Thank You

I had a blast covering the NJCAA Division 3 World Series. I met a lot of great people from all of the schools and had a great time. A huge thank you goes out to the TJC athletic department and all of the schools that were at the tournament. A big thank you goes out to everyone who read this blog throughout the tournament. I still plan on using this blog to cover sporting events and hope you guys stay tuned!

-Jarah Wright

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Gloucester Wins National Championship

The Gloucester Roadrunners

The Gloucester County College Roadrunners

Gloucester County College dominated during the World Series Tournament this week remaining undefeated as they took home the national championship title. The Roadrunners defeated the Century College Mighty Wood Ducks 16-4 Wednesday night at Mike Carter Field.

Head coach Mike Dickson said the team overcame obstacles throughout the year leading to their championship run.

“We were down guys all year,” Dickson said. “We had some outfielders that were hurt during the year. We had infielders that were hurt later in the year so we finally got healthy going into the region tournament and carried it over into the world series.”

Whenever the team left Sewell, New Jersey, Dickson said he had one thing on his mind.

“I told somebody before we left, wrestling has got six national championships as well,” Dickson said. “We kind of want to set ourselves a little bit apart with our seventh national title. We just wanted to play well and show everyone what we can do.”

One of the key players on the Roadrunners’ team was tournament MVP outfielder Narciso Crook. Dickson said Crook improved all season leading up to bursting out of the gate at the World Series.

“He’s done a great job from day one. He came in as a little bit raw as a baseball player when we started out in the fall,” Dickson said. “He bought into everything we told him and he got into this tournament and really shined.”

Crook said winning the Most Valuable Player award took him by surprise.

“My season has been great. It wouldn’t have been anything without my team,” Crook said. “I’ve had support from them throughout the whole year. They knew I could come in and have a big year and it just happened. I became MVP out of nowhere and it’s an awesome feeling.”

He added that the team had a strong bond throughout the season that carried over into their championship performance.

“Since the beginning, we were together. We bonded perfectly,” Crook said. “There’s not too many freshman so the team already kind of knew each other and from there everything just clicked. Defense, hitting, and pitching have been there all year. We were aiming for win the world series and here we are. We won it.”

With a seventh national championship under their belt, Dickson said the team will take a break before starting to focus on next season.

“This is our 19th time in the last 22 years being in the college world series and our fourth straight,” Dickson said. “I really just want to enjoy this moment and start preparing for next year sometime next week. We have to try and reload for next year and hopefully get another chance to come back here to Tyler.”

Crook said he trusts Dickson and isn’t too worried about the future of Gloucester baseball.

“My coach does a great job of getting guys to come here,” Crook said. “Gloucester is always going to be a good team as long as we keep on winning.”

Photos: Trophy Presenation

Photos by Jarah Wright

2013 NJCAA Division 3 World Series All-Tournament Team

The 2013 NJCAA Division 3 World Series All-Tournament Team includes:

Nassau Community College- Pitcher Alex Brosnan

Niagara Community College- Outfielder Mike Orlowski

Brookhaven College- First baseman/Outfielder Alex Anderson

Waubonsee Community College- Outfielder Cody Burton

Pitcher Chris Anderson

Gloucester County College- Pitcher Jeff Singer

Infielder Tom Kain

Infielder Eric Frain

Catcher Alex Debellis

Century College- Infielder Jordan Stroh

Infielder Zach Nielsen

Outfielder Jace Otto

Tournament MVP- Outfielder Narciso Crook from Gloucester County College

Coach of the Tournament- Mike Dickson from Gloucester County College

Game 14: Gloucester County College vs. Century College

Gloucester’s offense came alive putting ten runs on the board in the sixth inning en route to a 16-4 win over Century College to take the NJCAA Division III World Series championship.

The Roadrunners opened up the game with runs in the first inning. Matt Ackerman led off with an infield single followed by a Bryan Pearlnutter single to put runners on the corners for Tom Kain who into a fielder’s choice which took Ackerman off the basepaths. Alex Debellis followed with a fielder’s choice that took Kain out and left runners on the corners again. Narciso Crook then stepped into the box and smacked his second home run of the tournament over the left field fence to make it 3-0. A strikeout ended the top half.

Century College looked to chip away at the lead in the bottom half. With two outs, catcher Zach Horn singled to left field to give the Mighty Wood Ducks their first runner of the game. Zach Nielsen drew the walk before Jake Lindberg singled to bring in Horn to score. A strikeout ended the inning. Century added a run in the second before tying the game with a run in the fourth.

