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Montgomery College Baseball Team Earns 13th Trip to NJCAA World Series

The Montgomery College Raptors baseball team, which plays home games on the Germantown Campus, will be playing in the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series in Kinston, NC, this weekend. This is the second-year in a row the Raptors are playing in the World Series.

It marks the 13th time that Coach Dan Rascher has taken a Montgomery College baseball team to the NJCAA Division III World Series. He has done it three times as the Raptors and 10 times as the Montgomery College Gryphons.

“This is the ninth year of the last 11 years that we are going to the World Series,” said Rascher. “This is a very close-knit team. These guys really get along with each other and play well together.”

The Raptors are 35-14 coming into the World Series with wins over more powerful Division I and Division II teams. “We’ve beaten some very good teams this year,” said Rascher. “We beat DII Frederick Community College twice this year; we split with DI Hagerstown. We’ve beaten a few of the DI and DII teams in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference. We have a pretty good team.”

The Raptors will travel to play in the NJCAA DIII World Series at historic Grainger Stadium in Kinston, NC on Saturday, May 28. The tournament, which is an eight-team, double elimination affair runs through June 2. The Raptors will face 21-14 Northern Essex Community College, from Haverhill, Mass. Rascher and the Raptors have faced the Knights of NECC in the past but not this season.

To earn this trip to NJCAA DIII World Series, last weekend, the Raptors won the best of three District H Championship Series over Danville Community College to advance to play in Kinston, NC. The Raptors won the first game, dropped the second and came back to win the third game.

Leading the nation in wins for a pitcher with 12, Harry Thomas III, (Washington, DC) got the start on the mound for the Raptors in game one of the District H Champio