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Bellevue College Baseball sends off memorable sophomore class as new season begins

Brady Kerr, who earned All-Tournament Team honors at the NWAC Championship Tournament and also was the team’s MVP, Gold Glove, and Most Inspirational Award winner, is one of 12 BC sophomores moving on and will play at the University of Portland.
photo by Rich Dworkis

With the 2014 fall season rapidly approaching, Bellevue College baseball sends off one of the most memorable sophomore classes in the history of the program highlighted by the only NWAC player selected in the major league draft and twelve players receiving scholarships to play at the four-year level, including ten at the NCAA division one level. 

More importantly, 13 of the 14 (93% graduation rate) received their Associates Transfer Degree , with half of them over a 3.0 and three earning distinction honors for their exceptional grade point average. 

The list of departing sophomores playing at the four-year level: John Bodenhamer (Quinnipiac University), Cody Culp (University of Hawaii), Alex Hatch (University of Hawaii), Brady Kerr (University of Portland), Brandon Mahovlich (University of Missouri), Ryan Malone (Campbell University), Nick Pribble (University of Tennessee-Martin), Aaron Sandefur (University of Pittsburgh), Jordan Silva (Peru State University), Sheldon Stober (Seattle University), Aaron Stroosma (Liberty University), Jeff Wyner (Chapman University).

Nick Kiel opted to forego his remaining college eligibility after he was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 18th round and has already been promoted to Class A Everett Aqua Sox after going 4-0 with a 1.31 ERA at the rookie level.

Former Mt. Hood pitcher Taylor Williams tearing it up at Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Taylor Williams played baseball for Mt. Hood in 2012 and was the Southern Region Player of the Year.

By Robert Emrich /

Taylor Williams thought he wasn’t in command. The box score tells a different story.

The Brewers’ No. 14 prospect fanned a career-high 11 batters and pitched seven one-hit innings Friday night as Class A Wisconsin shut down visiting Peoria, 5-1.

Williams (8-1) allowed only a leadoff double to Ronald Castillo in the top of the second, then set down the final 18 batters he faced, fanning five of the last six. He threw 70 of 96 pitches for strikes.

"Early on, I felt like my command wasn’t very good," he 23-year-old right-hander said. "I just felt like I stuck with it and competed well and was able to get my off-speed pitches across for strikes. Later on, I was able to establish the fastball pretty well. Really, I just had all my pitches going and I was able to keep them off-balance with the curveball and changeup.

"I just felt confident out there and confident in my defense out there and I was able to fill up the zone and not walk anybody, which was huge. I think that goes for any game when you’re feeling good, your defense is playing well and you’re filling up the strike zone."

Williams’ previous high was nine strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings on July 21 against Dayton. He credited Friday’s total to being able to use all of his pitches.

"I had pretty much all four pitches going and I was able to throw them at any point in any count," the Kent State product said. "I don’t think there was any one pitch that I was able to strike more guys out on. Really, I just mixed all my pitches well. I think mostly fastball and slider were the pitches that I struck some guys out on."

Despite his near-perfect effort, Williams wouldn’t classify Friday as his best start as a pro.

"That’s a tough question," he said. "Definitely up there in the the top three or four. I wasn’t really satisfied with my command in my fastball. I tried to grind it out and compete. I think there are some other ones that I’ve been better in."

"I think I wasn’t staying on my fastball very well. You like to throw your fastball early in the count and get ahead, and I wasn’t doing that early on. [Catcher] Rafael Neda was able to work with me with that and we were able to flip a few off-speed pitches across. I think that helped me stay through some pitches, and then I was able work the fastball earlier in counts for strikes better."

Williams ranks third in the Midwest League with a 2.36 ERA and is tied for fourth with 112 punchouts. A year after being drafted in the fourth round by the Brewers, he was named a midseason All-Star.

"I’m pretty happy with the year," Williams said. "I’m just trying to get better as the year goes on. That’s been the biggest thing — preparation, trying to prepare week in and week out. That way, I can throw better when I get into the game. Just trying not to be satisfied with any one outing and try to get better."

Taylor Brennan slugged a grand slam and Steven Halcomb drew a bases-loaded walk in the second to stake Williams to an early lead.

Justin Ringo singled in a run in the ninth to break up the shutout for the Chiefs.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter @RobertEmrich. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

Everett baseball standout Nobach to play baseball at Oregon State

Former M-P standout Nobach to play baseball at Oregon State

By David Krueger, Herald Writer

The Oregon State University baseball team’s success has led to an opportunity for a local athlete to join the Beavers.

