By Ray Hamill — Before he moves on to play NCAA Division-I baseball at the University of Houston, Merek Sears has some unfinished business to take care of at Wabash Valley College.
Sears and the Warriors have qualified for this year’s NJCAA D1 Baseball World Series and will open on Saturday against Snead State.
The left-handed pitcher has seen substantial action out of the bullpen this spring for the 56-7 Warriors, who are the No. 2 seed for the 10-team world series and appear to be one of the tournament frontrunners.
The 2020 Arcata graduate, who also played locally for the Humboldt Eagles, has appeared in 19 games this season, third most on the team, and is 4-0 with one save.
He has 36 strikeouts and has allowed 12 walks in 34.1 innings, with an impressive ERA of 1.83.
The Warriors qualified for the world series after winning the Midwest District Championship last weekend, and they did it the hard way, battling back from an opening-day loss to win four straight games.
Sears saw action in two of the district tournament games, allowing one hit in two innings for the Illinois JC team.
The week-long world series will take place in Grand Junction Colorado.