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Mt. Hood alum Taylor Williams makes MLB debut with Milwaukee Brewers

Photo of Taylor Williams in Milwaukee Brewers uniform

Taylor Williams can now call himself a major leaguer.

The 26-year-old graduate of Camas High School made his debut for the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. The right-handed pitcher retired both batters he faced in the eighth inning of a 7-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

“It would have been nice to be involved in a win, especially how close the race is now,” Williams told “But it was good to get out there, get my feet wet and really be in control of my nerves.”

It has been a long road to the majors for Williams. He was a top-15 prospect in the Brewers system upon being drafted from Kent State in 2013.

He also played the 2012 season at Mt. Hood Community College where he posted a 6-1 record with a team high 52 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.68. Williams, The Southern Region MVP, helped lead the Saints to the Region title and an appearance in the NWAACC Championship game. He was an All-NWAACC selection as a utility player and earned ABCA Pacific Divison third team honors as a pitcer.

He missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery. This season, he appeared in 22 games for the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers, posting a 3.09 ERA and striking out 57 in 46.2 innings.

Collegiate Sports Management Group Partners with the Northwest Athletic Conference

NWAC & Collegiate Sports Management Group (CSMG) Logos

New York, NYCollegiate Sports Management Group (CSMG) has entered into a multi-year marketing partnership agreement with the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). This partnership gives CSMG external exclusivity for managing and packaging the marketing, media and sponsorship rights and assets of the NWAC. The goals are to monetize all asset categories and generate incremental revenue for the conference, as well as enhance exposure for the athletic programs in the NWAC.

Marco Azurdia, Executive Director of the conference, announced, “We are thrilled to enter into this partnership with CSMG as we seek to increase recognition for the community colleges in our conference both regionally and nationally. This new agreement will allow us to further support our student-athletes on the field, in the classroom, and to help them compete at the highest level in the conference for years to come. This partnership is unique to community colleges and we are excited to be the first to enter into such a groundbreaking agreement.”

“We are pleased to be associated with the Northwest Athletic Conference and continue our coast-to-coast reach in the Pacific Northwest,” said Michael Schreck, CEO of Collegiate Sports Management Group. “The NWAC offers our sponsors and partners a broad range of rich assets, and we look forward to helping them build a revenue base regionally, as well as a national profile for their academics and athletics programs.”

About Northwest Athletic Conference
The Northwest Athletic Conference is the athletic governing body for thirty-six (36) community college located in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia competing in 10 men’s and women’s sports for 15 championships during the Fall, Winter, and Spring of the academic school calendar. The NWAC promotes the three ideals of Character, Competition, and Community.

About Collegiate Sports Management Group
CSMG is a “College Properties Group” that drives the business performance of collegiate athletic conferences and schools, providing them with a successful growth strategy, and generating revenue to support their athletic departments and initiatives. CSMG specializes in Marketing Rights/Revenue Generation, Content Creation and Distribution, Media Rights Strategy and Negotiation, and Sponsorship Sales.

NWAC Baseball Showcase – September 23, 2017

2017 NWAC Baseball Showcase Graphic

The NWAC Baseball Showcase will be held on September 23, 2017 at beautiful David Story Field on the campus of Lower Columbia College in Longview, WA [map].

Unlike previous years, the showcase will not only feature sophomores, but also highly touted incoming freshman prospects.

Every season the event is well attended by pro scouts and four-year college coaches and this year they will get to see the very best the conference has to offer! Come on out and check out the only collegiate league in the entire nation that uses wood bats.

Rosters will be announced on this article when they are determined.

Schedule of Events

8:45 am: South/East Player Check In

9:00 am: South Batting Practice

9:30 am: East Batting Practice

10:10 am: 60 yard dash

10:30 am: South Defense Workout

10:50 am: East Defense Workout

11:30 am: South (Home) versus East (Visitor) Showcase Scrimmage

1:00 pm: North/West Player Check In

2:20 pm: North Batting Practice

2:40 pm: West Batting Practice

3:00 pm: 60 yard dash

3:20 pm: North Defense Workout

3:40 pm: West Defense Workout

4:00 pm: North (Home) versus West (Visitor) Scrimmage

Job announcement: Certified Athletic Trainer – Blue Mountain Community College

Blue Mountain Community College seeks an energetic, enthusiast person to serve as our Certified Athletic Trainer.  This position provides is responsible for delivering the six domains of athletic training (Prevent, Protect, Evaluate, Assess, Rehabilitate, and Counsel) to all athletic programs at BMCC.

View full job description and application process

Bryan Winston takes the helm of Spokane Baseball

The Community Colleges of Spokane Athletics Department is pleased to announce that Bryan Winston has accepted the position of Head Baseball Coach.  Winston has had a distinguished career in playing and coaching baseball throughout the Inland Northwest.  He is also no stranger to Bigfoot Athletics.

Winston graduated from Richland High School in 2003 where he was a three-year varsity letter winner.  He continued his playing career at the Community Colleges of Spokane in the spring of 2004 and 2005.  In 2004, Winston was named to the Second Team East Region All-Star team as an infielder.  In 2005, he earned both First Team East Region All-Star and First Team All-NWAC selections.  Winston transferred to Gonzaga University after CCS finishing his playing career with the Bulldogs and earning a degree in history in 2008.  In 2010, Winston finished a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education through Gonzaga University.

Winston has a great deal of coaching experience having coached with the Spokane Riverhawks (2009), the Kennewick Bandits (2010-12), and the Spokane Expos 19U team (2013-17).  Since 2009 he has been an assistant coach at the Community Colleges of Spokane working primarily with infielders and hitters.  He also teaches many classes for the college each quarter including Diversity in Sport and Stress Management.  

