DANVILLE — The field for the 2016 NJCAA Division II National Tournament at the Mary Miller Gymnasium has been set as the seeds and the pairings were announced on Tuesday.
The top-ranked Triton College Trojans of River Grove have earned the No. 1 seed with a 31-2 overall record this season. Triton is making its fifth appearance in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, the Trojans last appearance was in 2011.
Earning the No. 2 seed was the Lansing Stars (28-4), who are making their second straight appearance in the National Tournament. Last year, Lansing bounced back after an opening-round loss to reach the consolation championship.
Kirkwood from Cedar Rapids, Iowa and South Suburban from South Holland are the No. 3 and 4 seeds respectively. The Eagles, who won the title in 1998, are 27-4 this season, while the Bulldogs are 31-2.
Parkland College (22-11) will represent both Region 24 and the Mid-West Athletic Conference in this year's tournament. The Cobras, who defeated Rend Lake 82-78 on Sunday in the Region 24 championship game, just missed being a top-eight seed.
Richard Bland College of Virginia, the defending National Champions, lost in the second-round of it district tournament. Louisburg College of North Carolina, seeded sixth, is representing that district this season.
Danville Area CC 16
Henry Ford 2
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Freshman designated hitter Leo Lopez had a career day in just his five collegiate game for the Jaguars.
Lopez went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and five RBIs in the five-inning victory for DACC. He was just a double shy of hitting for the cycle, as he started his day with a triple in the first inning and a home run in the third. He got his single in the fourth, but he drew a walk during the eight-run fifth for the Jaguars.
Also having a productive day at the plate for DACC was former Westville standout Mark Strebin. The freshman third baseman went 3-for-4, with a double, two singles and three RBIs.
DACC (2-3) finished the day with 13 hits as Eathan Stephen and Matt Crook each had a pair of singles and former Salt Fork standout Noah Darr, the 2015 Commercial-News Player of the Year, was 1-for-1 with a home run and three RBIs.
The Jaguars are off on Wednesday.