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Mideast Region / Re: Rank the Mideast Region
« on: May 20, 2019, 08:42:00 am »
Congrats to the Fighting Scots definitely proving that they belonged!  Good coaching moves during the games on Saturday to get Faxon and Dippman out of the game early realizing that they could be needed on Sunday.  It was all made possible by the Scot offense which broke out early and often in both of Saturday's games.  The offense also showed up Sunday getting the Scots an early lead in both games.  Both Dippman and Faxon pitched fantastic on Sunday as well to secure the Regional title.

The series against Heidelberg should be a good one. 

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Mideast Region / Re: Rank the Mideast Region
« on: May 17, 2019, 12:42:57 pm »
According to the announcers it was the dreaded soft tossing lefty that did them in.  Wooster certainly didn't instill confidence that the selection committee made the right choice.  Wooster's starter, Hill, and the reliever, Linde, pitched a heck of a game only allowing 2 runs, both on a 2 run HR in the 3rd inning.  Their offense definitely did not show up today.

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Mideast Region / Re: Rank the Mideast Region
« on: May 16, 2019, 11:59:27 am »
Me too.  The OAC teams have seen him, of course, but it would be interesting to see the out-of conference matchups against other Mideast Region schools. 

The starter most likely going for Rochester threw a no hitter in the opening round of their conference tourney. So that could make things even more interesting.
 Everyone has pretty good pitching and hitting at this point.  It usually boils down to whatever team gets hot at the right time.

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Mideast Region / Re: Rank the Mideast Region
« on: May 16, 2019, 08:29:41 am »
Denison's graduation is Saturday May 18th, so they most likely did not apply to host.  I believe that they are still the #1 seed at the Adrian Regional.  The selection committees have put emphasis on SoS for many years and they obviously rewarded both CWRU and Wooster for being #4 and #6 in the country in SoS.  Also, Wooster won the winner's bracket in the conference tourney and if they had pulled off one more victory, would they have been the overall #1 team in the Regional Rankings?  They ended up #3 behind both Denison and Heidelberg (https://www.ncaa.com/rankings/baseball/d3/regional-rankings).  If so, then they absolutely deserve to be in the tourney and host.  I think there are some nationally that like Pettorini and some that wouldn't hesitate to put the screws to him.  For instance, in 2015 they finished 36-9 and were not selected for regionals even though they had the #1 scoring offense in the country and had more wins than just about anyone else in the country.  They were told it was basically due to their SoS.  Lesson learned and now they are in, and beat the #1 team in the region 3 out of 5 times.

Regarding the regional pairings - as the d3baseball.com staff has already noted, it appears that the selection committee is keeping more teams in region this year.  With that being the case, in the Mideast Region, they also separated the conference foes.  Heidelberg is geographically closer to Adrian than Otterbein, and Wooster is hosting so Denison also went to Adrian.  Other than that if you are moving Rochester into the Mideast, they are much closer to Wooster.  The two left are LaRoche and Case, which are both closer to Wooster than Adrian.  Who knows the reasoning in this one unless you want the CWRU-Wooster matchup.  Also, LaRoche was in the Adrian regional last year so there is some familiarity.  The seedings based on the regional rankings are also a little off center with Adrian having the 1,2,4 and 8 ranked teams in the region and Wooster hosting the 3, 5, 9 from the Mideast and 8 ranked team from the New York region. 

What's done is done and I am ready for some great post-season baseball.

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Mideast Region / Re: Rank the Mideast Region
« on: May 13, 2019, 12:38:49 pm »
HCAC champ Franklin travels to Texas Lutheran.

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Mideast Region / Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: May 13, 2019, 11:18:26 am »
I think it depends on how far BW drops in the Regional Rankings since they went 0-2 in the OAC tournament.  Their record stands at 25-15, with them losing 7 of their last 12, which may make it possible they drop behind both Case and Wooster in the Regional Rankings.  Guessing they BW is out.

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Mideast Region / Re: BB: NCAC: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: May 12, 2019, 09:31:10 am »
Conference tournament went to the full 7 games with Denison coming through the losers bracket to win the automatic bid.  It was clear that the two best teams are Wooster and Denison.  The big questions is does Wooster, in Coach Pettorini's last season, get an at-large bid regionals?  Their strength of schedule is now #6 in the country and they are 26-12.  For the first time in many years, Wooster did get in their full 40 games during the regular season, playing only 34 prior to the conference tournament, due to the weather.  They most likely would have won at least 4 of those 6 games and the 30 wins would have looked much better on their final record.  It is amazing that a bid to the post-season could come down to just 1 victory or loss during the year.  If they had beaten CWRU then I think they would be a shoo in, but even though their record is better than Case's (Woo 26-12 vs Case 22-13) and their strength of schedule is just 2 slots behind Case's, the fact that Case beat them during the regular season could be the deciding factor.  I honestly hope there is room for both teams.

