The Joliet Junior College Wolves baseball team finished as the runner-up in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III World Series after playing a championship game against Tyler Junior College of Tyler, Texas on Wednesday, May 27. The Wolves fought hard but fell to Tyler by a score of 10 to 9 at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. The Wolves finish their season with a record of 38 wins and 25 losses.
The Wolves were Division III World Series champions in 2012, 2008 and 1994. Winning second place this year is a huge success after the team began their season with more losses than wins.
In the first game of the Division III World Series, the Wolves won 10-2 against Montgomery College of Montgomery County, Maryland. The second game also provided a win for the Wolves when JJC defeated Rowan-Gloucester College of Sewell, New Jersey, with a score of 11-4. The Wolves lost the third game, played against Tyler Junior College, 11-0. After the loss, JJC won against the number one ranked Herkimer County Community College of Herkimer, New York, with a score of 11-0 before they lost the final game against Tyler on Wednesday night.
JJC qualified for the World Series after defeating the Illinois Valley Community College Eagles with a score of 5-4 and 5-1 in the Region IV championship series.
In addition to the baseball team’s accomplishments, Wolves Coach Wayne King, Jr. celebrated his 1,000th career victory with the team on April 19, when the Wolves defeated Milwaukee Area Technical College with a score of 11-3.