The quest to reach the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., continues in Neosho today for three of the top junior college baseball programs in the nation — the Crowder Roughriders, Delgado (La.) Dolphins and Seminole State (Okla.) Trojans — in the South Central District Tournament being held at Crowder College.

The quest to reach the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., continues in Neosho today for three of the top junior college baseball programs in the nation — the Crowder Roughriders, Delgado (La.) Dolphins and Seminole State (Okla.) Trojans — in the South Central District Tournament being held at Crowder College.

All region winners, this district will undoubtedly be one of the toughest in the entire nation. The Dolphins bring with them an overall record of 40-10 and are ranked No. 2 in the nation in NJCAA Division I. The Roughriders are right behind them at 45-15 overall and moved up from No. 17 to No. 8 in the national polls this week. The Trojans sit at 37-16 overall and are ranked No. 20 in the nation.

Today’s games at Roughrider Field feature Delgado vs. Seminole at 1 p.m., followed by Crowder vs. Seminole at 4 and Crowder vs. Delgado at 7. It’s a double elimination tournament, so one of the three teams is going home following today’s games. The final two will play again on Saturday.

In the event that an undefeated team loses in the first championship game on Saturday, the teams will play a winner-take-all game on Sunday, with the winner headed to the World Series. Game times on Saturday and Sunday weren’t available at press time.

The Roughriders are coming off a thrilling run to the Region 16 Championship, winning six out of seven games, including five in a row to claim the crown. Crowder coach Travis Lallemand earned Region Coach of the Year honors, while sophomore pitcher Mark Reyes and sophomore infielder Ryan Lazo both were named 1st team All-Region and freshman catcher Blake Wilfong was named Defensive Player of the Year in the region.