But Gloucester’s offense came alive in the fifth inning as the Roadrunners batted through the order putting multiple hits and runs on the board. Pearlnutter opened the frame with a single to right field follwed by a Kain single to left field. Debellis was hit with a pitch to load the bases. Crook then hit a 2 RBI single to right field to put Gloucester up 5-3. Bret Phillips was waled to load the bases and Eric Frain hit a single to right field which brought in another run. Century quickly got two outs including a ground out that scored Crook. Ackerman walked to load the bases for the second time in the inning. Pearlnutter stepped in for the his second at-bat of the inning and hit another single which brought in Frain and made the score 9-3. A wild pitch brought in Ackerman. Kain was walked before Debellis belted a double up the middle which scored another run. Crook hit another 2 RBI double to give the Roadrunners a 13-3 lead before a strikeout ended the inning. Gloucester added another run in the sixth to make it 14-3.

Century added their last run of the game in the eighth inning. Gloucester quickly got two outs before Ben Lamere hit a double to left field. Zach Horn then drew a walk before Zach Nielsen put the ball in play. A throwing error allowed Lamere to score the Mighty Wood Ducks’ fourth and final run of the game. Gloucester added two runs in the top of the ninth inning and had a 1-2-3 bottom half to make the final score 16-4.

Gloucester County College wins the national championship and Century College is the national runner-up.

Photos: Gloucester County College vs. Century College

Photos by Jarah Wright

Team Of The Century

The dugout erupted in cheers, high fives, and hugs as the Century College Mighty Wood Ducks defeated Waubansee Community College to make it to the national championship game. Among them was Jared Dettman, a pitcher who had the opportunity to forgo college to play professional baseball but instead opted to get an education first.

Dettman showed natural talent throughout high school which attracted the attention of the Minnesota Twins.

“I had gotten to know the Twins scout that drafted me,” Dettman said. “When I was a sophomore, he invited me to a camp that they held and things just went from there. I got better my junior and senior year and apparently they liked something about me.”

Dettman was drafted in the 46th round of the 2011 MLB amateur draft by the Minnesota Twins. The draft had such standouts such as Trevor Bauer and Dylan Bundy. But instead of following in their footsteps by choosing to sign and start a professional baseball career, Dettman went a different route.

“In high school I didn’t really know what to expect with the draft,” Dettman said. “School is important to me. I figure if I get drafted, it’s definitely an honor but I thought I should get a few years of school in first.”

Dettman spent the 2012 baseball season playing for the University of Connecticut but decided that it wasn’t the right fit for him. He decided to move back home and find a place where he could lay a solid educational foundation while playing the sport he loves.

“I started looking at Division II four-year schools at first and then I decided that I kind of want to go back to Division I baseball so then junior college came into the mix,” Dettman said. “I visited Century and liked everything about it.”

Jared Dettman looks in for the sign.

Jared Dettman pitching in the NJCAA Division III World Series.

The 2013 season marked the third season of Century’s young baseball program. However, that didn’t intimidate or deter Dettman.

“I came over, visited Century and liked everything about it. I looked up Dwight (Kotila) and knew he had a really good reputation with previous teams and had a lot of success with them,” Dettman said. “I talked to Randy (Briesacher), our pitching coach, and knew he knew his stuff because he was a scout and had played professional baseball himself.”

Dettman said he has seen the team grow throughout the course of the season and that supporting each other has been key to their success.

“I feel like at first we were a little bumpy all around. I mean the first couple of games we had in the Metrodome in Minnesota, they weren’t our greatest to say the least,” Dettman said. “But it was definitely something that helped us see what we had to fix and really focus on. Every guy has put in so much work and really leaned on each other. If it’s not one guy, then another guy will step up and help him out so it’s really cool.”

Head baseball coach Dwight Kotila has seen success through coaching several winning teams. He took Riverland Community College to the NJCAA World Series in 1998 and led Ridgewater College to six different world series tournaments finishing as the national runner-up in 2005. He said he thinks this team has the potential to go all the way.

“In my 16 years of doing this, this is the deepest team I’ve ever had and I’ve been to the World Series eight times,” Kotila said. “I couldn’t ask for better guys.”

Despite the optimism, Kotila said he knows the road ahead won’t be easy.

“I can’t even think about a national championship right now,” Kotila said. “We’ll have to beat Gloucester twice which is going to be tough because they’re a really good team.

Dettman agreed saying although it will be tough, he thinks they have a chance.

“It’s what everybody works for and it would be a crazy experience,” Dettman said. “Gloucester is a good team. I think we have a chance to show them what we can do and hopefully a national championship can be a possibility.”