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JUCO Top 25 Teams: April 8
Allan Simpson        
Published: Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Pictured: Patrick Weigel of No. 5 Oxnard (Calif.)

Oklahoma’s Connors State moved to the top of Perfect Game’s ranking of the nation’s Top 25 junior-college teams two weeks ago, and has only widened its lead over No. 2-ranked Chipola (Fla.) with its inspired play over the last month. The Cowboys, 32-4 on the season, have won 20 of their last 21 games.

With a .356 team batting average and cumulative 2.49 ERA, Connors State is getting contributions on both sides of the ball, but the one player who has clearly been a difference-maker for the Cowboys is Puerto Rican-bred third baseman Yariel Gonzalez, who has followed up a sizzling freshman season with an even better sophomore campaign.

To date, Gonzalez is hitting .519, second in the nation, with five homers and 49 RBIs (third nationally). He also tops the Cowboys in runs (50) and stolen bases (7).

He is really a special player,” said Cowboys coach Perry Keith, who recently won his 1,400th game in his 29th year at Connors State. “He’s a switch hitter with gap power from both sides, and can really hit. He also has great hands with an average arm at third base, and can play second base just fine if we needed to play him there. I think he could go in the first 10 rounds in the draft.”


Perfect Game Top 25 Junior College Teams - April 8

RK Prev. Team ST Overall Conference
1 1 Connors State OK 32-4 4-0
2 2 Chipola FL 29-8 8-3
3 4 Alvin TX 32-8 23-5
4 5 Grayson TX 28-10 16-4
5 14 Oxnard CA 22-5 12-3
6 10 Chattahoochee Valley AL 29-7 11-2
7 25 Gulf Coast State FL 32-8 9-2
8 3 Walters State TN 32-10 16-4
9 18 Georgia Perimeter GA 30-8 19-1
10 8 San Joaquin Delta CA 21-6 8-4
11 6 LSU-Eunice LA 27-7 0-0
12 11 Spartanburg Methodist SC 28-9 13-5
13 13 Crowder MO 29-9 13-3
14 15 Central Arizona AZ 33-10 19-7
15 9 Howard TX 27-9 12-8
16 NR  Salt Lake UT 27-11 15-5
17 7 Orange Coast CA 21-9 9-7
18 12 Tallahassee FL 33-11 5-6
19 NR  Chabot CA 20-6 14-1
20 24 Neosho County KS 31-9 17-7
21 NR  St. Johns River State FL 28-12 11-4
22 NR  Middle Georgia GA 28-8 15-5
23 NR  Feather River CA 22-6 14-3
24 NR  Columbia State TN 28-9 18-3
25 NR  South Mountain AZ 28-14 19-7

DROPPED OUT: No. 16 Nortrhwest Florida State (23-13, 5-6); No. 17 Fullerton, Calif. (18-11, 8-8); No. 19 Coffeyville, Kan. (25-13, 17-7); No. 20 Delgado, La. (26-6, 1-2); No. 21 Sacramento, Calif. (19-6, 8-4); No. 22 Iowa Western (27-8, 5-3); No. 23 State College of Florida-Manatee (22-14, 8-9).

 

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