Baseball Makes First NJCAA Playoff Appearance

Baseball Makes First NJCAA Playoff Appearance
Blue Bell, Pa. -The Montgomery County Community College Mustangs baseball team will be making its first National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Region 19 playoff appearance.

The team has a varied and rich history at the College. Head Coach Lou Lombardo began working with the Mustangs in 1985, as an assistant coach to James Randolph. In 1990, Lombardo took over the program and continued coaching the club team until its provisional season in the NJCAA in Spring of 2009. Since 2009, the baseball team has yet to see post-season competition.

However, the team has excelled in other ways, leading the Mustangs athletics program off the field over the past four years. The Mustangs baseball program has graduated or transferred a total of 26 athletes since its provisional season. Eleven of those athletes went on to play for NCAA baseball programs and one continued further as the 21 st round draft pick for the Los Angeles Angels in 2010.

In the classroom the baseball team has done well, consistently achieving an average team GPA of above 2.50 and maintaining a completion rate of 98% or better. Coach Lombardo is looking forward to leading his high-achieving team to the Region 19 playoffs. As a club sport at the College, the baseball team did not qualify for post-season play.

With over 500 wins earned during his leadership of the baseball program, Lombardo's appearance is past-due. The Mustangs will take on the number one team in the country, the Gloucester County College Roadrunners in a double header at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday May 5 th . In their last meeting on April 12 th , the Mustangs defeated the Roadrunners 7-3.