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Columbia State Chargers Rocket Into NJCAA Top 20!
April 13, 2012By Greg Bradley of TennesseeSportsNet
The Columbia State Chargers, the defending TCCAA 2011 Tournament Champions, moved into the company of the nations elite in junior college baseball Wednesday.
The new NJCAA Top 20 poll released April 11 has the Columbia State Community College Chargers fifth in the nation.
Head coach Mike Corn told TSN he is happy for his players and it has been a long time coming for the Charger family.
Corn, in his third season at CSCC, has compiled a record of (98-44) and his 2012 ball club currently is #1 in the TCCAA with record of 16-2. Their overall record is 31-6. Corn is the 4th Charger head coach in the historic program.
The CSCC tradition involves 20 Division Titles, 15 TCCAA State Championships and 6 World Series Appearances.
This year's team also has an opportunity to set another record. In 1977 Columbia State won 41 games. As of this writing CSCC has 30 wins with 11 regular season games left and the TCCAA Region VII tournament in May.
The 2012 Chargers have a current team batting average of .353, 8th in the NJCAA. The record for a season is .377 set in 1977. Their winning percentage is at .830 for 2012. The record is .903 in 1970.
On the way up CSCC defeated, at the time, the NJCAA number one Walters State Senators two of three games and the following week swept Jackson State.
The Chargers also won 38 straight home games before losing the final game with Walters a few weeks ago.
The new ranking moves the Chargers into the national ranking spotlight for the first time since the 1970's/80's. TSN will have reaction from the players and coaches coming soon.
Congratulations to all the players who have worked very hard to put the Chargers in the position to achieve this high acclaim.
NJCAA Top 20 click here.
The baseball tradition is strong at Columbia State Community College, Tennessee's first community college. Head Coach Mike Corn along with assistant coaches Jared Gaston and Adam Lairamore have played a large part in bringing the winning tradition back to Columbia.