CACC prepares for World SeriesPublished 9:55am Friday, May 24, 2013
Editor’s note: the following is a synopsis of what Central Alabama will bring to the table in Grand Junction, Colo. as it attempts to win the NJCAA National Championship during the 2013 Alpine Bank NJCAA Division 1 World Series. Information will be provided as for players to watch during the series, and how locals can follow CACC’s tournament run.
Central Alabama Trojans
The season so far: After starting the year 0-5, Central Alabama went on a seemingly season-long tear, going 38-8 the rest of the way.
Upon reaching the Alabama Community College Conference, the Trojans offense, which has exploded at various points this season, powered CACC to the tournament crown, culminating in a 13-5 defeat of Southern Union to win it all. Southern Union is responsible for five of CACC’s 13 losses this season.
The Trojans enter the double-elimination tournament on a 11-game win streak and has won 15 of their last 16 outings.
Key players: Freshman ace John Michael Knighton has been a force on the mound for Central Alabama.
Knighton went 12-1 with a 2.41 ERA this season, and figures to be an integral part of CACC’s designs on success.
Alex Lee leads the team in batting average (.397) and doubles (16), and B.J. Martin has been very consistent at the plate.
Darius Reese leads the team in hits (72) and runs (71) and his 26 swiped bags makes him a threat on the base path.
X-factor: Ben Hall experienced a power surge during the ACCC tournament.
Hall, who leads the team in homers (6), hit two of them during the tournament.
If Hall continues to swing the bat well, he could be a jolt to a balanced Trojan offense, which boasts four players with at least 40 RBIs (Hall, Martin, Lee, Zach Rinehart) and nine players with at least 10 RBIs this season.
First opponent: Palm Beach State College (Fla.). Ranked No. 6 in the NJCAA, the Panthers boast a 38-19 record and have won seven of their last nine games.
PBSC ace J.D. Underwood is 10-2 on the year with a 1.57 ERA. Underwood will take the hill for the Panthers as CACC looks to advance to the next round of the NJCAA Division I World Series.
Game start: The tournament begins for CACC on Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m. local time (9 a.m. in Colorado).
How to watch: Fans can watch all the action by visiting http://www.ihigh.com/njcaatv/ and clicking on the “2013 Alpine Bank NJCAA D1 World Series” link.
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