Kyle Nobach, a two-sport star at Marysville Pilchuck High School before graduating in 2013, has verbally committed to play for Oregon State after one season at Everett Community College.

The Beavers, who were ranked in the top 10 in the nation for much of the 2014 season, had eight players selected in last month’s major-league draft, including outfielder Mike Conforto, who signed with the New York Mets. In addition, six position players in the Beavers’ incoming recruiting class were drafted and three turned pro.

All of which created an opening for Nobach.

“It’s definitely a dream come true,” said the 5-foot-9, 160-pound outfielder. “You work for something your whole life and when it comes true, it feels good because all the hard work pays off. They lost some outfielders to the draft and they needed some guys to come in and fill spots. They came after me.”

He said he plans to sign an NCAA letter of intent the weekend of July 26-27.

Nobach participated in the all-state baseball and football games in 2013. He was named the Offensive MVP of the baseball game after scoring two runs and driving in another.

This past season at EvCC, he batted .321, with 20 runs scored, 13 RBI and 10 stolen bases despite missing the first six games of the season with a wrist injury. He then joined Chaffey Baseball, an elite summer traveling team based in the Seattle area. There, he caught the eye of Oregon State coaches who had roster spots to fill.

“He’s had (recruiting) interest,” Everett Community College head coach Levi Lacey said. “Everyone knows Kyle was here. We just weren’t pressing that hard because Kyle could come back (to Everett) one more year.”

However, when the opportunity presented itself, Nobach was ready to accept a partial scholarship from OSU.

“He could have done one more year of (junior college) at-bats to be the guy and have someone come get him next year,” Lacey said. “But (Oregon State) didn’t need a guy for 2016. They need a guy for 2015.”

Nobach joins an Oregon State team that finished the year with a 45-14 record and won the Pac-12 Conference title for the second consecutive year. The Beavers hosted a regional round of the NCAA tournament after advancing to the postseason for a school-record sixth straight season.

“It’s crazy. When I was a kid I watched them win back-to-back national championships (in 2006 and 2007),” Nobach said. “Now I’m going to play for them. They’re really family oriented. They are blue-collar people who are all about hard work. That’s how I was raised. I just felt right at home. That’s why I wanted to go there.”

At Oregon State, Nobach will be a teammate of former Archbishop Murphy High School standout Trever Morrison, who was the Beavers’ starting shortstop as a freshman this past spring.

Lacey, who praised Nobach’s speed and arm strength in particular, doesn’t expect it to take long before Nobach is a key contributor for Oregon State.

“He’s a hard kid to keep out of the lineup,” Lacey said. “Not only is he a good offensive player — and that will continue to get better — he’s the fastest player that I’ve ever coached. … He’s got tools. And he brings so much energy. There’s a point in the game where that helps you win.”


NWAACC: “Moving On and Upward”

Dear Commissioners:

Over the past three years as the NWAACC has continued to evolve and elevate as a conference, there have been some foundational principles that have guided the decisions of the conference.  Those principles are:

  • “Give more than what is expected”
  • “Give student-athletes the experience they deserve”
  • “Our service and support must be rooted in excellence”
  • “Our focus is on character, competition and community”
  • “Cultivate and develop the NWAACC brand”  


Today the NWAACC office is pleased to announce that the conference has a new logo(s) and has shorten the acronym NWAACC (Northwest Athletic Association of Community College) to NWAC (Northwest Athletic Conference).

Research has shown us that our logo was large and extremely difficult to transpose onto a variety of materials.  The new logo(s) should be easier to work with and simpler to transpose onto surfaces and materials.  Reducing the acronym from NWAACC to NWAC allows us to reduce the size, yet still allows the same verbalization that has been used for years.  The four stars represent the four regions that make up the NWAC.

We have a secondary logo that can be used as well on uniforms, caps and other items and second logo is attached for your use.  Following is the URL link to NWAC logos usage:

Due to these changes, we have made a change to the link of the NWAC home page.  The new address is

Today we begin to make the transition to a new logo(s) and a new acronym in our efforts to develop our conference brand.  The transition will take time as there are many items to work through.  Though the logo(s) and acronym may be new, we can still say “NWAC” and we will continue our commitment to elevate the conference by providing more than what is expected and give student-athletes the experience they deserve.

Marco Azurdia
Executive Director

Chemeketa alum Ryan Thompson selected by Houston in MLB Draft

Ryan Thompson played for the Chemeketa Storm during the 2011 & 2012 seasons. He was a 2nd team All-Southern Region Relief Pitcher his freshman season.

Source Article

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell senior right-handed pitcher Ryan Thompson has been selected by the Houston Astros with the first pick of the 23rd round in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.

