Purcell graduates Jarrett Sweeney, Ethan Wayland and the Northern Oklahoma College in Enid Jets claimed the NJCAA Division II World Series Championship in Enid May 31.
It’s the first baseball championship in NOC program history.
The Jets defeated Mesa 5-4.
Sweeney said the experience of winning the series was amazing.
“Getting to play in front of all the people and fans” was the highlight, according to Sweeney.
The series boasted record crowds of over 4,200 spectators at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid.
David Allen has hosted the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division II World Series since 2009 and it also happens to be where NOC plays a majority of their home games.
“We play a few games on the campus field but play probably 95 percent on David Allen,” Sweeney said.
Sweeney said his team peaked at the right time of the season as they entered post-season play.
“We were definitely playing our best baseball at the end of the year,” he said. “We had some great outings by freshmen pitchers and great hitting too”.
Sweeney, a starting pitcher, wasn’t in the rotation for the series but was second on the Jet’s roster in innings pitched this season with 59 innings pitched.
Sweeney did throw a lot in the lead up to the series.
His teammate, and fellow Purcell alum, Wayland didn’t play this season - his freshman year - as he recovered from arm surgery.
Sweeney finished the season with a 7-3 record for the Jets with a 5.34 ERA.
He recorded 41 strike outs on the year.
Sweeney didn’t have too much time to bask in the light of the national championship after the dust settled.
“We won the championship on a Friday. Saturday, I moved out of the dorms. Sunday I moved back in to my house and Monday I went back to work (at H&H Plumbing),” he said.
Sweeney will take a couple weeks off before resuming summer baseball workout activities.
“Once you’re done with the college season you definitely have to let your body rest,” he said. “The fall season will start so you have to take advantage.”
Having graduated from NOC, Sweeney will attend school and play baseball at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant this fall.
“It’s close to home and I like their staff,” he said.