Posted: May 4, 2013 1:11 PM
Updated: May 4, 2013 4:04 PM
SAINT JOSEPH, MO -- Unplayable field conditions at Phil Welch Stadium forced the cancelation Saturday morning of the duration of the 2013 Heart of America Athletic Conference Baseball Championship Series Spring Classic.
Based on the HAAC Baseball Procedural Manual, the teams with the top tournament records are named champion and runner-up. With Central Methodist and Avila both holding a 2-0 tournament record, Central Methodist is declared the winner as the top seed, and Avila is the runner-up. Avila becomes the second Avista-NAIA World Series Opening Round automatic qualifier from the conference.
Central Methodist's pitching dominated the Spring Classic. Drew Greiwe, Tyler Paule and Rhett Quinlan did not allow a run, while the Eagles offense took flight outscoring Benedictine and MidAmerica Nazarene a combined 14-0.
Central Methodist now awaits the unveiling of the 57th Annual World Series Opening Round pairings on May 5 at 5 p.m. CT on naia.org. The event will be played May 9-13 and features nine five-team double elimination tournaments (45 qualifiers). On May 6, the NAIA is providing a free online graphical presentation of the nine Opening Round brackets at approximately 12 p.m.
The nine Opening Round champions join host Lewis-Clark State to make up the field at the World Series at Harris Field in Lewiston, Idaho, May 24-31.