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Monday, June 03, 2013

Final 2013 Top 50 JUCO Teams

Allan Simpson        
Photo: NJCAA

Surprising Finishes Highlight
Final Ranking of JC Teams

Central Alabama defeated Palm Beach (Fla.) State 7-3 on June 1 in the Junior College World Series championship game, completing one of the more improbable seasons at the junior-college level.

Not only were the two finalists unranked in Perfect Game’s pre-season ranking of the nation’s Top 50 JC teams, but Central Alabama began the 2013 season with six straight losses before closing with a 31-4 rush, including 16 straight wins that pushed the school to the brink of its first national title. Palm Beach finished a distant second in its own conference during regular-season play, before putting on its own finishing kick only to fall a step short in its first Junior College World Series appearance.

Meanwhile, Central Arizona, which was ranked No. 1 by PG at the outset of the junior-college season, was never a factor in tournament play as it failed to win even a post-season game. Navarro (Texas) and Connors State (Okla.), which began World Series play ranked Nos. 1-2 nationally, both went just 1-2 at the 10-team tournament, played in Grand Junction, Colo.

With its unexpected triumph, Central Alabama (43-14) finished No. 1 in PG’s final ranking of the nation’s top junior-college teams. Palm Beach State (42-21) came in at No. 6.

The two teams met three times altogether at the Junior College World Series, with Central Alabama opening and closing the tournament with wins over Palm Beach State. Freshman righthander Paul Young, who was primarily an outfielder this season for the Trojans and started only five games altogether on the mound, went the distance in the deciding tilt, scattering seven hits while striking out five. He also won an earlier start in the tournament for the Trojans, and with a fastball in the low- to mid-90s may have improved his stock significantly in this week’s first-year player draft.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma’s Murray State was an improbable winner in the National Junior College Division II World Series, beating four-time national champion LSU-Eunice, 4-3, in the championship game. It was the first national championship of any kind for Murray State (46-22).

Oddly, Oklahoma’s Murray State had suffered its worst loss of the 2013 season to LSU-Eunice, a 26-3 drubbing back in February, with freshman righthander Brad Horn surrendering nine runs in an abbreviated start. With redemption at hand in the D-II championship game, Horn fired a complete-game win against the heavily-favored Bengals (52-10), allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out six.

With the win, Murray State went from unranked entering the D-II World Series to a final ranking of No. 20, while LSU-Eunice slipped from No. 3 to No. 8.

If upsets characterized play at the Division I and II levels, form definitely held in the NJCAA Division III ranks as New Jersey’s Gloucester County won four straight games to capture its seventh national title. The Roadrunners convincingly beat Century (Minn.) 16-4 in the final to stretch its record on the season to a gaudy 49-3—easily the best in the country. They were ranked No. 12 to close the season.

Washington’s Everett Community College also won as expected, beating defending champion Pierce College, 4-1, in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship game. The Trojans (39-9) improved to a final ranking of No. 13.

NWAACC (Oregon and Washington) and California junior colleges are not members of the NJCAA. Earlier, Cypress (32-14) won the California JC title in an upset to finish at No. 18 in Perfect Game’s Top 50.

Final Prev. Team State Record
1 23 * Central Alabama AL 43-14
2 5 Cochise AZ 52-18
3 6 Spartanburg Methodist SC 48-15
4 1 Navarro TX 44-17
5 2 Connors State OK 53-11
6 21 Palm Beach State FL 42-21
7 4 Midland TX 48-15
8 3 LSU-Eunice LA 52-10
9 8 State College of Florida-Manatee FL 45-13
10 9 Miami-Dade FL 35-10
11 10 Tallahassee FL 46-10
12 27 *** Gloucester County NJ 49-3
13 32 % Everett WA 39-9
14 12 Crowder MO 47-13
15 13 Central Arizona AZ 43-15
16 7 Kaskaskia IL 39-12
17 14 Cowley County KS 45-11
18 15 # Cypress CA 32-14
19 16 Delgado LA 47-11
20 NR  ** Murray State OK 46-22
21 11 Walters State TN 37-18
22 18 Fullerton CA 32-15
23 19 New Mexico NM 44-15
24 20 Santa Rosa CA 34-9
25 22 Iowa Western IA 45-14
26 24 Sierra CA 33-9
27 25 Faulkner State AL 41-11
28 26 Grayson County TX 40-18
29 28 Western Nevada NV 47-20
30 29 Wabash Valley IL 46-16
31 30 Southern Nevada NV 40-17
32 17 Heartland IL 50-11
33 31 Seminole State FL 36-14
34 33 Alvin TX 38-22
35 34 Chipola FL 38-21
36 35 Georgia Perimeter GA 36-19
37 36 Lamar CO 41-21
38 37 Middle Georgia GA 39-13
39 38 Chattahoochee Valley AL 42-12
40 39 St. Johns River FL 38-18
41 41 Palomar CA 29-14
42 42 Jefferson MO 36-16
43 43 Salt Lake UT 35-19
44 44 Seminole State OK 38-19
45 45 San Jacinto TX 35-21
46 46 Cisco TX 40-15
47 47 Neosho County KS 36-26
48 48 Southern Union State AL 43-17
49 49 Potomac State WV 40-15
50 50 Northeastern CO 40-21

Dropped out: No. 40 Scottsdale, Ariz. (39-21)

** NJCAA Division II champion
*** NJCAA Division III champion
# California state champion
% NWAACC champion


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