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NWAC Fall Baseball Showcase to be held at Bellevue College September 24

view of Bellevue baseball field at dusk

Bellevue College baseball will host the NWAC Showcase on Saturday September 24. The one-day event will begin at approximately 9:30 AM at Courter Field. In case of rain, Sunday September 25 is being held as a make up date. 

Each region’s top 16 position players and 12 pitchers will come together in the all-day event. Due to constant revisions in roster formation, rosters will not be available until the week of the event.

For recruiters traveling to the Seattle area, a string of recruiting events conveniently located within close proximity of each other has been put together leading up to the NWAC showcase. Below is a comprehensive schedule of events that week:

Thursday, September 22
Tacoma CC Scout Day at Tacoma CC 3:00 PM
Bellevue Scout Day at Bellevue College  8:00 PM (under lights). (food provided for all pro scouts and four-year coaches)

Friday, September 23
Bellevue at Edmonds scrimmage. 5:15 PM (no batting practice beforehand)

Saturday, September 24
NWAC Showcase at Bellevue College. Approx. 9:30 AM

Any inquiries can be directed to Mark Yoshino, Bellevue College baseball coach at mark.yoshino@bellevuecollege.edu

Job announcement: Assistant Baseball Coach – Dakota State University

Dakota State University is seeking candidates for an Assistant Men’s Baseball Coach. This is a ten-month, benefit eligible position. The purpose of this position is to support and enhance the Men’s Baseball program.

Duties as the Assistant Men’s Baseball Coach will include but are not limited to recruiting, fund-raising, pre-season conditioning and weight training, practice and game coaching and monitoring the academic progress of the team and individual student-athletes. Additional administrative and compliance duties include maintenance of the Baseball website and working as a liaison with the Admissions Office to coordinate student visits on campus.  

The incumbent for this position must have the ability, technical skills, and proven knowledge to work with elite collegiate athletes. Good organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (both oral and written) are necessary. Previous coaching and recruiting experience in a relevant sport is a plus as well as knowledge of NAIA rules. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Dakota State University competes in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) of the NAIA. DSU currently offers 10 sports; 5 for men and 5 for women. DSU is located in Madison, South Dakota, in the southern lakes region of the state. The Madison area offers a healthy community, excellent schools and abundant recreational activities. Information regarding Dakota State University and its programs may be found at www.dsu.edu.

DSU only accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu . The employment site allows the attachment of a cover letter, resume and supporting references to include address and telephone numbers of at least three references. For questions concerning the position, contact scott.hortness@dsu.edu. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Dakota State University is committed to recruitment, hiring and retention of minorities. We urge individuals from underrepresented groups and recent graduates to apply. Applicants with disabilities are invited to identify any necessary accommodations required in the application process. EOE.

Job announcement: Assistant Athletic Director – Clark College

Clark College is currently accepting applications for a full-time, exempt Assistant Athletic Director. Under the supervision of the Athletic Director, this full position will oversee aspects of compliance and eligibility within the athletic department and with the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) policies and regulations, as well as game-day operations and website management.

Clark College is an equal opportunity employer. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply.  Clark College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, creed, disabled veteran status, marital status or Vietnam-era veteran status in its programs and activities. The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, goals, and objectives of the college. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are encouraged to embrace, continually support and enhance diversity and equity on our campus and in our community. Questions regarding the College’s Affirmative Action Policy may be directed to the Director of Human Resources, (360) 992-2105.

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NWAC supports Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Prject logo

For the past five years the Northwest Athletic Conference has made a a community service project for their student-athletes an integral part of NWAC Championship Events.  These efforts support the conference’s endeavor to educate student-athletes on the importance of giving rather than receiving, to give more than what is expected, and helping others helps all. 

Over the years NWAC student-athletes have provided clothes, shoes, hygiene products, backpacks, fleece blankets, canned foods, and so much more.  By partnering with non-profit organizations in the cities that host NWAC championship events, NWAC student-athletes have provided some relief to those in need.

