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DIAMOND NOTES that didn’t make the weekend Twitter or Facebook baseball and softball coverage because of overlapping doubleheaders and time constraints. + Navarro’s last five wins came from rallies in the 8th or 9th inning – four of them on the road. + Bulldog relievers have not given up a run in their last 17 innings of work that spans five games dating back to April 22. There’s more. Over their last 25.2 innings, they’ve surrendered only one earned run. The emergence of Collin Storms (5-1, 2 Svs, 3.77), Colin Wyman (3-1, 1.77), Tanner Riley (2-0, 2 Svs, 3.17), and Pepper Jones (1-3, 8 Svs, 40 K in 24.1 IP) factor prominently here. + Storms collected four conference wins within his last seven appearances: Northeast (March 31), Angelina (April 5), Paris (April 15) and Panola (April 27). Over his last eight games spanning 17.1 innings, he’s struck out 17 and given up 12 hits and 3 earned runs. He’s unscored upon over his last four outings. + Second baseman Travis Washburn’s six triples matches Navarro’s individual single-season high established by Brock Holt in 2008. + Bulldog baseball has won 30 or more games 12 consecutive years (2008-2019). + Head coach Matt Podjenski has guided the Bulldogs...

DIAMOND NOTES that didn't make the weekend Twitter or Facebook baseball and softball coverage because of overlapping doubleheaders and time constraints. + The Bulldogs have played 21 games against 11 teams that received ranking this spring in the NJCAA Division I Softball Polls, including squads that were ranked 1-2-3 for four polling periods (Florida SouthWestern, Chipola, Tyler). NC also played single games against two ranked Division II opponents (LSU-Eunice and Iowa Central). + Second-game home runs Sunday by Carmen Acosta and Sarah Koeppen pushed the Bulldogs’ season total to 46, surpassing the 2005-06 team’s documented total of 44 amassed by nine different players. Six players – Koeppen, Woolley, Miranda, Davis, Acosta and Loper – account for NC’s 46 this spring. + The Bulldogs are 87.1 percent on steals this season (81-of-93). Second baseman Kamryn Wells is a perfect 10-of-10, while outfielder Jessa Johnson is 17-of-18. + Koeppen is tied for eighth place nationally in home runs with 18. She is one of three Texas junior college softball players listed in the Top 10. Howard shortstop Amanda Gonzalez leads the NJCAA with 26. Koeppen shares eighth place with Grayson leftfielder Jade Miller. Midland third baseman Yvonne Hernandez, with 17 home runs, is tied for 12th. +...

Navarro freshman Jada Woolley was named Wednesday by the NJCAA as its Division I Softball Player of the Week. Woolley was recognized for a weekly award in which she posted a slash line of .800/.850/1.600, but the Corsicana freshman's actually been on a longer tear than that. Woolley's blistering seven-game hit streak ended Sunday during Navarro's 17-15 Game 2 win against Paris. Since an April 19 doubleheader here against Northeast, she had hit a mind-boggling .789, going 15-for-19 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 RBI. She also walked six times, scored 10 runs and totaled 32 bases over the seven-game stretch as the Bulldogs continued to wage their battle for a Region XIV Tournament berth. During the streak, Woolley had four multi-hit games bringing her season total to 16.  She went 3-for-5 during the run-ruled doubleheader sweep here over Northeast, 7-for-8 in two games at Bossier Parish and 2-for 3 against Angelina here. Her season slash line of .474/.519./.888 tops the club.  She ranks second in home runs, walks and total bases and third in doubles, triples and runs-batted-in this season....

Navarro College hired Grant McMillan as its new head men’s basketball coach. “We are so excited to have Grant on board with the Bulldog basketball program. He has experienced great success as a head coach and in Region XIV. He has been involved with highly successful programs at each stop in his coaching career,” said Athletic Director Michael Landers. McMillan, a native of Van, TX, comes to Navarro from Panola College where he has been the head men’s basketball coach for the last four years. He compiled an impressive 93-39 record and transformed the Ponies’ basketball into a recognized, ranked Region XIV and NJCAA Tournament contender. With a school-record 50 wins during McMillan’s first two seasons, Panola played in consecutive Region XIV Championship games. His 26-9 East Zone champions, ranked No. 13 nationally, advanced to the second round of the 2016-17 NJCAA Tournament at Hutchinson, Ks. – Panola’s first appearance there since 1979. He recruited, coached and graduated 18 players who signed NCAA Division I scholarships. His Panola program developed the third-highest winning percentage in Region XIV, defeated 12 NJCAA-ranked opponents and lost only seven home games. Before the first head-coaching job at Panola, he had opportunities to work for some of the best,...

Navarro Football hosts a free Youth Camp for Grades K-5 at Tiger Stadium before the Bulldogs' Spring Game on Saturday, April 27. Participants will get an opportunity between 8:30 and 9:30 am to work on skills and drills with the Bulldogs. The hour-long youth camp precedes the Bulldogs' 10 am scrimmage that will conclude 2019 spring workouts. Donations will be accepted to support youth sport scholarships at The Corsicana YMCA. Following the Spring Game, coaches will return to campus to host the second of two Scouting Combines this spring.  Participants and prospects with NJCAA eligibility remaining register for the 2 pm combine at the Wolens Special Events Center.  Cost of the combine is $30 cash.  Participants will be measured and tested in the 40-yard dash, pro shuttle, and other specific or non-specific drills.  ...