March 12, 2021 Collegiate Baseball

What’s In This Issue?

• Huskies’ Braiden Ward A Stealing Machine: Blazing-fast runner trying to lead Pac-12 in stolen bases for 4th consecutive year.

Juan Colato Blazing Trail Many Thought Was Impossible: Possibly first NCAA Div. I ball player on athletic scholarship from El Salvador.

Bat Boy Predicts Future At Tender Age Of 7: Jacob Slonim of Edgewood College knew he was going to be a shortstop for his favorite team years before it actually happened.

• Editorial: Pitch counts are not the ultimate safety bullet to keeping elbows and shoulders from surgery.

• Lou Pavlovich, Jr. Column: Constant losing can cause coaches and players nightmares.

•  NCAA Div. I Notes: Florida Atlantic’s Caleb Pendleton delivers rare back-to-back grand slams in same inning…Wes Clarke of South Carolina belts 8 homers in 6 games…Phillip Sikes of Texas Christian hits inside-the-park grand slam, plus much more.

• National Players Of The Week Powered By Diamond: Wes Clarke of South Carolina hits 5 home runs with 8 RBI and posts a 1.833 slugging percentage in 3 games, plus much more.

• Collegiate Baseball’s NCAA Div. I Top 30 Presented By Big League Chew: Arkansas No. 1 with 7-0 record and only 3 errors followed by Vanderbilt and Florida.

• Collegiate Baseball’s National H.S. Poll Presented By Diamond Pro: Jesuit High School (Tampa, Fla.) No. 1 as the Tigers start 3-0 which extends winning streak to 20 games dating back to 2019 season.

• High School Notes: TR Williams from Page County H.S. (VA) being treated for Guillain-Barre Syndrome, plus much more.

• Ruleball With Rich Marazzi: Is it illegal to run in throwing lane to home?

• NCAA Div. 2 Notes: Two NCAA Div. 2 conferences shut down season because of COVID-19…Former Saginaw Valley Coach Walt Head passes away…No-hitter fired by Andrew Patrick of Lenoir-Rhyne, plus much more.

Junior College Notes: Marty Smith celebrates 800th victory at College of Central Florida…Southern Nevada hitter Damiano Palemegiani leads NJCAA Div. I in home runs (10) and RBI (26)…Florida Southwestern St. has swiped 93 bases in only 20 games, plus much more.

• NAIA Notes: Tennessee Wesleyan’s offense is on fire as Bulldogs roll to 10-0 record and outscore opponents 114-17…Near perfect game fired by William Penn pitcher Chase Stratton…Three Madonna (MI) pitchers throw combined no-hitter, plus much more.

• Tom Kovic Column: Embrace the club coach for a strong ally. 

• Gary Ward Column: Power of disciplined hitters is huge as they force pitchers to throw in strike zone which pays off with more runs, walks. 

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