NJCAA Region 8 Baseball/Softball Notebook: February 25

Photo courtesy of Tom Hagerty, Polk State College
Photo courtesy of Tom Hagerty, Polk State College

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (February 25, 2020) – The Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) has released its NJCAA Region 8 Baseball and Softball Coaches’ Polls for February 24 and named its Player and Pitcher of the Week recipients for games played February 17-23.

The next coaches’ poll will be released March 2 and next Player and Pitcher of the Week selections, March 3.

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NJCAA Region 8 Baseball Coaches’ Poll
February 24, 2020 

The NJCAA Region 8 Baseball Coaches’ Poll, with number of first-place votes in parentheses, 2020 record, previous ranking and total points in voting by Region 8 baseball coaches, the FCSAA Baseball Chair and the FCSAA Scoreboard Coordinator.

Rank

Team

Record

Pts

Pvs

1.

Northwest Florida State (6)

10-3

178

4

2.

Central Florida (7)

14-3

175

5

3.

Chipola (5)

12-5

170

1

4.

Miami Dade

12-3

157

2

5.

Santa Fe

14-4

146

3

6.

Florida SouthWestern

11-6

83

7

7.

St. Johns River State

15-7

81

8

8.

South Florida State

12-6

80

6

9.

State College of Florida

9-9

31

10

10.

Tallahassee

11-7

28

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Also receiving votes: Eastern Florida State 9, Hillsborough 5, Gulf Coast State 3, Indian River State 3, Palm Beach State 2.

Dropped from rankings: No. 9 Gulf Coast State

NJCAA Region 8 Softball Coaches’ Poll
February 24, 2020 

The NJCAA Region 8 Softball Coaches’ Poll, with number of first-place votes in parentheses, 2020 record, previous ranking and total points in voting by Region 8 softball coaches, the FCSAA Softball Chair and the FCSAA Scoreboard Coordinator.

Rank

Team

Record

Pts

Pvs

1.

Central Florida (20)

23-0

200

1

2.

Florida SouthWestern

16-1

165

3

3.

Indian River State

22-0

163

4

4.

Chipola

16-4

141

2

5.

Seminole State

16-1

131

5

6.

Pensacola State

15-4

100

6

7.

St. Petersburg

13-7

45

8

8.

Northwest Florida State

13-7

39

9

9.

Santa Fe

12-8

38

10

10.

Gulf Coast State

10-8

29

7

Also receiving votes: State College of Florida 14, Lake-Sumter State 10, Eastern Florida State 3, Hillsborough 1.


NJCAA Region 8 Baseball Player of the Week
Marcos Sevillano, Seminole State
Fr. – LF
Jacksonville, Fla. 

  • Batted .571 (8-for-14) with five runs scored, two doubles and one RBI in five games during the voting period
  • Had three multi-games last week, including 3-for-4 with three runs scored and one RBI vs. St. Petersburg

Other nominees: Adam Frank, Hillsborough; Mike Bessell, South Florida State; Gabe Rincones, St. Petersburg; Cameran Brantley, Florida SouthWestern

NJCAA Region 8 Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Anthony Arguelles, Santa Fe
So. – RHP
Miami, Fla. 

  • 0-0, 0.00 in one appearance during the voting period
  • Came away with a no-decision but pitched seven shutout innings in the Saints’ 1-0 win over Polk State
  • Allowed only three hits and two walks while striking out 11

Other nominees: Beck Way, Northwest Florida State; Hamilton Martinez, Hillsborough; Jackson Woodward, Eastern Florida State; Brendan Koester, Florida SouthWestern; Ethan Brown, Seminole State; Chase Watkins, Central Florida

NJCAA Region 8 Softball Player of the Week
Natavia Ellis, Florida SouthWestern
So. – 1B
Cape Coral, Fla. 

  • Batted .714 (10-for-14) with nine runs scored, two home runs, 16 RBI and two stolen bases in seven games during the voting
  • Led the Bucs to a perfect week, including an 8-4 win over defending national champion Chipola
  • Hit safely in each of her seven games, capped by 2-for-3 with three runs scored, two doubles and two RBI vs. Chipola

Other nominees: Lindsey Corbin, Florida SouthWestern; Rebeca Laudino, Florida SouthWestern; Taylor Jensen, Florida SouthWestern; Alyssa Woolums, Lake-Sumter State; Olivia Simon, Central Florida; Donnie Gobourne, Santa Fe; Giavonna Auricchio, Daytona State; Summer Johnson, Gulf Coast State; Ava Worthy, Chipola 

NJCAA Region 8 Softball Pitcher of the Week
Haley Ellefson, Florida SouthWestern
So. - LHP
Mayo, Fla. 

  • 4-0, 0.00 ERA in four appearances during the voting period
  • Beat Santa Fe in a five-inning, complete-game effort
  • Totaled 14.1 innings in the circle, allowing seven hits, one run (unearned) and four walks while striking out 20

Other nominees: Madison Edwards, Central Florida; Brandi Davis, Lake-Sumter State; Brianna Bailey, Chipola