There are only four spots left in the 2019 Alpine Bank JUCO World Series as of Thursday. Three more teams punched their ticket and it is going to be a stacked tournament.
Chattahoochee Valley Pirates
The Chattahoochee Valley Pirates are coming back to Grand Junction for the fifth time in the last five years. They’re a regular when it comes to the national tournament, but they haven’t won a title and boast a (6-10) JUCO record.
Last year they came into the tourney as the No. 3 seed, but were the first team eliminated. However, they return 15 players from 2018’s roster to give them the most JUCO experience out of almost every team.
Under former assistant and first year head coach Hunter Vick the Pirates went (35-18) and hope to make a deeper run in this year’s tournament.
The Pirates will play No. 14 New Mexico Junior College 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 25.
Navarro College Bulldogs
The 2011 JUCO champs are coming back to Suplizio after a six year absence. Navarro is the No. 15 team in the country and is making its fourth World Series appearance.
The Bulldogs are (8-4) in their JUCO background and ended the 2019 season with a (38-18) overall record to become the Southern District champs in the tough state of Texas.
Navarro will play No. 16 Chipola at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 25.
Walters State Senators
The 2018 JUCO runner-ups are making their return. No. 3 Walters State won the East Central District by beating No. 2 Gordon State.
In 2018, the Senators came to the Valley as the No. 1 team in the country, but was upset twice by Chipola in the championship round. But, they are back and looking for the title. This is their 9th JUCO appearance and they won a title back in 2006.
The best way to describe this team is a powerhouse as they are dangerous on offense and defense. This Tennessee team is top 10 in the country in six major hitting categories.
- 2nd – Runs (568)
- 2nd – RBI (522)
- 4th – Hits (643)
- 4th – Doubles (139)
- 8th – HR (73)
- 9th – Batting Average (.349)
The Senator’s pitching is almost just as scary as they boast a 2.35 ERA which is No. 2 in the country, and 553 strikeouts, which is No. 5 in the country.
Walters State plays in the first game of the tournament against the Central District champions at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 25.