The Weatherford College baseball team is now ranked No. 4 in the nation, according to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I rankings released April 15. WC was No. 1 in the previous poll released April 1.
Cowley County Community College (KS) moved from No. 3 to No. 1 in the NJCAA Division I poll after winning eight out of their last ten games since the April 1st rankings.
Grayson College moved from No. 15 to No. 10 after winning seven of their last eight, including a four-game sweep of Cisco College, previously No. 19.
A large, enthusiastic crowd saw two completely different types of games Saturday at Weatherford College’s Roger Williams Ballpark, the first an offensive show and the second a pitchers’ duel. But the results were the same: two Coyote wins against their biggest rival.
In a battle of top ten teams, WC swept Grayson College 12-7 and 3-2.
After a pre-game ceremony honoring upcoming NJCAA Hall of Famer Bob McKinley, the Coyote offense came out firing early in game one, jumping to a 9-0 lead by the bottom of the second inning. Chase Sarchet and Zac Michener each put up RBI doubles in the first inning and Quinton Rohrbaugh drove in a run with a triple in the second.
Grayson mounted two rallies with three runs in the fourth inning and four runs in the top of the seventh, but came up short.
Rohrbaugh was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI in game one. Aledo product Matt Walker earned the win, allowing seven hits and four earned runs over six innings with five strikeouts.
The Coyotes had to come from behind to win game two. Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth, Sam Mahofski got on base after being hit by Grayson pitcher Corley Huffstickler for the second time in as many at-bats. Michener plated Mahofski with a line drive single to center field, and then Dominic Brown put up the go-ahead RBI with a single to left field, scoring Colton Turner.
In the top of the ninth, reliever Cameron Vige tossed his second consecutive perfect inning to seal the win.
WC (35-9 overall, 17-7 in conference) is ranked No. 4 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division I baseball rankings, and Grayson (30-13, 18-6) is No. 10.
Eight games remain in the regular season, including four games each against North Central Texas and Cisco. WC travels to Gainesville to face NCTC Wednesday and then returns home to face the Lions again Saturday.