*** NAIA ***
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: The Defending National Champions – the 5th seeded LEWIS- CLARK STATE WARRIORS – battled the 2 seeds – the FAULKNER UNIVERSITY EAGLES for the title. Runs were flying in the 1st Inning, which ended with the Warriors on top of the Eagles 3-2.
In the 2nd Inning Faulkner University knotted up the score at 3-3 and then proceeded to grab a 4-3 edge in the 4th. The 6th Inning saw Lewis-Clark State tie the game 4-4 before going back on top 6-4 in the 7th. The Warriors rode that 2-run advantage all the way to their THIRD National Championship in a row! Daulton Blackwell pitched for the 6-4 win. * THE WARRIORS ARE CHAMPIONS OF NAIA BASEBALL *
*** NJCAA DIVISION TWO ***
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: The 7 seeds – the KANKAKEE COLLEGE CAVALIERS – faced the 4th seeded MERCER COUNTY COLLEGE VIKINGS for the NJCAA-2 crown. The Vikings started off well, leading the Cavaliers 2-0 in the 1st Inning and 2-1 in the 2nd.
Kankakee College made their move in the 4th Inning by seizing an EIGHT to 2 advantage. Mercer County College pulled to within 8-5 in the 6th but no closer. The Cavaliers added a few insurance runs for an ELEVEN to FIVE final tally. Colton Carr was the winning Pitcher. * THE CAVALIERS ARE CHAMPIONS OF NJCAA DIVISION TWO *
*** NJCAA DIVISION ONE ***
PENULTIMATE GAME: The CHIPOLA COLLEGE INDIANS came into this game knowing they had to defeat the SAN JACINTO-NORTH COLLEGE GATORS to force a decisive game the next day. After a scoreless 1st Inning the Indians threw themselves into that task, grabbing a 2-0 edge in the 2nd Inning and 3-0 in the 3rd. Chipola College added runs in the 6th, 7th and 8th Innings while the Gators could only muster 1 lone run in the 9th. The Indians won it 7-1 behind the pitching of Evan Steele.