Gatlyn Simmons/UTC MOCS – National Champions

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Gatlyn Simmons of Lewis County traveled with his University of Tennessee Chattanooga teammates to Pittsburg, Kansas to compete in the NCBA World Series last week.

On opening day, UTC defeated Slippery Rock University 9-3.

The second round saw UTC defeat the University of San Diego 3-1.

In the third round, UTC defeated the University of Windsor from Canada 9-0 behind the pitching of Jeremy Gonzalez who pitched only the second no-hitter in NCBA World Series history.

Then it was time for the championship game between UTC and Saint Louis University. Both teams were undefeated so it was winner-take-all format.

Rain forced the game to be moved to Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri where there was an all turf playing surface.

Waiting until a high school finished its district championship game, the game did not start until after 9:30 p.m. Then, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the game was decided. UTC had defeated St. Louis University in extra innings by a score of 3-2 to win the 2016 NCBA World Series and be declared the National Champions.

The MOCS finished with a 22-2 record. Simmons was the leading hitter for UTC and the seventh leading hitter of all the players playing in the World Series. In nine appearances at the plate, he had four hits for a batting average of .444. He scored three runs and had two RBIs with one walk.

Since this team is composed mostly of freshmen and sophomores, they look forward to another successful season next year.

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