Three-time champ Iowa Western bounced from playoffs
Three-time Alpine Bank Junior College World Series champion Iowa Western Community College, ranked No. 8 in the latest NJCAA Division I baseball poll, was eliminated from the playoffs Sunday. Indian Hills (Iowa) defeated the Reivers 7-4 in the Region 11 championship game, snapping Iowa Western’s string of three consecutive trips to Grand Junction.
Indian Hills has a chance to return to the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series for the first time since 2004 if the Falcons can win the Northern District title. Wabash Valley (Illinois) won Region 24 with an 11-4 win over Kaskaskia, with Triton coming back after losing the first Region 4 championship game against South Suburban 12-6 to win the “if” game 12-11. The district tournament is this weekend at No. 20 Wabash Valley.
Weatherford College, the No. 3 seed out of the North Division, upset sixth-ranked McLennan Community College and No. 16 Grayson County to reach today’s championship game in the Southwestern District in Lubbock, Texas. McLennan played a late elimination game Sunday against Odessa, with the winner facing Grayson today for a spot in the championship game. A second title game, if necessary, is Tuesday afternoon.
The Southern District tournament in Grand Prairie, Texas, is scheduled to wrap up Tuesday or Wednesday, with Paris Junior College and Galveston winning elimination games. Angelina moved into the semifinals with a 9-1 win over Panola. Late Sunday, No. 15 San Jacinto was playing Navarro to reach the semifinals.
Cowley College (Kansas) defeated Johnson County 10-6 in the winners’ bracket of the Central District tournament in Wichita, Kansas, moving into tonight’s championship game. Neosho (Missouri) beat third-ranked Hutchinson 5-3 in an elimination game. The Panthers advanced to play No. 14 Johnson County this afternoon, with the winner going to the title game to play Cowley.
A couple of other regional tournaments wrapped up Sunday, with Seminole State College (Oklahoma) winning the Region 2 title 23-6 over Arkansas Baptist to advance to the South Central tournament in Missouri.
Second-ranked Crowder College lost the first game 12-3 to Jefferson College, but came back to win the regional title 17-6 and will host Seminole State and Delgado College (Louisiana) in the district playoffs.
The Region 20 tournament in Maryland started Sunday, with Harford College defeating Potomac State (West Virginia) 8-4 in a winners’ bracket game to reach today’s championship game. The Eastern District tournament is at Florence Darlington Tech (South Carolina) and includes the Region 15 champ. Monroe (New York) leads ASA 2-1 in their best-of-five series, with the final games today.