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Island Invitational Recap/Week 3 Recap/Teams of the Week/Players of the Week

Island Invitational

So going into the Island Invitational if you would have said it ended the way it did i think most people would be surprised. That though is not a diss by any means to any team that took part in this the past weekend. The teams that surprised almost everyone were Temple and Western Texas. 

Both teams coming into the weekend had a lot to prove. Temple had played 3 games against JV Teams and did not really get to see what they were made of. Now this weekend their Bats came alive as well as their pitching showed up. Going 3-0 is never an easy task but going 3-0 against the opponents that they did should tell you a lot about what is going on over there. 

Western Texas was the other big surprise this weekend going 2-1 with wins over both Alvin and Galveston. Western Texas showed that they are not to be understated when it comes to playing this year. With the west of Region 5 pretty wide open at this point with no Clear top dog yet it would not surprise  us if Western made a strong case at making their way to a Regional for the first time in a long time. 

Friday Games

Saturday Games

Blinn

7

Western Texas

3

Alvin

3

Western Texas

12

Alvin

2

Temple

3

Blinn

1

Temple

5

Galveston

10

Western Texas

13

Galveston

3

Temple

15

Galveston

5

Blinn

6

Galveston

2

Alvin

4

Team

W

L

PF

PA

1

Temple

3

0

23

6

2

Western Texas

2

1

28

20

3

Blinn

2

1

14

13

4

Alvin

1

2

9

17

5

Galveston

0

4

20

38

Top 25 Recap

*(#-#) Overall Record

Div. 1
#1 Southern Nevada  (3-1) 0-0
#2 Wabash Valley (0-0) 0-0
#3 McLennan (5-3) 2-2

-Split with both Midland (5-6, 9-5) and Odessa (1-3, 8-3)

#4 John A. Logan (2-0) 2-0

-Swept Morton (3-0, 11-5)

#5 Walters State (3-0) 0-0
#6 Northwest Florida (5-2) 2-0

-Beat Wallace State 8-3 in 10, TNXL 10-1

#7 Grayson (8-3) 2-2

-Swept by #10 San Jac (1-6, 6-11), Swept Seminole State (OK) (11-7, 11-2)

#8 Iowa Western (0-0) 0-0
#9 Johnson County (0-0) 0-0
#10 San Jac (8-3) 3-0

-Swept #7 Grayson (6-1, 11-6), Beat Western Texas (6-1)

#11 Crowder (2-0) 2-0

-Beat Vernon (9-4) and Labette (7-2)

#12 Chipola (10-1) 4-0

-Swept #15 Florida SouthWestern State (4-3, 9-3, 12-11 12 Inn., 14-8)

#13 Cowley (0-0) 0-0
#14 Yavapai (2-0) 2-0

-Swept Community Christain College (11-1, 11-2)

#15 Florida SouthWestern State (8-5) 1-5

-Beat Indian River State (5-3), Swept by #12 Chipola (3-4, 3-9, 11-12 12 Inn., 8-14)

#16 Eastern Oklahoma State 4-0

-Swept Oklahoma Wesleyan (13-2, 15-1), Swept SouthWestern Christian Univ. (16-0, 11-0)

#17 Gordon State (0-1) 0-1

-Lost to Chattahoochee Valley (2-7)

#18 Central Florida (10-1) 3-0

-Beat #21 State College of Florida (5-4), South Florida State (5-2), Lake-Sumter State (10-6)

#19 Georgia Highlands (6-0) 6-0

-Swept Bryan College (21-0, 13-0), Swept Snead State (10-0, 8-1, 6-0, 6-3)

#20 Florence-Darlington Tech (2-0) 2-0

-Swept Cleveland County (11-4, 11-1)

#21 State College of Florida (5-5) 4-1

-Beat Santa Fe (13-9), Lost to #18 Central Florida (4-5), Swept Miami Dade (11-10, 4-3)

#22 Jefferson (0-0) 0-0
#23 Wallace-Dothan (3-3) 2-0

-Swept Tallahassee (16-4, 7-5)

#24 Central Arizona (4-0) 4-0 

-Swept Colorado Northwestern (20-3, 6-1, 8-0, 9-2)

#25 Connors State (0-0) 0-0

Div. 2
#1 LSU-Eunice (7-0) 4-0

-Swept National Park (13-3, 8-1, 17-0), Beat LSU-Alexandria (15-5)

#2 Pearl River (4-0) 4-0

-Swept East Central (MS) (8-5, 9-1), Swept Mississippi Gulf Coast (16-6, 11-2)

#3 NOC-Tonkawa (3-1) 3-1

-Split with Hesston (8-2, 9-10), Swept #15 Des Moines Area (10-3, 5-2)

#4 Heartland (0-0) 0-0
#5 Lansing (0-0) 0-0 
#6 Kirkwood (0-0) 0-0
#7 Hinds (0-0) 0-0
#8 Kellogg (0-0) 0-0
#9 Northeast Mississippi (3-3) 2-2

-Split with Holmes (3-4, 7-5), Split with Northwest Mississippi (3-13, 14-4)

#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 (1-3) 1-3

-Swept by #16 Meridian (10-11, 4-5), Split with East Central (MS) (3-10, 6-3)

#15 Des Moines Area (0-2) 0-2

-Swept by #3 NOC-Tonkawa (3-10, 2-5)

#16 Meridian (4-0) 4-0

-Swept #14 Jones (11-10, 5-4), Swept Copiah-Lincoln (9-2, 11-4)

