of the 8th by a a Walk of hit by Terrel Huggins. 

The Next two games they won 7-4 and 17-9 and we will let the Pima Athletic Department tell you how those went 

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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

38

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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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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2021 NJCAA Div. 2 Pre-Season All-Americans

Pitchers Jacob Hammonds-LSU-Eunice Blake Hubbard-NOC-Tonkawa Jacob Ellis-NOC-Tonkawa Infield Hunter Tabb-LSU-Eunice Ambren Voitik-NOC-Enid Hogan McIntosh-Parkland Jack Merrifield-LSU-Eunice Outfield Josh Fitzgerald-Kirkwood Austin

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