As the Northwest Athletic Conference continues in its service to use athletics as a way to support others, the NWAC is proud and honored to announce that at each 2016-2017 championship event, along with donating items to the community, NWAC will support Wounded Warrior Project and honor a veteran and his/her family. 

The honored veteran will take part in championship ceremonies and will serve as a guest at the championship events.  NWAC Executive Director, Marco Azurdia states, “Working with Wounded Warrior Project allows our student-athletes the chance to honor a veteran for his/her service which is a great lessoned to be learned and provides the veteran an opportunity to enjoy our student-athletes.”

NWAC and eTeamSponsor announce partnership

eTeamSponsor logo

Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) office is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with eTeamSponsor (ETS) that makes ETS the Official Fundraising Partner of the NWAC for the next three years. eTeamSponsor has a successful history working with athletic organizations, sport teams, and businesses raising money to support athletics.  To date, ETS has raised over $22,000,000 for their partners. 

According to Marco Azurdia, NWAC Executive Director, “The NWAC is excited about this partnership with ETS and it has been something we have been working toward for the past 14 months.  The skill, efficiency, and effectiveness that ETS provides can only benefit our institutions athletic programs, and ease the burden of fundraising for athletic directors and coaches.  They have been great to work with during this process.” 

“We are honored and proud to be chosen as the official fundraising partner of the NWAC,” says CEO Sean Connors.  “Having been administrators and coaches we understand the importance of successful fundraising and the challenges community colleges are facing. We take great pride in having raised over $3,500,000 for community college athletic programs and are committed to delivering best-in-class technology & campaign execution processes to NWAC member institutions for years to come.”

Since 2010 eTeamSponsor (eTS) has partnered with institutions to provide an automated crowdfunding solution that’s raised millions of dollars nationwide. They’ve been hailed as the missing piece for successful fundraising and complete transparency, connecting athletic department fundraising with advancement personnel.  Having pioneered automated crowdfunding for athletic programs at 2-year colleges, eTS aims to provide the most efficient and effective platform to meet the transparent needs of fundraising decision makers before, during and after their fundraising process.  Ultimately eliminating the inefficiencies, personal liability and financial risk of fundraising for good. eTS is committed to staying at the forefront of innovative technology and unparalleled client service to insure institutions reach their fundraising goals.

Brent Wyatt takes reins of CBC Baseball – Boruff moves to Tulane University

Brent Wyatt enters his first year as Head Coach of the Columbia Basin College baseball program.  Wyatt replaces Gabe Boruff, who resigned his position with CBC to accept a coaching position at Tulane University.

A 2003 Ellensburg High School graduate, Wyatt was named Mid-Valley League Most Valuable Player as a senior.  Wyatt took his talents to East Region rival Wenatchee Valley College, playing for Coach Boruff as a sophomore, where he was named to the All-Conference Team.

As an East Region All-Star, Wyatt accepted a scholarship to NAIA baseball powerhouse Lewis-Clark State College.  Playing for Hall of Fame Head Coach Ed Cheff, Wyatt played on two National Championship teams in 2007 and 2008.

Following his time at LCSC, Wyatt was drafted by the Detroit Tigers at the conclusion of his senior campaign. Wyatt played professionally through 2012, reaching AA in the organization.

Upon the close of his time in professional baseball, Wyatt began coaching immediately, returning first to his roots at EHS, before spending the next two seasons at Madison High School in Rexburg, Idaho.

CBC Athletic Director Scott Rogers is excited about the transition saying "I’m happy about the professional opportunity Coach Boruff is moving into.  Moving to the D1 level is what he wanted to do when he started at CBC, so we’re excited the opportunity presented itself so quickly.   We’re also excited for Coach Wyatt and the opportunity he’s earned.  It’s not often a program can transition and replace one dynamic coach with another.  We look forward to seeing where Coach Wyatt can take us."

