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Former Pierce College alum Colton Nash named to NAIA Preseason All-America Team

Colton Nash at bat
Colton Nash was named to the NAIA-CBA Preseason All-America Team

BELLEVUE, Neb. – Former Pierce College and current Bellevue University senior Colton Nash (Bonney Lake, Wash.) has been named a Preseason All-American by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association All-America Committee. The 17-member squad was announced on November 5th in a release from the NAIA National Office.

Nash was one of the Bruins’ most consistent and dangerous hitters a season ago. As a cleanup hitter, Nash raked at .317 with 34 extra base hits (24 doubles, 10 home runs) while driving in 54 runs and scoring a team-high 52. He also tied for the team lead with six stolen bases

In perhaps the most impressive three-game stretch in the country last season Nash hit grand slams in three consecutive games in March at the Warner University Tournament. He was a first team all-MCAC selection and Honorable Mention NAIA all-Nebraska pick last year.

The Bruins ended the 2015 season with a 46-15 record, highlighted by an MCAC Tournament Championship and hosting duties for the NAIA Opening Round Tournament. Bellevue came within a game of reaching the World Series.

Bellevue is currently ranked 12th in the in the NAIA Pre-Season Baseball Coaches Poll. The Bruins open the 2016 campaign on Saturday, Feb. 13 with a double-header at national powerhouse #5 Oklahoma City University. The Bruins take on MidAmerica Nazarene University at 12:30 p.m. before playing Oklahoma City at 3 p.m.

NAIA-BCA All-American Team:
Ryan Crowe (Sr., C, Westmont)
Scott Morton (Sr., C, Briar Cliff)
Alex Bush (Sr., 1B, Westmont)
Houston Looser (Jr., 2B, Freed-Hardeman)
Alex Couch (Sr., 3B, Tabor)
Cabe Reiten (Sr., SS, Lewis-Clark State)
Wardy Polanco (Sr., UT, Tennessee Wesleyan)
Keivan Berges (Jr., DH, Keiser)
Logan Coughlin (Sr., OF, Indiana Southeast)
Jordan Espino (Sr., OF, Sterling)
Preston King (Sr., OF, Bryan)
Colton Nash (Sr., OF, Bellevue)
Adam Hines (Sr., SP, LSU Alexandria)
Victor Arche (Sr., SP, Faulkner)
Brandon Guske (Jr., SP, Freed-Hardeman)
Phillipe Graham (Jr., SP, MidAmerica Nazarene)
Curtis Taylor (Jr., RP, British Columbia)

Three Former NWAC Pitchers active in the MLB Divisional Series – TVCC Alum Jason Hammel projected starter Tuesday for Cubs

Cubs’ Jason Hammel: Will start Tuesday’s Game 4

by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jason Hammel [Treasure Valley CC] will start Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday against the Cardinals, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Hammel looked strong in his final outing of the regular season, tossing five shutout innings with five strikeouts and no walks to end the year with a 3.74 ERA. Barring an emergency relief appearance in Monday’s Game 3, he’ll take the hill Tuesday for the fourth playoff start of his career.

Hammel’s teammate relief pitcher Zac Rosscup (Chemeketa CC, 2009) is another former NWAC option for Chicago.   

Keone KelaAlso gaining bullpen time for the Texas Rangers in the ALDS is Keone Kela who played for Everett CC in 2012.

Kela has appeared twice during the series against the Blue Jays going 2.0 innings with 2 SO, 1 hit, 1 ER and recorded the win on Friday.

65 scouts turned out for the NWAC Baseball Showcase

LONGVIEW– The pitchers had the advantage in the 2015 NWAC Baseball Sophomore Showcase Saturday September 26th at Lower Columbia College.

The event was not a traditional double header, but instead a true showcase to give four-year coaches and professional scouts a better opportunity to see the top sophomores from across the NWAC Conference.

There were 20 professional scouts in attendance and 45 four-year coaches including 12 from NCAA Division I programs. A moment of silence was observed for longtime Philadelphia Phillies scout Bill Harper, who recently passed away. Harper was a fixture at the NWAC Showcase and Conference championship events and was a true champion for NWAC players.

The pitching dominated the 12-inning scripted game between the South and the East. The game finished in a scoreless tie with just nine hits combined. Isaac Benard of Mt. Hood had two hits including a double. Bryce Tilton of Lane had two hits. The East was led by the two hits of Treasure Valley’s Blake Bell.

