NAIA World Series: York Panthers make historic first appearance

By: Devon Teeple

The York College Panthers are on a historic run that is taking them to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, May 24-31.

In the Joliet bracket of the opening qualifying rounds, the Panthers were in the driver's seat as the No.1 seed. 

In game one, they faced No. 4 Mayville State (N.D.) (35-6-1). The Panthers won 5-1 behind the strong pitching of senior Tom Korn. Korn struck out eight and picked up his 10th win of the season. Mayville's defence deserted them at the wrong time. Their three errors leading to three unearned runs.

York's second game against No. 3 Judson (Ill.) (45-16), saw the Panther pitching dominate an offense ranked No. 2 in NAIA Division 1 in runs scored (462). Junior Aaron Conyers, who was recently named NAIA National Baseball Pitcher of the Week, threw a complete game shutout. He fanned five and surrendered six hits on his way to ninth win of the season. Panther senior Alec Abend went 2-4 with two RBI.

Judson, who defeated No. 2 Cumberland (Tenn.) (39-18-1) in 10 innings to stave off elimination, squared off against the Panthers for the second time, with the winner (Judson had to win two) going to the NAIA Championship.

The Panthers played from behind for the majority of the game until scoring the three biggest runs in the program's history. Judson senior Craig Lipp put together a solid seven innings until the Panthers, led by a Jordan Leis single, strung together two more hits and three runs to make it 4-3.

Conyers came in for the ninth to record his first save of the season.

Congratulations to the York Panthers on this amazing first. Keep it rolling boys!

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

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