“This is a great opportunity for Bryan,” said Athletic Director Ken Burrus.  “He is an outstanding coach and teacher who will serve our students well.”
Winston replaces Bobby Lee who coached the Sasquatch for the past nine seasons.  Additional administrative duties as the Assistant Athletic Director/ Dean will keep Lee busy as he continues his work with CCS Athletics and the Community Colleges of Spokane.

“I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to be the next Head Baseball Coach at the Community Colleges of Spokane,” said Winston.  “I appreciate everything that Bobby Lee has done for this program and for me.  I look to build upon the tradition of Spokane Baseball that so many players and coaches have developed.” 

Former Shoreline Dolphin Henry McAree Selected by the Miami Marlins

Former Shoreline Dolphins Baseball Player Henry McAree was recently selected in the 2017 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins in the 29th round.

McAree had a dominant Shoreline career which was capped off by an NWAC All Region Second Team Award in 2015. 

He was a two-year starter for the Dolphins compiling an 8-5 record with a 2.51 ERA in 111.2 innings, appearing 17 times with 15 starts and one save. He struck out 128 batters and only walked 44.

McAree threw a 7 inning no-hitter on May 11, 2013.

Following Shoreline, He pitched two seasons for Lewis-Clark State. In 2016, he had a solid season with a 8-0 record and a 3.00 ERA. The eight wins ranked second on the team.

He made 14 appearances, all but one in relief. McAree pitched 39 innings and gave up 34 hits and 13 earned runs, struck out 42 and walked only 9.

His top performance came against the College of Idaho on April 9 when he allowed just two hits over five innings. He also struck out four and walked one.

In 2017 McAree posted a 2.74 ERA over 23 inning pitched with 38 strikeouts and just 6 walks. Opponents hit just .125 off the 6’2" right hander.

McAree signed with the Marlins in June and was in fact recently promoted from the Gulf Coast League to Class A Short Season Batavia, a minor league affiliate of the Miami Marlins.

Edmonds standout Zach Needham selected by Seattle Mariners

Edmonds Community College infielder Zach Needham was selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball first-year player draft on Wednesday, June 14.

The sophomore was taken in the 40th round and becomes the 70th Triton baseball player drafted from the college.

The Puyallup High School product had a huge year for Edmonds CC after recovering from injuries in his freshman campaign, and this past fall.

Needham led the NWAC regular season in home runs (10) and RBI (55), and was fifth in batting average (.373). He has received a number of awards recognizing his performance on the field this year: Triton Baseball MVP, Triton Athletics Male Athlete of the Year, ABCA Pacific Association All-NWAC 1st-team infielder, and the Baden Sports NWAC Player of the Year.

image of Zach Needham in action
Zach Needham was drafted by the Seattle Mariners on June 14

Needham has already signed a scholarship to the University of Houston, a NCAA D-I school that competes in the American Athletic Conference. The Cougars, who tallied 42 wins this spring and took the regular season and conference tournament title, hosted an NCAA Regional for the second time in three years this spring and were one run short of heading to the Super Regional round.

Right-handed pitcher Alec Kisena was the last Triton to be taken in the draft when he was picked by the Detriot Tigers in 2015 (16th round).


Former Lane Titan Kyle Beam Signs with Milwaukee Brewers

image of Kyle Beam

By ODU Athletics

NORFOLK, Va. — Old Dominion catcher Kyle Beam has signed a professional contract with the Milwaukee Brewers organization as an undrafted free agent, the team announced this week.

Beam started 54 games during his two-year ODU career after transferring from Lane Community College prior to his junior season. A career .222 hitter, the Oregon native hit seven home runs and knocked in 30 RBIs during his tenure at Old Dominion.

This past season, Beam hit .225 with three doubles, three home runs and eight RBIs.

Beam’s signing gives the Monarchs a total of four players who are set to join MLB clubs this summer. Beam joins Zach Rutherford (6th Round, Tampa Bay Rays), Jared Young (15th Round, Chicago Cubs) and Adam Bainbridge (30th Round, Kansas City Royals).

Lane pitchers Keith, Crowson selected in MLB draft

By Steve Mims | The Register-Guard

June 15, 2017

Pro scouts and college coaches weren’t looking for Kyle Keith in Casper, Wyo. during his senior season at Kelly Walsh High School.

With no scholarship offers to play baseball, Keith headed to Lane Community College, where he earned opportunities to continue his baseball career at the college, and subsequently, pro levels.

Keith was drafted in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball amateur baseball draft Wednesday by Texas. The 22-year old expects to turn down a scholarship offer to Southern Mississippi to join the Rangers, who would likely send him to play this summer with Spokane in the Northwest League.

“I’m pretty confident I am going to sign,” he said.

Keith, a 6-foot, 180-pound right-handed pitcher, went 5-4 with a 2.86 ERA while striking out 66 batters in 66 innings as a sophomore with the Titans. He was the No. 674 overall pick in the draft.

“I never thought pro baseball would be an option for me until the last five or six months, when teams started coming in heavy,” Keith said. “My time at LCC let me realize this was possible.”

LCC had a second player drafted when Monroe High School graduate Austin Crowson went in the 26th round to the New York Yankees. The 6-foot-5 left-hander went 6-2 with a 2.11 ERA as a sophomore while striking out 77 in 72?1/3 innings.

Former LCC catcher Trevor Casanova was picked in the 14th round by Seattle. The 6-foot sophomore transferred to El Camino (Calif.) College this season and hit .390 with eight homers.

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