The seeding for the 2019 NJCAA Division II World Series was released Tuesday afternoon for the week-long national championship tournament.
Northern Oklahoma College Enid is ranked the fifth-seed in the 10-team field of the week-long national tournament. Pearl River (Miss.) comes in as the No. 1 seed after defeating 2018 World Series winner LSU Eunice in the Region 23 tournament.
The national tournament begin Saturday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark with four games, starting with No. 8 Pasco-Hernando (Fla.) and No. 9 Lackawanna (Pa.) at 10 a.m., followed by No. 4 Kellogg (Mich.) and NOC Enid at 1 p.m.
The opening day of the tournament concludes with No. 7 Northeast Nebraska and No. 10 Monroe (N.Y.) at 4 p.m. and No. 3 Mesa (Ariz.) and No. 6 Lincoln Land (Ill.) at 7:15 p.m.
Pearl River and No. 2 Madison (Wisc.) receive a first-round bye in the double-elimination tourney.
Only NOC Enid, Monroe and Madison are making their second consecutive trip to the World Series. But five teams — NOC Enid, Lincoln Land, Pasco-Hernando, Mesa and Madison — are back in the tournament together for the first time since the 2014 World Series.
Here is a look at the teams in the opening round of games:
(8) Pasco-Hernando (31-23) vs. (9) Lackawanna (32-15), Saturday 10 a.m.
Both Pasco-Hernando and Lackawanna prevented two 2018 World Series teams from a return trip. Pasco-Hernando (31-23) ended the season with a six-game winning streak, including a two-game sweep of Brunswick (N.C.) to win District 10. Meanwhile, Lackawanna upset Mercer in the Region 19 tournament to earn a spot in the Northeast championship. The Falcons won the district with a 2-1 series win over Frederick (Md.).
(4) Kellogg (39-13) vs. (5) NOC Enid (38-17), Saturday 1 p.m.
The Jets are going to their fourth World Series after winning the Region II tournament in dramatic fashion. Facing elimination in their final four games, NOC Enid won back-to-back doubleheaders, the latter doubleheader including a walk-off grand slam by Clay Lockett against Redlands Community College. After starting the season 2-10, Kellogg finished the spring going 37-3 record before eventually winning Region 12.
(7) NE Nebraksa (38-18) vs. (10) Monroe (29-19), Saturday 4 p.m.
After losing the opening game of the Region 11 tournament, the Hawks went on a seven-game winning streak to earn a World Series berth. Northeast began the year with a 1-4 record, losing three of four to NOC Enid, before finishing the year with a 34-18 record. Monroe is back in the national tournament after rolling through the Region III tournament and the East District on a combined five-game win-streak. The Tribunes are currently riding a nine-game winning streak.
(3) Mesa (40-21) vs (6) Lincoln Land (37-16), Saturday 7:15 p.m.
Mesa is making its first trip to the World Series since 2014, thanks to a walk-off run scored on a wild pitch. The win against Gateway Community College (Ariz.) also won Mesa the Region I tournament. Lincoln went on a four-game win streak through the Region 24 tournament, which included a 9-5 win over 2018 World Series runner-up Parkland (Ill.).
Pearl River (40-12) vs. Winner of Pasco-Hernando — Lackawanna, Sunday 1 p.m.
Pearl River is playing in its first World Series since 2002. Back then, the Wildcats faced NOC Enid, also making its first-ever World Series appearance. The 2019 Wildcats went 6-1 through the Region 23 playoff series and postseason, The first leg of the Wildcats' journey was defeating East Central in a three-game series before downing Jones College (Miss.), Northwest Mississippi, Itawamba Community College (Miss.) and 2018 national champ LSU Eunice. Pearl River defeated the Tigers 11-2 in the championship game.
(2) Madison (40-9) vs. Winner of NE Nebraska—Monroe, Sunday 7:15 p.m.
The Madison Wolfpack began the season with a 4-6 record and ended it with a 40-9 record. It’s the most wins the Wolfpack have had since 2015. Like NOC Enid, Madison is the only other team making its second-straight appearance in the World Series. This will be its ninth overall. Madison was eliminated in last year's Series after losing back-to-back games against Parkland (Ill.) and Scottsdale (Az.), respectively. The Wolfpack are riding an 11-game winning streak.