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Shoreline alum Jason Shaw named North Star Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week

North Star Athletic Association Baseball Pitcher of the Week

Jason ShawJason Shaw – Jamestown (N.D.) – 6’3" – Junior – Pitcher – Lynnwood, Wash. (Shoreline CC) – Shaw tossed a complete game as Jimmies shut down Valley City State (N.D.) 3-0 on the day of their North Star Athletic Association conference opener. 

He pitched seven innings and limited the Vikings to three hits.  Shaw recorded six strikeouts and gave up no walk. 

On the pitching mound, he extended his scoreless innings to 25 1/3 innings, including 17 straight shutout innings against members of NSAA. 

Everett CC alum Jon Mercer named Cascade Collegiate Conference Red Lion Baseball Player of the Week

Jon Mercer
Jon Mercer

Jon Mercer, thrust into a starting role because normal starting centerfielder Davis Alderman was ill, took advantage of his opportunity in a big way and as a result earned Cascade Collegiate Conference Red Lion Baseball Player of the Week recognition.

Mercer started all six of Corban’s games last week, two against non-conference foe Lewis & Clark and four in NAIA West action against British Columbia.

In those six games Mercer was 9-for-18, including three doubles, for a .500 batting average. In the process he raised his season bat average 120 points to .255. Mercer scored three runs, drove in three, stole two bases and was perfect in 12 fielding chances. Batting in the No. 9 spot in the lineup in the series-opener against UBC, Mercer was 4-for-4 with two runs scored and three runs batted in as the Warriors won, 8-3.

A junior transfer out of Everett Community College in Washington, Mercer becomes the second Corban position player to be honored by the conference this season. First baseman Daniel Orr (Everett CC alum) was picked on March 3, while pitchers Austin Guzzon (March 10) and Jacob Kopra (March 17) received pitcher of the week recognition.

Later this week, the Warriors take their 26-19 overall record on the road to Lewiston, Idaho, where they will play No. 2-ranked Lewis-Clark State in a four-game NAIA West series. The teams play a Friday doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. and a Saturday doubleheader beginning at noon. Lewis-Clark State, is 32-5 overall and leads the NAIA West with a 21-3 record. Corban currently occupies third place in the league with a 15-9 record.

Alaska Airlines Baseball Coaches Poll- Apr 10

NWAACC - Alaska Airlines Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Baseball Coaches Poll – April 10, 2014
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Tacoma 6-0, 21-1 72 (5) 2
2. Edmonds 7-1, 19-3 68 (2) 1
3. Treasure Valley 8-2, 17-5 47 (1) 7
4. Lower Columbia 5-1, 18-6 38 4
5. Bellevue 8-0, 13-13 23 NR
6. Columbia Basin 7-3, 16-4 22 6
7. Clark 5-3, 15-7 18 5
8. Walla Walla 6-4, 15-5 14 3
Also receiving votes: Lane 5, Pierce 3, Spokane 1, SW Oregon 1

Linn-Benton to re-establish baseball for the 2015 season

Linn-Benton Community College will re-establish its baseball program next spring with an emphasis on the ‘student’ in student athlete.

The decision to again field a baseball team by the spring of 2015 came after months of discussions and work with community members to create a program structure that fosters high completion rates among student athletes and generates significant involvement of the community in supporting the program.

A yet-to-be determined women’s sport will be added by the 2015-16 season to create gender equity among LBCC’s athletic programs. Currently, the college fields teams in women’s volleyball and men’s basketball.

“This plan, which uses athletics as a vehicle to promote student success and involvement, makes us very optimistic about the future of baseball and other sports at our college,” said LBCC President Greg Hamann.  “We’re excited and grateful for the opportunity this represents.”

The measurements chosen for baseball will guide other LBCC programs, both athletic and academic, as the college continues to strive for a 50 percent increase in its completion rate and increased community support and involvement, Hamann added.

The major elements of the plan to reintroduce LBCC baseball include:

  • A 50 percent college completion rate for athletes. LBCC’s current student success rate is about 22 percent, which combines the percentage of students who earn a degree or certificate or who transfer to a four-year institution – about average for Oregon community colleges.
  •  Significant numbers of local players. At least 40 percent of baseball players will be from LBCC’s service district or the district of a bordering community college. At least 80 percent will be from Oregon.
  • Better connections to the LBCC community. Athletes will be better connected to the LBCC community to ensure it has noticeable positive experience for all students, rather than just student athletes.

Community members who led the effort to develop the plan with LBCC and gather community support include Steve Carothers, LBCC alum and the owner of Relco Truss Manufactures, Dan Segel, also an alum and President of the Corvallis Knights Baseball Club, and Dick McClain, retired LBCC Athletic Director and a former Roadrunner baseball head coach. This group has already raised $40,000 to support the baseball team.

