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The Melville Millionaires won their first-ever Western Major Baseball League championship, defeating the Medicine Hat Mavericks three games to two in the final.

Both teams were loaded with NAIA players. The Millionaires' roster included six players from British Columbia (see picture): Alex Webb, Cam Firth, Tyler Enns, Kevin Biro, Jeremy Newton, and Nathan Kirby. Also Jaime Paxton (Northwood (TX)), Allen Rimer (Bacone), and Chase Medler (Lyon). The Mavericks' roster included four players from Tabor: Alex Mann, Jacob Webb, Grant Silva, and C.J. DeDeaux. The also had Alex Bos (Concordia-Portland), Alex Graham (British Columbia), Kyle McKay (Saint Francis (IN)), Ched Gaskin (Purdue North Central), and Bryan Arthur (British Columbia).

Biro led the Millionaires in hitting during the regular season with a .366 average, and, for the Sabermetricians, 29.668 runs created. Bos led the WMBL with an 8-0 won-lost record. Webb had three starts and three wins during the playoffs, did not allow an earned run in 17 2/3 innings pitched. Silva batted .337 for the Mavericks.

Anthony Armanino of Lewis-Clark State, playing for the Swift Current Indians, had an astonishing 24 strikeouts during three playoff games (19 innings pitched). He had a regular season record of 4-0, 2.25 ERA, 60 strikeouts.


Cumberland U. going to Division II

Written by Administrator - Thursday, 08 August 2013

Cumberland, a long-term baseball power in the NAIA, announced on August 7 that they have been granted provisional membership in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC), and will be applying for NCAA Division II membership. Here is Cumberland's press release: CU admitted to G-MAC, will apply to NCAA D-II.

This is a major loss for NAIA baseball. The Bulldogs have made 11 appearances at the Baseball National Championship, and they won it in 2004 and 2011. Woody Hunt has been the Head Coach for 32 years, and has a record of 1403-584-4.

Joining the G-MAC reconnects the Bulldogs with two traditional opponents, Trevecca Nazarene and Georgetown College (KY). Trevecca Nazarene is the current conference champion.

The other significant departure announcement this year is Auburn-Montgomery. They have applied to the Peach Belt Conference and Division II. The Warhawks were 32-24-1 last season.

Update on October 4: Auburn-Montgomery's application to the NCAA was turned down, because of a recruiting violation. They will have to re-apply later.


The 2013 MLB draft

Written by Administrator - Saturday, 08 June 2013

Players for NAIA schools taken in the 2013 MLB draft:

RHP Myles Smith, Lee, Red Sox, 4th round story

RHP James Dykstra, Cal State San Marcos, White Sox, 6th story

RHP Calvin Drummond, Arizona Christian, Tigers, 6th story

RHP Nick Blount, Southern Polytechnic, White Sox, 9th story

LF Henry Yates, Texas Wesleyan, Dodgers, 9th story

RHP Jose Samayoa, Lee, Rangers, 9th story

RHP Andy Hillis, Lee, Brewers, 11th story

CF Jimmy Bosco, Menlo, Cardinals, 13th story

RHP Fabian Roman, Lubbock Christian, Reds, 16th story

LHP Clint Terry, Lee, Brewers, 18th story

CF Michael Carballo, Tennessee Wesleyan, White Sox, 18th

LHP Cory Bafidis, Texas Wesleyan, Nationals, 18th story

SS Christian Vasquez, Lubbock Christian, Blue Jays, 19th story

LHP Cole Swanson, Concordia-Irvine, Angels, 19th

LF Jon Kemmer, Brewton-Parker, Astros, 21st

RHP Ben Heller, Olivet Nazarene, Cubs, 22nd

SS Chase Jensen, Oklahoma City, Padres, 22nd story

LHP Christopher O'Hare, Fisher, Pirates, 22nd

RHP Cody Harris, The Master's, Marlins, 24th story

C Orrin Sears, Arizona Christian, Braves, 24th story

RHP Johnnie Kirkland, Southeastern, Tigers, 25th

C Kyle Wheeler, Belhaven, A's, 26th

RHP Ricky Claudio, St. Thomas (FL), Mariners, 27th

1B Jake Stone, Tennessee Wesleyan, Cardinals, 27th

RHP Jace Chancellor, Lubbock Christian, Padres, 28th (red-shirted this season, made seven appearances for Wayland Baptist in 2012, never played for the Chaparrals) story

RHP Johnny Shuttlesworth, Faulkner, Diamondbacks, 28th

RHP Alex Moore, Lee, Brewers, 28th

LHP Derek Loera, Lubbock Christian, Rays, 28th story

LHP Joey Webb, Menlo, Nationals, 28th story

RHP Justin Sprenger, Tennessee Wesleyan, Rangers, 29th

RHP Blake McMullen, Science and Arts of Oklahoma, A's, 29th

RHP Colton Reavis, Northwood (TX), Rays, 30th

C Joel Thys, Arizona Christian, Diamondbacks, 31st story

RHP Cody Crabaugh, Oklahoma City, Marlins, 32nd story

LHP Eric Greene, Embry-Riddle, Orioles, 36th

OF Cody Lavalli, Lewis-Clark State, Rangers, 37th

RHP Blake McKnight, Evangel, Cardinals, 38th

A huge day for Lee, with five players drafted, three by the Brewers. Also a good day for Lubbock Christian, Arizona Christian and Texas Wesleyan.


