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Junior College Top 50 Teams

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Allan Simpson        
Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Junior College Notebook 3/29

For the first time this season, Perfect Game’s ranking of the nation’s Top 50 Junior College teams has a new entry at No. 1.

California’s Orange Coast College (22-2-1), which began the season at No. 4 and had most recently moved to No. 2, supplanted Texas’ Howard College (20-5) at the top of the heap. With three losses since the last ranking, Howard slipped to No. 5.

Like Howard, Orange Coast boasts a number of premium Division I transfers and they have helped the Pirates dominate southern California’s rugged Orange Empire Conference, arguably one of the nation’s strongest junior-college conferences, with a 9-1 record.

The most noteworthy of OCC’s transfers are sophomore catcher/third baseman Stefan Sabol (.290-1-7) and freshman righthander Brandon Brennan (6-1, 1.43), both of whom played at Oregon in 2011. Sabol recently returned to the Pirates lineup after missing several weeks with a broken hamate bone, while Brennan has been steadily dominant with a fastball in the mid-90s. Both are candidates for the first 10 rounds of the draft in June.

Neither player, though, has been as dominant as a pair of UC Irvine transfers, sophomore righthander Keegan Yuhl (7-0, 1.27) and sophomore outfielder Chris Carlson (.439-3-32). Yuhl has a share of the state lead in wins, while Carlson ranks No. 3 in hitting and No. 2 in RBIs.

Orange Coast has also gotten significant contributions from two more outfielders, both freshman, in Boog Powell (.459-0-13), who leads the 84-team California JC ranks in hitting, and Bijan Rademacher (.297-4-31), who ranks among the state leaders in homers and RBIs.

Perennial Tennessee JC power Walters State has moved to No. 2, largely on the strength of a breakthrough season by sophomore outfielder Marcus Davis, a Louisiana State transfer. Davis is hitting .532 through 31 games with 17 doubles, eight homers and 39 RBIs.

North Carolina’s Louisburg College (33-3) and Iowa Western (21-1) were both in position to challenge Orange Coast for the top spot as they were the last undefeated teams in the country, but both teams finally lost. Louisburg had won 27 games in a row before losing its first two games of the season on the same day to South Carolina’s Florence-Darlington.

3-12 - Rankings as of March 12

Rank 3-12 Team State Record
1 2 Orange Coast CA 22-2-1
2 4 Walters State TN 28-3
3 5 Iowa Western IA 21-1
4 3 Louisburg NC 33-3
5 1 Howard TX 20-5
6 7 Polk State FL 28-8
7 13 Central Arizona AZ 28-7
8 11 Palm Beach State FL 29-8
9 10 Western Nevada NV 25-7
10 15 Santa Fe FL 28-8
11 14 Middle Georgia GA 23-8
12 18 Feather River CA 17-3
13 17 Salt Lake UT 21-4
14 21 Chipola FL 25-13
15 22 LSU-Eunice LA 28-2
16 25 Central Alabama AL 26-5
17 26 Jefferson MO 20-5
18 6 McLennan TX 22-7
19 20 Bellevue WA 9-2
20 9 Wabash Valley IL 25-5
21 27 Central Florida FL 26-12
22 29 Cisco TX 23-5
23 30 Cuesta CA 18-4
24 34 Seminole State OK 20-5
25 40 Rio Hondo CA 19-3
26 35 USC Lancaster SC 27-6
27 23 Eastern Oklahoma State OK 18-7
28 28 Santa Ana CA 17-6
29 33 Georgia Perimeter GA 25-7
30   Columbia State TN 22-5
31 39 Navarro TX 20-8
32 42 New Mexico NM 21-9
33 31 Tallahassee FL 26-10
34 32 Neosho County KS 23-8
35 24 Gulf Coast State FL 24-9
36 49 Yavapai AZ 22-11
37 50 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M OK 16-4
38 38 Chattanooga State TN 26-8
39 19 Miami-Dade FL 22-11-1
40 41 Lamar CO 23-6
41 43 Connors State OK 20-4
42 45 Merced CA 15-6
43   Diablo Valley CA 13-6
44 16 USC Sumter SC 21-9
45   State College of Florida-Manatee FL 23-11-1
46 48 Crowder MO 22-8
47   John A. Logan IL 18-9
48 12 Cypress CA 15-7
49 46 Edmonds WA 11-4
50   Northeast Texas TX 20-9

Dropped out:  Grayson County, Northwest Florida State, San Joaquin Delta, Bakersfield, Pensacola State

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