#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 (AZ) (0-0) 0-0
#24 Iowa Central (0-0) 0-0
#25 Delaware Tech (0-0) 0-0

Div. 3

#1 Tyler (5-2) 3-2

-Split with Galveston (5-4, 0-3), Took 2 of 3 from Murray State (9-2, 3-5, 8-7)

#2 Bergen (0-0) 0-0
#3 Brookdale (0-0) 0-0
#4 Rockingham (2-0) 2-0

- Swept Montreat College JV (5-2, 13-1)

#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 (3-5) 0-3

-Swept by Panola (5-7, 6-7, 1-3)

#11 Owens (0-0) 0-0
#12 Herkimer (0-0) 0-0
#13 Brookhaven (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 
#12 Chipola

As you saw in our Top Plays of the week, Chipola ended one of their games with a bang in a 3-Run Walk off homer to seal the deal in the 12 inning. This though was just part of their impressive week. 

The Indians took 4 games from #15 Florida Southwestern. Other than the walk off in game 3 these games seemed fairly one sided.

In Game 1, they started off behind giving up 1 in the 2nd Then Scored 2 in both the 3rd and 4th off the bats of Cameraon Gray (Troy Commit) (1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, HR) and Jozsef Rohrbacher (Mercer Commit) (1-3. 2 RBI, Double). Then Bo Bonds (UL-Lafayette Commit) came in in the 5 for a 9 out save striking out 4 while allowing just 2 runs of two solo shots.

In Game 2, Florida Southwestern Started with 3 runs in the top of the 1st before Chipola stepped on the Gas scoring 3 in the 1st 1 in the 3rd, 2 in the 4th and 3 in the 6th. That all came off the bats of Mark Black (1-4, 3 RBI, 1 R, HR), Dylan Goldstein (3-4, 1 R, 2 Doubles) and Jozsef Rohrbacher (Mercer Commit) (2-4, 1 RBI). On the mound Andrew Baker went 4 strong innings with 8 K’s while allowing the only 3 runs in the game. Cedric De Grandpre came in the 5th and finished the game with 8 K’s, No Walks, and just 2 Hits.

Game 3, was where the bats for both teams came alive. In every inning except the 8th, 10th, and 11th there were runs scored.  Dylan Goldstein was the “Savior” when it came down to the bottom of the 12th with a 3-Run homer to walk it off. 

Game 4, was another high scoring affair for both teams with only the 2nd and the 7th being the only innings that no runs were scored. Leading the way for Chipola was Cameron Gray (Troy Commit) (2-4, 4 RBI, 2 R, HR), Andre Tarver (2-4, 3 RBI, R, HR), and Alfonso Villalobos (3-3, 3 RBI, 2 R, HR)

#10 San Jac (Swept #7 Grayson)
Howard (Swept Wayland Baptist outsourcing them 58-13)

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Div. 1- South Atlantic District Preview (Reg. 8)

When people think of junior college baseball there are generally 3 states/areas people will say if they do not know much about it. Texas anywhere, Arizona, and then Florida. And they are not wrong in that simple thought. Florida year in and year out has some of the top Teams, Players, and Prospects in the country. 

In the past 10 years, the winner of this district has played in a National Title game 5 times (Chipola 2018, 2019), Northwest Florida State (2015), Miami Dade (2014), and Palm Beach State (2013). And took home 3 National Titles (Chipola 2018, 2019 and Northwest Florida State (2015). 

On the Tallent Side of this District we could sit here for days and talk about each team in length but here is some of the top names out in florida this year:

Florida Southwestern States- Luis Tuero and Carter Cunningham

Chipolas- Bo Bonds, Cam Gray, and Andrew Baker

Santa Fes-Luis Rodriguez and Johnathan Logsdon

St. Petersburg's-Chris Williams

State College of Florida's-Cole Ayers, Tucker Mitchell, and Rook Ellington

Northwest Florida's-Dylan DeLucia, Nasir Fredrick, and Tyler Kehoe

Gulf Coasts-Justin Kelley, and Dallen Leach

St. Johns Rives- Dawson Gause

Central Florida's-Nick Calero, Mason Ronan, and Logan Adams

Hillsboroughs-Adrian Mella

Lake Sumter States-Naphis Llanos

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Div. 1- South Atlantic District Preview (Reg. 8)

Last year Chipola was on the hunt for a 3rd Straight National Title which is something that has not happened at the NJCAA Div. 1 level since the 1980s where San Jac won 3 in a row from 1985-1987. Them winning 2 in a row was also the first time that it has happened since 1999-2000 where Grayson won back to back titles. 

Previous Winners: ‘19 Chipola, ‘18 Chipola (National Champs), ‘17 Chipola (National Champs), ‘16 Santa Fe, ‘15 Northwest Florida (National Champs), ‘14 Miami Dade (National Runner-Up), ‘13 Palm Beach State (National Runner Up), ‘12 Polk State, ‘11 Chipola, ‘10 State College of Florida

As always the State of Florida is loaded with talent and of course, this year is no different. Leading the way this year is Justice Thompson (North Carolina) from Northwest Florida takes home the Pre-Season Player of the Year Honors. Where State College of Florias Jake Smith takes home the Pre-Season Pitcher of the Year. Both Jake and Justice were Ranked in the Top 101 as well as were Both Preseason All-Americans.

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The #JBB Top 100 First Halfs

There are a few things i need to address about this ranking before you attack,criticise, ect. Frist, this is not

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