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Mercer County Community College Baseball Team Headed to NJCAA World Series For Second Consecutive Year

5/26/17


Region 19 Tournament

The Mercer County Community College baseball team celebrates after capturing the Region 19 Championship May 15.

WEST WINDSOR – After sweeping the Region 19 and Northeast District championships last week, the Mercer County Community College (MCCC) baseball is now in Enid, Okla., for its second consecutive trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II World Series. They are one of only two teams returning from last year.

The Vikings squad begins World Series play on Saturday as the number four seed and will take on number five Phoenix College at 2 p.m. eastern time. The 10-team double-elimination tournament runs through June 3.

“The playoff run this year has been very difficult, since everything is on the road,” said Vikings Head Coach Kevin Kerins. “First Delaware, then Baltimore, and now in Oklahoma – we have had lots of travel, and our players have done great dealing with it.”

Mercer goes into the tournament with a 45-12 record, ranked seventh in the nation. Region 19 Pitcher of the Year Dennis Brady, a Buena Regional High School product from Vineland, N.J., is the first pitcher up for the Vikings. In 12 games, Brady is 9-2 with 107 strikeouts. He leads all Division II junior colleges with a 0.91 earned run average.

Including Brady, seven Vikings were named to the All-Region 19 team: Anthony Boselli, Sid Kumar and Gabriel Castillo earned First Team All-Region Honors along with Anthony Peroni, who was named Player of the Year. Andrew DiPiazza and Osvaldo Millet earned Second Team All-Region 19 Honors. All seven were also named to the All Garden State Athletic Conference teams.

“We couldn’t be more proud of this group,” Kerins said. “Getting back to the World Series is not an easy task. I think that shows the competitiveness of the players we try to recruit.”

The NJCAA Division II World Series can be viewed via live streaming on the organization’s website, www.njcaatv.com.



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