* USCAA WORLD SERIES *
CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES – Yesterday the 5th seeded NEWPORT NEWS APPRENTICE SCHOOL BUILDERS won their first National Championship in baseball since 2007. They did it in style, too, by winning THREE games in one day!
GAME ONE – The (5) Builders faced the 2nd seeded PENN STATE AT GREATER ALLEGHENY NITTANY LIONS in this game. A 1-0 1st Inning lead for NNAS became a 3-0 advantage in the 4th and 3-1 in the 5th. The Builders added another run in the 7th Inning for a 4-1 victory with Taylor Gomer on the mound.
GAME TWO – With PSUGA eliminated Newport News Apprentice School next faced the top-seeded ILLINOIS TECH SCARLET HAWKS. The Scarlet Hawks were undefeated in World Series play going into this game so the Builders, who had one loss already, knew they had to defeat Illinois Tech just to force a decisive additional game. Done. NNAS routed the Scarlet Hawks in a 25-10 orgy of offense. James Anthony was the winning Pitcher.
GAME THREE – In this climactic rematch between the Builders and the Scarlet Hawks Newport News got off to a speedy 5-0 lead in the 1st Inning. From there they continued to dominate Illinois Tech on both sides of the ball. In the end NNAS won the game in a 10-1 blowout. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BUILDERS, THE 2015 CHAMPIONS OF USCAA BASEBALL *
* NAIA PLAYOFFS *
BELLEVUE BRACKET – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The top seeded TABOR COLLEGE BLUE JAYS took the diamond against the 2nd seeded BELLEVUE UNIVERSITY BRUINS. After a scoreless 1st Inning the Blue Jays seized a 4-0 lead in the 2nd which the Bruins trimmed to 4-3 in the 3rd. Tabor College exploded for 5 more runs in the 4th and rode those to a 9-4 triumph. Russell Longworth threw for the win. * THE BLUE JAYS ADVANCE TO THE NAIA WORLD SERIES *
DAYTONA BEACH BRACKET – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The two teams clashing for the title in this bracket were the 2 seeds – the EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY EAGLES (should be the Aeronauts) – and the Cinderella 5 seeds – the UNIVERSITY OF RIO GRANDE (OH) RED STORM. This old-school battle was 1-0 Eagles in the 1st Inning, then 2-0 in the 2nd before the Red Storm got on the board in the 3rd to make it 2-1. Embry-Riddle won by that same count of 2-1. Credit Tyler Cyr with the win. * THE EAGLES ADVANCE TO THE NAIA WORLD SERIES *
GRAND RAPIDS BRACKET – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The top 2 seeds in this bracket were the teams left standing for the Championship Game. The 2nd seeded DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY PANTHERS trailed the top seeded OKLAHOMA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES 3-0 after the 1st Inning. A 4-0 deficit for the Panthers in the 3rd became 4-4 in the 4th, following which Davenport U shut out the Eagles for an 11-4 blowout win. Jonathan Cheshire had the save. * THE PANTHERS ADVANCE TO THE NAIA WORLD SERIES *
KINGSPORT BRACKET – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Two more top seeds squared off for the bracket crown in this game. The (2) LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS put up runs in the 1st, 2nd and 6th Innings while limiting the top seeded TENNESSEE WESLEYAN COLLEGE BULLDOGS to just 1 run in the 4th. The Blue Raiders won the game 4-1. Ryan Hartman was the winning pitcher. * THE BLUE RAIDERS ADVANCE TO THE NAIA WORLD SERIES *
LAWRENCEVILLE BRACKET – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The 3 seeds – the SAINT THOMAS (FL) UNIVERSITY BOBCATS – played the top seeded GEORGIA GWINNETT COLLEGE GRIZZLIES in the decisive game between these two teams. Bats were hot early on as the 1st Inning ended in a 4-2 lead for the Bobcats. The Grizzlies did not score again as St Thomas University went on to win by a final score of 8-2. Marcos Barrios pitched for the win. * THE BOBCATS ADVANCE TO THE NAIA WORLD SERIES *
MONTGOMERY BRACKET – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The top seeded FAULKNER UNIVERSITY EAGLES (should be the Furies) stayed perfect in tourney play against the 3 seeds – the CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY TIGERS. The Eagles trailed the Tigers 2-0 in the 1st Inning but cut it to a 2-1 game in the 2nd. That became a 3-2 edge for Campbellsville University in the 6th Inning but Faulkner U came from behind from there for a 5-3 victory. Alejandro Castro got the save. * THE EAGLES ADVANCE TO THE NAIA WORLD SERIES *
OKLAHOMA CITY BRACKET – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The 2nd seeded CONCORDIA (CA) EAGLES (should be the Condors) took on the top seeded OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY STARS in this game. A 2-2 1st Inning tie became a 6-2 lead for the Eagles in the 2nd. In the 7th Inning the Stars put up 4 runs of their own to tie the game at 6-6. That held up through the end of the 9th Inning but in the bottom of the TENTH Concordia slammed in the winning run in this 7-6 thriller. Tyler Mark was the winning Pitcher. * THE EAGLES ADVANCE TO THE NAIA WORLD SERIES *
SANTA CLARITA BRACKET – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The 4 seeds – the VANGUARD UNIVERSITY LIONS – managed an authoritative upset of the 2nd seeded UNIVERSITY OF NORTHWESTERN OHIO RACERS. The Lions shut out the Racers while scoring 2 runs in the 1st and 9th Innings plus 4 more in the 4th for an 8-0 triumph. Ryan Heinle was the winning Pitcher for Vanguard University. * THE LIONS ADVANCE TO THE NAIA WORLD SERIES *
SHAWNEE BRACKET – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The top seeded OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY BISON managed an incredible comeback against the 2nd seeded LSU- SHREVEPORT PILOTS (Riverboat Pilots). There was no score until the 3rd Inning, which ended in a 2-2 tie. A lively 6th Inning saw the Pilots seize an ELEVEN to THREE lead but the Bison stayed calm. A huge 7th and 8th Innings for Oklahoma Baptist University gave them a SEVENTEEN to TWELVE win. Kyle Fimbrez got the W. * THE BISON ADVANCE TO THE NAIA WORLD SERIES *
* NJCAA *
EAST CENTRAL DISTRICT – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The storied WALTERS STATE SENATORS faced the CHATTANOOGA STATE TIGERS for this District’s Championship. Offense was the order of the day as both teams lit up the scoreboard. In the end the Senators won by a final tally of EIGHTEEN to EIGHT! * THE SENATORS ADVANCE TO THE NJCAA1 WORLD SERIES *
WESTERN DISTRICT – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – This title game pitted the YAVAPAI COLLEGE ROUGHRIDERS against the COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA COYOTES. A 2-0 Roughriders edge in the 2nd Inning became a 2-2 tie in the 3rd. Neither team scored again until a huge 5th Inning, which ended in a 6-5 Yavapai College lead. Scattered scoring the rest of the way resulted in a 9-6 win for the Roughriders. Nicko Ortega got the save. * THE ROUGHRIDERS ADVANCE TO THE NJCAA1 WORLD SERIES *