Twenty-five years ago, the Galveston College Whitecaps baseball team ascended to the pinnacle of athletic success by winning the 1994 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I title in only its third year of intercollegiate athletic competition.
On Thursday, April 25, the current Whitecaps team, coaches and fans will honor the 1994 Junior College World Series champs at “Turn Back the Clock Day” prior to the 4 p.m. doubleheader with the San Jacinto College Gators at Bernard Davis Field, 81st Street and Frank Guisti Drive, Galveston
The Whitecaps will wear throwback uniforms, and there will be a bounce house for the kids, free popcorn, music and fun. The games are free and open to the public.
In June 1994, the Whitecaps took the field in the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado, determined to improve on their third-place finish of the previous year. The team responded remarkably to the pressures of the series competition, winning six of seven games to take the coveted crown and finish the season with 54 wins against only 14 defeats.
Although each team member made a significant contribution to the Whitecaps’ success, several players also earned individual honors. Jose Rosado, Roman Escamilla, Stephen Randolph, William Roland, Dominic Hernandez, Justin Bowles and Mark Cridland were named to the NJCAA World Series all-tournament team. Jose Rosado also was tabbed the series most valuable player and most valuable pitcher, and Justin Bowles was chosen NJCAA first team All-American and Baseball America junior college player of the year.
Other Whitecaps receiving recognition for their performance during conference and postseason regional tournament competition included Mark Manbeck, Chris Olson, Stephen Watson, Scott Morrison, Collin Wissen and Karl Chatman.
Inspiration and determined leadership were the hallmark of head Coach Dick Smith, who led his players in baseball fundamentals and ignited their desire to excel both individually and as a team. For his superior efforts, Coach Smith was honored as NJCAA and ABCA coach of the year in 1994.
Dr. Marc Nigliazzo, president of Galveston College in 1994 and founder of the Whitecaps baseball program, said at the time the team’s championship in only its third year of competition far exceeded his original expectations. He said his primary goal was to provide “an opportunity for 30 to 40 kids to compete in intercollegiate athletics and to receive a good education. The rest was gravy.”
This exemplary group of men and their coaches has been a tremendous source of pride for the Whitecaps athletic program, student-athletes, coaches, students, faculty and staff of Galveston College and their many fans in the community for a quarter of a century. Their exceptional accomplishments have rightfully earned them honors from the city of Galveston, Galveston County and the state of Texas.
In recognition of the 25th anniversary of Galveston College winning the national championship, the Whitecaps are proud to play Thursday in honor of the 1994 NJCAA World Series champions.Read More
The Galveston College Whitecaps suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Central Alabama Community College Trojans in second-round play Thursday at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1 Softball Championship in St. George, Utah.
Central Alabama’s Amber Parker struck out five and allowed just one unearned run on three hits en route to leading the 15th-seeded Trojans to an 8-1 victory over No. 10 Galveston.
CACC’s offense also shined in the ballgame by driving home two in the first, three in the second and three more in the fifth to put the ballgame away.
Ashton Fielding paced the Trojans at the plate by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored, while Sierra Easterwood went 1-for-4 with a second-inning three-run home run.
Amber Parker earned the win for Central Alabama . She surrendered one run on three hits over seven innings, striking out five.
Anahi Hoover led Galveston by going 2-for-3 with the Whitecaps’ lone RBI of the afternoon.
Galveston pitcher Ashley Kriesel had a solid game with a total of 10 strikeouts over five and a half innings.
Central Alabama saw the ball well, racking up seven hits in the game. Fielding led the Trojans with three hits in four at bats.
The Whitecaps closed out the 2017-18 season with a 35-11 record. This is the first Whitecaps team to earn a spot among the top 16 teams in the nation since 2002.
Congratulations to Whitecaps sophomores and graduates who are moving on to four-year universities and to the entire team in a great season, which included being named NJCAA Region XIV champions.
Central Alabama 8, Galveston 1 (May 17, 2018 at St. George, UT)
Central Alabama….. 230 030 0 – 8 6 2 (42-20)
Galveston …….. 000 100 0 – 1 3 2 (35-11)
Pitchers: Central Alabama – Parker, Amber and Ray, Courtney; Perrin, Ashlyn. Galveston –
Kerr, Kayla; Kriesel, Ashley(2) and Allen, Caylei.
