For the first time in school history, a Weatherford College athletic team is ranked No. 1 in the nation. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) released its Division I baseball rankings Wednesday, and the Coyotes are at the top of the list.
With a 28-4 overall record (as of Tuesday, March 31), WC has won six games in a row and 10 out of their last 11. They lead one of the toughest conferences in the country, the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference, with a 13-3 league mark.
"It’s exciting to be recognized for the way our team has played to this point,” said Jeff Lightfoot, WC Head Coach. “It’s great for our program and our institution. However, a ranking does not come with a championship and it doesn’t come with a ring. Our team has high expectations and high goals, all of which are still in front of us. Our team understands that we still have a lot of work to do.”
The Coyotes were ranked No. 2 in the last poll released on March 18, behind St. Johns River State College in Palatka, Florida. St. Johns (32-6) dropped to No. 2 in this week’s poll.
Other Region 5 teams in the poll include No. 15 Grayson, No. 16 Howard and No. 19 Cisco. WC faces Grayson on April 15 and 18 and will play Cisco in the final series of the regular season April 29 and May 2.
As a team, WC is fifth in the nation in overall home runs with 35. They are third in on-base percentage (.468) and fourth in batting average (.365).
Individually, second baseman Quinton Rohrbaugh is having a breakout season. The Arlington Bowie product ranks sixth in the nation in home runs with 11 and is hitting .407. Zac Michener (Kennedale) is hitting .406 with 32 RBIs and freshman Chase Sarchet (Wolforth Frenship) has a .393 batting average with 43 RBI.
On the mound, freshman Tyler Wesley (Deer Park) sports a 2.25 ERA with 40 strikeouts and a 5-1 record while another freshman, Matt Walker (Aledo) has a 4-0 record, 2.56 ERA with 41 strikeouts. Andrew Hendel (Waxhaw, NC) is 6-1 with 37 strikeouts and Cole Hearrean is 4-2 with 29 strikeouts.