of Top-Ranked Central Arizona Lands Texas School in No. 1 Position
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.
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’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
what we’ve been doing all year,” Navarro coach Whoa Dill said. “I
told our guys pitching and defense will win us a national
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.
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.
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.