Win-Parker, Amber Loss-Kerr, Kayla T-2:01 A-175
HR CENTRALA – Easterwood, Sierra.
The opening game of the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Softball Championship did not go as planned for 10th-seeded Galveston College, as the Whitecaps fought hard but came up short against seventh-seeded Eastern Arizona College at the Canyons Softball Complex in St. George, Utah.
Opening strong, the 35-10 Whitecaps had an early one-run lead before the 53-10 Gila Monsters pulled ahead to earn a 5-1 come-from-behind victory.
Eastern Arizona’s Kendall Rauk allowed just one run on four hits on her way to recording a complete-game victory, while Sala Pedebone paced the Gila Monsters at the plate by going 1-for-2 with two runs driven home and a homer.
Kayla Shaw led the Whitecaps by going 2-for-3.
The Whitecaps will take on Central Alabama College today at 6 p.m. CST. The game will stream live on Galveston College’s Facebook page.
Eastern Arizona 5, Galveston 1 (May 16, 2018 at St. George, Utah)
Galveston (TX)…… 100 000 0 – 1 4 0 (35-10)
Eastern Arizona….. 010 310 X – 5 5 2 (53-10)
Galveston – Kriesel, Ashley; Kerr, Kayla and Allen, Caylei.
Eastern Arizona -Rauk, Kendall and Burnett, Kaila.
HR EASTERNA – Kotrys, Lena; Liilii, Vesi; Pedebone, Sala.
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It’s been a busy few days for the Galveston College Whitecaps softball team in preparation for the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Championship, which begins today in St. George, Utah.
The Whitecaps won last week’s Region XIV tournament to advance to nationals, along with first runner-up Tyler Junior College. This is Galveston’s first appearance in the championship tournament since 2002.
The Whitecaps are among the top 16 junior college teams in the nation, an impressive group that includes last year’s champion, Chipola College of Florida, and two-time back-to-back champion, Butler Community College of Kansas.
After a travel day on Sunday and a busy day of practice on Monday, Whitecaps players volunteered at a skills clinic for youth softball players on Monday evening, where the kids rotated through pitching, hitting, fielding and other workshops. Coach Ken Delcambre and Coach Christa Harnett have instilled a great service ethic in the Whitecaps program, and the players were great mentors to the youth ball players.
On Tuesday, there was a team photo session and practice. The Whitecaps look great and are getting used to the lush green fields of the Canyons Softball Complex, which has been awarded the coveted quotation of “Complex of the Year” by the National Softball Association for the last eight years.
On Tuesday afternoon, the team went to Snow Canyons State Park for some more exercise. They spent some time climbing and hiking the impressive Navajo sandstone formations, which are featured in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Coach Delcambre is healing nicely from last week’s injury during the NJCAA Region XIV final game, and he’s been amazing on and off the field. (In fact, he just about climbed one of those Utah mountains!) Coach Harnett is an organizational genius, making sure the team is where they need to be, when they need to be there! Great coaches and great student-athletes equal a great team!
On Tuesday night, the team attended an awards banquet, where they met their host family, a sweet couple from St. George. During the Whitecaps introduction by the announcer, the ladies cheered GC Hey!, which was met with a lot of laughter by the audience! Great team spirit!
Guest speaker at the banquet was Team USA softball player Michell Moultrie, who encouraged the student-athletes to pursue their passion and to never give up.
Following the banquet, each team member exchanged a Galveston College T-shirt for a T-shirt from a student-athlete from another team. There was a lot of networking and laughter. Great team spirit!
The Whitecaps’ first-round game is tonight against the Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters (22-4). It’s set to begin at 8:30 p.m. CST.
Yesterday, the NJCAA Division 1 Baseball All-American Teams were announced, and for the fourth straight year Galveston College Whitecaps Baseball had a player named an All-American. Carson Maxwell (Soph 3B) was named Second Team All-American. Carson had a very impressive year, batting .443 with 6 HR, 57 RBI, and leading the country with 27 doubles.
The three previous Galveston College All-Americans were, Tyler Webb (OF 2016), Jose Garcia (C 2015), Jose Rendon (RHP 2014).Read More