It was two starts and two losses for the Northland Community and Technical College baseball team at the 2016 National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Region 13 tournament.
Seeded eighth in the eight-team field, the Pioneers lost a 6-0 opening round game to top-seeded Century at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud, then dropped a 5-1 loser-out match-up to fourth-seeded Anoka-Ramsey at Bob Cross Field in nearby Sauk Rapids.
Both games were played Thursday.
Results ended a 16-18 season for the Barry Dowers-coached Pioneers.
Century went on to beat No. 2-seeded St. Cloud 9-5 in the Saturday finals to earn a spot in the NJCAA Division III World Series May 28-June 2 at Kinston, S.C. The Wood Ducks entered the tournament 34-11 and ranked No. 4 in the national polls. The Cyclones started the weekend 29-6 and ranked No. 7.
The region tournament began with a last-minute change when Rochester, scheduled to enter play as the No. 4 seed, pulled out of the draw Wednesday afternoon due to a player eligibility issue.
Western (Wis.) Tech, a team Rochester beat in a Minnesota College Athletic Conference Southern Division playoff series to qualify for the region tournament, took the Yellowjackets place.
The Cavaliers came in as the No. 7 seed. Century, St. Cloud and Riverland remained at the 1-2-3 seeds, respectively. Anoka-Ramsey, Itasca and Rainy River all moved up a spot to No. 4-5-6.
Region 13 Baseball
n Round 1 – Century 6, Northland 0; Itasca 8, Anoka-Ramsey 7; Rainy River 1, Riverland 0; St. Cloud 4, Western Tech 0.
n Round 2 – (winner’s bracket) Century 9, Itasca 2; Rainy River 6, St. Cloud 3; (loser-out) Anoka-Ramsey 5, Northland 1; Riverland 15, Western Tech 1.
n Round 3 – (winner’s bracket) Century 11, Rainy River 0; (loser-out) St. Cloud 9, Anoka-Ramsey 2; Riverland 10, Itasca 0.
n Round 4 – (loser-out) St. Cloud 12, Riverland 4.
n Round 5 – (loser-out) St. Cloud 5, Rainy River 3.
n Round 6 – (finals) Century 9, St. Cloud 5.