Yesterday the Ohio Christian University Trailblazers (logo at left) won the Mid East Region Championship by defeating the Johnson University Preachers. OCU joins the LBC Chargers and the NCU Rams in clinching berths in the upcoming NCCAA2 World Series. Balladeer’s Blog will have updated scores from the other regional tournaments today as soon as they become available.
SOUTH REGION – The weather suspended play Friday afternoon in the elimination game between the Florida Christian College Suns and the Clearwater Cougars. The Suns came back after trailing 2-0 and led 5-2 when the remainder of the game was postponed until today. No more runs were allowed until the 7th inning when CCC notched 3 to tie the game. FCC won it in the 9th with the final score being 7-6.
The Suns then moved on to their rematch with the team that beat them in the 2nd round- the Toccoa Falls College Eagles. Weighed down by 1 loss already Florida Christian needed to defeat the reigning champs of NCCAA2 baseball just to stay alive. They managed to do that, taking this game 7-5, forcing an elimination game with the Eagles.
Sadly, the FCC faithful will always wonder what might have been if the weather hadn’t suspended play on Friday, letting them have some rest instead of being forced to play virtually 3 whole games in one afternoon. Fatigue no doubt played a role in the Suns’ 8-3 loss to Toccoa Falls in the final game of the 2012 South Region Tournament. The Toccoa Falls College Eagles once again won the regional title and return to defend their crown in this year’s NCCAA2 World Series.
SOUTHWESTERN REGION – In a battle of teams called the Crusaders, Dallas Christian College routed Manhattan Christian College 7-1 in game one. Game two pitted the DCC Crusaders against the Arlington Baptist College Patriots with Dallas winning again by a score of 7-1, handing the Patriots their 1st loss of the tournament and forcing another game. DCC won that game handily as well, by a score of 9-4. The Crusaders win the Southwestern Region and return to the NCCAA2 World Series.