Eastern Mountaineers win third consecutive Region II Championship; Price named Coach of the Year
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WILBURTON, OK (May 14, 2012) – Eastern Oklahoma State College defeated conference rival Connors State College 12-8 on Sunday for its third consecutive Region II Championship.
“This is the first time since the 1990s that a team in our conference has won the championship three years in a row. That’s how competitive our conference is and it’s a testament to our players,” said Eastern head coach Craig Price. “We lost eight straight games going into this tournament. But every time we faced adversity, the team responded. It’s a special group and we’re all very excited.”
First-year head coach Price, 26, was named the Region II Coach of the Year. Sophomore Blake Logan of Roff, sophomore Logan Taylor of Jenks, freshman Codey McElroy of Chattanooga, sophomore Jacob Rice of Tulsa, sophomore Graham McIntyre of Jenks, and sophomore Ross Rose of Hartshorne were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Eastern was the No. 4 seed in the Region II Tournament and defeated Rose State College 9-6 in the first game on Thursday. The Mountaineers then lost to the No. 2 seed Seminole State College 1-2 on Friday. Eastern played two games on Saturday, defeating Arkansas Baptist 6-4 and Seminole State College 6-1 to earn a spot in Sunday’s championship game against Connors.
The Mountaineers are now 36-20 overall. They will play Delgado Community College in the first game of the South Central District Tournament at 10 a.m. on Friday at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo. Eastern will have to win the double-elimination tournament to earn a spot in the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Co.
The Eastern Mountaineers celebrate after defeating Connors State College 12-8 to win their third consecutive NJCAA Region II Tournament.
Photo courtesy of Vicki Freeman.