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Richland baseball team's season ends; T-Ducks finish third at national tournament

The chance at possibly winning a fourth NJCAA Division III national championship since 2002 ended Tuesday for the Richland College baseball team, after the T-Ducks allowed Gloucester to score five runs in the final inning, which proved to be the difference in a tough 7-2 loss.

Richland, which finished the tournament in third place, put itself in a position to attempt a comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning after Travis Latz, who finished the game 3-of-4 with one RBI, led off the frame with a single. Two outs later, Latz moved to the third base on a Jeff Sakowski single. However, the potential rally ended there.

Richland, which had an outstanding year, finished the season with a 47-16 record. In the regular season, the T-Ducks had a 24-5 home record and belted 105 home runs as a team.

The T-Ducks were making their seventh apperance at the national championship tournament under head coach Joe Wharton, who coached Richland to three national titles from 2002-2004.


T-Duck baseball team falls in national tournament semifinal round; still has shot at reaching championship round

A seven-run first inning in the NJCAA Division III national championship tournament semifinal round wasn’t enough runs for the Richland College baseball team to hold off Joliet Junior College, which outscored the T-Ducks 7-1 in the final eight innings en route to a 10-8 victory.

 The loss for the T-Ducks was their first in the double-elimination tornament. Richland, which is one game away from a rematch against Joliet, will face the winner of the Ridgewater-Gloucester matchup at 7 p.m. today.

Should Ridgewater win its game, Richland may have the psychological edge being that the T-Ducks have already beat Ridgewater, 14-3, in this tournament.  

If Richland wins its next game, the T-Ducks will play in the championship game Wednesday at 7 p.m. The T-Ducks would then have to beat Joliet twice to win the national championship.  


Richland moves one step closer to NJCAA Division III national championship, advances to semifinal round

The Richland College baseball team moved one step closer to its fourth NJCAA Division III national championship since 2002 on Sunday after the T-Ducks overcame a two-run deficit to Ridgewater College by scoring 13 unanswered runs to end the game for a huge 14-3 victory.

The win advances the T-Ducks to the semifinal round where they will play Joliet Junior College today (May 19) at 7 p.m for a chance to advance to the championship game. 

Both teams enter today’s contest having won both of their games, and can still make the championship round with a loss.

Trailing 3-1 entering the top of the fourth inning against Ridgewater, Richland took a 5-3 lead after Josh Christenson hit a three-run double that was followed by an unearned run.

 T-Duck starting pitcher Phillip Clinard then held Ridgewater to a 1-2-3 inning before Sean Ablett’s two-run double highlighted a four-run fifth inning for Richland.

The T-Ducks, who added five runs in the sixth and final inning of the called game because of the 10-run rule, has now won eight games in a row.

Christenson and KC Pfister led the T-Ducks’ explosive hitting attack with 3-for-3, along with five and four RBI hiting performances, respectively.  Ablett also had three RBIs and Clinard pitched five innings and struck out five batters.  


T-Ducks win opener at national baseball tournament

Ignited by a four-run third inning and two home runs from Jeff Sakowski, the Richland College baseball team took care of buisnesss in its openeing game of the NJCAA Division III national tournament, beating Manchester, 10-5, on Saturday, May 17.

Richland, which finished with eight hits and recieved a strong pitching performance from Casey Mayfield, advances to the second round where the T-Ducks will play Ridgewater College  at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 18.

Peaking at the right time, Richland has now won seven games in a row – its fourth longest streak of the season.


Richland advances to national tourney; will try to win fourth national title since 2002.

Congratulations are in order for Joe Wharton and his Richland College baseball team as his squad will have a chance to play for its fourth NJCAA Division III national championship since 2002 on May 17-22 in Tyler after the T-Ducks won its district tournament over the weekend.

Richland opened the tournament with a 12-3 win over North Arkansas College, which entered the tournament ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA Division III poll.

The T-Ducks, who didn’t drop a game during the double-elimination tournament, then beat Eastfield, 6-4, and Tyler, 12-3, in the championship game.

Tyler was ranked No. 4 and Eastfield No. 6. The T-Ducks entered the weekend ranked No. 4.

Richland, which won its first Metro-Athletic Conference championship since 2004, will enter the national tournament with a 45-14 record and on a six-game winning streak.


T-Ducks sweep North Lake College; prepare for regional tournament

Richland College’s baseball team ended its regular season over the weekend on a winning note as the T-Ducks swept a three-game series against North Lake College to be crowned co-champions of the Metro-Athletic Conference.

The sweep, in which Richland outscored North Lake 34-13, provides a dose of momentum as the T-Ducks prepare to play in a NJCAA Division III regional tournament this weekend at the The Ballfields at Crag Ranch in McKinney.

This weekend’s regional tournament features three other teams (Eastfield College, Tyler Junior College and North Arkansas College) and will be played in a double-elimination format. 

The T-Ducks open the tournament at 3 p.m. on Friday against North Arkansas College.

“We still can be doing a lot of things better but right now we have secured our bid to regionals, which was our goal when the season started,” T-Duck coach Joe Wharton said after Game 2 of the weekend series against North Lake College. “Now we have to make sure we continue to do the little things right like playing defense, pitching and hitting. Regardless of what our seed is at the regional tournament, as long as we play up to our capabilities we will be fine.”

Swinging a hot bat for Richland are sophomores Travis Latz and Jon Masch. Entering the final game of the season, both of them had totaled at least 18 home runs, which broke the single-season home run record of 16 set in 2000.

Their bats, along with the rest of rest of a team that has batted above or around .400 for majority of the season, will be needed this weekend and should the T-Ducks advance to the NJCAA Division III Baseball Championship in Tyler. 

If Richland makes it to the national tournament, which will take place from May 17-23, the T-Ducks will be gunning for their fourth national title since 2002. 

Richland finished the regular season with 42 wins. 

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