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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

 

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 15:58

Top 25 and recap for April 4

NAIA coaches' poll for April 4, 2017, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

2017
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

1

Faulkner (AL)

33-4

494

2

2

2

Oklahoma City

35-4

485

3

6

4

Southeastern (FL)

36-3

465

4

7

3

Oklahoma Wesleyan

33-7

450

5

3

8

Bellevue (NE)

28-6

434

6

17

5

Tennessee Wesleyan

26-11

404

7

9

10

Tabor (KS)

27-8

398

8

32

6

Georgia Gwinnett

27-12

377

9

5

7

Menlo (CA)

26-8

366

10

13

14

Central Methodist (MO)

24-5

349

11

4

16

Clarke (IA)

26-5

319

12

21

15

Texas Wesleyan

26-9

318

13

27

17

Northwestern Ohio

26-10

299

14

16

9

William Carey (MS)

25-10

298

15

8

13

Webber International (FL)

28-8

283

16

28

11

Keiser (FL)

26-13

273

17

11

18

Middle Georgia State

29-10

223

18

22

12

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

19-12

215

19

18

24

Indiana Tech

26-7

194

20

33

19

Bryan (TN)

24-12-1

180

21

23

20

Science & Arts (OK)

25-12

168

22

39

RV

Missouri Baptist

23-10

153

23

10

RV

Sterling (KS)

23-9

125

24

12

23

St. Thomas (FL)

28-12

111

25

34

RV

Cumberlands (KY)

27-10

103

 

14

 

Hope International (CA)

20-10

 

 

15

 

Biola (CA)

23-13

 

 

19

 

Mayville State (ND)

15-5

 

 

20

 

Vanguard (CA)

22-16

 

 

24

 

Huntington (IN)

24-10

 

 

25

 

MidAmerica Nazarene (KS)

20-10

 

 

RHP Luke Gregerson, who played college ball at Saint Xavier, and LHP J.C. Romero, who played for Mobile, played in the final of the World Baseball Classic in Los Angeles. Gregerson played for the champion, U.S.A., and Romero played for the runner-up, Puerto Rico.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 15:48

Top 25 and recap for March 21

NAIA coaches' poll for March 21, 2017, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

LAST
POLL

SCHOOL

2017
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

5

1

Faulkner (AL)

26-3

498

2

4

4

Oklahoma City

28-4

479

3

3

2

Oklahoma Wesleyan

26-5

467

4

15

7

Southeastern (FL)

28-3

444

5

22

10

Tennessee Wesleyan

20-8

426

6

28

2

Georgia Gwinnett

23-8

419

7

2

6

Menlo (CA)

22-5

392

8

1

18

Bellevue (NE)

18-6

382

9

11

12

William Carey (MS)

22-5

374

10

9

9

Tabor (KS)

20-7

361

11

18

5

Keiser (FL)

21-10

313

12

27

8

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

13-8

307

13

7

NR

Webber International (FL)

24-5

282

14

16

NR

Central Methodist (MO)

21-4

280

15

23

NR

Texas Wesleyan

20-7

267

16

6

11

Clarke (IA)

20-3

240

17

34

20

Northwestern Ohio

19-10

218

18

10

19

Middle Georgia State

23-8

211

19

40

14

Bryan (TN)

21-9

199

20

20

17

Science and Arts of Oklahoma

22-9

190

21

21

16

Vanguard (CA)

19-12

186

22

48

13

LSU Shreveport

20-8

185

23

8

22

St. Thomas (FL)

23-9

144

24

24

NR

Indiana Tech

16-7

111

25

14

NR

MidAmerica Nazarene (KS)

14-5

110

 

12

 

Sterling (KS)

20-7

 

 

13

 

Hope International (CA)

16-6

 

 

17

 

Huntington (IN)

10-7

 

 

19

 

Davenport (MI)

11-6

 

 

25

 

Biola (CA)

19-11

 

 

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 13:23

Top 25 and recap for March 7

NAIA coaches' poll for March 7, 2017, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

 

RANK

ISR

LAST
WEEK

SCHOOL

2017
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

3

2

Faulkner (AL)

20-2

498

T2

5

RV

Oklahoma Wesleyan

18-3

466

T2

22

5

Georgia Gwinnett

16-5

466

4

4

RV

Oklahoma City

20-4

448

5

8

15

Keiser (FL)

16-5-1

431

6

103

NR

Menlo (CA)

17-2

395

7

1

RV

Southeastern (FL)

19-1

380

8

113

1

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

6-4

366

9

13

10

Tabor (KS)

15-4

361

10

53

4

Tennessee Wesleyan

12-7

350

11

2

NR

Clarke (IA)

10-1

342

12

16

23

William Carey (MS)

15-4

333

13

36

RV

LSU-Shreveport

15-4

295

14

23

RV

Bryan (TN)

16-5

270

15

38

6

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

11-7

269

16

117

20

Vanguard (CA)

16-8

230

17

33

7

Science & Arts of Oklahoma

16-7

226

18

9

3

Bellevue (NE)

7-6

210

19

15

17

Middle Georgia State

17-6

207

20

42

19

Northwestern Ohio

17-9

202

21

116

8

Westmont (CA)

11-4

189

22

6

12

St. Thomas (FL)

12-6

166

23

49

24

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

12-7

137

24

20

NR

Reinhardt (GA)

22-4

90

25

 

NR

Mobile (AL)

15-4

89

31

7

 

Webber International (FL)

16-3

 

 

10

 

Ottawa (KS)

18-6

 

 

11

 

Bethany (KS)

11-6

 

 

12

 

Sterling (KS)

14-6

 

 

14

25

MidAmerica Nazarene (KS)

8-4

 

 

17

18

South Carolina-Beaufort

13-3

 

 

18

 

Davenport (MI)

7-5

 

 

19

 

Rio Grande (OH)

18-16

 

 

21

 

Columbia (MO)

11-6

 

 

24

9

Missouri Baptist

10-7

 

 

25

 

Avila (MO)

9-7

 

 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 17:12

Interview with Bellevue Coach Duane Monlux

Duane Monlux is the Head Coach of the Bellevue University Bruins. The Bruins finished third at the NAIA Baseball National Championship last season His record at Bellevue over seven seasons is 256-97-3. He was selected as Coach of the Year by the North Star Athletic Association for the 2016 season. This interview took place on February 12, 2017, after the Bruins split a double-header with the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Drovers.

Bob Broughton, courtesyrunner.com: I hadn’t originally planned on talking to you about today’s games [vs. Science and Arts of Oklahoma], but USAO’s got some pitching.

Duane Monlux: Yeah, they do. They had some good arms in both games, and not only that, in the games they played previously. They have some really good starting pitchers, they have the ability to strike people out. They’re a good team. They hit the ball well today, and they’re going to beat a lot of teams, that’s for sure.

BB: We had a lot of balls bobbled by the infielders,but they came up with a couple of big defensive plays in the outfield when they needed them [by RF Randy Ventura]. I’m thinking specifically of the sixth inning of the first game. The right fielder robbed you guys of an extra-base hit, at a point when it really mattered.

DM: Well, we got it back to 4-2, and that would have changed that inning. That was a heck of a play. They played a clean game. They’re a very good baseball team, with good pitching, good hitting, and pretty good defense. They went through the whole nine-inning game with no errors, and they’re absolutely a World Series-caliber team.

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