The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 24, 2012

Juco World Series arrives in Enid today


Enid News and Eagle

— The National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association Division 2 World Series returns to Enid beginning today with opening festivites, including a home run derby and a concert by Kylie Morgan at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

The official first pitch will be 9 a.m. Saturday as 10 regional champions from across the nation open play in the week-long double-elimination tournament. This will be the fourth year Enid is serving as host of the World Series.

Today’s activities will include a free concert by country music star Kylie Morgan at 7 p.m., preceded by the annual home run derby.

Fans can purchase series passes for $35, which will entitle them to admission to all of the games including tonight’s festivities, or individual passes are available for $5 at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

All games will be broadcast live on KCRC (1390 AM) and a live video stream will be available from David Allen Memorial Ballpark  at www.ctbsports.com.

This year’s field has three former champions, including defending World Series champion Western Oklahoma as well as three-time title holder LSU-Eunice and five-time World Series winner, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College.

The 10 teams in this year’s tournament have combined for 29 Division 2 World Series appearances and 12 national championships.

In addition to Western Oklahoma, Des Moines (Iowa) Area Community College, Madison College (Wis.) and Heartland (Ill.) Community College are making their second consecutive appearance in the Series.

Here is a capsule look at this year’s teams:



Louisiana State University – Eunice



Location: Eunice, La.

Mascot: Bengals

Record: 52-4

Ranking: #1

South District Champions

DII World Series Appearances: 5 (2004, ’06, ’08, ’09, ’10)

National Championships: 3 (2006, ’08, ’10)

Notable: The top ranked Bengals seek their 4th national championship after winning it in 2010 in Enid but missing the field in 2011. The Bengals overpowered Hinds Community College (Miss.) 17-0 to return to Enid.

Players to watch: Sam Carriere (.332, 73 hits, 52 RBI), Cody Bouette (7-1, 1.73 ERA, 62 K).



Heartland Community College



Location: Normal, Ill.

Mascot: Hawks

Record: 51-6

Ranking: #2

Midwest District Champions

DII World Series Appearances: 1 (2011)

National Championships: 0

Notable: The Hawks went 1-2 in the 2011 Series. They beat Parkland College (Ill.) 3-0 to get another shot in 2012.

Players to watch: Dylan Johnson (.486, 11 home runs, 17 doubles, 65 RBI). Aaron Hauge (8-1, 1.71 ERA).



Lackawanna College



Location: Scranton, Penn.

Mascot: Falcons

Record: 46-10

Ranking: #3

Northeast District Champions

DII World Series Appearances: 0

National Championships: 0

Notable: The Falcons cruised through the regionals and beat Mercer Community College (N.J.) 4-3 to make their first appearance in the World Series.

Players to watch: Mike Arcardi (.385, 62 hits, 5 triples, 44 runs), Tyler Buckley (9-1, 1.64 ERA, 60 K, 23 runs)

Des Moines Area Community College



Location: Boone, Iowa

Mascot: Bears

Record: 50-13

Ranking: #4

North Plains District Champions

DII World Series Appearances:  3 (2008, ’09, ’11)

National Championships: 0

Notable: The Bears needed four wins in the regional to advance and knocked off Southeastern Community College (Iowa) 12-2 for the championship.

Players to watch: Sean Moore (.414 batting average, 82 hits, 20 doubles, 8 home runs and 47 RBI and Colin Keefe (.343 average, 13 home runs and 60 RBI). DMACC is hitting .356 as a team. Pitcher Alec Crawford (11-1, 2.35 ERA and five shutouts).



Madison College



Location: Madison, Wis.

Mascot: Wolfpack

Record: 43-11

Ranking: #5

North Central District Champions

DII World Series Appearances: 3 (2005, ’10, ’11)

National Championships: 3 (1995, ’96, ’97)

Notable: Madison is making its second straight World Series appearance after beating Oakton Community College 7-4.

Players to watch: Shane Adler (6-1, 3.10 ERA), Danny Sullivan (7-0, 3.33 ERA).



