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

This District is one that has a rich history of postseason success. Between the years of 1999-2009, there were 6 National Titles and 7 National Title games. One of those being the best record arguably ever recorded by a college baseball team in 2009 when Howard went 63-1 and a National record 56-game Win streak. Since 2009 there have been 6 different schools that have made the trip. Only 1 has gone back to back years winning the Region 5 title (Midland ‘13-’14). There also have been only 1 National Title game since the ‘09 season when McLennan was the National Runner up in 2015. 

Last year's winner was New Mexico claiming its first region crown since 2007. The Thunderbirds, unfortunately, went 1-2 BBQ losing to Chattahoochee Valley and Monroe in the first two days of the tournament. 

Previous Winners: ‘19 New Mexico, ‘18 Temple, ‘17 McLennan, ‘16 Cisco, ‘15 McLennan (National-Runner Up), ‘14 Midland, ‘13 Midland, ‘12 Cisco, ‘11 Grayson, ‘10 Temple, ‘09 Howard (National Champs, 63-1 Record), ‘08 Grayson (National Champs), ‘07 New Mexico (National Runner Up), ‘06 Temple, ‘05 New Mexico (National Champs), ‘04 Grayson, ‘03 Grayson, ‘01 North Central Texas (National Champs), ‘00 Grayson (National Champs) ‘99 Grayson (National Champs). 

This year's crop of players coming could be argued to be one of the best in recent years. McLennan's Jalen Battles (Arkansas) and Connor Phillips take home both the Pre-Season Player (Battles) and Pitcher (Phillips). 

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Div. 1- Midwest District Preview(Reg. 4, 11, & 24)

Last year this was arguably the toughest region at the Division 1 level. At one you had 3 teams ranked

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Div. 1- East Distract Preview (Reg. 10, 15, 20)

For the past two years, the East District has been represented by Monroe. In 2018, they made their first trip to Grand Junction with a 34-16-1 record. In 2019, they made it back with a 33-19 record, after starting off the season on the wrong foot after arguable the toughest start to the season in the country playing top teams from Texas, and Louisiana.

Past Winners: ‘19 Monroe, ‘18 Monroe, ‘17 Florence Darlington Tech, ‘16 Harford

As always this district will be interesting to watch. With the usual powers reloaded and the rest of the teams looking to climb to the top. This is another District that has both the Pre-Season Pitcher and Player of the Year on the same team. Both Hunter Baker (Charlotte) and Jermain Vanheyningen of Florence-Darlington take those two spots.

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Div 1- Appalachian District Preview (Reg. 7 & 17)

For the past 2 years, the representative from this District was Walters State. In 2018 they went to Grand Junction as the favorite to win it all with an amazing 56-6 record and just fell short in the National Championship game against Chipola. In 2019, they made the trip with a still-impressive 52-9 record beating out the surprise to many in the district Gordon State (50-9) in the District tile winning both games 5-4 and 5-2. 

Past Winners:’19 Walters State, ‘18 Walters State, ‘17 Dyersburg State, ‘16 Darton State

This year's field looks to be much the same, Walters State looks to be the front runner with both the Pre-Season Pitcher and Player of the year in Bryce Hodge (East Tennessee State) and Ben Joyce (Tennessee). 

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Off the Board this Week: 10/28-11/3

A quick look at who has committed across the country this past week.

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