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For Immediate Release
5/16/2016
Contact: Zina L. Carter  979-532-6417

PIONEERS BASEBALL TEAM ADVANCES IN REGIONAL TOURNAMENT


Wharton County Junior College first baseman Ricky Gonzalez of Corpus Christi leaps around the catcher to score a run during the Pioneers’ regional game against Angelina College on May 13 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. WCJC beat Angelina, 11-8, to advance to the second round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIV Tournament, against Navarro. The Pioneers beat Navarro, 5-4, and will play tonight against San Jacinto College. Game time is 7 p.m. at Concordia University in Austin.

The Wharton County Junior College Pioneers baseball team will take on conference rival San Jacinto College in Austin tonight in a match-up that could signal who will make it to the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series.

The Pioneers, now 2-0 in the NJCAA’s Region XIV Tournament, will play the San Jacinto Gators at 7 p.m. tonight, May 16, at Concordia University in Austin. San Jacinto is also undefeated in the tournament, beating Bossier in the first round and Panola College in the second.

WCJC beat Angelina College on Friday, May 13, by an 11-8 score and then defeated Navarro, 5-4, in a nail-biting victory played late Sunday at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday but inclement weather postponed it until the next day. The weather continued to wreak havoc on Sunday, however, delaying game time by more than five hours.

WCJC baseball coach Keith Case said the winner of tonight’s game against San Jacinto will have a day off before playing in the final round of the regional tournament on Wednesday. The loser will play at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Whoever wins the regional tournament will head to the NJCAA World Series, scheduled for May 27 to June 4 in Grand Juction, Colo.

WCJC has a 22-18 conference record this season and has played San Jacinto eight times, winning two and losing six. The Gators are 31-9 in conference play.

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