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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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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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