(Wichita) -- Marc Rardin won a baseball national championship at Iowa Western early in the summer, now he is trying to win another national title.
Rardin is coaching the NJCAA national team at the NBC World Series in Wichita. The NJCAA team was put together by Rardin over the last few months to compete at the World Series, and they have already won two games.
KMA Sports talked with Rardin during a Tuesday morning sportscast.
They beat a team from San Francisco on Friday afternoon 5-1 to open the Championship Week segment of the two-week tournament. The NJCAA team came back on Saturday and beat a team out of Wellington, Kansas 6-2. Rardin's team plays in a winner's bracket semifinal on Tuesday evening at 9:00 against the Haysville (KS) Aviators.
The NJCAA has put together a national team before, and the last two times Rardin was an assistant.
"I had an idea of how I wanted to put it together," Rardin says about selecting this team. Besides playing baseball at a high level, Rardin says there were two other factors in establishing a roster: summer school and the draft.
Rardin says he couldn't select any players that would miss practice time because they had to fulfill summer school requirements and he also couldn't select the top-tier talent because many of them were drafted in the MLB first-year player draft.
Rardin says he also emphasized having players with good character. He says being a junior college coach, he already had a good idea of what programs produced the right kind of kids he was pursuing.
After all the time putting the team together and the time they have already spent together, Rardin says it was great to see the team win its first two tournament games and is excited to see how the remainder of the tournament plays out.
Rardin says the pitching has been very good so far and expects that to continue. Rardin says on every level, you have to be able to pitch well, and that is what this team was built around. He says there is depth in the bullpen as well.
Pitching is great, but Rardin knows the team has to score some runs as well. His team had one six-run inning in Saturday's win and would like to see more consistency out of the bats.
You can listen to the full interview with Rardin, as it aired live on a Tuesday morning sportscast on KMA, by clicking below.
KMA Sports will keep you posted on this page how the NJCAA national team fares the remainder of the tournament, which runs through Saturday.