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Allan Simpson        
Published: Monday, July 11, 2011

Upset of Top-Ranked Central Arizona Lands Texas School in No. 1 Position

With its stunning 6-4, 10th
-inning walk-off win in the Junior College World Series championship game, Texas’ Navarro College has finished the 2011 season in the No. 1 spot in Perfect Game’s ranking of the nation’s top 50 junior-college teams.

The Bulldogs (47-18) beat top-ranked Central Arizona in the final game as catcher J.T. Files snapped a 4-4 tie with a two-run homer. It was the 19th
 title overall by a Texas team, but the first by Navarro.

Appropriately, Navarro’s stellar pitching and defense played a key role in the team’s run to a national championship. University of Houston-bound righthander Austin Pruitt, the national ERA leader, worked the first nine innings for the Bulldogs, while the team played flawlessly in the field, befitting a squad that led the nation with a .975 fielding average.

That’s what we’ve been doing all year,” Navarro coach Whoa Dill said. “I told our guys pitching and defense will win us a national championship.”

By contrast, Western Oklahoma State won the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series by outslugging its opponents on its way to a title. The Pioneers (51-16) led the D-II ranks in batting average (.403) and home runs (103) on the season, and scored 61 runs in six games in the national tournament, on their way to beating Jones County (Miss.) 11-1 in the final game.

Shortstop Roberto Duran was a difference maker in the final as he drove in six runs with four hits, including two doubles and a home run. The Pioneers climbed to No. 12 nationally with their first championship.

Meanwhile, Bellevue (Wash.) moved to No. 8 overall by capturing the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges title, their third in five years. The Bulldogs beat defending champion Lower Columbia (Wash.) 5-3 in the final.

Compiled by Perfect Game USA / National Junior College Athletic Association.

1 3 Navarro TX NJCAA I 42-17 Junior College World Series champion
2 1 Central Arizona AZ NJCAA I 52-13 JC World Series runner-up
3 4 Howard TX NJCAA I 46-13
4 6 San Joaquin Delta CA California 35-12 California state champion
5 2 Grayson County TX NJCAA I 42-15 JC World Series
6 5 Chipola FL NJCAA I 39-20 JC World Series
7 7 Salt Lake UT NJCAA I 49-16
8 26 Bellevue WA NWAACC 33-13 Northwest champion
9 8 Seward County KS NJCAA I 44-18 JC World Series
10 9 Northwest Florida State FL NJCAA I 39-16
11 11 Western Nevada NV NJCAA I 46-13
12   Western Oklahoma State OK NJCAA II 51-16 JC Division II World Series champion
13 14 Iowa Western IA NJCAA I 40-18 JC World Series
14 12 Polk State FL NJCAA I 43-12
15 15 Santa Fe FL NJCAA I 37-11
16 18 Potomac State WV NJCAA I 35-10 JC World Series
17 16 San Jacinto TX NJCAA I 41-16
18 10 Jefferson MO NJCAA I 43-20 JC World Series
19 13 Southern Union AL NJCAA I 41-18 JC World Series
20   Jones County MS NJCAA II 46-15 JC Division II World Series runner-up
21 19 Santa Ana CA California 30-14 California Final 4
22 20 Walters State TN NJCAA I 43-15
23 21 Pitt NC NJCAA I 38-13
24 22 Rio Hondo CA California 37-5
25 23 USC Sumter SC NJCAA I 41-11
26 24 Orange Coast CA California 32-10
27 25 Eastern Oklahoma OK NJCAA I 38-22
28 27 Lamar CO NJCAA I 47-17
29 28 John A. Logan IL NJCAA I 37-19
30 29 Delgado LA NJCAA I 42-17
31 30 Chattanooga State TN NJCAA I 43-12
32 31 Georgia Perimeter GA NJCAA I 42-17
33 32 Seminole State OK NJCAA I 40-15
34 33 Neosho County KS NJCAA I 46-13
35   Madison WI NJCAA II 45-16 JC Division II World Series
36 34 Crowder MO NJCAA I 40-19
37 35 Columbia State TN NJCAA I 35-16
38 36 Ohlone CA California 28-19 California Final 4
39 37 Wabash Valley IL NJCAA I 46-17
40 38 Northwest Shoals AL NJCAA I 37-16
41 39 Yavapai AZ NJCAA I 36-27
42 17 Heartland IL NJCAA II 53-9 JC Division II World Series
43 41 Blinn TX NJCAA I 38-17
44   Lower Columbia WA NWAACC 36-12 Northwest runner-up
45 43 McLennan TX NJCAA I 36-22
46 44 Cowley County KS NJCAA I 43-13
47 42 South Georgia GA NJCAA I 33-31 JC World Series
48 45 Olney Central IL NJCAA I 42-17
49 46 Feather River CA California 31-7
50 47 New Mexico NM NJCAA I 37-22
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