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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.

The Bellevue Bruins (3-1, ranked #3 pre-season) and the Science and Arts of Oklahoma Drovers (7-4, ranked #7 pre-season) split a double-header with a stiff wind blowing, at USAO. The Drovers won the first game 7-2, and the Bruins won the second game 1-0. Both games were scheduled for seven innings, but it took nine innings to decide the second game.

First game: The Drovers jumped on starter RHP Todd Nicks for four runs on six hits and three walks in the first two innings. The scoring started with an RBI single by 3B Christian Perez in the bottom of the first. RF Randy Ventura scored on a double play ball, and Frankely Gonzalez hit an RBI single. Nicks walked in a run in the second inning.

The Drovers got an excellent pitching performance from RHP Stephen Wright. He went the seven-inning distance, allowed six hit, struck out nine, and didn’t allow an earned run. The Bruins didn’t get on the board until the fifth inning, when C Jake Browne walked, then scored on an error after a single by 2B Blake Macdonald. Macdonald scored when 3B Matt Evans reached on an error.

The Texas Wesleyan Rams (5-2) swept a double-header (two eight-inning games) at home against the Jarvis Christian Bulldogs (7-6) by identical scores of 8-7.

First game: The Rams took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by 1B Julio Ibarra (Caracas, Venezuela) and a two-RBI single by C Aidan Laurini. They led the rest of the way. The Bulldogs got one back in the top of the second on an RBI single by DH Chase Martinez, and another in the fourth on a solo home run by C Carlos Andrade. The Rams added another run in the fifth on an RBI single by SS Casey Moses, and two more in the sixth on an RBI single by DH Dylan Measells (Stuttgart, Germany) and Ibarra scoring on a wild pitch. The Rams led 6-2 after six innings.

The Bulldogs got back into it with three runs in the top of the seventh. CF DeAndre McGuire hit a single into left field with two runners on base. The left fielder lost track of the ball. McGuire came all the way around to score, and it was a one-run ball game. The Rams answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh; LF Blake Seaton hit an RBI double, was bunted over to third, then scored on a sacrifice bunt by C Garett Crook.

Friday, 10 February 2017 10:55

Midland 9, LSU-Shreveport 8

DH Robert Cummins hit a walkoff RBI single with two out in the bottom of the seventh to give the Midland Warriors a 9-8 come-from-behind victory over the LSU-Shreveport Pilots. The game was part of a tournament hosted by Dallas Christian College.

A stiff wind blowing throughout the game made every fly ball an adventure, and Cummins’ game-winning hit was no exception. It was a high popup that dropped between the first baseman and right fielder.

The Pilots led 8-6 going into the bottom of the seventh, and Pilots reliever LHP Pat Day struck out the first two batters. LF Buddy Balsino walked to keep the Warriors alive. RF Nathan Virgen doubled, then pinch-hitter Chris Foster hit a two-RBI single to tie the game, and he went to second on a wild throw. He was then batted in by Cummins.

The Jarvis Christian Bulldogs (6-4) and the Tabor Bluejays (2-1, ranked #10 pre-season) split two seven-inning games. The Bulldogs won the first game 9-7, and the Bluejays won the nightcap 6-3.

First game: The Bulldogs took a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. RF Christopher White got it started with a one-out single. 2B Alex Garcia walked, then CF DeAndre McGuire laid down a good bunt. So good that Tabor 3B Kyle James had to rush the throw to first. It was off-target, and the result was, McGuire got two RBI on the bunt. McGuire then scored The next batter, 1B Carlos Andrade, walked. DH C.J. Tyler hit an infield single, then LF Spencer Thomas hit a three-run home run.

The Bluejays got two back in the top of the fourth, on RBI singles by DH Blake Standiford and James. C Braxon Byfield hit a sacrifice fly on a good turn at bat in the top of the fifth. The Bulldogs got a run in the bottom of the first when McGuire singled, then scored when a fly ball hit by Thomas was dropped. That made the score 7-3 for the Bulldogs.

The Bluejays tied it in the top of the sixth. 1B Colton Flax hit a leadoff double, and scored when CF Brent McClure hit another double. McClure scored on a single by James. James stole second, then scored on a single by SS Abdiel Alicea (San Juan, Puerto Rico). He scored on a single by RF Jordan Harris, on a good at-bat.

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 07:36

Tabor 7, Wiley 3

The Tabor Bluejays (ranked #10 pre-season) got a win in their season opener, and the Wiley Wildcats are still looking for their first win. This was the Wildcats’ home opener.

