PRCC punches ticket to NJCAA Division II World Series
If there was ever a time to have home field advantage, it was this week for the Region XXIII Tournament.
Pearl River Community College took full advantage of being the host team. They are now heading back to the NJCAA Division II World Series for the third time in program history and the first time since 2019.
PRCC went a perfect 4-0 against a stacked six-team field, improving its overall record to 40-10 heading into the national tournament.
The Wildcats put the finishing touches on defending national champion LSU Eunice with yesterday’s 11-4 win in which they scored six runs off three home runs in the first inning alone.
The end result is the program’s first-ever state championship and World Series berth in the same season. Outfielder Tate Parker said, “I mean it’s a pretty cool record to break. Meaux Landry held that record and he was a hell of a player. It’s really, really honoring to have that. But right now, I’m just focusing on the team right now. We had a hard-fought battle to get here.”
Infielder Taylor Woodcock said, “It’s a special moment. Everything that goes into it, all the practices, all the workouts, the early mornings, late nights, it just means something to all of us. It’s a special moment for a special place.”
Head Coach Michael Avalon said, “A little surreal. We worked so hard for this all year and now it’s here. It’s kind of like wow, here it is. But you believed all year you’d be in this moment and here we are. Just thankful for it. Humbled. I know how tough it is to be here. This is the best league in the country. Thankfully, we’re the best team in this conference and in this region. That’s because of those guys behind me and how hard they work and they believe in each other. A special group, and just very, very thankful and humbled to be here.”
The JUCO World Series leads off on May 28th from David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid, Oklahoma.