ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - If one were to take a look at the most recent NJCAA Division II baseball rankings, they would see that six Mississippi schools rank inside the top 20.
Itawamba Community College (19-5) ranks second in the nation, Jones County Junior College (19-7) sits at No. 9, Hinds (18-6) at No. 14, East Central (19-7) at No. 17, Pearl River Community College (22-4) at No. 18 and Mississippi Gulf Coast (22-6) at No. 20.
All six of these schools compete in the same MACJC conference, proving how stout the baseball competition is in the Magnolia state.
"We think that baseball as far as JUCO goes is the best in the country down here just like baseball as far as four-year school ball goes is the best in the country down here," said JCJC head coach Chris Kirtland. "When you go to the ballpark to play, you're going to have to have your head on straight because you're out for a dogfight each time that you get in between these lines."
"Our coaches in this league work extremely hard," said second-year PRCC head coach Michael Avalon. "Every program is improved over the past ten years. That's something where no matter who you play or when you play, you're going to expect a good team."