Joliet Wins NJCAA Division III Crown

A year after finishing as the national runner-up, Joliet (Ill.) Junior College defeated Gloucester County (N.J.) College 9-0 in the final game of the NJCAA Division III World Series to claim its second national championship in the school’s history.  Joliet scored all nine of its runs in the sixth and seventh innings, with 10 of its 14 total hits coming in those two frames. Joliet righthander Dillon Roark pitched a complete-game shutout, striking out nine and allowing just hits to hold the Roadrunners in check and earn his second victory of the tournament.

The Wolves won their first national title since 1994 on the strength of their potent offense, outscoring their opposition 45-14 over the span of four games. They led all teams with a .369 batting average and tied for a tournament-best 14 extra-base hits.   The Joliet arms were equally dominant in posting a 2.90 ERA–more than a full run lower than the next closest team ERA–and giving up just 10 earned runs.

Roark was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player as he went 2-0, 0.00 with 18 strikeouts in 14 innings.  He also pitched Joliet’s first game against Montgomery College-Germantown (Md.), allowing just one hit and striking out nine in five innings of work to earn the win in a shortened contest due to the 10-run rule.

The all-tournament team includes four fellow Wolves: first baseman Hector Belen (.529, nine hits, 6 RBIs), left fielder Brandon Howard (.500, nine hits, 11 RBIs), righthander Stephen Styck (1-0, 1.12 ERA, nine strikeouts) and right fielder Brett Velon (.500, seven hits, five RBIs).