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College | Rankings | 3/5/2019

Junior College Top 25: March 5

Brian Sakowski        
Photo: Zach Huffins (Arizona Western Athletics)

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It's still very tough sledding, pun intended, for the northern schools across the country as weather has not improved and scores of games are being postponed or outright cancelled as a result. With that being said, it's tough to sort of figure out how various regions are shaping up given just how few games are being played. There was quite a bit of movement through the Top 25 this week as the southern schools, some of whom have already played over 20 games, start to beat up on each other. 

No. 1 stayed the same this week as Wabash Valley continues to bludgeon opposing teams into submission with a relentless offensive attack, averaging nearly nine runs a game. Oh, yeah, their pitching staff has yet to give up more than three runs in a single game and has four shutouts in 12 games thus far. We're still quite a ways away from making any legitimate comparisons, but they're doing to people what that legendary Chipola team of 2017 did. 

Northwest Florida State stayed at No. 2 with a strong week, while Walters State rose one spot to No. 3. Southern Nevada has been as hot as anyone so far and rose a pair of spots to No. 4, their highest ranking yet this season, while San Joaquin Delta out in NorCal stayed steady at No. 5. Arizona Western was a big riser this week, climbing three spots to No. 6 following a sweep of Central Arizona, while McLennan tumbled a few spots to No. 7 following a doubleheader sweep at the hands of New Mexico. No. 8 John A. Logan has an identical record through 12 games as Wabash Valley, and the two perennial Midwestern powers are currently both rocketing on a collision course for their early May series. After 20 straight wins, Central Florida is the hottest team in the country and they rose again this week to No. 9, while Wallace-Dothan climbs into the top 10 for the first time this year right at No. 10. 

Cochise (Ariz.), Florida Southwestern (Fla.) and Weatherford (Texas) are the newcomers this week at Nos. 16, 19 and 22, respectively. Cochise has a bunch of quality wins on their resume already and will face another test this weekend when they see No. 12 South Mountain in what might be the series of the week. Florida SouthWestern has been outstanding on the mound to the tune of a 2.65 staff ERA and more than a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Weatherford picked up a pair of quality wins over New Mexico over the weekend, though they will face their biggest test to date when they get No. 7 McLennan for a four-game set in what is another candidate for series of the week. 

We're going to find out a lot about these teams as conference play gets going in earnest, and just the results of those two series mentioned above will send ripples throughout the Top 25 next week, not to mention all of the other quality matchups coming up. 

Rankings are based on games through Sunday, March 3.

Rk. Prev. Team ST Record
1 1 Wabash Valley IL 11-1
2 2 Northwest Florida State FL 18-5
3 4 Walters State TN 12-3
4 6 College of Southern Nevada NV 21-4
5 5 San Joaquin Delta CA 13-3
6 9 Arizona Western AZ 17-5
7 3 McLennan TX 14-6
8 11 John A. Logan IL 11-1
9 14 College of Central Florida FL 20-1
10 13 Wallace-Dothan AL 11-3
11 8 LSU-Eunice LA 17-3
12 15 South Mountain AZ 17-6
13 7 San Jacinto TX 13-5
14 16 Johnson County KS 11-2
15 18 Crowder MO 13-3
16 NR Cochise AZ 18-2
17 17 Cowley KS 9-4
18 10 Central Arizona AZ 13-8
19 NR Florida SouthWestern FL 18-3
20 20 Cypress CA 15-2
21 22 Pearl River MS 10-2
22 NR Weatherford TX 14-3
23 12 Jefferson MO 7-6
24 23 Santa Fe FL 17-7
25 21 Sacramento City CA 10-5

Dropped out: Iowa Western (19), Santa Rosa (24), Cisco (25)

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