Balladeer’s Blog’s coverage of the 2017 college baseball postseason continues with this look at the latest on the NJCAA playoffs.
DISTRICT 3-E – The storied CENTURY COLLEGE WOOD DUCKS took a pair of games to win this District’s title. First off the Wood Ducks battled the RAINY RIVER COLLEGE VOYAGEURS in an elimination game. Century College went up 1-0 in the 1st Inning and from there neither team scored until the Wood Ducks drove in 3 more runs in the 8th. Century won it 4-0.
Next the Wood Ducks took the diamond against the RIVERLAND COLLEGE BLUE DEVILS for all the proverbial marbles. The Blue Devils were held to just 1 run in the 5th Inning, while Century College scored runs in the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 7th for a 5-1 victory. * THE WOOD DUCKS ARE CHAMPIONS OF DISTRICT 3-E *
DISTRICT 3-C – The TYLER COLLEGE APACHES once again became District Champs after 2 final victories. The Apaches played their old rivals the EASTFIELD COLLEGE HARVESTERS and led them 2-1 in the 1st Inning. That became a 5-1 advantage in the 2nd and the rout was on. When all was said and done Tyler College bounced the Harvesters to the tune of 9-2. Continue reading
One last round of congratulations to the college baseball champions from the nine divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog.
NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)
National Champions – LEWIS-CLARK STATE WARRIORS
Runners-Up – Faulkner University Eagles
2015 Champions – Lewis-Clark State Warriors
NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association)
National Champions – OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY BISON
Runners-Up – Bethesda (CA) University Flames
2015 Champions – Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds Continue reading
*** NCAA DIVISION TWO ***
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: The NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY SHARKS and the MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY MARAUDERS met on the diamond for the second game of this best-of-three championship series. The Sharks had taken the previous day’s game so the determined Marauders – staring down the barrel of elimination – got off to a 3-0 1st Inning lead.
In the 3rd Inning Nova Southeastern U cut that to a 3-2 edge and in the 4th the Sharks went up 8-4 and never trailed again. Ultimately NSU squelched a Millersville rally and won by a score of 8-6. Jonny Ortiz was on the Mound for the Sharks’ first ever baseball title. * THE SHARKS ARE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS OF NCAA DIVISION TWO * Continue reading
*** NAIA ***
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The 4 seeds – the LEWIS-CLARK STATE WARRIORS – faced the top seeded FAULKNER UNIVERSITY EAGLES for the NAIA title in college baseball. Runs piled up til it seemed like a Polo Match score as the Warriors and Eagles were tied at 2-2 in the 2nd Inning and 3-3 in the 4th. Faulkner U went on top 7-6 in the 5th Inning but Lewis-Clark State overtook them for a 12-7 advantage in the 6th.
That became just a 12-8 Warriors lead in the 7th Inning and that’s where things stood until the bottom of the 9th when the Eagles pulled to within 12-11 before falling. Pitcher Quin Grogan notched the Win as LCSC picked up its 18th baseball crown. * THE WARRIORS ARE THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS OF NAIA BASEBALL * Continue reading
*** NCAA DIVISION THREE ***
CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES: The two teams battling it out for the D3 title were the TRINITY (TX) TIGERS and the KEYSTONE COLLEGE GIANTS. The Tigers forced a 2nd game by hammering the Giants FOURTEEN to SIX in the early game! In the decisive Game Two a 3-1 1st Inning lead for Trinity became a 5-3 edge in the 3rd Inning. By the 7th Inning the Tigers led the Giants 8-6 on their way to a 10-7 victory and their first title in baseball. Pitcher Chris Tate got the Win. * THE TIGERS ARE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS FOR NCAA DIVISION THREE * Continue reading
*** NAIA ***
DAY FOUR: GAME ONE – The 3rd seeded BELLEVUE UNIVERSITY BRUINS went head to head with the 8th seeded LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS. In the 3rd Inning the Bruins went on top 1-0 and in the 6th made it a 2-1 advantage. Bellevue University shut out the Blue Raiders the rest of the way while adding additional runs in the 8th Inning for a 4-1 victory. Bruins Pitcher Braulio Torres-Perez threw for 9 Iron Man Innings in the win. Continue reading
*** NAIA ***
DAY THREE: GAME ONE – This Elimination Game pitted the 8 seeds – the LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS – against the 6th seeded AUBURN UNIVERSITY AT MONTGOMERY WARHAWKS (formerly the Senators). Runs came easily in this high-scoring shootout. By the 3rd Inning the Blue Raiders held a 6-2 advantage over the Warhawks, which turned into a 15-10 lead by the 6th. From there AUM added 2 more runs as Lindsey Wilson College pulled off a 15-12 upset. Continue reading