For the third straight year the Madison College baseball team has made it back to the NJCAA Division II World Series. The WolfPack earned the right to make the trip to Enid, OK by defeating Oakton Community College 7-4 on Sunday.
Despite falling into a 3-1 hole in the NJCAA Region IV Division II Championship Game, the WolfPack would battle back like they had on several occasions in postseason play. In the bottom of the fifth, Landon Tenhagen singled to right field to score Luke Maldonado, cutting the Raiders lead to 3-2. Two batters later, Nathan Pollock would follow that up with a sac fly to center to score Treysen Vavra, tying the ballgame at three. Eric DuCharme would then single to left to plate Tenhagen, and from there the 'Pack would hold on to the lead for good. Madison College would add three more runs, on three hits and one error, in the bottom of the seventh. DuCharme singled to right to bring in Bryce Barsness, and Jon Dybevik singled to center to score two in the form of DuCharme and Nathan Pollock. The WolfPack would give up just one more run, in the ninth, and close out the 7-4 victory.
Paul Poirier (6-2) grabbed the win for the WolfPack. Poirier pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up nine hits, three earned runs, struck out two, and walked just one. Danny Sullivan, who threw the game's final two-thirds of an inning, was credited with the save. Eric DuCharme and Jon Dybevik each finished with two RBI for the 'Pack. Landon Tenhagen, Bryce Barsness, and Nathan Pollock all added an RBI. Luke Maldonado scored a game-high two runs.
Madison College catcher Jake Page was named Tournament MVP. In three games, Page finished 3-for-9 (.333) at the plate with six RBI. Treysen Vavra led the team in hits throughout the tournament, finishing 6-for-13 (.462). WolfPack head coach Mike Davenport was named the Region IV Coach of the Year.
The WolfPack's first game in the NJCAA Division II World Series in Enid, OK will be played next Saturday, May 26 at 12:00 PM. Be sure to continue to check www.madisoncollegeathletics.com for all of your latest Madison College baseball news.