Western Oklahoma State College



Location: Altus

Mascot: Pioneers

Record: 44-15

Ranking: #6

Plains District Champions

DII World Series Appearances: 4 (2008, ’09, ’10, ’11)

National Championships: 1 (2011)

Notable: The Pioneers return to the World Series to defend their national title won in a dominating performance in 2011. Western defeated Northern Oklahoma College Enid 11-6 to advance to the Series.

Players to watch: Erlin Santos (11-2, 104 KO, 2.27 ERA), Elvis Rodriguez (73 hits, 13 home runs and 55 RBI for a team-high .380 average),  Michael Cruz (.360,12 doubles, 11 home runs, 58 RBI)

Community College of Rhode Island



Location: Warwick, RI.

Mascot: Knights

Record: 33-11

Ranking: #7

East District Champions

DII World Series Appearances: 2 (1994, ’96)

National Championships: 0

Notable: The Knights return to the Series after a 14-year absence. CCRI beat UConn-Avery Point 3-1 to gain its berth in the Series. UConn-AP played in the 2010 and 2011 Series.

Players to watch: Tom Cavitt (.364, 17 doubles, 33 runs), Mark Dorsi (.431, 50 hits)



Scottsdale Community College



Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.

Mascot: Fighting Artichokes

Record: 38-22

Ranking: #8

Southwest District Champions

DII World Series Appearances: 2 (2007, ’09)

National Championships: 0

Notable: The Fighting Artichokes defeated GateWay Community College 6-5 and 8-1 to reach the Series.

Players to watch: James Boddicker (.347, 76 hits, 14 doubles), Roby Romero (6-2, 2.54 ERA, 67 K)



Catawba Valley Community College



Location: Hickory, N.C.

Mascot: Buccaneers

Record: 36-15

Ranking: #9

Southeast District Champions

DII World Series Appearances: 0

National Championships: 0

Notable: The upstart Bucs, in only their third year fielding a baseball team, make their first World Series appearance after defeating Brunswick Community College (N.C.) 10-1 to earn their berth in the Series.

Players to watch: Rob Cafero (.405, 62 hits, 13 doubles), Cory Cline (.366, 56 hits, 10 doubles, 30 runs)



Grand Rapids Community College



Location: Grand Rapids, Mich.

Mascot: Raiders

Record: 39-22

Ranking: #10

North District Champions

DII World Series Appearances: 9 (1993, ’96, ’97, 2001, ’03, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’08)

National Championships: 5 (1996, ’97, 2003, ’04, ’05)

Notable: It took 10 innings for the Raiders to beat Macomb (Mich.) Community College 6-5 for the trip to the Series after beating them 13-0 in an earlier game to advance to the finals. The Raiders have more World Series appearances than any other team in Division 2.

Players to watch: Brendan Bender (6-3, 3.22 ERA, 55 KO), Carlos Berroa (.387, 74 hits, 50 runs)



Tournament Schedule

Saturday, May 26th

 Game 1: Catawba Valley vs. Heartland - 9 a.m.

 Game 2: CC of Rhode Island vs. Madison - 12 p.m.

 Game 3: Scottsdale vs. Lackawanna - 4 p.m.

 Game 4: Western Oklahoma vs. Grand Rapids - 7 p.m.



Sunday, May 27th

 Game 5: LSU Eunice vs. Des Moines Area - 12 p.m.

 Game 6: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser - 3:30 p.m.

 Game 7: Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Loser - 7 p.m.



Monday, May 28th

 Game 8: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner - 12 p.m.

 Game 9: Game 6 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner - 3:30 p.m.

 Game 10: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner - 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 29th

 Game 11: Game 5 Loser vs. Game 8 Loser - 12 p.m.

 Game 12: Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Loser - 3:30 p.m.

 Game 13: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner - 7 p.m.



Wednesday, May 30th

 Game 14: Game 11 Winner vs. Game 13 Loser - 3:30 p.m.

 Game 15: Game 10 Winner vs. Game 13 Winner - 7 p.m.



Thursday, May 31st

 Game 16: Game 14 Winner vs. Game 15 Loser - 3:30 p.m.

 Game 17: Game 12 Winner vs. Game 15 Winner - 7 p.m.



Friday, June 1st

 Game 18: NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME* - 7 p.m.



Saturday, June 2nd

 Game 19: IF NECESSARY* - 7 p.m.