YUMA, Ariz. – Fresh off a Region I Championship this past weekend, the Arizona Western College baseball team is getting set to host the Western District Tournament this week. The winner of this district tournament will advance to the NJCAA National Tournament in Grand Junction, Colorado.
The district tournament opens play on Thursday and is a four-team, double elimination tournament that runs through Saturday. The College of Southern Nevada (CSN), Trinidad State Junior College and Central Arizona College all join Arizona Western at the tournament. While the Mats beat Central Arizona to claim the Region 1 Title last weekend, the two teams both qualified for the tournament this year. The three regions that compete in the tournament rotate hosting duties, and the region that hosts has two teams qualify.
On Thursday, CSN (41-15) will take on Central Arizona (40-21) at noon. Following that first game, AWC (42-20) will take the field against Trinidad State (35-22) at 3:00 pm. Three games are scheduled for Friday, beginning at 9:00 am. The champion will be crowned Saturday afternoon with a game at noon followed by a second game if necessary.
All games are scheduled for nine innings, and day passes for the tournament are $8. Tournament passes cost $20, and there are no single game tickets. See the full bracket and keep up with the results here: http://www.awcmatadors.com/baseball/tournament-schedule. The games will be held at Kammann Baseball Field on the AWC-Yuma Campus at 2020 S. Ave 8E.
The Mats haven’t been to the District Tournament since 1996, when the team went 46-25 while advancing to the NJCAA National Tournament.
Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,400 certificates and degrees in 2015-16.