Bellevue’s Mark Yoshino: Pillar of the Community

Pillar of the community

by SHAUN SCOTT,  Bellevue Reporter Staff Writer 
Jul 14, 2016 at 2:39PM

image of Mark Yoshino
Bellevue Bulldogs baseball head coach Mark Yoshino has been calling the shots from the dugout since 1999. The Bulldogs have proven themselves to be one of the top teams in the Northwest Athletic Conference over the past two decades.

— image credit: Photo courtesy of Rich Dworkis

The Bellevue College men’s baseball team is the epitome of a dynasty at the junior college level on the diamond.

The Bulldogs, who captured fifth place at the Northwest Athletic Conference tournament this past May in Longview, finished the 2016 season with a sterling overall record of 36-18. The 2011 Bulldogs squad, which won the NWAC championship, finished with a team record 37 victories. Bellevue skipper Mark Yoshino, who has been the head coach of the program since 1999, said he was glad to see his team compete at the NWAC tourney after missing the playoffs in 2015.

“We were sophomore-heavy this year so we expected to have a decent year,” Yoshino said. “The fact we didn’t make the playoffs last year (2015) I think hurt us a little once we got to the championship tournament (NWAC) because we didn’t have that tournament experience with the core group from last year. Even though we had a lot of returners, they didn’t have that experience and we didn’t really play up to our expectations. I think our whole team would agree that we just played OK at the tournament in which we finished fifth overall.”

Expectations never waver for the Bulldogs.

The program exudes excellence in all facets of the game and their record reflects that philosophy. The Bulldogs won NWAC titles in 2007, 2009 and 2011. The program has not experienced a losing season in 30 years. Yoshino began his coaching career as an assistant at Bellevue in 1994 before being promoted to head coach in 1999. He is well respected in the collegiate baseball community and has helped countless players move on to the four-year collegiate baseball programs following their careers at Bellevue College.

“That is what is most important,” Yoshino said of helping his players move on to the next level.

Bellevue College 2012 alumnus Adrian Sampson made his Major League Baseball debut as a starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners against the Boston Red Sox on June 18. Sampson was scheduled to make his second start of the season against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on June 23. Unfortunately for Sampson, he felt discomfort in his right elbow while tossing warmup pitches before the Tigers came to bat, resulting in his removal from the game. Yoshino, who caught the late-night flight to Detroit the night before to watch Sampson on the bump, visited with Sampson before the game took place.

Read More at the BellevueReporter.com

Bellevue Baseball alum Adrian Sampson made major league debut Saturday for Seattle

Former Bellevue College Pitcher Adrian Sampson, whose stock rose while pitching two years at Bellevue College and leading the Bulldogs to an NWAC title in 2011, made his major league debut for the Seattle Mariners at historic Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

Adrian Sampson makes MLB debut, but Mariners can’t muster much support in loss to Red Sox

image of Adrian Sampson delivering a pitch
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Adrian Sampson pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday, June 18, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) — MAMS (Mary Schwalm/AP)

Adrian Sampson gives a serviceable effort for nearly five innings in his major-league debut for Seattle in Fenway Park. But the Red Sox eventually pull away for a 6-2 win over the Mariners, who fall to 36-32 on the season.

BOSTON — Welcome to the big leagues, kid. You get to face the most potent offense in baseball in a park that has left many a pitcher emotionally scarred.

The odds certainly were against Adrian Sampson and the Mariners before he ever took the mound Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.

In his big-league debut, the 24-year-old right-hander had the pleasure of trying to stymie a Red Sox offensive juggernaut that averages six runs per game in the venerable old yard.

In the end, the probabilities played out in a 6-2 defeat for the Mariners. With the setback, Seattle dropped to 36-32. The Mariners have lost 14 of their past 22 games.

But for almost five innings, Sampson was able to limit the damage of the Red Sox hitters, giving a serviceable effort. His teammates certainly didn’t help him out with run support, providing token offense and failing to produce with runners in scoring position.

