Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

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January 27, 2014

Navarro: Bulldogs baseball and Lady Bulldogs softball teams both earn national ranking

Corsicana — Navarro’s Bulldogs, who are hoping to return to the Juco World Series will open thir season with a doubleheader at home at noon on Friday against North Central.

And they will start the season ranked No. 5 in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Top 20 preseason poll.

The Bulldogs are ranked No. 8 in Collegiate Baseball’s Top 20 preseason poll.

The Lady Bulldogs softball team is ranked No. 13 in the NJCAA preseason poll.

The Bulldogs went 40-16 last year and came close to winning it all. They return three every day starters — Third baseman Grayson Lewis, catcher  Jovan Hernandez and outfielder J. P. Phillips — and two starting pitchers — J.D. Hammer and Jack Moffitt.

They also added LSU transfer Braden Strickland, a righthanded pitcher from Gun Barrel.

The Lady Bulldogs, who were 29-19, are loaded and added Golden Circle Player of the Year Olivia Farmer from Mildred.

The Lady Bulldogs, who bring back a lot of talent, bring back six starters, including All-American shortstop Monique Miller.

And the addition of power-hitting third baseman Kristen Ahearn,  transfer from Arkansas Tech, makes the left side of the Navarro defense one of the best in the nation.

A new rule allows two teams from the region to reach the national tournament, and that’s the goal at Navarro.

The Lady Bulldogs open their season in the Galveston Tournament, where they face Blinn at 9 a.m. on Friday.

 

 Here’s a look at the two polls:

 

NJCAA Baseball

Team        Last year’s record


1. Central Alabama       43-14    

2 Connors State              53-11

3 Grayson College         40-18

4 Palm Beach State      42-21

5  Navarro College     40-16

6 Central Arizona         43-15

7 Chipola College             40-20

8 Iowa Western            45-15     

9 Howard College         37-23     

10 Cochise College        52-19

11 Spartanburg             48-15

12 Walters State           38-18

13. Cowley County        45-11

14. Western Nevada     44-20

15 Neosho County        36-27     

16 Delgado College       47-11     

17 St. Coll. of Florida   45-13     

18 Georgia Perimeter   36-21     

19  Alvin College            38-22     

20 Crowder College     47-13

NJCAA Softball

1 Wallace State             55-12

2. Indian River                42-1

3 NE Okla. A&M               44-11

4. Pima College             50-19

5 Howard College             53-11     

6 Butler College               54-5

7 Galveston College      42-17     

8 Chipola College          45-10

9 Southern Idaho          50-11     

10 Odessa College         46-21

11 Lake Land College     50-7     

12 Iowa Western           42-14     

13 Navarro College     29-19    

14 Gulf Coast St.          43-19     

15 McLennan College   38-15     

16 Salt Lake College    53-11     

17 No. Central Texas   51-16

18 Eastern Arizona      41-17

19 Georgia Perimeter  23-16     

20 Spartanburg Meth. 41-15

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