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Tuesday, 19 April 2016 14:21

Top 25 and recap for April 19

Written by Administrator

NAIA coaches' poll for April 19, 2016, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

1

Georgia Gwinnett

43-4

486

2

8

3

Bellevue (NE)

34-6

481

3

3

4

Faulkner (AL)

38-10

462

4

4

2

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

36-7

451

5

6

5

South Carolina- Beaufort

36-6

437

6

2

6

Tennessee Wesleyan

33-9

425

7

7

7

Westmont (CA)

35-7

408

8

5

8

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

34-12

384

9

19

11

Vanguard (CA)

34-9-1

353

10

48

9

Jamestown (ND)

39-4

344

11

20

12

Tabor (KS)

34-13

342

12

17

10

Missouri Baptist

34-10

322

13

9

14

Middle Georgia State

36-11

318

14

13

18

York (NE)

34-11

277

15

34

16

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

34-11

272

16

15

19

Campbellsville (KY)

30-12

267

17

23

20

Sterling (KS)

36-11

232

18

12

17

Bryan (TN)

32-13

225

19

14

21

Davenport (MI)

28-9

215

20

37

RV

Texas Wesleyan

31-14

177

21

11

22

William Carey (MS)

31-15

156

22

21

23

Science & Arts (OK)

35-10

151

23

10

RV

Keiser (FL)

30-16

138

24

16

25

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

32-17

130

25

27

RV

IU Southeast (IN)

27-11

103

 

18

 

Saint Thomas (FL)

28-18

 

 

22

 

Southeastern (FL)

30-17

 

 

24

 

Webber International (FL)

30-17

 

 

25

 

Madonna (MI)

23-14

 

First place votes: Georgia Gwinnett 11, Bellevue 5, Faulkner 1, Lewis-Clark State 1

Tennessee Wesleyan is #1 in strength of schedule

#1 Georgia Gwinnett lost to #3 Faulkner, and lost another game the next night, 2-1 to #8 Auburn-Montgomery. The Warhawks used six pitchers to hold the Grizzlies to five hits; Seth Arroyo got the win. 1B Mac Seibert tripled in the sixth inning, then scored the winning run on an single by LF Cody Rush. Story

However, the Grizzlies salvaged their week with a 14-3 win over Emory, ranked #5 in Division III. (School motto: "Undefeated in football since 1836.") The Grizzlies trailed early, but took over the game with five runs in the fourth inning. 3B Angel Soto batted in two runs, scored two more. RHP Trevor Bradley got the win. Story

The Grizzlies then defeated Reinhardt 4-0. RHP Adam Clark, RHP Jeremy Hutchison, and LHP Will Solomon combined for the shutout. Clark went seven innings, allowed three hits.

Solomon, a transfer from Kennesaw State, is 8-0, 2.56 ERA, and 68 strikeouts in 15 appearances (ten starts). The Grizzlies host #5 South Carolina-Beaufort April 22-23. video

#2 Bellevue swept four games at Valley City State, 9-3, 9-1, 8-6 (8 innings, scheduled for 7), and 8-1. RHP Ben McKendall went the distance for the Bruins in the first game, allowed five hits, struck out 17. The Bruins got another complete game (this one seven innings) from RHP Todd Nicks in the second game. He allowed three hits, struck out nine. The game was close until the seventh inning, when the Bruins got seven of their nine runs. Story The Bruins trailed the third game 6-3 after five innings, gut two runs in the sixth and a run in the seventh to send it into extra innings. LF Joe Moran scored the winning run; he reached on a single, stole second, went to third on a throwing error, and scored on a wild pitch. RHP Leland Tilley, who had to pitch out of a jam in the bottom of the seventh, got the win in relief. The fourth game was also close until the Bruins scored five runs in the sixth inning of a seven-inning game. Story

McKendall is 8-1, 1.32 ERA, with 87 strikeouts. The Bruins lead #10 Jamestown by 1½ games in the North Star Athletic Association. They visit Midland April 21, and host Waldorf April 23-24. audio

#3 Faulkner won their rematch against #1 Georgia Gwinnett, 11-3. Only five of the Eagles' runs were earned., and the winning run was scored on a wild throw in the third inning. DH T.J. Condon hit a two-run home run in the late going, but scored two more runs and had another RBI. Story

The Eagles then swept Brewton-Parker, 8-0, 19-4, and 12-2. RHP Mark Vasquez pitched a complete game shutout in the first game, allowed four hits, struck out 15. Story Condon had four hits and five RBI in the second game, and had three more hits in the third game. RF Dennis Cain and 3B Nick Morton hit home runs in the third game. Story

The Eagles then lost a non-conference game at #6 Tennessee Wesleyan 9-3. The Bulldogs broke open a close game with four runs in the sixth inning; 1B Cody Stroud's two-run home run provided the winning run. RHP Chevis Hoover and RHP Danny Guido combined to hold the Eagles to five hits. Hoover struck out seven, and Guido struck out five.