"He hung in there," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "He probably wasn’t as sharp as he normally is. But you know, it’s his major-league debut and there are going to be a lot of butterflies. I thought he hung in there and gave us a chance."

Continue reading the article at the Seattle Times

Read more on Sampson at MLB.com:
Despite loss, Sampson calls debut ‘awesome’

Chemeketa’s Kris Jackson and Linn-Benton’s Logan Hatley combine on West Coast League No-hitter

Bend Tosses Combined No-Hitter

Day two of the West Coast League season featured history in Bend, Oregon. At Vince Genna Stadium, right-hander Kris Jackson of Chemeketa CC and southpaw Logan Hatley of Linn-Benton CC combined on the Elks first WCL no-hitter in club history vs. long-time rvial Corvallis. Jackson tossed eight innings, walked two and struck out 6 while Hatley closed things out by striking out the side as Bend evened the series with a 6-0 win.

The combined no-no was the ninth no-hitter tossed in the West Coast League. The previous eight are detailed below:

* Clayton Mortensen (Gonzaga) and Quinn LeSage (Campbell) of the Wenatchee AppleSox combined on a no-hitter vs. Kelowna, the first no-no thrown in the WCL, on July 27, 2005 at Elks Stadium. Wenatchee won 11-2. Mortensen pitched 6.1 innings and gave up two earned runs (walked 4, struck out 5). LeSage pitched 2.2 innings.

* DJ Lidyard (Lower Columbia College) of the Wenatchee AppleSox tossed a no-hitter vs. Moses Lake at Larson Playfield on July 19, 2006. Wenatchee won 2-0.

* Nathan Pickett (Cal State LA) of the Kelowna Falcons threw a 5-inning no-hitter on August 8, 2008 at Elks Stadium vs. Moses Lake. Kelowna won 6-0 (game shortened due to rain).

* Tommy Elrod (Sacramento State) and Colton Farrar (Texas Tech) of the Kelowna Falcons combined to toss a no-hitter vs. Moses Lake at Larson Playfield on June 12, 2009. Kelowna won 1-0.  Elrod pitched 7 innings (walked 5, struck out 6) and Farrar 2 innings.

* Richie Mascheri (Western Illinois) of the Kitsap BlueJackets threw an 8-inning no-hitter vs. Bend on June 18, 2011 at Kitsap County Fairgrounds. Kitsap won 3-0 (the game was shortened due to rain).

* Greg Mahle (UC Santa Barbara) of the Corvallis Knights tossed a no-hitter vs. Cowlitz at Goss Stadium on August 3, 2012. Corvallis won 14-0.

* Spenser Watkins (Western Oregon) of the Kitsap BlueJackets tossed a perfect game, the first and only WCL perfect game thrown in league history, vs. Victoria at Kitsap County Fairgrounds on July 26, 2013. Kitsap won 2-0.

* Kyle Molnar (incoming frosh, UCLA) of the Walla Walla Sweets twirled a no-hitter vs. Kitsap at Kitsap County Fairgrounds on Monday, July 27, 2015. Walla Walla won 2-0.

ABOUT THE WEST COAST LEAGUE

The West Coast League is the premier summer collegiate baseball league west of the Mississippi.  The 12-year-old, 11-team, professionally operated wood-bat league located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest features pro prospects from major conferences across the nation and an unparalleled history out west of great fan and player experiences in addition to the best summer weather in North America. In 2015, 59 players with WCL experience were selected in the MLB June draft, and more than 200 WCL alums appeared in affiliated professional baseball including 25 in the major leagues, such as home-run leader Chris Davis (Baltimore), NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Matt Duffy (San Francisco) and rising star pitchers Matt Andriese (Tampa Bay) and Josh Osich (San Francisco). Overall member attendance exceeded 400,000 in 2015. The 2016 54-game campaign opens tonight.

