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Marcos Dominguez is entering his second season as Head Coach of the Talladega College Tornados in Alabama. In his first season, the Tornados had a record of 36-24, and made an Opening Round appearance. Dominguez was voted Small School Coach of the Year by Black College Nines.

Dominguez attended the Ferreira Baseball Academy in Santiago, Dominican Republic. He played at Ranger College in Texas, and was recruited by Will Ramos to play at Talladega. After graduation, Dominguez stayed on at Talladega as an Assistant Coach, then took the Head Coaching job when Ramos was hired by the University of the Virgin Islands.

Bob Broughton, courtesyrunner.com: Talladega's baseball program started in 2009, right? You started having winning records in 2011. What do you think the reasons are for the program's success?

Marcos Dominguez: The program’s success came from the hard work of the baseball players. They always want to be successful.

BB: You pitched for the Tornados for two seasons, had eight wins and 85 strikeouts. What was the highlight of your playing career?

MD: My first win against U. of Mobile. Why? Before that, I had five no-decisions.

BB: Even in 2014, when you arrived at Talladega, they had a large number of Latino players. What makes Talladega attractive to them, yourself included?

MD: The head coach was a Latino and we are a family here at Talladega. The reason is the Latinos talk to each other. That was how I got here. I have a friend that was playing here and he talked to me about it. If the head coach is a Latino, all the Latino players are going to feel more comfortable.

The Rieleros (Railroaders) de Aguascalientes (52-38) defeated the Bravos de León (34-50) 8-7 at Estadio Domingo Santana in León on July 16.

It took over four hours to play this game. Neither of the starting pitchers got through the third inning. The Rieleros used eight pitchers, and the Bravos used seven, despite the fact that both bullpens were depleted by the double-header the previous day.

This game was close all the way. The winning run came on an RBI single by 1B Jesus Castillo in the top of the sixth inning, and it put the Rieleros ahead 8-6. The Bravos stranded a baserunner on third in the bottom of the seventh. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, 2B Gilberto Mejia hit a ball down the right-field line to the fence that was just foul. A couple of pitches later, he hit a ball down the left-field line that was almost to the fence, and just fair, but it was caught by LF Amilcar Gomez for the second out. However, the next batter, CF Junior Lake, was hit by a pitch, and he went to second on defensive indifference. Lake then scored on a single by 1B Dan Johnson, and it was a one-run ball game. However, DH Carlos Valencia, after a long turn at bat, flied out, ending the game.

The Bravos got off to a good start. They ended the top of the first with a double play. LF Eduardo Arredondo led off the bottom of the first with a single. Mejia followed with a double, and Arredondo scored on a ground out by Lake. Johnson then hit a sacrifice fly to score Mejia.

Sunday, 11 June 2017 19:28

2017 MLB draft

Players from NAIA schools taken in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft:

Pick Round Team Player Story School Pos.
228 8 Padres Oliver Basabe story Faulkner SS
229 8 Rays Riley O'Brien story C. of Idaho RHP
269 9 Marlins Cameron Baranek story Hope International CF
293 10 Phillies Connor Brogdon story Lewis-Clark State RHP
322 11 Diamondbacks Tra'Mayne Holmes   Faulkner CF
426 14 Giants Michael Sexton story The Master's 3B
569 19 Marlins Micah Brown story Lewis-Clark State SS
637 21 Mets Aaron Ford   Tennessee Wesleyan LHP
641 21 Red Sox Lukas Young story Mobile RHP
620 22 Braves Justin Morhardt story Bryan C
664 22 Cardinals Kevin Hamann   Lewis-Clark State RHP
678 23 Padres Luis Roman story Texas Wesleyan 3B
681 23 A's Mailik Jones story Missouri Baptist RHP
732 24 Indians Riley Echols   Freed-Hardeman RHP
750 25 Royals Tyler James   William Carey CF
805 27 Angels Brandon Sandoval story Vanguard CF
818 27 Orioles Nick Vichio   Missouri Baptist RHP
834 28 Brewers Roberto Delgado story Oklahoma City RHP
869 29 Marlins Henry McAree   Lewis-Clark State RHP
905 30 Tigers Kyle Thomas story Northwestern Ohio RHP
912 30 Indians Zack Draper   C. of Idaho LHP
949 32 Rays Seaver Whalen   Lewis-Clark State 3B
958 32 Pirates Hector Quinones story Midway RHP
976 33 Twins J.J. Robinson   Lewis-Clark State 1B
979 33 Rays Ivan Pelaez   Faulkner LHP
987 33 White Sox Kevin George   Menlo LHP
1041 35 A's Cooper Golby   Lewis-Clark State C
1056 35 Giants Dalton Combs story Huntington RF
1089 36 Blue Jays Jonathan Cheshire story Davenport RHP

More to come...

