Wednesday, May 06 2015 07:35

Conference championships roundup

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In every conference listed here (except the the Southern States Athletic Conference, which had a winner-take-all final), the title was decided by an “if necessary” game. ISR's mentioned here are as of May 6.

Cal State San Marcos (ISR #13) won the Association of Independent Institutions championship for the third time in five years. They lost the first “final” to #1 Georgia Gwinnett 2-1. The Grizzlies out-hit the Cougars 11-5, and SS Ernesto Vasquez hit an RBI single for the winning run. CSUSM won the deciding game 11-5. The Cougars got five runs in the first inning, and added four more in the second. LF Clinton Perez hit an RBI single for the winning run. Emilio Esquibel got his second win of the tournament, and ran his record to 12-1, 2.43 ERA. Story Georgia Gwinnett will host an Opening Round bracket.

#2 Oklahoma City won the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament, defeating #3 Oklahoma Baptist twice, 9-6 and 7-5. The Stars trailed in the late innings of both games. They scored four runs in the eighth inning of the first one. In the second one, C Connor Lynch hit a grand slam home run in the bottom of the ninth. Story Both Oklahoma City and Oklahoma Baptist are hosting Opening Round brackets.

 #18 Embry-Riddle won The Sun Conference, defeating #20 Saint Thomas 2-1 (11 innings). DH Enderson Velasquez scored the winning run on a bunt double (you read that correctly) by RF Kyle Buchanan. Clayton Wagner got the win, but the Eagles got a nine-inning outing from Stetson Nelson, who allowed three hits, struck out ten. Story Nelson pitched another 9 2/3 innings in an extra-inning win over South Carolina-Beaufort, allowed one run on three hits. Embry-Riddle is hosting an Opening Round bracket, and this will be their last chance to win a national championship before moving to Division II. #4 Northwood went two-and-out in the tournament.

#21 Concordia-Irvine won the Golden State Athletic Conference by defeating #14 Westmont twice, 9-1 and 4-3 (10 innings). RF Robert Shiroky hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th to win the championship. The Eagles were out-hit 10-5, but two of their runs, including the winning run, were unearned. Story The Eagles took out #8 The Master's the previous day. The Master's is hosting an Opening Round bracket.

#11 Auburn-Montgomery won the Southern States Athletic Conference championship, defeating #10 Faulkner 8-5 in the winner-take-all final. Starter Cole Goodwin got the win for the Warhawks, went 6 1/3 innings, allowed five runs on 12 hits. Story Faulkner is hosting an Opening Round bracket.

British Columbia (ISR #5) won their fifth NAIA West tournament in seven years, winning the “if necessary” game over Concordia-Portland (ISR #6) 5-2. DH Jerod Bartnik hit a two-run home run for the winning run. The Cavaliers had the bases loaded with no outs in the top of the eighth, but a strikeout by Curtis Taylor and a double play ended the threat. Story The Cavaliers defeated the Thunderbirds 3-0 the previous day with an excellent performance by Austin Hadley. The game was scoreless until the eighth inning, when 3B Nate Esposito hit a two-RBI triple for the Cavaliers, and 2B Ian Erickson bunted in Esposito. Hadley went one out short of a two-hit complete game. He walked a couple of batters in the top of the ninth, and was relieved. The Thunderbirds got a hit to load the bases, but a ground out ended it. Story

Lindsey Wilson (ISR #21) defeated Saint Catherine (ISR#30) 4-3 to win the Mid-South Conference championship. Scott Sibald got the win for the Blue Raiders, pitched eight innings on short rest, allowed zero earned runs on six hits. Story Earlier in the tournament, Steven Borkowski of Saint Catherine threw a no-hitter in a 4-0 win over U. of the Cumberlands. Story

#16 Bellevue won the last-ever Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. They defeated #6 Oklahoma Wesleyan 11-10 in the final game. C Osvaldo Gonzalez, LF Gabriel De La Rosa, and RF Colton Nash hit home runs for the Bruins. 3B Zair Koeiman hit three home runs for the Eagles. Story The Bruins are hosting an Opening Round bracket.

Missouri Baptist (ISR #23) won the American Midwest Conference championship, defeating Lyon (ISR #24) twice in the final, 14-5 and 2-1, after losing to Lyon 9-5 earlier in the tournament. The “if necessary” was a classic. The game was scoreless until the eighth inning, and Scots starter Griffin Glaude had a shutout going into the ninth inning. The Spartans tied it with at home run by LF Orlando Olivera with two out in the bottom of the ninth off Glaude. CF Brian Poupore scored the winning run when the Scots' third baseman bobbled a ball put in play by 3B Jeff Smith. Story Gaude's ERA is 0.60, lowest in the NAIA. He is also hitting an impressive .399.

Mayville State (ISR #87) won the North Star Athletic Association championship, defeating Dickinson State (ISR #158) 8-1. Dickinson State won the first game of the final day 10-2. Story

Indiana Tech was not part of the dogfight for the The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference pennant, but they upset #15 Northwestern Ohio and made it to the tournament final. They upset #5 Davenport 1-0 in the first final game. This game was scoreless until the bottom of the ninth inning, when the Warriors loaded the bases with one out. DH Tighe Koehring put the ball in play, and the only run of the game came in on a throwing error. Clay Wallace pitched the complete-game shutout, allowed five hits, struck out six. Story In the second final game, the Panthers shut out the Warriors for the first seven innings, built up a 3-0 lead. The Warriors got four runs off four RBI singles in the top of the eighth to take a 4-3 lead, but the Panthers answered with an RBI single by RF Dre Celestijn and an RBI on a fielder's choice by CF Zac Wilson in the bottom of the eighth, and won 5-4. Story Davenport is hosting an Opening Round bracket.

Last modified on Friday, May 08 2015 12:43


Bob Broughton started going to British Columbia home games in 2001, and was favorably impressed with the caliber of play. This led to annual trips to the NAIA Baseball National Championship in Lewiston, ID, a nine-hour drive from Vancouver. He retired in Guanajuato, Mexico in 2012.


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