Monthly Archives: April 2009

T-Ducks win conference title; earn No. 1 seed in district tournament

After its three-game sweep over Tyler Junior College over the weekend, the Richland College baseball team won the Metro Athletic Conference Championship.

By winning the title, the T-Ducks, ranked No. 1 in the country according to the NJCAA Division III poll, will be the No. 1 seed in the district tournament, which starts May 8 in McKinney.

Richland College is 30-3 in conference play and 38-11 overall.

Huge fourth inning lifts Richland College to win over Blinn College

A four-run fourth inning was the difference in the Richland College baseball team’s 8-5 road victory over Blinn College on Tuesday, April 21.

The win moved the T-Ducks to a 35-10 record. Next up for Richland is a single game against Western (Oklahoma) on Thursday before hosting Tyler Junior College in a three game series starting with Game 1 on Friday at 2 p.m. Game 2 will be played on Saturday at noon followed by Game 3.

Tony Bishop named NJCAA Division III Player of the Year

Over the course of his two years with the Richland College basketball team, Tony Bishop has accomplished a lot, most notably helping lead the T-Ducks to a NJCAA Division III national championship this season.

As of April 14, you can NJCAA Division III Player of the Year to the Garland-native and Rowlett High School graduate’s long list of accomplishments.

“Tony has meant a lot to the program but really [it has been] this sophomore class,” Richland College coach Jon Felmet said. “They started something special here last year and we will continue building on that for years to come.”

Over the past two seasons, Bishop averaged slightly over 14 points, around seven rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He also shot the ball well from the field, making 50.1 percent of his baskets this season.

According to Felmet, Bishop’s greatest strength was his rebounding.

“He was one, if not the best, rebounder in our league this year,” Felmet said. “His other strength would be his size. He was a tough matchup for a lot of teams, even at the national tournament.”

And although Bishop hasn’t made a decision on where he will play next season, one thing is for sure: Felmet knows he will be playing somewhere.

“A person like Tony will be signed before too long because he is a good kid, good student and good basketball player,” Felmet said. “There are a lot of coaches that would feel the same way I do about Tony if they coach him for two years.”

Richland College sweeps Mountain View; Cody Stigall suffers knee injury

The Richland College baseball team’s latest three-game sweep over Mountain View College was bittersweet as the T-Ducks most likely will lose Cody Stigall for the season after he suffered a major knee injury.

Stigall was hitting .470 – the second highest average on the team – this season.

The T-Ducks, who are 33-10 on the season, beat Mountain View 10-6, 11-8 and 27-15.

T-Ducks hold two-game lead over Tyler JC in baseball standings; Burton leads Richland to victory

The Richland College baseball team holds a two-game lead over Tyler Junior College for first place in conference play after the T-Ducks concluded a three-game sweep at home over Cedar Valley College over the weekend.

Richland College, which also has already clinched a berth in the district tournament starting May 8 in McKinney, outscored Cedar Valley 29-5 in the series, which included a game-winning hit in Game 2.

Trailing 4-3 entering the final inning and facing a 0-2 count with two outs, Trevor Burton hit a two-run single to lift the T-Ducks to a thrilling 5-4 victory.

Richland College also won 14-1 in Game 1 and 10-0 in Game 3.

Baseball team ranked No. 1

Richland College is ranked No. 1 after the first NJCAA Division III baseball poll was released this season on Wednesday, April 2.

Entering the weekend, the T-Ducks have a 26-8 record.

On the season, Richland College is led in hitting by Cody Stigall, who is batting .450. Next in line is Chad Rogers, who is hitting .427, along with a team-high 43 RBI and six home runs.

Meanwhile, Kirk Pritchett leads the T-Ducks in ERA at 2.93. He also has an 8-1 record.