If you have a kid playing or are just a fan or Alum of a D3 school you are already aware of the 2 week frenzy that are the conference tournaments. Last night about midnight the NCAA posted the teams and brackets for this years road to Appleton. https://www.ncaa.com/news/baseball/article/2018-05-14/2018-ncaa-division-iii-baseball-championship-selections-announced There will be all the typical madness that goes along with the 8 regionals being played simultaneously. There will be some great...
On another board, folks who seem to know what they are talking about say that Trinity was excluded because their SOS was weak, they went 0-2 in their conference tourney, they lost to teams with losing records. and they sputtered to the finish line. Apparently performance in the last 25% of the year is a new criteria for selection.
Probably D3baseball board. SOS is very important criteria, in the selection process. However out west due to distances and other factors, it can be difficult, to put a together a strong schedule. However it is a well known criteria, and has been for a while. Cal Lu suffered the same fate a couple of years back. Best way to get to the regional, is win your conference tournament. Don't leave it up to the committee. This is especially true out west.
Yeah SOS is a big ... which is why Cal Lu, after it got screwed that year by SOS started scheduling either a second Spring trip or extra home games with non-conference teams who were looking for warm places to play. It also played a role in the SCIAC eliminating what had been their end of the season, pre-tournament round-robin. Gives them all more chances to play strong non-conference opponents. This year perhaps as a result 2 SCIAC teams are in. Unfortunately, Cal Lu kind of sucked. From...
I didn't dig very deep before I made my comment. I have not completely understood the complexities of the selection process, but with Trinity finishing the season in the top 20, I just assumed they should be given a shot. Didn't realize their SOS was relatively weak. Thanks for the clarifying info. Obvious to me now that Amherst wouldn't have made the tournament without winning the conference title. I get it.
One other thing. The D3baseball top 25, while very accurate in my opinion, has nothing to do with the selection process. There are many pro's and cons in each region. While it is tough to build a strong Strength Of Schedule out west, they start much earlier and the games are more spread out. So much so, that they need fewer pitchers during the regular season.
BLD, I understand that now more than ever. Kai's team played about ten games the last two weeks of the season. It was crazy. And they ALL mattered. The league has a west and east division with 5 teams in each division. They only play 12 games that count toward reaching the playoffs, and only two teams in each division make the conference playoffs. Each 3 game series is huge. And the weather mashed them all together, where one day there'd be a rainout makeup and the next the beginning...
I agree, and you need to be good for real long time to get in it. Although the regional selection process is better. They are doing a better job of sticking to the criteria. Whether that criteria is correct or fair is a whole other matter.
Heartbreaking loss for Amherst. Avoidable throwing error led to winning run in bottom of 8th. Son is taking it pretty well. He had a decent game. Started in center, 1/4, single started Amherst's 2 run rally that put them ahead. Will know their opponent later tonight. No one is really standing out yet in the regional.
I hate it when a play like that decides a game. Welp, it's not for nothing that they don't want to rent cars to kids until they are 25yo, even if they go to a school like Amherst. Good luck in the next one! BTW... YUGE upset win for Willamette today out West over #1 seed Chapman. Congrats to the Bearcats!
West region all the lower seeds won in the first round. Including the Willamette bearcats. I got a dog in that race. Tomorrow the 1 and 2 seeds play each other in the losers bracket, so one team will be eliminated. All our games started on time but each ran late. One went 10 innings the others had lots of action. The late game was supposed to start at 6 on original schedule, it just finished at 11 pm. Back to SOS, most of the teams hosted Swarthmore this year. It was the first time in s...
And now they've won Game 2, beating Cortland 2-1. That region is bananas: 6 of the 7 games so far have been low-scoring one-run games. Two of those have gone into extras. Amherst, sadly for me, is out, losing 2-1 to St. Joseph's Long Island, which got an amazing pitching performance. Amherst's was good, too, but St. J's was even better.
My boy’s team was eliminated at the New York Regional today. Particularly tough on him because he was knocked out with an injury after winning Game 1. He had started every game this season. Heartbreaking to watch. Saw some excellent pitching here over the 3 days. Lots of close games. The bats just never caught fire for our guys. Very emotional scene after the game for all the seniors and their teammates who will miss them dearly.
Two NCAC teams in the Mideast regional championship. Wooster and Wabash. I am torn. I think Woosterbwould go farther in the next round, however I have trouble rooting for the Scots, being a Bishop fan. I also like the head coach at Wabash, Jake Martin. So I guess I will be rooting for the Little Giants. I just hope I did not jinx them.
Quality work by the boys from Misericordia, as best as I could tell there was one weak team in that bracket and Mis didn't play them. So many games decided late, one swing or one play can change a season. Follow up from earlier in the thread - Swarthmore wins NY going undefeated and earns trip to the WS. Well done.
"The region’s top three seeds have a combined 74 NCAA tournament appearances, 27 trips to the Division III World Series and three national championships." Swarthmore had one previous Regional appearance. Pretty cool.
My son tells he felt that Swarthmore was the best team they faced this year, that includes 2 teams still fighting for WS berth today, and 5 or 6 more that were playing in the regionals this past weekend...Including 2 who were ranked top 10 this season. Opinions are what they are but it seems clear to me that Swarthmore was flying to far under the radar.
Concordia-Chicago beat UW-Oshkosh and now there are zero Wisconsin teams at the last D3 World Series in Wisconsin! That's too bad, but it is also OK, of course. Congrats to the winners, and congrats to those who finished up their season on a successful run but didn't quite make it.
Oh, I am sure they are. As has been pointed out before. A team has to be good for a long time before getting the benefit of the doubt. Historically they are a bottom to a middle feeder in the Centennial Conference. A few more seasons like this and they wont fly under the radar so much.
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