Vying For a Repeat
The Santa Fe Saints will be fighting to repeat their run last year and win the FCSAA Championship this weekend at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland. The Saints have managed to repeat their Mid-Florida Conference Championship title, by defeating Dayton back on April 21 by a score of 10-1. Ending the Season with a 36-11 overall record and 19-5 in-conference record. This gives the Saints a No. 1 seed going into the FCSAA tournament. Last year the Saints advanced to the JUCO World Series, played in Colorado, by beating Chipola College 6-4 in the FCSAA Championship.
— Santa Fe Saints (@SF_Athletics) April 21, 2017
Heading into the tournament being the No. 1 seed gives the Saints a first round bye. Therefore, they will be awaiting the winner of the Eastern Florida State College vs. Northwest Florida State College—which play Friday at 4 p.m. The Saints will play the winner on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The tournament is double elimination. So no matter the out come of Saturday’s game, the Saints will play again on Sunday either at 10 a.m. (if they lose) or 4 p.m. (if they won).
Who to Watch For
Statistically, the two strongest batters in the lineup are Dillon Read and Danny Dimare and pitchers will have to pitch carefully to the pair. Read currently has a batting average of .366 and a slugging percentage of .500. While Dimare has a batting average of .387 and a slugging percentage of .587.
On defense, nothing can get bye Alex Goebel. Goebel was a first baseman and catcher for the team and was named Defensive Player of the Year. He has a .998 batting average with only one error on the season.
— Santa Fe Saints (@SF_Athletics) April 26, 2017
Santa Fe will play their first game on Saturday at 1 p.m. You can watch all of the tournament games on the FCSAA YouTube Channel.