The Mesa Mavericks baseball team is headed to the World Series, its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II baseball championship beginning next Saturday in Cary, N.C.
To reach that lofty level, the Mavericks put together a very respectable record for regular-season and post-season play of 43-13. And they had to defeat Wayne State College of Nebraska to win the Central Regional Championship.
They did that in resounding fashion Sunday, winning 8-2 over Wayne State at Suplizio Field.
A stellar pitching effort by Mesa State’s Chris Shea and great defensive play — including a home run-robbing outfield leap by Craig Lanzarotta — led to the victory.
So next weekend, as residents of the Grand Valley and surrounding areas gather for their annual homage to college baseball — the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series — they should remember that the local college team will be giving its all on the East Coast.
We congratulate the Mavs on their victory Sunday, and wish them the best at the Division II World Series.