With high hopes heading into the NJCAA Region 12 Tournament, the Sinclair Tartan Pride were quickly sent home on Friday, May 14.
The No. 4 Tartan Pride were eliminated in the double-elimination tournament in Battle Creek, Mich. after falling in their opening two games. Sinclair lost to Muskegon Community College, 4-2 in the early game. With their backs abruptly against the wall in the loser’s bracket, the Tartan Pride were officially ousted after losing 6-3 to Kellogg Community College later that afternoon.
Sinclair finished the season with a 42-10 record and won the OCCAC Conference Tournament before falling in the regionals.
Ranked No. 6 in the nation, the Sinclair Tartan Pride (42-8, 10-2 in OCCAC) earned the fourth overall seed in the NJCAA Regional XII Tournament.
For the second straight season, the Tartan Pride face No. 5 Muskegon Community College (42-14, 20-8 in MCCAA) in the first round. The match will be held on Friday, May 14 at 10 a.m. in Battle Creek, Mich. Sinclair finished runner-up in last year’s regional tournament. The college has reached regionals for the fourth consecutive season.
The bracket includes eight teams in the double-elimination tournament, with Kellogg Community College (37-15, 23-5 in MCCAA) holding the No. 1 overall seed. Vincennes University, who Sinclair defeated in all four head-to-head matchups this season, is the No. 3 seed.
Sinclair defeated Muskegon 9-5 in last year’s opening game. The Tartan Pride have reeled off 14 wins in their previous 16 contests heading into the tournament.
Check SinclairClarion.com on Friday for the latest news from Battle Creek as Sinclair looks to clinch its first trip to the NJCAA World Series.
After fighting its way through the NJCAA Region 12 Tournament, the Sinclair Pride fell one game short.On Sunday, May 10, the No. 3 seeded Pride lost, 10-4, to host Kellogg Community College in the Region 12 Championship game in Battle Creek, Mich.