For the first time since 1988, a Florida team has won the NJCAA Division I World Series. Chipola College defeated top-ranked New Mexico Junior College 7-3 in front of 9,593 at Suplizio Field in the national championship in Grand Junction, Colo. The win gives the school its first baseball championship.
Chipola’™s Ryan Chaffee pitched a complete game five-hitter while striking out eight against a New Mexico team that was averaging nearly 10 runs a game in tournament play. Chipola’™s Logan Pierce, Paul Gatchel and Tom Hatcher led the Indians’ offensive attack as they each collected three hits in the championship game. Trey Manz added a home run in the fourth.
After winning the championship, Chipola’™s Chaffee was named the tournament most outstanding pitcher. Chipola freshman righthander Drew Parker was tabbed the tournament MVP as he earned two of the Indians four wins on the mound and got the save in the other two. Indian outfielder Tom Hatcher also joined Parker and Chaffee on the all-tournament team.
Earlier in the day the Chipola squad scored six runs in the first inning and seven in the second on their way to a 27-12 rout over Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) to advance to the championship game. In the game against Spartanburg, the Indians were led by Jesus Barroso’s two home runs while Manz and Daniel Renfroe each belted a home run.
The Indians outscored their opponents 62-48 in six games at the World Series. No team in the tournament was able to cool off the Chipola’™s bats. The Indians batted a tournament-best .392 and collected 96 hits, including 27 extra-base hits.
Winning titles and championships is nothing new to Chipola (Fla.) College this year as their baseball championship comes just two weeks after the Chipola Lady Indians captured the school’™s first national championship in softball.