Houston made Thompson the 676th pick on day three of the MLB Draft after a very decorated two-year career with the Camels.

Last week, Thompson was named Third Team Louisville Slugger All-American, becoming the first Camel to earn All-America honors in multiple seasons, also picking up honors last season from Louisville Slugger (Second Team) and the ABCA (Third Team) while leading the nation in ERA with a 0.88.

In 2014, Thompson fashioned a 1.33 ERA and a 7-2 record with 17 saves. He added 87 strikeouts in 88 innings pitched across 39 appearances.

He was named the Big South Conference Tournament’s MVP, pitching in all five of Campbell’s tournament wins with a 1-0 mark and three saves in nine scoreless innings.

Thompson was also a First Team All-Big South performer in 2014 after earning Big South Pitcher of the Year honors in 2013.

Thompson is one of four Campbell All-Americans in the last three seasons, along with Michael Felton (2012), Ben McQuown (2013) and Brent Graham (2013).

Thompson is the fifth Camel to be taken in the MLB Draft since 2009, joining Ryan Hamme (31st round, Chicago White Sox, 2009), Jake Smith (48th round, San Francisco Giants, 2011), Matt Marksberry (15th round, Atlanta Braves, 2013) and Ben McQuown (30th round, Oakland Athletics), and the 48th overall in program history.

Thompson will become the seventh Camel over the last four years to join the professional baseball ranks, along with Ryan Mattes, Matt Sergey and Erick Gaylord. Mattes signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Royals last season, while Sergey and Gaylord have played for various independent league organizations.

Campbell finished the 2014 season with a 41-21 overall record, tying for the second-most wins in school history. The Camels claimed the Big South Tournament Championship in Rock Hill, S.C., earning the school’s second NCAA Regional berth.

In the Columbia Regional, No. 4 seed CU picked up its first-ever NCAA Regional win, knocking off third-seeded Old Dominion 4-1 in 12 innings.

Campbell has won 131 games over the last three years, posting three consecutive 40-plus win seasons.

2014 Rawlings/ABCA Pacific Association Division All-American & Gold Glove Teams

2014 Rawlings/ABCA
Pacific Association Division
All-American Teams
Print Version

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: TC Florentine, Edmonds

First Team

Pos Name  YR School State
P Luke Eubank SO Oxnard CA
P Ben Krauth SO Diablo Valley CA
P Nat Hamby SO Cabrillo CA
RP Brady Baker SO Treasure Valley WA
C Dillon Kelley FR Sequoias CA
1B Dalton Blaser SO Sierra CA
INF Cody Nulph SO Orange Coast CA
INF Robert Smith SO Chabot CA
INF Dennis Morton SO Palomar CA
OF Matt Jacobson SO Los Medanos CA
OF TC Florentine SO Edmonds WA
OF DJ Gee SO Pierce WA

Second Team

Pos Name  YR School State
P David Hill SO Orange Coast CA
P Travis Eckert SO Clark OR
P Justin Vernia FR Tacoma WA
RP Kit Larson FR Santa Barbara CA
C Julian Ramon SO Oxnard CA
1B Ryan Budnick SO Edmonds WA
INF Jerrod Bravo SO Sacramento City CA
INF Larry Barraza SO Compton CA
INF Justin Hearn FR Mission CA
OF Dillan Smith SO Palomar CA
OF Braxton Phillips SO Butte CA
OF Dylan Signorelli SO Big Bend OR

Third Team

Pos Name YR School State
P Dylan Lee SO Sequoias CA
P Jacob Hill SO Orange Coast CA
P James Carter SO Chabot CA
RP Blake Edmonson FR Sequoias CA
C Erik Colombini SO Mission CA
1B CJ Witkowski FR LA Mission CA
INF Harrison Crawford SO Ventura CA
INF Justin Jacobs FR Lower Columbia WA
INF Yusuke Akitoshi SO Skagit Valley WA
OF Jason Wilcoxson SO San Bernardino CA
OF Wyatt Castro SO Delta CA
OF Matt Becker SO Edmonds WA

2014 Rawlings/ABCA
Pacific Association Division Gold Glove Team

Print Version






P Dylan Lee SO Sequoias CA
C Tommy Beritzhoff SO Marin CA
1B Jaren Goddard SO Lane OR
2B Yamel Zamudio SO East Los Angeles CA
SS Cole Hamilton SO Mt. Hood OR
3B Justin Hearn FR Mission CA
OF Shota Nadatomi SO Merced CA
OF TC Florentine SO Edmonds WA
OF Ryan Lawson SO San Diego Mesa CA

Four players with Bellevue ties taken in MLB Draft

by JOSH SUMAN,  Bellevue Reporter Sports Reporter 
Jun 10, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Jun 11, 2014 at 7:30AM

Four baseball players with ties to Bellevue were selected in the Major League Baseball first year player draft recently, and will have the opportunity to continue their playing careers with a shot to reach the big leagues.

