Div. 3- South District Preview (Reg. 2, 5, & 14)

When people think about Texas Junior College Baseball you generally think of the San Jac’s, the Howard’s, the Grayson’s, and the McLennan’s. But there is a part of the state that is just as good that gets very little love due to the fact that they have the “Division Three” Title or Stigma.

The South District in Texas has been arguably the most successful division 3 district for the past decade. This might have part to do with the fact that they play earlier than most other division 3 schools. But it also has to do with the fact that since 2011 this district has had 6 national title games (Eastfield-2011) and Tyler (2014-2018), with 5 National Titles (2011, 2014-2017) with Brookhaven in 2019 finishing 3rd at the tournament.

As you would expect this is also a very team district with talent-

Tyler’s- Adam Davis, Cooper Rawls, and Heath Hood

Coastal Bend’s-Jacob Wilson, and Eric Martinez

Brookhaven’s-Brett Wagner, JJ Davis, and Andrew Acierni

Cedar Valley’s-Mario Pena, and Corbin Thompson

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Div. 1- Mid-South District Preview (Reg. 14)

Region 14 has by far the most history at the Division 1 Junior College level. Mainley due to the power that is San Jac. With 5 National titles, 14 National Title games, and 26 Trips to Grand Junction those are all records across the country. But, the talent does not stop there by any means. From top to bottom this is one of the top regions in the country. Any team that makes it out of Region 14 has had success when going to Grand Junction. Since 2011, San Jac has gone in 2018 (3rd), 2017 (NRU), 2016 (NRU), 2015 (5th), and 2012 (NRU); Navarro has gone in 2019 (3rd), 2013, and 2011 (National Champ); and Blinn in 2014 (5th).

As with every region the talent that is in Region 14 is absolutely loaded. From top to bottom with:

San Jac’s- Chase Wilkerson, Harold Coll, and Hunter Hollan

Navarro’s-Cash Rugely, Alex Vargara, and Austin Eaton

Northeast Texas’s- Sawyer Thornhill, Nico Baumbach, and Kaleb Wisnoski

Paris’s- Sam Creed

Galveston’s-Connor Dykstra, Johnny Bassailion, and Blake Martin

Blinn’s- Jace Hutchins, Dylan Theut, and Trevor Mott

Wharton’s- Trey Valka, and Josh Salinas

Bossier Parish’s- Beau Ross, Dylan Collins, and Zach St. Pierre

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Div. 3- South District Preview (Reg. 2, 5, & 14)

For the first time since the 2011 season, the Representative from this District was not Tyler. After almost a Decade of Dominance, they had been dethroned. Brookhaven Claimed the Title and ended up finishing 3rd when all was said and done. 

This district also plays one of the toughest schedules across the board compared to most other Division 3 schools. That is due to the fact that they play half of their schedules against some of the Top Div 1 schools in the country in San Jac, McLennan, and Grayson to name a few when they play any out of conference games. 

Previous Winners: ‘19 Brookhaven, ‘18 Tyler (National Runner-Up), ‘17 Tyler (National Champs), ‘16 Tyler (National Champs), ‘15 Tyler (National Champs), ‘14 Tyler (National Champs) 

The Pre-Season Player of the Year goes to Ronnie Bailey Jr of Coastal Bend, While the Pre-Season Pitcher of the Year goes to Tylers Cooper Rawls. 

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Div. 1- Mid-South District Preview (Reg. 14)

This District was one of the toughest to call coming out of last year. Going into the season the usual favorite could not compete postseason so it was really up for grabs as to who was going to take home the Mid-South/Region 14 Crown and a trip to Grand Junction. Navarro rose to that occasion taking the Region title from Blinn after running through the first 3 rounds of the tournament. They ended up finishing 3rd in the country after fighting through the losers bracket and forcing a winners take all 3rd place game against Iowa Western to decide who would play for the National Title. They finished the season with a record of 41-18.

Previous winners: ‘19 Navarro, ‘18 San Jac, ‘17 San Jac, ‘16 San Jac

This year San Jac is back in full force with the Pre-Season Pitcher of the Year in Luke Little (South Carolina); who is also the National Pre-Season Pitcher of the Year and All-American. A team that does not always get the recognition in this region Wharton boasts the Pre-Season Player of the Year in Alec Carr (New Mexico) who also happens to be a Pre-Season All-American. 

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