“To win it, you not only have to be good, you must play near the top of your capabilities asRead more
So where do we even begin. The “Defending” National champs come from this region. Yes, that's in quotes only because we did not have a 2020 Champion due to the obvious reason of covid. But still this district has the argument to be the best top to bottom.
The defending National Champs Central Arizona come out of this district, with another trip in 2011 (NRU), Southern Idaho claimed the crown in 2018; Southern Nevada took the crown in 2017 for the first time since 2010 with Bryce Harper; Yavapai won the National Title in 2016 with a trip the year before in 2015; with Cochise going back to back years in 2014 and 2013. The only other school to claim a crown from this district over the past decade is Western Nevada who does not have a baseball team.
The tallent out west this year is as good as it has ever been (we just have gotten tired of saying it is better than every other year cause every school has more talent than they have had years in the past). It is lead by;
Southern Nevada’s-Dax Fellows, Cole Schaefer, Kris Bow, and Austin Plante
Central Arizona’s- Kiko Romero, Mat Olsen, and DJ Carpenter
Pima’s- Alex Kelch, and Engel Ochoa
Northeastern’s (CO)-Druw Sackett, Evan Reynolds, and Jesh Leckey
Cochise’s- Jimmy DeLeon
Utah State Eastern’s- Ryder Peterson, Dawson Hall, and Dylan Sanchez
Western Nebraska’s- Jerson Morales, Jordan Rollins, and Paul Panduro
Arizona Western’s- Delano Selassa, and Jarrod Belbin
Yavapai’s- CJ Valdez, Taisei Yahiro, and Amari Bartee
South Mountain’s- Trent Adams, and Brendan AndersonRead more
To come out of Arizona is one thing. To make it out of there and win the bid to go to Grand Junction is another, and once there to win the whole thing is another. Well, that is exactly what Central Arizona did last year. Getting into the Arizona playoffs last week of the season as the 4-seed. Then winning the Region 1 title. Then headed up to take on the rest of the district and took care of business there. Once in Colorado, it was on. Making the switch back to metal bats was a huge advantage for them. They won their first 2 games before losing to Iowa Western. They fought back through the Losers bracket beating Chattahoochee Valley, and Walters State before taking on Iowa Western for the second time in the National Championship game. They took care of the Reivers in a slugfest 13-8.
Previous winners:’19 Central Arizona (National Champs), ‘18 Southern Idaho, ‘17 Southern Nevada, ‘16 Yavapai (National Champs),
The Powerhouse that is the west is just as you would have thought...Loaded with talent. Taking home Preseason Player of the Year honors is Christian Encarnacion-Strand (Oklahoma State), while Mitchel Devocivh (Washington State) from Central Arizona takes home the Preseason Pitcher of the Year.Read more
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.Read more