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The Podcast About Division III Baseball

May 16, 2018

Welcome to Episode 17 of The Podcast About Division III Baseball. We finally made it, folks: the regionals are here. This is the first of our eight postseason regional preview podcasts -- this one focuses on the 8-team Central Regional which will take place in Sauget, Illinois. Before we dive into the eight Central competitors, we took some time to give some brief thoughts on the broader regional field and how we thought the committee did with the at-large bids (at 2:13). Then, we break down each of the eight teams. In order:

  • #1 Webster (at 6:20)
    • Can the Gorloks defend their home turf after recapturing the SLIAC title?
  • #8 Thomas More (at 9:09)
    • Fresh off taking down the 2017 national runner-ups, the Saints aren't an #8 seed to be taken lightly 
  • #2 UW-Whitewater (at 12:20)
    • Daytona Bryden is almost definitely the National Player of the Year -- oh and they also have a bunch of other exceptionally awesome players. Good luck, Warhawk opponents. 
  • #7 Monmouth (at 16:13)
    • The Fighting Scots and the McDonald twins will look to pull off the huge upset
  • #3 Texas-Tyler (at 18:15)
    • The Patriots will try and have a better showing after last year's letdown
  • #6 Aurora (at 20:19)
    • Knocking off Concordia-Chicago is no small feat; can they ride the momentum into the regional?
  • #4 Rhodes (at 22:43)
    • The SAA champs haven't played for a few weeks -- can they get rolling again?
  • #5 Franklin (at 25:11)
    • This preposterously ridiculous offense (62 dingers!!!!!!!!) hasn't faced much competition all year long. Is their lineup actually this amazing or are they in for a reality check?

We conclude with our top players and pitchers to watch, and our pick to punch their ticket to Appleton (at 32:40). Then we say goodbye. Thanks for listening!

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