Texas Baseball Team Finds Perfection


When it comes to sports, finishing at the top of your game is important to players, coaches and fans. But when you win it all there is something especially sweet about that effort.

One Texas baseball team has been winning consistently all Spring, chalking up victory after victory. As the regular season ends and post season looms, there is one disadvantage that the Howard College Hawks has versus its opponents: the team doesn’t know what it means to lose, at least this year.

Undefeated And Ready For Action

baseball gloveBig Spring, Texas is the home of the Howard College Hawks, a junior college baseball team that is 54-0 going into the post season. Not since Monroe Community College of New York went undefeated two decades ago has a team like the Hawks come along. Even then, the New York team played half as many games as the Hawks did this year to finish the regular season undefeated.

The Hawks begin their post season quest toward perfect this Saturday when they participate in Region V of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1 Tournament. The winner of that round proceeds to the National JUCO tournament in Grand Junction, Colorado which will begin on May 23rd and crown a champion on May 30th.

Even if the Hawks lose one game in either the regional or national championship double elimination series, they could still win the championship outright. Still, if the Hawks are perfect through the post season, they’ll accomplish a goal never met previously by any baseball team – finishing the year with a perfect record.

Several Challenges Along The Way

Getting to 54-0 didn’t come without some challenges although quite a few of the team’s wins were by ten runs or more. There were a few close scares especially early in the season when in the second game of a seasoning opening doubleheader, the Hawks held off McLennan CC 9-8 after clobbering the Highlanders 11-1 in the first game. Later in the season the Hawks had one run wins over Hutchinson CC and Odessa College, the closest games of the season for Howard College.

What is it that has contributed to the Hawks success this year? Talent and depth. Out of 25 players, at least seven are expected to be drafted by major league teams. Plus, many of the students hail from the area and have been playing with or against each other for the past five or six years.

Photo Credit: Brian Lary

Source: Howard College Athletics

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