The Piratas de Campeche (24-32) swept a double-header against the the Bravos de León (19-37), 8-1 and 4-2, at Estadio Domingo Santana in León on June 4.

First game: RHP Rolando Valdez went the seven-inning distance for the Piratas, allowed eight hits, walked one, struck out four.

The Piratas got all the runs they needed in the top of the first inning. They loaded the bases on Bravos starter RHP Alfonso Sanchez with a walk, a base hit by DH Frank Diaz, and another walk. Sanchez then hit SS Paul Leon with a pitch to open the scoring. The next batter, LF Maxwell Leon, bunted for an RBI and the winning run. 1B Fernando Flores hit a double to score two runs, and RF Roberto Valencia hit a double to score another run.

Sanchez didn’t allow another hit until the fifth inning, when Diaz led off with a double. 3B C.J. Retherford followed with a home run. Sanchez walked the next batter, and was relieved by RHP Fredy Quintero, who gave up a single, then a double-play ball. Leon completed the scoring with home run in the seventh that went a long way over the left field fence.

The Bravos de León (17-34) trailed the Sultanes de Monterrey (36-13) 4-3 going into the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Bravos got three solo home runs in the bottom of the eighth for a 6-4 win at Estadio Domingo Santana in León on May 28.

The deciding inning started with a fly out. Then, 2B Carlos Valencia hit a home run to left field. The next batter, RF Brandon Macias, hit another home run to left field, and that one got out of the ball park in a hurry. The Sultanes replaced RHP Marcos Rivas with LHP Edgar Torres. Torres recorded a strikeout, but the next batter, C Marco Chicuate, completed the scoring with yet another home run over the left field fence. The Bravos sent in their closer, RHP Craig Stern, to pitch the top of the ninth, and he retired three of the four batters he faced.

The Bravos out-hit the Sultanes 14-7, but missed some opportunities in the early going. A single by Valencia in the third inning scored a run, giving the Bravos a 3-1 lead, but SS Niko Vasquez was tagged out at third; a review of the play upheld the call on the field. After a fly out, Valencia went to second on a single by 1B Leslie Anderson. The next batter, Chicuate, hit a single to left field, but Valencia was tagged out at home after a excellent throw by LF Zoilo Almonte.

The Sultanes opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first without a hit. CF Chris Roberson led off with a walk, went to second on a wild pitch, stole third, and came home on another wild pitch. The Bravos answered with a run walked in, RBI to Valencia. However, the Bravos left the bases loaded when Macias struck out. The Bravos got a runner on first in the bottom of the second, but 3B Agustin Murillo made a great catch of a line drive to prevent any damage.

The Sultanes tied it 3-3 with a two-run home run by Murillo in the top of the fourth. They went ahead 4-3 with a home run by Almonte in the sixth. They were kept off the board the rest of the way by relievers RHP Mitch Lively (seventh inning, one hit), RHP Gerardo Sanchez (eighth inning, no hits), and Stern.

Sunday, 21 May 2017 21:47

National Championship preview

Schedule for the first two days of the 61st NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 26-27, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

8:30 AM: #7 seed Science and Arts of Oklahoma (47-15) vs. #10 The Master's (39-21)

