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. 1- Plains District Preview (Reg. 6)

Kansas for many that do not know is one of the top places to go see Junior College baseball in the country. With top talent every year, National Ranked teams year in and year out. But for some reason when they get to Grand Junction Things just have not gone their way. The last time any team from this district has made it to the National Championship game was back in 1998 when Cowley won 15-11 over San Jac and yes that is older than most likely every single player that is playing in that district/region this year. 

With that being said it is about time a school from kansas finally got over the hump.. Three of the last 4 years the ticket has been punched by Cowley (2019, 2017, 2016) with the other Ticket being punched by Barton for their first trip to Grand Junction. 

The crop of talent this year is up among some of the best in the country across the entire country:

Johnson County’s- Quinton Hall, Jay Long, and Jackson Galloway

Barton’s- Alex Rodgers, and Carson Pracht

Colby’s- Brayedn Cust

Cloud’s- Kayden Beurgedard, and Evan Wilde

Neosho’s- Drew Miller, and Khalil Thrasher

Fort Scott’s- Dylan Foo and Jakob Machuca

Cowley’s- J’Briell Easley, Blake Roberts, and Janson Reeder

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