Jake Dziubczynski is on to the next stage of his baseball career, but not before playing on the biggest one in junior college baseball.
The Mountain Pointe product was a key member of the pitching staff that helped Central Arizona earn a trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.
Central Arizona, located in Coolidge, was considered one of the top contenders all season and played up to those expectations, but fell short in the World Series against Navarro College (Corsicana, Texas) to end up as national runners-up.
"I'm still a little bitter about it," Dziubczynski said about the June 4 defeat. "We felt we were the best team in the tournament, but we came up short. It's tough because we had the best team in our minds."
The 6-foot, 190-pound Dziubczynski's time at Central Arizona (56-15) comes to an end with a career record of 16-5 and an ERA of 2.37 in 32 games, including 27 starts.
He committed to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi over winter break and will get the chance to play Division I baseball.
"I had other schools interested but once I got there I didn't want to go anywhere else," Dziubczynski said of the campus that is in Upper Padre Island. "It's an incredible location."
Locating pitches has been a key to success for Dziubczynski, who went 6-4 with a 4.74 ERA as a senior at Mountain Pointe in the 2008-09 season, while adding some speed to his fastball in his two years at Central.
"He throws strikes and throws unexpected pitches in certain counts," Central Arizona coach Jon Wente said. "If it is a fastball count, he'll throw his change-up or breaking ball. He has the confidence to throw any of his pitches at anytime."
Dziubczynski was one of three main starters for the Vaqueros as he went 8-1 with a 2.18 ERA this season with three shutouts. In 90 2/3 innings, the left-hander allowed 84 hits, walked 19 and struck out 73.
"I accomplished everything I wanted to as an individual," he said. "Last year I was OK, but this year I was much stronger with my approach to each game. I added a few (MPH) to reach 89 and just became a better overall pitcher."
Wente said he couldn't have asked much more from Dziubczynski, who was drafted in the 38th round by Detroit in the 2010 MLB draft, and expects him to do well at the next level.
"Jake came in and put in the work that is expected in our program," Wente said. "He was accountable and reliable. He will do well (at Texas A&M) and continue to grow."
Dziubczynski, who is a communications major but is thinking about heading toward physical science, is ready to take on the challenge of trying to crack the rotation at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi.
"I wanted to play at Division I and now I am going to get that chance," he said. "It's probably going to be more businesslike at that level. Central was just good old-fashioned ball. I want to get there and refine things even more and get to 91 (MPH). I think it is going to be a great."
He said his approach won't change at all because his expectations are high each time he takes the mound.
"I want to throw a masterpiece every time I take the mound, make every pitch count and mess with the hitter's mind by throwing pitches they don't expect," Dziubczynski said. "If I do that everything will fall into place."
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