Vasquez is 8-0, 1.87 ERA, with 89 strikeouts. Condon is batting .420. The Eagles have a two-game lead over #8 Auburn-Montgomery in the Southern States Athletic Conference. They host Mobile April 22-23. Video

#4 Lewis-Clark State split four games at home against British Columbia, 4-6 (10 innings), 4-8, 5-1, and 3-1. The first game was a good one. The Warriors led 2-0 after seven innings. Both teams got good efforts from their starters, Alex Webb for the Thunderbirds, and Kevin Hamann for the Warriors. The Thunderbirds took a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth, with two of their runs scored on back-to-back wild pitches. The Warriors answered with two runs in the bottom of the eighth, then the Thunderbirds sent it into extra innings with a sacrifice fly by LF/RF Bruce Yari in the top of the ninth. The Thunderbirds won it it the top of the tenth with a run scored by 3B Anthony Cusati on a wild pitch. Tyler Gillies got the win. Story Pinch-hitter Lichel Hirakawa-Kao hit a three-run home run for the Thunderbirds in the second game. Each team had six hits in the third game, but the Warriors got three big unearned runs in the fifth inning. RHP Connor Brogdon got the win, recorded nine strikeouts. Story The Warriors got a couple of big double plays to keep the Thunderbirds off the board in the fourth game; the only Thunderbird run was unearned. CF Logan Griffin went 8-for-16 for the series. Story

The Warriors visit Simpson April 22-24.

#5 South Carolina-Beaufort swept three games at Southeastern (ISR #22), 11-10, 12-7, and 8-5. CF Thomas Estopare went 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the first game. The Sand Sharks needed two runs in the top of the ninth to win it; one of them came on a fielding error, and the winning run came on an RBI single by Estopare Story Estopare hit three more home runs in the next two games. The Sand Sharks trailed the third game 5-1 after four innings, and the game was tied 5-5 going into the ninth. 3B Brandon Joyce and C Dylan Yankle hit RBI singles, and pinch-hitter Nick Payne hit an RBI double to close it out. RHP Justin Kortessis got the win in relief. He pitched the last two innings, didn't allow a hit, and struck out four of the seven batters he faced. Story

The Sand Sharks then won a non-conference game against #13 Middle Georgia 10-6. Estopare went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI.

Estopare leads the team in hitting with a .468 average. Kortessis is 6-0 with a 1.46 ERA, lowest on the team. The Sand Sharks have clinched The Sun Conference pennant. They visit #1 Georgia Gwinnett April 22-23. video

#6 Tennessee Wesleyan swept Truett-McConnell, 12-7, 10-0, and 7-0. DH Paolo Montezuma of Venezuela went 4-for-5 with a two doubles, three RBI, and three runs scored in the first game. RHP Diego Ibarra pitched a three-hit shutout in the second game, struck out 12. RHP Tyler Thornton pitched a seven-inning no-hitter in the third game, struck out five, didn't walk a batter, threw 85 pitches. Truett-McConnell left the bases loaded in the sixth inning, the result a misplayed ground ball and two hit batters. The only other baserunner was another hit batter in the fourth inning.

The Bulldogs then defeated #3 Faulkner (see above).

The Bulldogs have won 12 straight, and have a five-game lead over #18 Bryan with six games left to play. They visit Point April 22-23.

#7 Westmont swept Hope International, 8-0, 4-3, and 3-1. RHP Daniel Butler and RHP Lance Simpson combined for the shutout in the first game. Butler went eight innings, allowed six hits, struck out 13. 1B Alex Bush hit two two-run home runs. Story Bush hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to win the second game. SS Andrew Devian went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Bush went to the mound in the third game, pitched five innings, allowed one hit, got the win.He was also 3-for-4 at the plate. Story

Bush leads the team in batting with a .394 average, and is 1-1, 2.88 ERA in six appearances (four starts). Butler is 9-1, 1.79 ERA, with 66 strikeouts. The Warriors have won nine straight. They have a one-game lead over #9 Vanguard in the Golden State Athletic Conference. They host Biola April 22-23. video

RHP Taylor Turner pitched a seven-inning no-hitter for Madonna (ISR #25) in a 3-0 win over Lourdes. He walked one batter, struck out five, and two more Lourdes players reached base on errors. Story

Last modified on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 22:47
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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.

Website: broughton.ca/

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