The second game saw the North defeated the West 4-2. Bailey Fee of Skagit Valley led the North with two RBI’s. Ryland Kerr of Edmonds had two hits for the North. There were no multiple hit players for the West squad. Pitching was outstanding across the board.

Pitchers on each team faced four batters and each position player had at least three at bats.

114 players took part in the event.

The athletic staff, coaches and players from Lower Columbia did a great job hosting the event and many coaches from across the NWAC Conference handled the administration of the drills and the game itself.

4-Year College Coaches at NWAC Sophomore Showcase
Greg May, Bethany College (Kansas)
Tony Schifano, San Francisco State
Tom Carty, Georgia College
Dino Rosato, East Central Oklahoma
Robert Keller, University of South Alabama
Mike McInerney, Western Oregon University
Pat Arnston, Minot State (North Dakota)
Tyler Hanson, Eastern Kentucky
Derek Amicane, Utah Valley State
Desi Story, Central Washington University
Ryan Meek, Kansas Wesleyan
Nick Gauna, Oregon Tech
Dave Sauter, University of Jamestown
Hunter Mense, University of Missouri
Jeff Steele, Campbell University
Jake Collier, Cumberland University
Kainoa Correa, Northern Colorado
Nate Rasmussen, Pacific University
Ken Garland, St. Martin’s University
Cameron Selik, St. Martin’s University
Miles Kizer, Western Oregon University
Garrett Yukumoto, Hawaii Pacific
Jake Angier, Sacramento State
Justin Mosier, Highland
Duane Monlux, Bellevue University
Garrett Quinn, Liberty University
Rudy Garbarosa, Lynn University
Matt Miles, Oregon Tech University
C.J. Perry, Whitworth University
Sean McDermott, Illinois-Chicago
Kal Miyataki, Hawaii-Hilo
Marvin Min, Hawaii-Hilo
Spencer Mallonee, Marysville State
Dan Moore, Marysville State
Jeff McKay, Corbin
Brandon Harmon, Gonzaga
Steven Bennett, Nevada
Jeff Bard, Concordia
Ryne Briley, Concordia
Dan Spencer, Washington State
Scott Foxhall, North Carolina State
Geoff Loomis, Portland 

Professional Scouts at NWAC Showcase
Mark Stathas, Detroit Tigers
Mike Sugg, San Diego Padres
Mike Thurman, New York Yankees
Jim Coffman, Oakland A’s
Doug Christie, Pittsburgh Pirates
Shawn Whalen, Milwaukee Brewers
Brandon Verley, Baltimore Orioles
Nico Face, Chicago Cubs
Jeff Sakamoto, Seattle Mariners
Donny Reynolds, Arizona Diamondbacks
Robert Fidler, St. Louis Cardinals
Justin Baughman, San Diego Padres
Conor Glassey, Cleveland Indians
Bo Hughes, Cleveland Indians
Justin Herowitz, Boston Red Sox
Alex Ross, Kansas City Royals
Paul Kirsel, Tampa Bay Rays
Josh Emmerick, San Diego Padres
Gabe Sandy, Miami Marlins
Rob Cummings, Chicago White Sox
Greg Hopkins, Pittsburgh Pirates

Baseball & Softball Sophomore Showcases – September 26

The NWAC Baseball & Softball Sophomore Showcases will take place Saturday, September 26.

The Baseball Showcase will be held at Lower Columbia College [map] while the Softball Showcase will take place at Delta Park in Portland, OR [map].

Softball Showcase schedule of games: View

Baseball Showcase schedule of Events:

8:45am South/East Player Check In
South in 3B dugout in Grey Tops / East in 1B dugout in Blue Tops
9:00 am – South BP
2 rounds of 8 / Groups 1 – 4
9:30 am – East BP
2 rounds of 8 / Groups 1 – 4
10:10 am – 60 yard dash
South first / East second / run in pairs in numerical order from 1 upward. Pitchers do not run.
10:30 am South defense workout
All OF in RF: 2 throws each then go to your OF position you will be in game
All INF except 1B at SS: 2 throws each then go to your INF position you will be in game.
All C behind HP: 3 throws to 2B
Standard INF/OF after
10:50 pm East defense workout
format above
11:30 am – South versus East showcase scrimmage
East hit first (V) / South in field (H)
East hit group 1 faces South pitcher 1. East hit group 2 faces South pitcher 2. switch.
Continue 2 groups vs. 2 hitters until all pitchers done (12 innings / 3 AB’s per hitter)
1:00 pm West/North Player Check In
North in 3B dugout in Red Tops / West in 1B dugout in Black Tops
2:20 pm – North BP
2 rounds of 8 / Groups 1 – 4
2:40 pm – West BP
2 rounds of 8 / Groups 1 – 4
3:00 pm – 60 yard dash
North first / West second / run in pairs in numerical order from 1 upward. Pitchers do not run.
3:15 pm North defense workout
All OF in RF: 2 throws each then go to your OF position you will be in game
All INF except 1B at SS: 2 throws each then go to your INF position you will be in game.
All C behind HP: 3 throws to 2B
Standard INF/OF after
3:40 pm West defense workout
format above
4:00 pm – North versus West showcase scrimmage
West hit first (V) / North in field (H)
West hit group 1 faces North pitcher 1. West hit group 2 faces North pitcher 2. switch.
Continue 2 groups vs. 2 hitters until all pitchers done (12 innings / 3 AB’s per hitter)