Science and Arts of Oklahoma (Chikasha, OK) is making their second appearance at the Baseball National Championship. They went two-and-out last year, and were taken out by The Master's. The Drovers win the United Nations award for the second straight year; they have an Australian, five Puerto Ricans, and a Dominican Republican.
Nickname: Drovers
Rankings: #19 in coaches' poll, #27 in ISR. Strength of Schedule: #37
Quality wins: 3-1 vs. Bellevue, Davenport, 3-1 vs. Friends, Oklahoma Baptist
Top position players: UTL Christian Perez (.434, 10 HR, 59 RBI, Bayamon, Puerto Rico), RF Randy Ventura (.429, 10 HR, 52 RBI, Carolina, Puerto Rico), C Dillon White (.410, 15 HR, 80 RBI). White's 80 RBI are fifth-best in the NAIA.
Top pitchers: LHP Francis Ventura (10-1, 1.64 ERA, 88 K), LHP Jose Hidalgo (9-1, 2.04 ERA, 85 K), RHP Ruddy Estrella (1-1, 2.49 ERA, 29 K), LHP Carson Korff (8-0, 2.56 ERA, 52 K). Ventura's ERA is third-lowest in the NAIA, and lowest of the pitchers in this tournament. Hidalgo's ERA is 15th-lowest.
Coach: Mike Ross, 13th season
Outlook: The Drovers had to beat a really good Bellevue team twice and a good Davenport team to get here. This is a tough first round matchup for both teams.

The Master's (Santa Clarita, CA) is making their fourth appearance at the Baseball National Championship. They went 1-2 in last year's tournament. The win was 6-1 over Science and Arts of Oklahoma; RHP Brad Lohse pitched a complete game. They won the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament by winning five straight after losing the opening game.
Nickname: Mustangs
Rankings: Unranked in coaches' poll, #7 in ISR. SoS: #6
Quality wins: 4-1 vs. Menlo, 2-0 vs. Georgia Gwinnett. Defeated Hope International twice in GSAC tournament.
Top position players: C Jonah Jarrard (.413, 12 HR, 46 RBI), 3B Michael Sexton (.401, 16 HR, 59 RBI), CF Max Maitland (.351), SS Aaron Shackelford (.316, 14 HR, 50 RBI), 1B David Sheaffer (262, 8 HR, 59 RBI)
Top pitchers: RHP Danny Lutz (2-1, 2.53 ERA, 29 K), RHP Aaron Alexander (10-4, 2.84 ERA, 95 K), RHP Robert Winslow (8-5, 2.92 ERA, 97 K), RHP Jason Karkenny (5-2, 4.28 ERA, 49 K)
Coach: Monte Brooks, 21st season
Outlook: After a slow start, the Mustangs went 24-4 since March 25, and enter this tournament with a nine-game winning streak. Preview from The Master's College.

Saturday, 06 May 2017 15:30

Bravos de León 12, Olmecas de Tabasco 3

2B-3B Brandon Macias batted in five runs to lead the Bravos de León (11-20) to a 12-3 win over the Olmecas de Tabasco (10-20) at Estadio Domingo Santana in León on May 6.

This was the first game for the Bravos' new manager Luis Carlos Rivera and new pitching coach Ray Loya. It was also the first game for 1B Leslie Anderson, who went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and three runs scored.

The Olmecas opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first on a triple by CF Yordanys Linares, who scored on a single by DH Sandy Madera. Olmecas starter LHP Carlos Teller didn't allow a hit until the forth inning. With two out and the bases empty, he walked LF Alfredo Marte. Anderson got the Bravos' first hit of the game. Teller then walked Macias to load the bases, then hit DH Joshua Banuelos to tie the game. The next batter, 3B Miguel Torrero, hit a two-RBI single, and the Bravos led 3-1 after four innings.

The Bravos got a "small ball" run in the fifth. CF Sergio Garcia opened the inning with a single. He moved to second on a hit batter (Teller hit three of them), and third on a line drive out. He then scored on a sacrifice fly by Marte. Teller was relieved by RHP Rodolfo Aguirre after walking the next batter.

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 13:16

Top 25 and recap for May 2

NAIA coaches' poll for May 2, 2017, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

2017
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

3

1

Oklahoma City

41-8

454

2

4

4

Bellevue (NE)

47-7

452

3

2

3

Oklahoma Wesleyan

44-9

447

4

1

2

Faulkner (AL)

43-10

408

5

22

7

Keiser (FL)

36-16

399

6

6

9

Clarke (IA)

41-10

390

7

34

8

U. of Northwestern Ohio

39-10

383

8

8

11

Southeastern (FL)

44-8

345

9

12

10

Missouri Baptist

35-12

344

T10

24

6

Tennessee Wesleyan

35-18

329

T10

7

16

Middle Georgia State

40-12

329

12

20

13

Texas Wesleyan

41-11

289

13

10

12

Tabor (KS)

