Monthly Archives: April 2008

Richland in first place in MAC as season nears end

The Richland College baseball team, which is currently ranked No. 3 the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division III poll, is playing arguably its best baseball as the end of the regular season nears.


With just six Metro Athletic Conference games left in the season, the T-Ducks entered their weekend in first place in the MAC and have won 18 of their last 22 games overall.


Included in the victories were wins in which Richland scored 10 or more runs 10 times.Of the four losses during this impressive stretch, three were to NJCAA Division I teams with two coming from Grayson County College, including Saturday’s 6-4 loss at home. Navarro College also beat Richland.

Richland headed into the weekend currently hitting .403 as a team and had belted 80 home runs.

The T-Ducks entered Saturday’s game against Grayson having defeated Northeast Texas, a NJCAA Division I college, twice – 13-3 and 14-4 and Texas Wesleyan University, a NAIA institution, twice.

Prior to these victories, Richland had also swept Mountain View College, 15-4, 16-11 and 18-2.

As of April 12, according to the Metro Athletic Conference Web site, Richland’s Travis Latz and Jon Masch led the league in several batting statistics including average, home runs and RBIs.

Latz is hitting .505 with 11 home runs and 51 RBIs, while Masch is batting .491 with 11 home runs and 52 RBIs.

Meanwhile, T-Duck Phillip Clinard is second among pitching leaders in ERA with his 3.20. He also has recorded 8-1 record as of April 12.

The T-Ducks are 37-11 on the season.

Richland win streak snapped; falls to Navarro for second time this season

Richland College baseball team’s winning streak ended Monday after the T-Ducks lost, 12-5, to Navarro College at home.

Monday’s defeat was the second loss of the season to Navarro. It also ended Richland’s eight-game winning streak.

Navarro, which beat the T-Ducks, 10-8, last month, opened up a 12-0 lead before Richland’s late game rally was cut short in the eighth inning when Richland scored all five of its runs.

Wharton: This year's team has been the most enjoyable team I've coached; Richland has won 11 of last 12 conference games to move into second place

In the 11 years since Joe Wharton has been the Richland College baseball coach, he has coached some great teams.

Wharton, who this season won his 400th game as the T-Ducks’ coach, guided Richland to back-to-back-back National Junior College Athletic Association Division III championships from 2002-2004 and two second place finishes in 1999 and 2000.

But as great as those teams were, Wharton said hands down that this year’s team has been the most enjoyable squad he’s coached since taking over the helm.

“They have class [and] play the right way,” he said. “You would be proud [of] how they represent Richland College.”

Currently, the T-Ducks are on an eight-game winning streak – their second longest of the season – and they are coming off an important series sweep this weekend over Cedar Valley College, the Metro Athletic Conference leader.

The weekend three-game sweep is another indication of how good the T-Ducks are playing right now.

Richland has won 11 of its last 12 conference games to gain sole possession of second place in conference play, just a ½ game behind Cedar Valley.

Included in the T-Ducks’ sweep over Cedar Valley was a 29-1 thrashing. The T-Ducks, who earlier in the season won 12 games in a row and was off to their best start in Richland College history, is 30-9 on the season and are chasing a number of team records.

As a team Richland is hitting way over the current school record of .344 set in 1999 with a .404 average.

Additionally, the T-Ducks are also chasing the team home run record of 70 that was also set in 1999. Richland currently has 62 home runs through 39 games.

“With this being my 11th season to coach here at Richland, this team has shown a lot of courage, heart, maturity, guts and sportsmanship,” Wharton said. “It’s not just because we are winning, but we have faced a lot of adversity this year and the guys are responding the way men are supposed to do.”

The T-Ducks hosted Navarro College on Monday and will play home game in a series opener on Friday, April 11 at 2 p.m. against Mountain View College. The series concludes with back-to-back games starting at noon on Saturday.

According to the schedule, Richland’s final home games of the regular season include the following games: 1 p.m. on Monday, April 14 against Northeast; 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 against Grayson; and a three-game series against North Lake College beginning with one game at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 2 back-to-back games starting at noon on Saturday, May 3.

T-Ducks score 64 runs in series sweep over Cedar Valley; extend win streak to eight

Richland College’s baseball team combined to score a whopping 64 runs in its three-game series road sweep over Cedar Valley College over the weekend.

The T-Ducks, who as a team had a .391 hitting average entering the weekend, opened the series with a 17-16 win on Friday before taking 29-1 and 18-13 victories on Saturday.

The three victories give Richland an eight-game winning streak – the T-Ducks’ second longest of the season. Richland had a 12-game winning streak earlier in the season.

As of Wednesday, April 2, Josh Christenson and Sean Ablett led the T-Ducks in hitting average, home runs and RBIs. Christenson is hitting .450 with 10 home runs and 52 RBIs while Ablett is hitting .417 to go along with nine home runs and 48 RBIs.On the mound, Casey Mayfield and Phillip Clinard leads Richland in wins with seven and six, respectively.

Richland extends current winning streak to five games

For the fourth time this season, the Richland College baseball team has put together a winning streak of at least three games after defeating Texas Wesleyan University, 7-5, on Wednesday.

Wesley Pool (Denison, Texas) picked up the win to even his record at 3-3 as Richland won its fifth consecutive game.

The T-Ducks’ current streak is their second longest of the season. Richland won 12 straight games earlier in the season.

Richland will look to extend its winning ways when the T-Ducks hit the road to play Cedar Valley today at 2 p.m. in the first game of a three-game series. The series concludes Saturday with two games beginning at noon.