ABCA/Rawlings Pacific Assoc. All-America & Gold Glove Teams Announced

2016 ABCA/Rawlings Pacific Assoc. Div. All-Region teams announced

June 3, 2016
Contact: Jon Litchfield (336) 848-1918

The American Baseball Coaches Association released the 2016 ABCA/Rawlings Pacific Association Division All-America teams and ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove team on Friday afternoon. Sophomore infielder Dillon Persinger of Golden West College won the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Bat Award as National Player of the Year.
The Pacific Association Division is comprised of junior colleges in the the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) and Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC).

In 47 games this season, Persinger hit .417 with a .523 on-base percentage and hit six homers. He batted in 39 runs and scored 44 for Golden West College, which went 32-16 and made it to the state championship game.

The ABCA All-America team was first recognized in 1949 and now features nine divisions. The first ABCA Pacific Association Divsion All-America team was recognized in 2009 and is voted on by the ABCA Pacific Association Division All-America Committee, which is led by Paul Moore of the California Community Colleges Baseball Coaches Association.

The first ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams were recognized in 2007, making this the 10th year the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards have been presented in the collegiate and high school ranks.

The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 8,200 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, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 73rd annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 5-8, 2017 in Anaheim, California.

SEE ALSO: 2016 ABCA/Rawlings Pacific Association Division All-Region Teams

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2016 ABCA/Rawlings Gold Bat Award – Player of the Year
Dillon Persinger, So., IF, Golden West College
 
2016-ABCA/Rawlings All-America Teams
Pacific Association Division All-America First Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Anthony Lepre Fr. College of the Canyons CA
1B Jake Vieth So. Tacoma Community College WA
IF Jake Scheiner So. Santa Rosa Junior College CA
IF Dillon Persinger So. Golden West College CA
IF Kevin Riley So. Chaffey College CA
OF Clayton Andrews So. Cabrillo College CA
OF Logan Roberts So. Lane College OR
OF Tanner Perry So. Grossmont College CA
P Joe Wills So. Rio Hondo College CA
P Alec Rennard So. Santa Rosa Junior College CA
P Tevin Cadola So. Butte College CA
RP Austin Schiber So. Sacramento City College CA
 
Pacific Association Division All-America Second Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Alan Crowley So. Reedley College CA
1B Andy Garretson So. Monterey Peninsula College CA
IF Devin Pettengill So. Cosumnes River College CA
IF Ryan Schlach So. College of Marin CA
IF Chase Teter So. Treasure Valley Community College OR
OF Michael Echavia So. Chabot College CA
OF Bryce Steckler Fr. Everett Community College WA
OF Dustin Miller So. Cuesta College CA
P Louis Raymond So. Cuesta College CA
P Isaiah Ramos So. Allan Hancock College CA
P Alex Gray So. Everett Community College WA
RP Dan Endsley Fr. Saddleback College CA
 
Pacific Association Division All-America Third Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Cory Meyer Fr. Spokane Community College WA
1B Blake Billinger Fr. Mission College CA
IF Colton Burns So. College of the Canyons CA
IF Harrison Bragg So. Tacoma Community College WA
IF Brendan McClary So. Columbia Basin College WA
OF Jonathan Allen Fr. Los Medanos College CA
OF Jared Akins So. Glendale College CA
OF Bryce Peterson So. Everett Community College WA
P John Breidenthal So. Cabrillo College CA
P Tai Tiedemann So. Long Beach City College CA
P Tanner Simpson So. Columbia Basin College WA
RP Max Tilton So. Lower Columbia College WA

 

2016-ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Team
Pacific Association Division Gold Glove Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
P Joe Wills So. Rio Hondo College CA
C Mike Benson Fr. Palomar College CA
1B Connor Anderson So. Yakima Valley College WA
2B Mikey Rita So. Feather River College CA
3B Michael Fuchs So. Golden West College CA
SS Tyler Depreta So. Golden West College CA
OF Clayton Andrews Fr. Cabrillo College CA
OF Dustin Miller So. Cuesta College CA
OF Shane Hanon Fr. Edmonds Community College WA