38-13

276

14

14

14

Georgia Gwinnett

35-19

270

15

15

5

Central Methodist (MO)

39-13

269

16

6

17

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

35-13

233

17

16

15

Webber International (FL)

36-13

213

18

25

19

Indiana Tech

37-10

207

19

33

18

Science & Arts (OK)

39-13

195

20

17

23

William Carey (MS)

35-16

176

21

46

25

IU Southeast (IN)

42-11

163

22

19

22

Mayville State (ND)

40-9

132

23

30

RV

Campbellsville (KY)

31-17

115

24

9

RV

Biola (CA)

34-16

111

25

42

RV

Point (GA)

32-19

107

 

11

 

Saint Thomas (FL)

36-16

 

 

13

 

Antelope Valley (CA)

33-16

 

 

18

 

Hope International (CA)

29-15

 

 

21

21

Bryan (TN)

38-16

 

 

23

 

British Columbia

23-14

 

Sunday, 23 April 2017 14:44

Bravos de León 7, Toros de Tijuana 4

C Israel Nunez hit a two-RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie and give the Bravos de León (9-12) a win over the Toros de Tijuana (14-7) at Estadio Domingo Santana in León on April 23. Nunez was followed by SS Hector Hernandez, who hit an RBI double to make the final score 7-4.

RHP Edwin Quirarte to0k the mound for the Toros at the start of the deciding inning. He retired the first two batters he faced, and didn’t retire another one. With two outs and the bases empty, he walked the Bravos’ leading hitter, LF Alfredo Martes. 3B Miguel Torrero hit a single to move Martes to third, and DH Adam Munoz walked to load the bases for Nunez. It was Martes who scored the winning run.

Neither of the starters, LHP Miguel Pena for the Toros and RHP Fernando Villalobos for the Bravos, made it to the fifth inning. The game was scoreless going into the fourth, and Villalobos allowed only one hit over the first three innings. That changed quickly in the top of the fourth. RF Dustin Martin started the inning with a double, LF Cyle Hankerd hit a single, and 3B Alex Liddi hit a single, scoring Martin. CF Corey Brown then hit a three-run home run, chasing Villalobos with the Toros ahead 4-0, but that ended the scoring for the Toros. The Bravos answered with a two-run home run by Munoz, and another two-run home run by CF Rico Noel. The score remained 4-4 until the seventh. The Bravos got double plays in the fifth and seventh.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 08:17

Top 25 and recap for April 18

NAIA coaches' poll for April 18, 2017, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

2017
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

2

Oklahoma City

40-5

467

2

2

1

Faulkner (AL)

38-8

444

3

4

4

Oklahoma Wesleyan

38-8

435

4

3

5

Bellevue (NE)

37-7

432

5

14

10

Central Methodist (MO)

32-8

383

6

23

6

Tennessee Wesleyan

31-14

379

7

21

16

Keiser (FL)

33-15

365

8

20

13

Northwestern Ohio

31-10

345

9

8

11

Clarke (IA)

34-8

343

10

34

22

Missouri Baptist

31-11

338

11

9

3

Southeastern (FL)

39-7

317

12

15

7

Tabor (KS)

31-11

303

13

19

12

Texas Wesleyan

32-11

280

14

32

8

Georgia Gwinnett

31-16

269

15

5

15

Webber International (FL)

35-9

266

16

12

17

Middle Georgia State

35-12

262

17

16

18

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

27-12

218

18

33

21

Science & Arts of Oklahoma

35-13

182

19

25

19

Indiana Tech

31-9

165

20

27

25

Cumberlands (KY)

36-11

152

21

26

20

Bryan (TN)

30-13

135

22

10

RV

Mayville State (ND)

33-6

132

23

24

14

William Carey (MS)

29-14

125

24

29

RV

Huntington (IN)

22-8

109

25

45

NR

IU Southeast

32-9

104

 

6

 

Hope International (CA)

24-11

 

 

7

 

Biola (CA)

29-14

 

 

11

24

Saint Thomas (FL)

34-14

 

 

13

9

Menlo (CA)

28-14

 

 

17

 

British Columbia

36-20

 

 

18

23

Sterling (KS)

28-11

 

 

22

 

Vanguard (CA)

27-17

 

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