Colin Hering, a 2009 Newport High School graduate and former Bellevue College Bulldog for coach Mark Yoshino, was selected in the 10th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers out of Coastal Carolina University.

The left-handed outfielder helped the Chanticleers to the NCAA Tournament in 2013, after spending two seasons at BC. He started 49 games in his final season, knocking in 13 runs.

Jared Fisher, a pitcher for the University of Washington and 2011 Newport High School graduate, was chosen in the 15th round, 442nd overall, by the Philadelphia Phillies.

A right handed pitcher who has spent the past three years playing for coach Lindsay Meggs and the Huskies. Fisher was second on the team in strikeouts and won six decisions, as Washington reached the NCAA Tournament.

During his senior season at Newport, Fisher helped the Knights to their last 4A state tournament berth, and a win in the opening round against South Kitsap.

He was chosen in the 26th round after his senior year at Newport by the Houston Astros, but elected to instead sign with Washington.

Nick Kiel, a Bellevue College sophomore pitcher, was also chosen in this year’s draft, and was part of the Jackson team that beat Fisher and the Knights in the 2011 4A state quarterfinals.

An early signee with the University of Missouri, Kiel was a second team All-North Region NWAACC selection for the Bulldogs and coach Mark Yoshino during the 2014 season.

He started 12 games on the mound, and led the team in wins with seven on the year. Kiel worked 74 innings and a third, posting a 1.81 earned run average and tossing five complete games.

Matt Cooper, a 2010 graduate of Marysville-Pilchuck High School, was selected in the 16th round by the Chicago White Sox, after spending the past two seasons at the University of Hawaii.

Prior to his time with the Warriors, Cooper lettered twice for Yoshino at Bellevue College, helping his team to the NWAACC title in 2011.

Green River CC announces Athletes of the Year

Congratulations to the 2014 Green River CC Male and Female Student Athletes of the Year Blake Collins and Kenicia McClellan who pose here with Director of Athletics Bob Kickner on Friday night at the ASGRCC Student Life Awards Banquet after being selected for their respective awards.

Collins (Kamiak, WA) returned from a season ending arm injury as a freshman to become the team captain and catcher for the baseball team. He was selected to the second team All-Western region while also earning an All-NWAACC Academic honors.    He has committed to NCAA Division II Emporia State University in Emporia, KS to complete his athletic and academic career.

McClellan (Enumclaw, WA) was the captain of the Gator softball team amassing a career batting average of .424 for two seasons playing first base and being a reserve pitcher.   She was a two time selection to the All-West softball team, represented the Gators in the sophomore all-star game and was an GRCC honor roll member.

“Blake and Kenicia were outstanding ambassadors for Green River CC through their participation in athletics,” stated Kickner.  “I watched them both grow through challenges faced on and off the field, to become well respected adults, athletes, and students.  I wish them the very best as they move forward in their careers.”

Bellevue pitcher Nick Kiel selected by Seattle Mariners

Mariners pick Seattle local Kiel in 18th round

By Adam Lewis / | 6/7/2014 11:29 P.M. ET

Nick Kiel grew up a Mariners fan, attending, by his count, five or six games at Safeco Field every year with his parents. An Everett, Wash. native, he went to Jackson High School in Mill Creek, then spent two years pitching for Bellevue College after red-shirting as a freshman.

When he found out the Mariners selected him with their 18th-round pick — 531st overall — Saturday on Day 3 of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, he knew his next step.

Kiel, a 21-year-old left-hander, signed his National Letter of Intent to play at the University of Missouri last November. Reached by phone Saturday, he said he was ready for a change of course.

"One-hundred percent, I’m signing with the Mariners," he said. "I’m going to meet with them Monday or Tuesday and get all the paperwork filled out and sign everything."

Kiel was watching his brother’s baseball game Saturday when the Mariners drafted him. He didn’t find out the news until he got a call from Mariners scout Joe Ross, who covers the Northwest.

"I went home and I was making food and all of a sudden, I got a call from Joe, and he was like, ‘Congratulations,” Kiel recalled. "I didn’t know what it was. I didn’t put two and two together. He said, ‘We just picked you.’"

"I was like, ‘No way!’"

At 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, Kiel doesn’t quite have the stature of one of his all-time favorite Mariners.

