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Div 2-South Atlantic Preview (Reg. 8 & 10)

After making it out of Florida last year Pasco-Hernando headed up north to take on Region 10. They lost their first game in North Carolina then went on to rattle off 6 wins in 4 days to claim the South Atlantic District Crown. Once in Enid, they took care of Lackawanna, then lost to the #1 seed Pearl River. They then battled back through the losers bracket to face Pearl River again in which they one 13-12. In the Semifinals they took on the eventual National Champs NOC-Enid. They took the first game 12-11 in 10 innings and then lost in 7 15-6. They finished tied for 3rd 

Previous Winners: ‘19 Pasco-Hernando, ‘18 Brunswick, ‘17 Pitt, ‘16 Brunswick

The Pre-Season Honors for this district go to Brunswick’s Kolby Mackinnon for the Pre-Season Player of the Year. While the Pre-Season Pitcher goes to Catawba Valley’s Blake Dockery (Charlotte) 

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Div. 2-West District Preview (Reg. 1)

Just falling in last year's National Championship game, Mesa Finished the season as the second-best team in the country. They started the Tournament the second-ranked team and then had to fight their way through the losers bracket to make it to the Title game where they faced NOC-Enid “The Home Team” in a winners take all National Title. 

This is another Region where the records do not tell the whole story as to how good these teams actually are. This region is a combined conference with the Division 1 Arizona teams. To truly illustrate how tough their yearly schedule is, they had to play 2 games apiece against the National Champion at the Division 1 level Central Arizona, as well as D1 top 20 ranked Pima, South Mountain, Arizona Western, Cochise, and Yavapai. 

Previous Winners: ‘19 Mesa (National Runner-Up), ‘18 Scottsdale, ‘17 Phoenix, ‘16 GateWay (National Runner-Up), ‘15 Scottsdale, ‘14 Mesa (National Champs)

The Pre-Season Player of the Year goes to one of Mesas key contributors in last year's run Taylor Darden. While the Pre-Season Pitcher of the Year goes to Chandler Webster (Texas Tech) who is also on the Pre-Season All-American Team.

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Div. 2- Great Lakes District (Reg. 12) Preview

The Past 4 years Region 12 has been a dog fight, the top teams battling it out to decide who will take home the National Tournament bid. With Kellogg landing on top last year with 2 others taking the previous 3 years this is always one of the top Division 2 Regions. 

Previous Winners: ‘19 Kellogg, ‘18 Sinclair, ‘17 Lansings, ‘16 Sinclair

This year the Pre-Season Player of the Year goes to Mott’s Andrew Fleming, While the Pre-Season Pitcher of the Year goes to Mark Manfredi (Dayton) of Sinclair. 

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Div. 2- Central District Preview (Reg. 24)

For the first time in over 4 years, Parkland was not the team that made the trip to Enid. Lincoln Land made the trip last year and for good reason. Being led by a solid Freshman staff. 

Previous Winners:’19 Lincoln Land, ‘18 Parkland (National Champs), ‘17 Parkland, ‘16 Parkland 

This year's group is going to be interesting with not as much separation between the top and bottom. Parkland holds the Player of the Year in Trevor Burkhart while Lincoln Land returns one of their key pieces from last years run in Spencer Walker who is the Pitcher of the Year

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Pop Up Heat: Aaron Ball

You demanded it, so you got it! Pop up HEAT is back and this installment profiles a right-handed flame thrower from Div. 2 powerhouse Kankakee in Illinois. Aaron Ball was just recently named a Div. 2 preseason All-American and he’s coming off of an outstanding fall campaign. Aaron is the literal definition of a “pop up” guy as coming into college he was not highly sought after and has grown a tremendous amount in stature and mph Velo since arriving on campus. One of the fastest rising arms in the country and a future Tulane Green wave player, Aaron Ball.

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