WICHITA, Kan. - (Bracket) - Wednesday, May 3, marks the beginning of the 2017 KCAC Baseball Postseason Tournament. Six teams will compete in a double elimination tournament with the champion crowned on Saturday, May 6. All games will be played at Great Bend Sports Complex in Great Bend, Kan.
Game No. 1: Wednesday, May 3 - 11 a.m.
No. 1 Oklahoma Wesleyan University (44-9, 20-6) vs. No. 6 McPherson College (24-28, 12-14)
The Eagles and the Bulldogs last met on March 25, where Oklahoma Wesleyan took the first two games (6-3, 4-3), before McPherson won game three 13-9 in Bartlesville. The Eagles are 13-2 in the month of April, while the Bulldogs are 11-6.
The winner of this matchup will take on the loser of Game No. 3 (Sterling vs. Friends) on Thursday, May 4, at 3 p.m. The loser will play the loser of Game No. 2 (Tabor vs. York) at 11 a.m. on Thursday.
Players to watch:
Oklahoma Wesleyan's Chris Acosta-Tapia leads the team in batting average (0.456), while Will Price is the team's leader in total RBI's (73), and Scott Weaver leads the Eagles with nine stolen bases this season. On the mound, Carlos Aldana currently has the best ERA for the Oklahoma Wesleyan pitching staff, coming in at 2.90 in 14 games and 68.1 innings pitched. Acosta-Tapia is currently ranked first in the NAIA in total bases per game (3.302), total hits (88), total bases (175), and slugging percentage (0.907).
Lane Fleming leads McPhersonwith a 0.395 batting average and 49 RBI's this season, while Dylan Klava leads the team with 10 stolen bases. Fleming is 23rd nationally in total putouts (355), 40th in putouts per game (7.100), and 49th in home runs (12). From the mound, Matthew Green has been the Bulldogs most dominant pitcher, with a 3.49 ERA and five wins to his name. Green finished the regular season fifth in the KCAC for ERA, and third in opponent batting average (0.255).
Game No. 2: Wednesday, May 3 - 3 p.m.
No. 2 Tabor College (38-13, 18-8) vs. No. 5 York College (28-23, 16-10)
Just a few weeks ago, Tabor and York met for their regular season matchup, with York taking two games in Hillsboro, Kan. Game one went to the Panthers, 19-2, while the Bluejays came back to win game two, 9-8, before York took the final game of the series, 20-5, on April 9.
The winner of Tabor/York will take on the winner of Sterling/Friends on Thursday at 7 p.m., while the loser of this game will take on the loser of Oklahoma Wesleyan/McPherson Thursday at 11 a.m.
Players to watch:
Four of the top 10 batting averages in the conference belong to players from Tabor. Jordan Harris leads the team and the KCAC at 0.462, while Jacob Jones sits in fifth with a 0.436 average. Harris has also done his part for the Bluejays' pitching staff, leading the way with a 3.29 ERA in 52.0 innings over 10 games. Jagger Harjo leads the team with 51 total strikeouts and eight wins this season. As a team, Tabor is first in the NAIA in batting average (0.385), total hits (642), hits per game (12.588), and slugging percentage (0.605).
Nick Carney (SR/Pleasanton, Calif) leads the Panthers with a 0.380 batting average and has recorded 57 hits so far this season, while also bringing in 51 runners in 45 games. Timmion Hughes (SR/Vallejo, Calif) is the team's leader in stolen bases (42), good for third in the NAIA. Hughes also ranks second in total steal attempts (50), fourth in steal attempts per game (0.980), and fifth in stolen bases per game (0.824). On the mound, Billy Damon (JR/Reno, Nev) leads York with a 4.76 ERA, while Adam Kimmel (JR/San Ramon, Calif) leads the team with 64 strikeouts (9.34 per game). As a team, the Panthers are sixth in stolen bases per game (2.569) and steal attempts per game (3.196), seventh in total stolen bases (131), and 10th in home runs per game (1.255).
Game No. 3: Wednesday, May 3 - 7 p.m.
No. 3 Sterling College (35-16, 17-10) vs. No. 4 Friends University (31-18, 16-10)
The final game played on Wednesday will be the No. 3 seed Sterling, and the No. 4 seed Friends. The second weekend of conference play this year is when Sterling hosted Friends, with the Warriors going 2-1 in the three-game series. Friends took the first game, 5-2, while Sterling nabbed games two and three, 7-0, and 7-6.
The winner of Sterling/Friends will play the winner of Tabor/York on Thursday at 7 p.m., while the loser will take on the winner of Oklahoma Wesleyan/McPherson at 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Players to watch:
The Warriors are led in batting my Miguel Reyes, who holds a 0.373 batting average heading into the tournament and ranks sixth nationally in total doubles (22), and ninth in doubles per game (0.440). Javoni Thomas leads the team in RBI (44), while Reyes is the team's leader in stolen bases with 14 this season. On the mound, Jerrott Gray leads Sterling with a 4.79 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 73.1 innings over 13 games. As a team, the Warriors are third in the KCAC in ERA (5.22), and third in opponent batting average (0.274).
For the Falcons, Ryan Baca leads the pitching staff with a 3.01 ERA and 72 strikeouts this season, while also ranking 12th nationally in innings pitched per game (6.667), 13th in wins (9), and 22nd in total innings pitched (86.2). Augie Isaacson leads Friends with a 0.433 batting average and 30 stolen bases, ranking 14th nationally in hits per game (1.604), 16th in doubles per game (0.417), 17th in total hits (77), 19th in total doubles (20), and 20th in total stolen bases (30). As a team, the Falcons are 21st in the NAIA in ERA (3.620).
Great Bend Sports Complex is located at 41 McKinley Street in Great Bend, Kansas. Ticket prices for the tourmanent are $10 for adults, $6 for Seniors (55 and up) and Faculty & Staff (with identification), $3 for Students and those aged 6-18, children 5 and under gain entry free of charge. Only NAIA passes will be accepted.
Wednesday, May 3 is Great Bend Community Night. Tickets to any game that day are available at the city office, 1209 Williams, or the Recreation Center, 1214 Stone. Tickets can be exchanged for a wristband at the gate and will be good for any game on May 3. Contact Christina Hayes for more information.