JUNE 2, 2023

Vikings return home Monday after valiant effort

After a valiant effort, the St. Johns River State College baseball team fell today against #1 Heartland Community College (of Illinois) in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II World Series.

The Vikings played like champions to the very end in the final four bracket, falling 10-9 in the 10th inning in Enid, Oklahoma.

The SJR State college community is proud of its history-making team. The Vikings made history in May when the team, led by head coach Ross Jones, clinched its first NJCAA South Atlantic Super Regional championship. In addition to their history-making appearance at the World Series, the student-athletes end their season maintaining a 3.28 team GPA.

Faculty, staff and students will welcome the Vikings home in a celebration on Monday, June 5 at noon on the SJR State Palatka Campus. The media is invited to attend.

NJCAA DII World Series results:
May 27: SJR State 13, Madison College 7
May 29 (third round): Heartland Community College 5, SJR State 4
May 30 (elimination game): SJR State 23, Lackawanna College 9 (8 innings)
June 2 (semifinal): Heartland Community College 10, SJR State 9 (10 innings)

For more information on the World Series, visit

Vikings team photo baseball

St. Johns River State College




Michelle Sjogren
Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Strategic Communications
(904) 276-6814

Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Marketing
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