2021 Theoretical Field of 64

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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

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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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NJCAA D2 Strength of Schedule

With the season starting either right after this goes out or in the past if you are just reading it you know one thing is for sure. This year Junior College Baseball is about to be one of the Hottest things in the baseball world that nobody is talking about.. Well that is expected for use.

So since our Pre-Season Ranking came out we decided to take a look at some of the toughest schedules across the country.

In this post we look at the top 25 Toughest Div q Schedules this year as well as a team that we feel might not lose a game and possibly put the 2009 Howard teams record in jeopardy.

Rnk
Team
1
East Central (MS)
2
Des Moines Area
3
Meridian
4
Mississippi Gulf Coast
5
Southwest Mississippi
6
Mott
7
Copiah-Lincoln
8
Itawamba
9
Jones
10
Macomb
11
East Mississippi
12
Iowa Central
13
Hinds
14
Glendale
15
North Iowa Area
16
Ellsworth
17
Paradise Valley
18
Mississippi Delta
19
Northeast
20
Holmes
21
Iowa Lakes
22
National Park
23
Southeastern
24
Scottsdale
25
Cleveland Community

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Div. 2- Plains District Preview (Reg. 2, 6, 16)

The last Division 2 National Champion came out of this district in the way of NOC-Enid. They won it in their Second Consecutive trip to well Enid…. Yes they host the division in the World Series. In 2019, they topped Mesa (AZ) in a close 5-4 winner take all game due to the fact that both teams had one loss going into the Championship Game. The year before ,in 2018, they lost both games to eventual National Champion LSU-Eunice. 

This Distract this past decade has been led by the Oklahoma Schools. With as mentioned above NOC-Enid having those 2 trips as well as one in 2014, and a National Title, Murray State (2017,2013 (National Champs), and Western Oklahoma State (2016, 2015 (National Runner Up), 2012(National Runner Up), 2011 (National Champs), and 2010.) The last time a school from any other region in this district made it to the World Series  was in 2008 before they combined the regions to create this district. 

As usual there is a ton of talent on the field:

North Central Missouri- Braedyn Brewer

Carl Albert- Mac Moody, and Devon Chapa

Murray State’s-Joey Trevinoi and Cameron Pool

NOC-Tonkawa- Blake Hubbard, Jacob Ellis, and Carter Hines

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Div. 2- Plains District Preview (Reg. 2, 6, 16)

NOC-Enid took home the national title last year. Playing at home during the Regional Tournament and during the National Tournament is a tad bit of a bonus when you are the school that hosts. They took out the #1 overall seed in Pearl River in the 3rd round before falling in the first game of the national Semi-finals to Pasco-Hernando. They then played Mesa in a Winner take all National Title game. They took home the crown on their home turf with a score of 5-4. 

Previous Winners:’19 NOC-Enid (National Champs), ‘18 NOC-Enid, ‘17 Murray State, ‘16 Western Oklahoma State

The state of Oklahoma takes home both the pre-season player and pitcher of the year awards. NOC-Enid’s Evan Kowalski takes the Pre-Season Pitcher honors. While NOC-Tonkawa’s Ben MacNaughton takes home the Pre-Season Player of the Year honors. 

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