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Richland College Baseball Updates

Baseball team's season comes to an end

The Richland College baseball team’s season came to an end over the weekend. Playing in the District C tournament, the T-Ducks defeated Cedar Valley College to advance to the next round.

However, Richland lost 13-4 to Cedar Valley after letting a 4-0 lead slip away. The T-Ducks, the 2009 NJCAA Division III National Champions, finished the season with a 32-26 record.


Baseball team ready for District C tourney; winner advances to NJCAA World Series

The Richland College baseball team advanced to the District C Tournament in McKinney, Texas at The Ballfields at Craig Ranch after beating North Arkansas, 14-0, last week.

The T-Ducks (31-23), who are the 2009 NJCAA National Champions, open the District C, double-elimination tournament at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 7 against Cedar Valley College.

The winner of the District C tournament advances to the NJCAA World Series Championship tournament. Entering this season, the T-Ducks have won four NJCAA National Championships in the past eight years.


Baseball coach Joe Wharton reaches 500th win

Joe Wharton, Richland College’s baseball coach, has accomplished many things during his T-Ducks tenure.

The Dallas native and 1989 R.L. Turner High School alum has four NJCAA World Series Championship rings, he has helped more than 15 players reach the professional ranks and has coached more than 100 players who moved on to play at the NCAA Division I level.

As of April 20, thanks to a 15-4 victory over Mountain View College, Wharton can now say he has collected 500 victories. In 12-plus seasons, Wharton has a stunning 501-261 record.

“Getting my 500th victory is pretty special because it just confirms that all the hard work I have put in over the last 12 ½ years has paid off,” Wharton said. “I am not into personal awards but in baseball, if you win 500 games then it means you have achieved something special. When you have four national championships in the past eight years and eight World Series appearances it’s pretty neat too.”

Aside from his team’s four national championships, the T-Ducks have advanced to the World Series National Championship four other times, finishing as runner-ups twice. Under Wharton, who has been named NJCAA National Coach of the Year four times, his teams have also qualified for the playoffs every year, including this season.

“It’s my job to recruit and talk players to come to Richland, where we do not offer athletic scholarships. Once they get here, it’s my job to get them prepared on and off the field,” Wharton said. “The players deserve all the credit because they still have to get out on the field and perform and get the job done.  So the players have made me look good and I am happy that our program has helped more than 100 players move on to four-year universities totaling somewhere between $750,000 to $1 million in athletic/academic aid in the past 10 years.”

Prior to Richland College, Wharton played at Baylor University. There, he was selected on the all Southwest Conference First Team and was named team MVP before being selected by the New York Yankees in the 18th round of the 1993 draft.


Freshman pitcher Michael Apple leads Richland to victory

Freshman lefthander Michael Apple of Coppell improved to 5-2 on the season after he led the Richland College baseball team to a 9-6 victory over Brookhaven College on Saturday, April 10 in the teams’ second outing of three-game set.

The Ducks opened the series with a commanding 11-2 victory before dropping the final game 9-7.

Richland, which lost 8-4 to Panola on Monday, April 12, enters this weekend’s road series against Mountain View with a 22-21 record, having won nine of its last 13 games.


Baseball team peaking at right time; winners of seven of last nine games

As the Richland College baseball team prepares for a scheduled three-game series at Brookhaven College this weekend, the T-Ducks have won seven of their last nine games dating back to March 19.

Meanwhile, Kirk Pritchett leads the T-Ducks in hitting with a .430 batting average and four home runs followed by Tim Parish of Rockwall (.410). Chad Kruse, who has a team-high 36 RBIs, also has a .391 batting average.  

As a team, the T-Ducks are hitting .326 on the season. On the mound, Michael Apple of Coppell leads Richland College with a 4-2 record.

The T-Ducks next home game is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Monday, April 12 against Panola.


Baseball team wins fourth game in five tries

After going through a midseason slump earlier this month, the Richland College baseball and 2009 NJCAA Division III national champions has bounced back in a major way.

The  surging T-Ducks enter this week’s play having won four of its past five games, including two of three against North Lake College over the weekend.

 The T-Ducks fell, 9-2, to North Lake in the opener of the three-game set before winning the final two games, 11-10 and 11-10.

The victories bring the T-Ducks within one game of reaching a .500 record. Richland, which played a tough non-conference schedule, is 17-18 on the season.


Richland slides from top spot in NJCAA poll

In the first NJCAA Divison III baseball poll released since the preseason, Richland College dropped from No. 1 to No. 4. The defending national champions enter this weekend’s three-game series at home against Cedar Valley College with a 13-15 overall record. The T-Ducks have already defeated Cedar Valley in two of three games this season.


Baseball team breaks out of slump in a major way; sweeps latest four-game series

The Richland College baseball team picked a good time to break out of an early slump when the T-Ducks hosted Northland Community and Technical College in a four-game series earlier this week.

After starting the season 6-2 only to lose eight of their next 11 games, the T-Ducks combined to score 61 runs en route to sweeping a four-game series over Northland Community and Technical College.

Richland opened the series with a 16-2 win that was followed by 20-0, 13-1 and 12-0 victories.

The T-Ducks, who travel to play Eastfield College in a three-game series beginning on Friday, March 12 and ending on Saturday, March 13, improved to a 13-10 record.

Richland’s next scheduled home game is at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 14 against Frank Phillips.


Baseball team looks to end three-game skid

The Richland College baseball team will look to snap a three-game losing streak when the T-Ducks host Mountain View College in a three-game series beginning with a 2 p.m. outing on Friday, March 5.

Richland and Mountain View will playa double-header beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 6.

During the T-Ducks’ setback, they have lost 7-4 to Brookhaven College and 9-6 and 18-4 to Northeast Texas Community College.


Baseball Team Ready to Defend National Title; Begins Seaon at Home on Feb. 5

When the Richland College baseball team kicks off its season at 1 p.m. on Friday at home against Metropolitan Community College, the defending NJCAA Division III champions will be in familiar territory – ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll.

The T-Ducks, who won their fourth national championship in eight years last season, are coming off a 47-13 campaign.

Joe Wharton’s squad returns three starters and six players from last year’s team, including All-American pitcher Kirk Pritchett, shortstop Chad Kruse and first baseman Garret Henderson.

Pritchett finished last season with a 3.77 ERA while Kruse hit .420 with 40 RBIs and Henderson batted .370, hit seven home runs and had 50 RBIs.