2013 All-Americans, Gold Gloves

Written by Administrator - Monday, 03 June 2013

1B Matt Page of Oklahoma Baptist was named Player of the Year. National Champion Faulkner had three players named to the first team. The first team includes two Puerto Ricans, and one Dominican Republican. Here's the list: 2013 NAIA Baseball All-Americans Announced

2013 Rawlings-NAIA Baseball Gold Glove Team Announced


National Championship preview

Written by Administrator - Monday, 20 May 2013

Schedule for the first two days of the 57th NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 24-25, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

9 AM: #8 seed Sterling (48-12) vs. #9 Missouri Baptist (35-12)

Sterling (Sterling, KS) is making their first appearance at the Baseball National Championship.
Nickname: Warriors
Rankings: #15 in coaches' poll, #31 in ISR. Strength of schedule: #105
Quality wins: Oklahoma City, Science and Arts of Oklahoma, 1-1 vs. York
Top position players: IF Joe Battaglia (.422, 10 HR, 63 RBI), IF Joe Williams (.395), OF Jared Forbush (.391)
Top pitchers: RHP Steven Cazares (9-1, 0.86 ERA), RHP Daniel Cloteaux (10-3, 2.81 ERA, 70 K). Cazare's ERA is second-lowest in the NAIA.
Coach: Adrian Dinkel, second season
Outlook: Happy to be here.

Missouri Baptist (Saint Louis) is making their first appearance at the Baseball National Championship.
Nickname: Spartans
Rankings: #20 in coaches' poll, #23 in ISR. SoS: #56
Quality wins: 2-1 vs. Tennessee Wesleyan, including a 19-inning win in the final of the Kingsport bracket. 1-1 vs. Cumberland, 1-1 vs. Lindsey Wilson
Top position players: IF Patrick Johnson (.387), OF Ryan Gunhouse (.373, 7 HR, 40 RBI), IF Pier Olivier-Dostaler (.322, 34 RBI), IF Joseph Taylor (.241, 9 HR, 43 RBI). Olivier-Dostaler is one of six Canadians on the Spartans' roster, and they also have two Puerto Ricans.
Top pitchers: RHP Ethan Gibbons (10-0, 2.09 ERA, 85 K), RHP Julien Soucy (5-2, 1.90 ERA)
Coach: Eddy Uschold, 14th season
Outlook: The Spartans will go home with a win.


2013 Opening Round Brackets

Written by Administrator - Monday, 06 May 2013

Watch this site for updates on sites for each bracket and live video. Click here for the NAIA's schedule and results page.

Bracket Team
Claremore Bracket 1. Lubbock Christian (Texas)
Official site 2. Bellevue (Neb.)
Live video for a price 3. Lyon (Ark.)
Hosted by Rogers State University - Claremore, Okla. 4. Rogers State (Okla.)
  5. Midland (Neb.)
   
Cleveland Bracket 1. Lee (Tenn.)
Official site (PDF) 2. Madonna (Mich.)
Live audio 3. LSU Shreveport (La.)
Hosted by Lee University- Cleveland, Tenn. 4. Avila (Mo.)
  5. Grand View (Iowa)
   
Daytona Beach Bracket 1. Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Official site 2. Concordia (Calif.)
Live video for a price 3. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach, Fla. 4. Ave Maria (Fla.)
  5. Martin Methodist (Tenn.)
   
Hattiesburg Bracket 1. Northwood (Texas)
Official site 2. Oklahoma Baptist
Hosted by William Carey University - Hattiesburg, Miss. 3. William Carey (Miss.)
  4. Central Methodist (Mo.)
  5. South Carolina Beaufort
   
Joliet Bracket 1. York (Neb.)
Official site 2. Cumberland (Tenn.)
Live video for a price 3. Judson (Ill.)
Hosted by the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference - Joliet, Ill. 4. Mayville State (N.D.)
  5. Trinity Christian (Ill.)
   
Kingsport Bracket 1. Tennessee Wesleyan
Official site 2. Point Park (Pa.)
Hosted by Appalachian Athletic Conference - Kingsport, Tenn. 3. Missouri Baptist
  4. Taylor (Ind.)
  5. Benedictine-Springfield (Ill.)
   
Montgomery Bracket 1. Faulkner (Ala.)
Official site 2. Texas Wesleyan
Live audio 3. Georgetown (Ky.)
Hosted by Faulkner University - Montgomery, Ala. 4. Indiana Tech
  5. Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)
   
Oklahoma City Bracket 1. Oklahoma City
Official site 2. Sterling (Kan.)
Live video for a price 3. Science & Arts (Okla.)
Hosted by Oklahoma City University - Oklahoma City, Okla. 4. Northwestern (Iowa)
  5. Jamestown (N.D.)
   
Santa Clarita Bracket 1. The Master's (Calif.)
Official site 2. Cal State San Marcos
Live video for a price 3. San Diego Christian (Calif.)
Hosted by The Master's College, Santa Clarita, Calif. 4. Tabor (Kan.)
  5. Concordia (Ore.)