Head Coach: Steve Dintaman
January 30, 2013: Sinclair Community College Head Coach Steve Dintaman has announced the schedule for the 2013 season, which will be his 6th season at the helm of the Tartan Pride. “I’m very excited about our schedule for the upcoming season,” said Dintaman. “We have scheduled some tough non-conference games and we’ll play three preseason ranked teams before conference begins. Our goals remain the same; win the conference and win the regional. The regional champion receives an automatic berth to the World Series and that’s where we want to be.”
Last season, Sinclair finished 44-14 tying the school record in wins and was ranked as high as 3rd in the NJCAA poll. For the 4th straight season, the Tartan Pride won the OCCAC Conference Title, giving them an automatic bid to the regional. In the past ten seasons, Sinclair has won six OCCAC Conference Championships and have been to the regional seven straight times.
Sinclair will begin the season this spring in Morristown, Tennessee on the campus of Walters State CC. The season opener though will not be against Walters but will be played against USC-Salkehatchie. After a doubleheader against USC on Saturday, the Pride will play Walters State in a single nine inning game on Sunday. “Walters has been of the top junior college programs in the country for a long time now. They are ranked in the Top 20 every year and are always in the hunt to play in the D1 World Series.”
After a couple of midweek contests, the Tartans will once again host Glen Oaks CC the first weekend of March. These games will be played at Wright State University on the newly turfed Nischwitz Stadium. “Coach Schreiber’s squad is always well coached and we know that these games could be a preview of the regional tournament.”
The next weekend, Potomac State will make their first trip to the Buckeye state for a three game series. Saturday’s opener will be played at Bill Davis Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University and Sunday’s doubleheader will be back at Athletes in Action. “Potomac State is one of the strongest and most well respected programs in the NJCAA. This will be our first time hosting Coach Little’s team and we’re looking forward to the opportunity.”
Another huge test for the Pride follows Potomac State when they host a pair of ranked teams in Parkland and Kellogg at AIA. Both of these programs have World Series experience and Parkland has won two National Championships. “The regional always goes through Battle Creek and Kellogg is the team to beat. We also know that if we win the regional, there’s a great chance that Parkland will be waiting for us.”
Conference play starts again with Owens coming to town on March 22nd. Each team in the OCCAC plays a twenty-four game schedule playing each other eight times. For the first time ever, the winner of the OCCAC regular season will get the #1 seed in the regional. “Even though we only have four teams in the conference, I feel that each team has a strong chance of winning every year. We know that we’re the team to beat and our guys accept the challenge of defending the title.”
Following the conference season is the regional tournament which returns to Battle Creek, Michigan. This event is held in the middle of May and the winner will head to Enid, Oklahoma for the NJCAA DII World Series.
“I really like our non-conference schedule this year and we’ll be battle tested before the conference season begins. This team had a strong fall and winter workouts have been going very well. We’ll be ready on February 16th for the journey to the 580 to begin. Hope to see you at Grady’s Field this spring. ROLL PRIDE!”