SOUTH HOLLAND, ILSouth Suburban College (SSC) Baseball Team defeated Triton College by the score of 9-5 on Saturday to win the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Region-4 Championship. Winning pitcher Ryan Waaso, out of Marian Catholic High School, went 7 innings to get the win and improve to 7-4 on the year. Stephen Letz, of Lake Central, had 2 hits including 3 RBI's. Jake Hickey, of Lincolnway East, struck the big blow with a bases clearing double in the 5th inning as the Bulldogs put up a 7-spot.
This is the 11th time the Bulldogs have won the Regional Tournament, including four in a row. Also for the second consecutive year, Letz was named Most Valuable Player of the Regional Tournament and Coach Ruzich was named Region-4 Coach of the Year.
The Bulldogs will now advance to the District Tournament at Iowa Western beginning on Friday, May 16th. South Suburban will play Marshalltown Iowa at 12:00 noon while Iowa Western will host the winner of Region-24 at 3:00 p.m. The double elimination tournament continues through Sunday when the winner will advance to the World Series in Grand Junction Colorado.
The 2014 Bulldogs are now 36-19 on the season. Coach Ruzich recently garnered his 1,000th career win and was selected for induction into the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame on May 23rd.
For more information, please contact Coach Ruzich at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2413 or email SRuzich@ssc.edu . SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.