National champsPublished 1:42pm Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Central Alabama Community College wins NJCAA baseball title
There’s seemingly no better time to be a Trojan than right now.
If you don’t believe that, ask Central Alabama Community College, whose baseball team won the NJCAA Division-I National Championship with a 7-3 come-from-behind victory over Palm Beach State College (Fla.) Saturday night.
It was the team’s second victory over PBSC in the 2013 Alpine Bank JUCO World Series, but this win netted the Trojans not only the first JUCO national championship in school history but also the first JUCO D-I national baseball championship for the state of Alabama.
On their way to the crown, CACC opened the tournament by beating Palm Beach State 6-4.
The Trojans continued on, downing Midland College (Texas) 11-4 and defeating the NJCAA’s top-ranked team, the Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) Pioneers. by a score of 10-5.
Central Alabama lost to PBSC 13-4, but rebounded with a dramatic 14-13 comeback victory over Cochise College in an 11-inning affair, setting the stage for the Trojans’ historic victory.
Paul Young led Central Alabama on the mound, as he threw a complete game for the Trojans. He struck out five and from the fourth inning on held the Panthers of PBSC scoreless.
Darius Reese dominated the field, leading all players in hits and runs scored on his way to winning the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award.
Central Alabama head baseball coach Wynn Flecther was named the Coach of the Tournament.
Along with Reese, Blaine Miller and Ben Hall were each named to the JUCO World Series All-Tournament team.
Hall delivered the game-winning hit for CACC in its win over Cochise College in the semifinal round.
This was the first trip to the JUCO World Series for Central Alabama since 2001, when they finished third amongst the field.
For a full recap of the Trojans’ championship moment, see page 10 of The Outlook.