The Wildcats had a chance. They took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth (of a seven-inning game) when Jerry Johnson, pinch-running for 3B Ruben Hancock, scored on a squeeze bunt by SS Trevor Spear. Hancock opened the inning with a double. A failed bunt attempt left him at second. He went to third on a single by 2B James Richey, and was replaced by Johnson. The inning ended when C Oswaldo Palacios grounded out, stranding runners at second and third.

The wheels came off in the top of the sixth. The Wildcats brought in reliever RHP Tre’von Thomas. He walked the first batter he faced, SS Abdiel Alicea (San Juan, Puerto Rico). The next batter flied out, then a pickoff throw from the catcher to first base went over the head of the first baseman, and nearly all the way to the right field fence. Alicea scored all the way from first, tieing the game 3-3. C Braxton Byfield, who was at bat, doubled, and was replaced by courtesy runner Kyle James, who went to third on a bad pickoff attempt by Thomas. James scored on a single by 2B Jacob Jones, giving the Bluejays a 4-3 lead. Jones ended up going to third on a passed ball, then scored when a ground ball by CF Brent McClure was bobbled by the shortstop. The inning ended with the score 5-3, and the Bluejays added two more runs in the top of the seventh, when Alicea scored on a wild pitch, and 1B Colton Flax hit an RBI double.

Saturday, 11 June 2016 20:50

2016 MLB draft

Players from NAIA schools taken in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft:

Pick Round Team Player Story School Pos.
46 2 Milwaukee Brewers Lucas Erceg story Menlo (Calif.) 3B
119 4 Arizona Diamondbacks Curtis Taylor story British Columbia RHP
209 7 Arizona Diamondbacks Jordan Watson   Science & Arts (Okla.) LHP
234 8 San Diego Padres Benjamin Sheckler story Cornerstone (Mich.) LHP
258 9 Cincinnati Reds Alex Webb   British Columbia RHP
266 9 Chicago White Sox Max Dutto   Menlo (Calif.) SS
277 9 Houston Astros Ryan Hartman story Tennessee Wesleyan LHP
309 10 Texas Rangers Josh Merrigan story Georgia Gwinnett OF
379 13 Atlanta Braves Brandon White story Davenport (Mich.) RHP
416 14 Chicago White Sox Bryan Saucedo story Davenport (Mich.) RHP
425 14 San Francisco Giants Conner Menez story The Master's (Calif.) LHP
445 15 Detroit Tigers John Schreiber story Northwestern Ohio RHP
464 15 Chicago Cubs Jed Carter story Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) RHP
474 16 San Diego Padres Chris Mattison story Southeastern (Fla.) C
480 16 New York Mets Jacob Zanon story Lewis-Clarke State (Idaho) CF
575 19 San Francisco Giants Brandon Van Horn   The Master's (Calif.) SS
604 20 Washington Nationals Jake Barnett   Lewis-Clarke State (Idaho) LHP
694 23 Washington Nationals Michael Rishwain story Westmont (Calif.) RHP
708 24 Cincinnati Reds Bruce Yari story British Columbia 1B
744 25 San Diego Padres Luis Anguizola   Loyola (La.) C
778 26 Boston Red Sox Jared Oliver   Truett-McConnell RHP
799 27 Atlanta Braves Corbin Clouse   Davenport (Mich.) LHP
801 27 Milwaukee Brewers Nick Cain   Faulkner (Ala.) RF
860 29 Colorado Rockies Josh Shelley   Mobile (Ala.) RHP
886 29 St. Louis Cardinals Noel Gonzalez   Lewis-Clarke State (Idaho) RHP
903 30 Minnesota Twins Quin Grogan   Lewis-Clarke State (Idaho) RHP
909 30 Texas Rangers Christian Torres   Faulkner (Ala.) LHP
922 31 Oakland Athletics Sam Sheehan   Westmont (Calif.) RHP
953 32 Miami Marlins Chevis Hoover   Tennessee Wesleyan RHP
965 32 San Francisco Giants John Timmins   Bellevue (Neb.) RHP
969 32 Texas Rangers Travis Bolin   Davenport (Mich.) OF
976 32 St. Louis Cardinals Leland Tilley   Bellevue (Neb.) RHP
982 33 Oakland Athletics Jarrett Costa   Westmont (Calif.) C
999 33 Texas Rangers Mark Vasquez   Faulkner (Ala.) RHP
1056 35 Los Angeles Angels Sean Issac   Vanguard (Calif.) RHP
1086 36 Los Angeles Angels Jose Rojas   Vanguard (Calif.) SS
1121 37 Los Angeles Dodgers Enrique Zamora   Calument (Ind.) RHP
1134 38 San Diego Padres Will Solomon   Georgia Gwinnett LHP
1161 39 Milwaukee Brewers Jose Gomez   St. Thomas (Fla.) CF

 

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