Hail to the champs! Mesa salutes the baseball national champions

MCC celebrates its baseball national champions (Photo by Wayne Block)
MCC celebrates its baseball national champions (Photo by Wayne Block)

  MESA, AZ - When the Mesa baseball team arrived home from Enid, Okla., last May after winning the NJCAA Division II national championship there wasn't much of a fuss on campus. The school was already closed for the semester and not many people were available to salute the champs.

  MCC made amends Thursday with a fitting tribute to the national champions as hundreds gathered in the center court.

  The T-Birds battled their way back through the losers' bracket with five straight wins and capped the best season in school history with a 9-7, 11 inning, win over Hinds (Miss.).

  That meant that MCC had compiled a 52-13 record, the best in the 49-year history of the sport at Mesa.

  To make things even sweeter, head coach Tony Cirelli will welcome back quite a few members of that championship squad when the new season opens next year.

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