Job announcement – Assistant Baseball Coach – Lower Columbia College

The Lower Columbia Baseball Program is hiring an assistant baseball coach for the 2015-2016 season.  The position will begin immediately upon hire.  The position pays $6,000 and will be responsible for throwing batting practice, coaching first base, assisting with recruiting, operating the athletic department’s study table program and field work. 

Applicants should email a resume to

Skagit Valley College names Grady Tweit as new Baseball Coach

photo of Grady TweitMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – The Skagit Valley College Athletic Department has selected
Grady Tweit to serve as the Cardinals Head Baseball coach.

Grady brings 15 years of coaching experience to the Cardinals, including nine years as the Assistant Athletic Director/Associate Baseball Coach at Lower Columbia College.

In addition, he served as Head Coach for the Cowlitz Black Bears summer collegiate league.

Grady Tweit is a graduate of Sehome High School in Bellingham.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to join the Cardinals as their new Baseball Head Coach,” said Tweit.  “My focus now is to bring in student athletes from around the Northwest and help them be successful in the classroom and on the playing field.”

Skagit Valley College is a member of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC), which consists of two-year colleges in Washington and Oregon, and one school in British Columbia.

For more information about Cardinal Athletics, (360) 416-7714 or .

West Coast League All-Star event features several NWAC baseball standouts

West Coast League All-Star logo

Several NWAC baseball players will populate the
West Coast League
All-Star games
scheduled for Monday, July 20 at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham, Washington.

The North roster boosts outfielder Sheldon Liikala of Community Colleges of Spokane and pitcher Darrion Simons of Yakima Valley CC.

Suiting up for the South are Lower Columbia College first baseman Louis Archibald and Mt. Hood CC’s Louis Wolf (catcher) and Joe Balfour (pitcher).

Festivities on Monday, July 20th will kick off with a Home Run Derby starting at 5:30 p.m.  First pitch for the All-Star Game will take place at 7:05 p.m.

More information on the event is available at the West Coast League website.

Lower Columbia’s Eddie Smith named ABCA Pacific Division Baseball Coach of the Year

photo of Eddie Smith 

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The 2015 ABCA/Diamond National Coaches of the Year have been announced in all college and high school divisions. The 11 honorees will be presented during the ABCA/Diamond Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet at the 72nd ABCA Convention on Jan. 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lower Columbia head coach Eddie Smith joins one of his mentors on the list. Coach Smith was on the staff of the Virginia Cavaliers under Brian O’Connor when the Cavs went to the College World Series in 2009 and 2011.

NCAA Div. I: Brian O’Connor, Virginia

NCAA Div. II: Joe Urso, Tampa

NCAA Div. III: Joe Brown, SUNY Cortland

NAIA: Jeremiah Robbins, Lewis-Clark State (ID)

NJCAA Div. I: Doug Martin, Northwest Florida State

NJCAA Div. II: Jeff Willis, LSU Eunice (LA)

NJCAA Div. III: Doug Wren, Tyler JC (TX)

Pacific Association Division: Eddie Smith, Lower Columbia (WA)

High School Div. I: Clyde Metcalf, Sarasota High (FL)

High School Div. II: Brian Chapman, Millburn High (NJ)

High School Div. III: Bob Karn, St. Cloud Cathedral (MN)

Website Release (includes ABCA/Diamond Regional Coaches of the Year):

The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 6,600 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, Junior College (NJCAA and Pacific Association Division), High School and Youth.

The 2016 ABCA Convention will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Pacific Assoc. Div. ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans & Gold Gloves Announced

The American Baseball Coaches Association has announced the 2015 ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans, the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove team and the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Bat Award as National Player of the Year for the Pacific Association Division.