"I loved watching Randy Johnson when I was a kid, even though he was about a foot taller than me," he said.

But his numbers this season at Bellevue were "Big Unit"-esque. Kiel posted a 1.81 ERA and threw five complete games in 12 starts. He fanned 95 batters in 74 1/3 innings en route to a 7-4 record.

"I’ve been working my tail off to get to this point, and to be drafted by a team whose pro field is 10 minutes away from my house is pretty sweet," he said. "I love the stadium, just everything about it. It’s surreal."

After he signs, Kiel said he’ll likely begin his professional career with the Everett Aquasox, the Mariners’ Short Season Class A affiliate. Their season begins next week.

Kiel said he throws a fastball that stays around 90 miles per hour, a curveball he calls a "really good pitch," a slider and a change-up.

The Mariners have scouted him since he was in high school.

"I know they initially liked me because I’m able to repeat the breaking ball and throw the offspeed stuff for strikes consistently," he said. "That’s what they like, especially at the next level, to be able to throw not just fastballs, but secondary pitches as well."

Spring Baden Athletes of the Year Announced

Women’s Tennis

Rixing Xu
Sophomore, Bellevue College

Bellevue College Sophomore Rixing Xu has won her second Baden Player of the Year award in

Rixing led the Bulldogs to the NWAACC Women’s Tennis Championship this season and won her second consecutive individual title.

She also repeated as a doubles champion.

Men’s Tennis

Nao Iwamoto
Freshman, Skagit Valley College

Skagit Valley College freshman Nao Iwamoto comes to Skagit Valley from Tsukaba Japan and had an outstanding freshman season.

Iwamoto won the single’s championship defeating Spokane’s Blake Lynd 6-0, 6-4 then won a marathon match with Treasure Valley’s Jonahs Joudrey 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

Evan OmeliaMen’s Golf

Evan Omelia
Sophomore, Community Colleges of Spokane

Hailing from Oxenby, England, Spokane
sophomore, Evan Omelia has been named the Baden Athlete of the Year in Men’s Golf.

Omelia finished second at the 2014 NWAACC Golf Championships and was the leading player for the 2014 team champions, Spokane Sasquatch.
Omelia won multiple individual titles this year and finished no lower than 5th.

Hope NeidholdWomen’s Golf

Hope Neidhold
Sophomore, Columbia Basin College

The Columbia Basin College sophomore from Richland, Washington finished her career in fine fashion by
winning the NWAACC women’s individual title.

She led her teammates to a team golf title this year as well. Neidhold also won three tournaments this past year. Her consistent play and outstanding leadership was on display every time she was out on the course.

Anteneh WotichaMen’s Track & Field

Anteneh Woticha
Freshman, Clark College

Clark’s Anteneh Woticha culminated an outstanding
season by winning the High Point Award with 26 points (1st place 1500m, 5000m, 3rd 800m) at the 2014 NWAACC Track and Field Championships.

For his outstanding perfromance at the Championships he was named Co-Track Athlete of the Meet.

Jessica MildesWomen’s Track & Field

Jessica Mildes
Sophomore, Community Colleges of Spokane

Jessica Mildes concluded her sophomore
campaign by sweeping the distance races, winning the 1500m, 5000m, 10000m, and 3000m steeplechase at the 2014 NWAACC Championships. In doing so, Mildes is the first women in NWAACC history to take all four distance events.

Her wins racked up 40 points for the Bigfoot, giving Mildes the Women’s High Point Award, Track Athlete of the Meet, & Baden Track & Field Athlete of the Year. She also shattered the National junior college record in the 10K earlier this season.

Mildes is the first NWAACC student-athlete to win Baden Athletes of the Year awards in two separate categories and is also the first student-athlete in NWAACC history to win three in two years.

Cheyenne BargerSoftball

Cheyenne Barger
Sophomore, Treasure Valley Community College

Sophomore Cheyenne Barger led the NWAACC in
batting average with .587, runs batted in with 85 and in home runs with 25.

Her power numbers dwarf in
comparison that she struck out only 4 times in 138 at bats.

Barger led the Treasure Valley Chukars to a third place finish at the 2014 NWAACC Softball Championship Tournament.


TC Florentine
Sophomore, Edmonds Community College

TC Florentine an all-league centerfielder at Edmonds Community College has been named the Baden
Athlete of the Year in Baseball.

TC was the North
Region MVP, and two-time Gold Glove award winner. He has also won ABCA West Coast Pacific Division Gold Glove.

TC is also a member of the NWAACC All-Academic Team. TC will continue his academic and athletic career at Santa Clara University.