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Mideast Region / Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: May 07, 2019, 05:52:52 pm »
According to Marietta's 2019 Media Guide, the last time they were not in the top 4 in the OAC was 1968.  In 1983, they finished 3rd.

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Mideast Region / Re: BB: NCAC: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: May 04, 2019, 10:02:16 am »
Big weekend for the NCAC.  The regular season champion is still in play as there is only a 1 game difference between Wooster and Denison, with Wooster to play 4 games and Denison 2.  They are both locks for the conference tournament but it looks like 5 other teams are vying for the last 2 spots.  Exciting weekend for baseball.  Just hoping that they are able to play and does not get washed out.

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Mideast Region / Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: April 30, 2019, 01:50:17 pm »
Tough loss for Mount in their final home game.  Up 7-1 on Wooster in the 8th they surrender 6 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to fall 9-7.  I'd like to see a video of the 9th because somehow both runs scored when the Wooster batter hit a ball back to the pitcher and ended up scoring on the play.  E1, E9.  I assume the pitcher made a bad throw to 1st and then the RF made a bad throw getting it back in?  Regardless, that would be a first.  Don't think I've ever seen a college kid hit one back to the mound and run around the bases Little League style and score!

I was listening to the game online .... Wooster batter bunted the ball, the pitcher fielded it and slipped before or during his throw.  The ball got past the first baseman and the batter was heading to third when another errant throw occurred and got past the 3rd baseman and allowed the batter to score.  The Mount announcer even called it a Little League Home Run when he scored.

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Mideast Region / Re: BB: NCAC: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: April 29, 2019, 12:15:15 pm »
Big doubleheader last Saturday with Denison playing at Wooster.  Denison took the early lead in the first game and looked like it was off to the races.  The Scots' offense came alive and powered back to a 16-9 victory.  The second game was little tamer, with Denison again coming out in front early and the Scots getting some clutch hitting late in the game to secure the 6-5 victory and the sweep.  Wooster now holds a 2 game advantage over Denison for the regular season title.

Other than the two losses to Wooster, Denison beat regionally ranked Heidelberg, John Carroll and Baldwin Wallace last week.  They are 30-5 and have 5 games left on the schedule.  Unless they completely fall apart, they should finish with their best record in school history and get a Pool C bid if they do not win the automatic bid from the conference tourney.  Their SOS is currently 96 and will probably get a little worse after this week as their last five opponents will not improve it.

Those two wins for Wooster were huge.  They have been a little inconsistent over the last couple of weeks and it usually comes in the mid week games where they throw a "staff day".  They have 8 games this week including 6 conference games so it could get a little dicey if their pitching is not strong this week.  Currently at 21-8, they need to pile up wins and to improve their overall resume.  Their SOS is currently 26, but will also fall a little this week.

I am interested to see how this DH sweep will affect the Regional Rankings.  Wooster went 3-0 this week and is now 5-6 vs RRO.  Denison went 3-2 this week and is now 4-3 vs RRO.

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Mideast Region / Re: Rank the Mideast Region
« on: April 14, 2019, 08:48:33 am »
Hope's strength of schedule is currently #375 out of 392 teams https://www.d3baseball.com/seasons/2019/schedule?tmpl=sos-template.  You still have to be good to have that kind of record.  As Ralph implied, many voters are most likely waiting to see how they fare against Adrian before placing them in the top 25.  Unfortunately, that is their last series of the year.

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Mideast Region / Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: April 01, 2019, 09:35:39 am »
Wow. You are absolutely correct.  I like aggressive baserunning, but you have to know the situation.  A split with Heidelberg was good, but you have to let your best and most experienced hitter hit.  I am sure that Brewer did not hesitate to point that out.  Splitting with both Heidelberg and BW keeps Marietta in the thick of things for the conference.  Overall, a good weekend for the Pioneers considering that most people probably expected Heidelberg to sweep.

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Mideast Region / Re: BB: NCAC: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: March 29, 2019, 07:47:59 am »
Denison gets the headline on www.d3baseball.comhttps://www.d3baseball.com/notables/2019/03/recap-03-28-2019.  They are worthy of the recognition as they look like the most consistently good team in the conference, if not the Mideast Region.  The big showdown with Wooster is not for another month and a lot of games need to be played before then.  Denison has doubleheaders with Wittenberg, DePauw and Allegheny coming up this week in conference play.

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Mideast Region / Re: Rank the Mideast Region
« on: March 28, 2019, 11:45:26 am »
Pitching and defense seem to be the calling card for CWRU year in and year out.  Seems like they have it again this year.  If they have a strong hitting lineup to pair with it, then they are going to be tough to top.  As usual, they have a tough schedule and should be battle tested come end of the season.  Having 6 losses already, though, and playing the schedule they do, will make it tough to get to the 28-30 wins usually needed to get a Pool B or C bid.  Their fate is in their own hands (sorry, overly obvious statement) as the 4 teams you mentioned all have hopes for a Mid-East regional bid.  Englander definitely does a great job with the program.

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