The Pacific Association Division includes junior colleges from the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) and Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). 

Francis Christy, a sophomore catcher from Palomar College won the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Bat Award as the PAD Player of the Year. Christy batted .326 with a CCCAA state-best 11 home runs along with 52 RBI and 43 runs scored in 45 games this season. Palomar went 37-8.

Orange Coast won the CCCAA state championship and Lower Columbia won the NWAC title this season.

Established in 1945, the ABCA is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 6,600 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, Junior College, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 72nd annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 7-10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

SEE ALSO: ABCA/Rawlings Pacific Association Division All-Region Teams

2015 ABCA/Rawlings Gold Bat Award – National Player of the Year
Francis Christy, So., Catcher, Palomar
2015 -ABCA/Rawlings All-America Teams
Pacific Association All-America First Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Francis Christy So. Palomar CA
1B Gage Matuszak So. Feather River CA
INF Erik Barron So. Gavilan CA
INF Seaver Whalen So. Lower Columbia WA
INF Evan Douglas Fr. Spokane WA
OF Daniel Gardner So. Fresno CA
OF Nick Wolyniec So. Glendale CA
OF Ryan Schalch Fr. Marin CA
P Cameron Leeper Fr. Delta CA
P Blake Redman So. Oxnard CA
P Joe Balfour So. Mt. Hood WA
RP Josh Gogue Fr. Golden West CA
Pacific Association All-America Second Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Ryan Hauge Fr. Santa Rosa CA
1B Martin Teague So. El Camino-Compton Center CA
INF Billy Mullins So. West Valley CA
INF Jackson Willeford So. Cypress CA
INF David Garza Fr. Edmonds WA
OF Andrew McWilliam Fr. San Diego Mesa CA
OF Nick Gawley So. Mt. Hood CA
OF Antonio Ruiz So. Rio Hondo CA
P Conner Brogdon So. Fresno CA
P Kade Kryzsko Fr. Lower Columbia WA
P Dylan Prohoroff So. Fullerton CA
RP Blake Edmonson So. College of the Siquoias CA
Pacific Association All-America Third Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Collin Theroux So. Delta CA
1B Aaron Cisneros So. San Bernardino Valley CA
INF Alvaro Rubalcaba So. Solano CA
INF Jake Bakamus So. Lower Columbia WA
INF Dillon Persinger Fr. Golden West CA
OF Alex Fitchett So. Cosumnes River CA
OF Dylan Vchulek Fr. Bellevue WA
OF Roy Verdejo Fr. College of the Canyons CA
P Dean Kremar Fr. Delta CA
P Jake Barnett So. Palomar CA
P Alec Kisena Fr. Edmonds WA
RP Adam Coats So. Solano CA
Gold Bat Award – Player of the Year: Francis Christy, So., Catcher, Palomar
ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Team
Pacific Association Gold Glove Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Spencer Pollock So. Treasure Valley WA
1B Gage Matuszak So. Feather River CA
2B Nobu Suzuki So. Skyline CA
3B Michael Fuchs Fr. Golden West CA
SS Jacob Thomas So. Delta CA
OF Mike McCallister So. LA Valley CA
OF Aaron Alexander So. Treasure Valley OR
OF Chase Grant Fr. Palomar CA
P Alex Smith Fr. Yakima Valley WA

Chemeketa alum Zach Close selected to NAIA Honorable Mention All-American Baseball honors

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — AIB senior centerfielder Zach Close (SR/Bend, Ore., Chemeketa CC) finished a brilliant two-year career at AIB with NAIA Honorable Mention All-American honors. Close built on an impressive junior season with an even more impressive senior campaign. He finished 2015 ranking second in the Midwest Collegiate Conference with a .402 batting average and eight home runs while leading the MCC in hits (70), doubles (19), RBI (59) and slugging percentage (.672).  Close, a Sport and Event Major, is a two-time first team all-conference and MCC Gold Glove winner.

"This is a great honor to cap a great collegiate career for Zach,” said Head Coach Chad Harris. “He is the best centerfielder I’ve ever coached and he is definitely deserving of this incredible recognition by the NAIA."

In the second and final year of the AIB baseball program, the Eagles finished 25-25 overall including a conference-leading 16-8 record. As MCC Co-Champions, AIB earned the number-one seed in the final MCC baseball tournament. The squad advanced to the MCC championship game for the second consecutive year before falling to Grand View University. 

NAIA Baseball Coaches Association All-America Committee selected a total of 68 athletes, including 17 first and second team members and 34 honorable mention honorees.

For a complete list of All-America selections go to