For the third consecutive year, the Mesa Community College baseball team is headed to the NJCAA Division II World Series after knocking off Redlands (El Reno, Okla.) Community College 5-4 Saturday in the rubber game of the Southwest District Playoffs in Hesston, Kan.
Michael Levi (Chaparral High School) tied the score at 3-all with a double in the sixth inning and then drove in the winning run in the eighth. A.J. Montano gave up only one run in 5 2 /3 innings of relief to get the win.
The Thunderbirds (46-17) set a school record for most wins in a season, topping the 45 victories of the 2002 squad.
The eight-team World Series will be Saturday through June 2 in Millington, Tenn. Other teams that have already qualified are Grand Rapids (Mich.), Brookdale (N.J.) and Louisiana State-Eunice.
• The No. 7 Arizona State men qualified for the NCAA Championships after shooting a final-round 5-under 283 to finish tied for third place at the NCAA West Regional at Omni Tucson National Golf Course.
ASU was led by Niklas Lemke, who shot a 4-under 68 for the second consecutive day to finish at 10 under and in a tie for fifth place. Benjamin Alvarado Holley shot a career-best 69 for the second straight day to finish tied for 22nd place at 6 under, and Alejandro Canizares was tied for 11th place at 8 under after shooting a 70.
Tying for first place were Arizona and Florida (37-under 827). Right behind the Wildcats and Gators were ASU and Washington in a tie for third at 24 under.
Also qualifying for the championships, May 31–June 3 at Sunriver, Ore., were North Carolina State, Brigham Young, Loyola Marymount, East Tennessee State, Pepperdine and Nevada.
Florida’s Billy Horschel and Nevada’s Casey Watabu tied for individual medalist honors at 13 under.
TRACK AND FIELD
• MCC’s Michelle Amete set a meet record in the hammer throw at the NJCAA outdoor meet at Coffeyville, Kan. Amete’s toss of 56.88 meters (186 feet, 7 inches) topped the former mark of 55.85 meters. Amete, a Queen Creek High graduate, also took second place in the discus and fifth in the shot put.
The Thunderbird women finished eighth with 36 points. Central Arizona (160) won the title and Paradise Valley (42) finished seventh.
Central Arizona also captured the men’s title with 165 1 /2 points. Paradise Valley (38) was sixth and the Mesa men (35) placed ninth.
Mesa’s Rashaud Scott took second in the shot and discus and Curtis Durocher (hammer throw), Logan Carton (pole vault) and Rodney Burnes (100 meters) finished third.