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The Tournament of Champions Preview


Noah Sharp
PBR Texas JUCO Insider

Every year San Jac puts on one of the biggest Pre-Season get-togethers in the country. The Tournament of Champions. Usually, teams from all across the country make the trek to Houston to take part in it. Last years was cut short due to weather so it did not happen. This season however the top teams from all across the state will come to take part. This years field consists of nine teams, eight are from Texas the other is from Louisiana (Baton Rouge CC). Of those eight, seven are in the PBR Texas JUCO Top 25, with six being in the Top 10.

Over these three days, 18-games will be played and here is an in-depth look at each teams weekend, along with who will have the toughest week, who has the most to lose, and who has the most to gain.



Laredo

2/9

2/9

2/10

2/10

Baton Rouge

McLennan

Baton Rouge

Navarro


Laredo has an interesting weekend. They do play two of the top teams in the state but also have two games against the lone out of state team Baton Rouge. They have a chance to upset both McLennan and Navarro which would lead to some interesting movement.


Key Players

Ram Maldonado LHP Uncommitted
Justin Mora RHP Uncommitted
Ulises Nunez Jr. OF Uncommitted
Sterling Jones 1B/OF Uncommitted
Robert Arredondo OF Uncommitted


#17 Alvin

2/8

2/8

2/9

2/10

McLennan

Howard

Odessa

Grayson


Alvin has the most to gain out of this weekend. Playing 4 of the Top 10 teams in the state will mean that they will have a tough weekend but if they are to come out on top then they will make a huge jump in both Region and State Rankings.

Key Players

Hunter Murray RHP Sam Houston Commit-
Gerrit Van Zijil LHP Texas Tech Commit-1-0,15.00 K/9, 0 BB, 0.00 ERA
Kevin Roliard RHP Uncommitted-1-0, 11.57 K/9, 5 BB, 1.29 ERA
Garrett Poston INF Uncommitted-.438/.471/.813, 2 HR, 8 RBI
Javeon Cody OF Uncommitted- .417/.619/.750, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 6 SB


#9 Navarro

2/8

2/9

2/10

2/10

Odessa

Howard

Laredo

Baton Rouge


The Bulldogs have the most up for grabs this weekend. Yes they play two of the top teams in the state, but their other two games are against unranked teams that could hurt them if they were to lose.


Key Players

Angelo Gennari LHP Sam Houston Commit
Ryan Johnston RHP Central Arkansas Commit
Justin Moore C Texas Southern Commit-
Mason Holt OF ULM Commit-
Estaban Cardoza INF Baylor Commit


#8 Odessa

2/8

2/9

2/9

2/10

Navarro

Alvin

San Jac

Grayson


The Wranglers have one of the tougher weekends out of the bunch. Playing top-ranked San Jac always adds a tough game. That, however, will not be their only big test. They will play a hot Alvin team along with the powers of Grayson and Navarro.


Key Players

Angel Torres 3B Western Carolina Commit-.250/.400/1.000, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Mason McLenna CF New Mexico Commit-.500/.500/1.500,1 Double, 1 HR, 2RBI
Harry Fulerton 1B New Mexico Commit-.000/.400/.000 ,1BB
Marc Luna LHP Uncommitted-
Noah Bartlett RHP Uncommitted -


#5 Howard

2/8

2/8

2/9

2/10

Alvin

McLennan

Navarro

San Jac


The Hawks also have on of the toughest weekends. As always they will end with a game against San Jac which should be one of the top games of the weekend.

Key Players

Nicco Cole RHP Cal State Fullerton Commit
David Bates RHP Tulane Commit
Ricky Apodaco LHP Uncommitted
Brett Cain UTL Houston Commit-.500/.500/.750 1 Double
Tyson Zanski C New Mexico Commit-


#4 Grayson

2/8

2/9

2/10

2/10

San Jac

Baton Rouge

Odessa

Alvin


Right off the bus Grayson starts with the top dog San Jac. This weekend marks the first weekend of play for them so look for them to come out swinging.


Key Players

Nathan Hawkins LHP Grambling Commit-
Ryan Rickett RHP Uncommitted-
TJ Mullins LHP Uncommitted-
Wade Elliott 3B Uncommitted-
Cordell Dunn C Uncommitted-


#3 McLennan

2/8

2/8

2/9

2/9

Alvin

Howard

San Jac

Laredo


The Highlanders look to continue their hot streak this weekend. With games against Howard and San Jac look for them to have a tough weekend.


Key Players

Grant Miller LHP TCU Commit-
Jase Embry RHP Uncommitted-1-0 7.2 K/9, 1.80 ERA 2 BB
Ryan Bishop C UTSA Commit-.167/.333/.250 1 Double, 1 RBI
Cole Moore C/1B Uncommitted-.320/.400/3640, 2 Doubles, 2 HR, 10 RBI
Garrett Martin SS Uncommitted-.286/.423/.714, 3 HR, 7 RBI


#1 San Jac

2/8

2/9

2/9

2/10

Grayson

Odessa

McLennan

Howard


The Host team has the toughest weekend. All of their games are against teams in the top 8 in the state.


Key Players

Jackson Rutledge RHP Kentucky Commit-0-0,16.20 K/9, 0.00 ERA, 0 BB
Luke Little LHP South Carolina Commit-2 SV, 1.1 IP, 2 K, 0 BB
Dane Acker RHP Oklahoma Commit-1-0, 13.50 K/9 .90 ERA, 3 BB
Andrew Papantonis SS/OF Houston Commit-.278/.350/.333 1 Double, 1 RBI
Tyriece Silas OF Texas State Commit-.231/.333/.308 1 Double, 2 Stolen Bases

 

 

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