Division II World Series boasts major talent
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-05-24 19:19:22
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – When the NJCAA Division II World Series opens Saturday in Enid, Okla., there will be loads of talented players on the field.
A quick look at the NJCAA statistics reveals just how strong the field will be.
On the mound, Jones County Junior College standout Andrew Pierce ranks ninth in the nation with a 1.41 earned run average. Sean Donatello of Connecticut-Avery Points tops the nation with a 0.53 ERA. He has 87 strikeouts in 68 1/3 innings. Aaron Hague of top-ranked Heartland Community College (lll.) is 10th at 1.44 and Nick Fessenden of UConn-Avery Point is 18th at 1.56.
Pierce tops the nation with 117 strikeouts, while Hague is second in strikeouts per inning at 1.56. Brandon Peterson of Des Moines Area Community College (Iowa) is 10th at 1.34, while Kenton San Miguel of Kellogg Community College (Mich.) and Paul Eyster of Cecil College (Md.) are tied for 11th at 1.30. Donatello, Mark Royer of Cecil College and Victor Rosario of Western Oklahoma State College are tied for 14th at 1.27.
Austin Urban of Des Moines is 21st at 1.23. Urban is also listed by www.perfectgame.org as the 41st best junior college prospect in the upcoming Major League Baseball draft. Urban was a 27th-round draft choice of the Baltimore Orioles in 2010.
Peterson of Des Moines is tied for 15th in saves with six.
At the plate, Western Oklahoma’s Jhiomar Veras leads the nation in batting with a .503 average. His teammates – Michael Cruz, Nerio Barreto and Wes Schill – are hitting .479, .451, and .441, respectively. Kenneth “Zac” Zellers of Heartland is hitting .451.
Veras also leads the nation in home runs with 23. Gabby DeVarona of Des Moines is second with 19 and Cruz is fourth with 15. Western Oklahoma’s Elvis Rodriguez is seventh with 13. Western Oklahoma’s Kenny Acosta, Heartland’s Dylan Johnson and Cecil College’s Josh Hampton are tied for ninth with 12 home runs each. Western Oklahoma’s Nerio Barreto is 16th with 11, while Ryan Freitag of Madison College (Wisc.) is 18th with 10. Schill is 22nd with nine homers.
Cruz leads in RBIs with 82, while Veras is second with 74. Johnson is seventh with 62 and Roberto Duran of Western Oklahoma is 12th with 59. Zellers is 13th with 58, while Schill is 16th with 57. DeVarona is 18th with 56, while Michael Failoni of Heartland is 20th with 55.
Zellers of Heartland is fourth in steals with 40, while Josh Melendez of Gateway Community College (Ariz.) is fifth with 39. Justin Britt of Southeastern Community College (N.C.) is ninth with 36, while Esteban Paula and Schill, both of Western Oklahoma, are 10th and 11th with 34 and 33 steals, respectively. Trevor Plautz of Gateway is 22nd with 26 steals.
Eighth-ranked Western Oklahoma State College leads the nation with a remarkable .402 team batting average, while top-ranked Heartland Community College hits at a .360 clip. Heartland qualified for the World Series by coming through the loser’s bracket and beating Lincoln Land College (Ill.) twice on Monday, 19-6 and 10-6. 12th-ranked Madison College hits at .342, while JCJC’s opening round opponent, seventh-ranked Des Moines Area CC, hits at .325. JCJC has a .313 team batting average.
Of the reported team earned run averages, JCJC is tops at 2.79, followed by Des Moines at 3.18. Heartland is at 3.35, Madison is at 3.91 and Western Oklahoma is at 4.87.
Heartland is third in fielding percentage at .965, while JCJC is 10th at .957. Des Moines is 19th at .952.
The 10-team, double-elimination tournament begins Saturday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in downtown Enid, Okla. The 42-15 Bobcats face 46-16 Des Moines at 4 p.m. The game will be audiocast live on www.jcjc.tv with an airtime of 3:55 p.m. Lance Pittman will be calling the play-by-play.
Other first-round games will be Gateway (40-21) vs. Madison (42-14) at 9 a.m. on Saturday, followed by Western Oklahoma (46-15) vs. Southeastern (35-19) at noon. Connecticut-Avery Point (39-9) meets Heartland (53-9) at 7:30 p.m. Kellogg (30-25) faces Cecil College (39-13-1) at noon on Sunday.
Fans can keep up with the tournament at www.davidallenballpark.com
NJCAA Division II World Series
May 28-June 4
David Allen Memorial Ballpark
May 28 games
Game 1, Gateway Community College (Ariz.) vs. Madison College (Wisc.), 9 a.m.
Game 2, Western Oklahoma State College vs. Southeastern Community College (N.C.), noon
Game 3, Jones County Junior College vs. Des Moines Area Community College (Iowa), 4 p.m.
Game 4, Connecticut-Avery Point vs. Heartland College (lll.), 7:30 p.m.
May 29 games
Game 5, Kellogg Community College (Mich.) vs. Cecil College (Md.), noon
Game 6, Loser 1 vs. Loser 2, 3:30 p.m.
Game 7, Loser 3 vs. Loser 4, 7 p.m.
May 30 games
Game 8, Winner 3 vs. Winner 4, noon
Game 9, Winner 6 vs. Winner 7, 3:30 p.m.
Game 10, Winner 1 vs. Winner 2, 7 p.m.
May 31 games
Game 11, Loser 5 vs. Loser 8, noon
Game 12, Winner 9 vs. Loser 10, 3:30 p.m.
Game 13, Winner 8 vs. Winner 5, 7 p.m.
June 1 games
Game 14, Winner 11 vs. Loser 13, 3:30 p.m.
Game 15, Winner 10 vs. Winner 13, 7 p.m.
June 2 games
Game 16, Winner 14 vs. Loser 15, 3:30 p.m.
Game 17, Winner 15 vs. Winner 12, 7 p.m.
June 3 game
Game 18, championship, 7 p.m.
June 4 game
Game 19, if necessary, 1 p.m.