Congratulations to the Roadrunner Baseball team and coaching staff which won the NJCAA Division III Championship last night in dramatic fashion over the host school Tyler Junior College in Tyler, TX. The Roadrunners led 4-1 heading into the 7th inning but Tyler tied the score at 4-4 in the 7th and the score remained tied until Tournament MVP Logan Morello hit an RBI double in the top of the 10th inning to score Mark Malec. Mike Ney came in to pitch the bottom of the 10th inning and sealed the win just before 1am EST.
This is the 16th national championship for Gloucester County College, the sixth for the GCC baseball program, and the first for head coach and full-time faculty member Mike Dickson.
The game got off to a slow start as it was delayed for one hour due to thunderstorms in the Tyler area. When it did start GCC came out playing their best baseball. GCC sophomore SS JJ Williams singled and then was knocked in by sophomore C Jim Best in the top of the first innning to start the scoring. Then sophomore pitcher Frank Vitrano got the team off to a great start on the mound. Vitrano went 6 and 1/3 innings allowing only 2 earned runs to the #2 ranked team in the nation. The Roadrunners added a run in the top of the second innnig on a single by sophomore 3B Logan Morello that scored freshman 1B Dave Prager. Tyler answered with a run in the bottom of the second inning but the Roadrunners added two more runs of their own in the top of the fourth to go ahead 4-1 and things looked like they would go smoothly but the host school put up a great fight.
The bottom of the 7th inning was a momentum changer as the host Tyler Apaches scored 3 runs and tied the game as they headed to the final two innnings. Great pitching by GCC's sophomore Matt Smith and Tyler's Keaton Parsell kept both teams bats silent all the way until the top of the 10th inning when Morello's clutch hit sealed the win and the national championship for the Roadrunners.
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Roadrunners Advance to National Championship Game
May 24, 2010 Tyler, TX
Gloucester County College used 3 run outbursts in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings to advance to the NJCAA Division III Championship game with a 9-1 victory over Herkimer County Community College. Rob Swift (Washington Township HS) hurled a two hitter, striking out eight, and only walking two, to gather the victory for the Roadrunners.
Jim Best accounted for the first two runs with a single in the third. JJ Williams had two hits for GCC. Other top performers for the Roadrunners included Logan Morello with one hit/two runs scored to continue his torrid pace in the series and is hitting .545, Alexi Colon with another hit and a RBI, and Ronnie Tanner with one hit/two runs scored/one RBI.
Gloucester County will now have a day off to await the winner from the losers bracket. Tyler Junior College will play Manchester Community College at 4:00 PM Tuesday with the winner advancing to play Herkimer County Community College at 7:00 PM. The winner of the 7:00 PM game will face Gloucester County College in the Championship series that begins on Wednesday night at 7:00 PM. Gloucester County College needs one more victory to win the National Championship.
Roadrunners Improve to 2-0 at World Series
May 23, 2010 Tyler, TX
The GCC Roadrunner baseball team came into the NJCAA Division III World Series as the #1 ranked team in the country and they have not disappointed. The Roadrunners defeated host Tyler Junior College (TX) 4-3 in ten innings on Saturday afternoon behind 7 1/3 strong innings of work by sophomore P Nick Alloway (Gateway HS). Alloway struck out 8 batters, walked 2, and allowed 3 earned runs while Logan Morello singled in Mark Malec (Wildwood Catholic HS) to win the game in the bottom of the tenth inning.
On Sunday night, the Roadrunners hammered Manchester Community College (CT) 10-2 to advance to the crucial Monday night matchup of undefeated teams in the double elimination format tournament. The Roadrunners will face the winner of the final Sunday game between Nassau CC (NY) and Herkimer CC (NY) on Monday night at 7pm (8 EST). The audio webcast of the games can be heard at: http://tsrnsports.com/. The official tournament website is: http://www.apacheathletics.com/f/NJCAA_D3_Baseball_National_Tournament_Home.php
On Sunday night the Roadrunners were led by another strong starting pitching performance as sophomore Mike Ney (Buena HS) threw a complete game 4 hit, 2 run gem. Ney struck out nine Manchester batters while walking none. Freshman Dave Prager (Deptford HS) went 3-4 with 2 RBI’s and is leading the Roadrunners at the plate so far batting .556 for the series.
Roadrunners Take Game 1 in Dramatic Fashion
May 22, 2010 Tyler, TX
Gloucester CC 4 Tyler Junior College 3 [ten innings] Logan Morello's walk off single in the bottom of the tenth inning scoring Mark Malec led the #1 ranked Roadrunners to a thrilling victory over the #2 ranked and host Tyler Junior College. Mark Malec led off the tenth inning by reaching base on an error. Dave Prager sacrificed Malec over to second base. Francisco Rodriquez sharp single sent Malec over to third. Logan Morello followed with a single over the left fielder's head to plate Malec and win the game for GCC. Morello led the Roadrunners [40-2] with three hits. Alexi Cruz belted a solo home run.
P Matt Smith took the win for GCC in relief of Nick Alloway. Alloway started the game for the Roadrunners and went 7 1/3 innings in a duel with Tyler ace Mike Bowen. Alloway struck out 8 batters, walked 2, and gave up 3 earned runs while Bowen struck out 13 Roadrunner batters while walking 2 and giving up 2 earned runs in his six innings of work.
The Roadrunners play Manchester Community College [Connecticut] on Sunday, May 23, at 4:00 PM.
NJCAA Division III World Series Preview
May 20, 2010
The Roadrunners will be competing in the NJCAA Division III World Series May 22-27 and this is the place to get all the latest information. The Roadrunners will play Saturday May 22 at noon in their opening game against host Tyler CC (TX). We will update as often as possible and add photos from the games as well as links to all the media coverage from Tyler.
The Roadrunners will play their opening round of the 2010 NJCAA Division III World Series at 1pm (EDT)/12 pm (CDT) on this Saturday, May 22 in Tyler, Texas vs Tyler JC. You can follow the Roadrunners live at the following website:
If the Roadrunners win on Saturday, they will play at 4 pm CDT/5 pm EDT on Sunday, if they lose on Saturday, we would play at 9 am CDT/10 am EDT on Sunday. It is a double elimination tournament.
Complete Tournament Schedule:
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Game 1: Riverland (District E) vs Manchester (District H), 9:00 AM
Game 2: Tyler (District C) vs Gloucester (District G), 12:00 PM
Game 3: Montgomery-Germantown (District D) vs Nassau (District F), 4:00 PM
Game 4: Herkimer (District A) vs Waubonsee (District B), 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2, 9:00 AM
Game 6: Loser Game 3 vs Loser Game 4, 12:00 PM
Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2, 4:00 PM
Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs Winner Game 4, 7:00 PM
Monday, May 24, 2010
Game 9: Loser Game 7 vs Winner Game 6, 12:00 PM
Game 10: Loser Game 8 vs Winner Game 5, 4:00 PM
Game 11: Winner Game 7 vs Winner Game 8, 7:00 PM
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Game 12: Winner Game 9 vs Winner Game 10, 4:00 PM
Game 13: Loser Game 11 vs Winner Game 12, 7:00 PM
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Game 14: Winner Game 11 vs Winner Game 13, 7:00 PM
Thursday, May 27, 2010 (If Necessary)
Game 15: Winner Game 14 vs Loser Game 14, 7:00 PM
Division III World Series - Official Site
World Series Preview - from NJ.com
World Series Preview - from NJCAA.org
NJCAA Region XIX Tournament Recap - from NJ.com
National Baseball Poll - from NJCAA.org, posted May 19