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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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2021 Pre-Season Rankings

  # D1 D2 D3 1 Southern Nevada LSU Eunice Tyler 2 Wabash Valley Pearl River Bergen 3 McLennan NOC-Tonkawa

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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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