ENID, OK (Madison College) -- It won't be an easy feat, winning an NJCAA Division II World Series Championship, in fact it never is. With that in mind, let's take a look at the tests the Madison College baseball team will face in Enid, OK from May 26 - June 2.
The fifth ranked WolfPack (43-11) will open up tournament play against seventh ranked Community College of Rhode Island (33-11) on Saturday, May 26 at 12:00 PM. The Knights won the East Region, having to get by Mercyhurst North East (ranked 19th) in the championship game. Community College of Rhode Island last made a World Series appearance back in 1996. Meanwhile, Madison College will be making their third straight appearance in Enid, OK. The WolfPack will more than likely see Connor Gleason on the mound. Gleason led the Knights in innings pitched (55), strikeouts (65), and wins (8) this season. Gleason won't be coming off his best performance though, giving up nine earned runs on nine hits, with six walks, in an 11-3 loss to Westchester CC in the Eastern District Baseball Tournament.
If the 'Pack can get by the Knights in their opener, they will next square off with the winner of Catawba Valley Community College (#9, Southeast Region, 36-15) and Heartland Community College (#2, Midwest Region, 51-6). That game would be scheduled for Monday, May 28 at 7:00 PM. The WolfPack played Heartland once this season, a single nine inning affair back on April 19, and the result wasn't good. Madison College fell to the Hawks 11-4, giving up 13 hits in the loss. Heartland, like Madison College, also competed in the NJCAA Division II World Series last season. The Hawks won their opening contest, besting UCONN Avery Point 9-6, prior to back-to-back losses to Jones County Junior College and Cecil College eliminated them from the tournament.
Should the WolfPack fall in their opening game against Community College of Rhode Island, the team would get the loser of Catawba Valley Community College and Heartland Community College. This game would prove to be the tournament's first elimination game, and is scheduled for Sunday, May 27 at 3:30 PM.
The other teams scheduled to compete in this year's NJCAA Division II World Series include Louisiana State University Eunice (#1, South Region, 52-4), Lackawanna College (#3, Northeast Region, 46-10), Des Moines Area Community College (#4, North Plains Region, 50-13), defending champion Western Oklahoma State College (#6, Plains Region, 44-15), Scottsdale Community College (#8, Southwest Region, 38-22), and finally Grand Rapids Community College (#10, North Region, 39-22).
Madison College enters the NJCAA Division II World Series in Enid, OK riding a six-game winning streak. The team rolled through both their sectional and regional tournaments, outscoring their opponents 53-15 along the way.