The decision to end LBCC baseball, women’s basketball and some longstanding education programs at the end of the 2013 school year was difficult and painful, Hamann said.  The college developed criteria that considered per student costs in programs relative to the college progression rates of those students to decide how to respond to a $2.9 million budget deficit.

“There were no programs we wanted to cut,” said Hamann. “The size of the deficit forced us to make excruciating choices.”

With significant community support, the plan for baseball’s return allows LBCC to re-establish a program with a long and rich history and creates opportunities for student athletes and the community. It also provides a framework for adding other programs to promote student completion as resources allow.

“I’m very proud of the direction we’ve set for ourselves with the help of our community,” Hamann said.

SW Oregon Baseball alum Yumezo Densaki named Great American Conference Pitcher of the Week

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Southern Arkansas junior right-hander Yumezo Densaki has been named as a co-Great American Conference Pitcher of the Week as it was announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.

Densaki, a native of Osaka, Japan, earns the conference weekly honor as a result of his brilliant mid-week performance against then nationally-ranked No.11 Arkansas-Monticello.

In that start, Densaki bewildered Boll Weevil hitters all afternoon as he allowed just two singles and struck out seven in seven shutout innings of work.

Densaki began his afternoon on the mound with a quick 1-2-3 inning in the top of the first inning. In the second inning, the Boll Weevils would pick up a one-out single to right field off of Densaki, but a strike-em-out, throw-em-out in the next at-bat got Densaki and the Muleriders out of the inning.

After working around a pair of two-out walks in the third inning, Densaki would be perfect over the next three innings as he kept the Boll Weevils off the bases, retiring 10 in a row to get himself to the seventh inning. Densaki would add two more to that retired-batters streak in the seventh before he gave up a two-out single to left field.

Chemeketa & Mt. Hood alums named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Regional Player and Pitcher of the Week

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. – After being named Red Lion Pitcher and Player of the Week respectively, Western Oregon baseball standouts Eric Huson (Mt. Hood CC) and Parker Miles (Chemeketa CC) were named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Regional Pitcher and Player of the Week announced Wednesday morning.

Huson was dominant in his effort against Saint Martin’s last week, tossing a two-hit shutout in the Wolves’ 5-0 win on Sunday. The junior right-hander struck out five batters and walked none in the 9-inning stellar performance.

Miles hit 8-for-16 with four doubles, three runs scored and a pair of RBI as the Wolves took a four-game series from Saint Martin’s 3-1. The second baseman also stole a pair of bases and struck out just once in 18 plate appearances, while handling all 12 of his fielding chances perfectly. On the season, Miles has committed just one error in 74 chances for a fielding percentage of .986. 

The duo helped WOU extend its lead on first place in the conference, as the Wolves are now 12-4 in GNAC play and 19-11 overall.

Bellevue baseball alum Scott Kuzminsky named Big West Pitcher of the Week

Scott Kuzminsky
Kuzminsky was UH’s second BWC pitcher of the week selection this season

3/24/2014 5:54:00 PM

IRVINE, Calif. – University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warrior pitcher Scott Kuzminsky (Bellevue College) has been named Big West Pitcher of the Week. It was the second weekly honor for a UH pitcher this season after Matt Cooper earned the award Mar. 3.

Kuzminsky began the week with a complete game two-hit shutout of Nevada in a 1-0 victory on Monday. He pitched to the minimum number of batters, walking one and striking out three. Kuzminsky returned to the mound on Sunday against Alabama-Birmingham and nearly fired another complete game.

He lasted eight and two-thirds innings, scattering seven hits and two runs in a 4-2 Hawai’i win. He also issued just one walk and struck out a career-high six batters.

Kuzminsky and the ‘Bows open conference play this week at UC Santa Barbara. The series begins on Friday, Mar. 28 at 3:00 p.m. PT (12:00 a.m. HT).

Alaska Airlines Baseball Coaches Poll- Mar 26

NWAACC - Alaska Airlines Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Baseball Coaches Poll – Mar 26, 2014
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Edmonds 0-0, 11-2 78 (7) -
2. Tacoma 0-0, 11-1 64 (1) -
3. Walla Walla 0-0, 9-1 36 -
4. Lower Columbia 0-0, 12-5 34 -
5. Clark 0-0, 10-4 30 -
6. Columbia Basin 0-0, 9-1 23 -
7. Treasure Valley 0-0, 9-3 22 -
8. Lane 0-0, 8-5 13 -
Also receiving votes: Everett 6, Big Bend 4, Belleuve 1, Yakima Valley 1