Crabtree’s NJCAA National Team Wins Sportsmanship Award at NBC World Series
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Team, comprised of players representing 22 colleges from 11 states across all three divisions of NJCAA baseball and coached by Murray State’s own Zach Crabtree, walked away from the National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series in Wichita, Kan. with a 3-1 record and the 2016 Sportsmanship Award. In a tweet from series’ organizers, the national team received kudos for “…..displaying wonderful sportsmanship on and off the field!”
The NJCAA National Team, which featured some of the best two-year college athletes from across the country, saw its winning run at the National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series come to an end with a 12-8 loss to the San Diego Force in the early morning hours of Friday, August 12.
“Playing against the San Diego Force, we had all the momentum and were where we wanted to be with our pitchers for the seventh, eighth and ninth,” said head coach Zach Crabtree. “They got some balls through the infield and kept it going. We just couldn’t get it shut down," Crabtree said.
Before falling to the Force, the national team won games against the Liberal Bee Jays, Sterling CO Express, and the Kansas City Stars, which included celebrity coaches and former MLB players including Roger Clemens, Toby Keith and Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson.
National championship winners the Santa Barbara, CA Foresters closed out the 2016 series with six wins and no losses. The Foresters also won titles in 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2014, placing them in a tie with the Fairbanks Goldpanners for the most wins in NBC World Series history.
“It was an honor and a privilege to be chosen by my peers to represent the NBC and the NJCAA. Anytime you can be on the field with USA across your chest, it’s an incredible honor,” Crabtree said.
“And the opportunity to work with players and coaches on this year’s national team was an amazing and unforgettable experience,” Crabtree said.