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Organizers report excellent scout coverage of 2014 NWAC Baseball Sophomore All-Star Event

The 2014 NWAC Baseball Showcase was recently held under clear skies at Courter Field on the Bellevue College campus in front of 62 scouts and recruiters. The group included 23 professional baseball scouts and 39 four-year college coaches, including 16 from the NCAA division I ranks.  The heavily attended showcase featured one of the deepest pools of talent in years, particularly in the pitching area.  Eight pitchers had fast balls clocked over 90 mph with another 16 throwing in the 88-90 mph range.  The group was led by a trio of arms throwing in the 92-93 mph range in Linn-Benton’s Austin Kelly, a transfer from the University of Portland, Lane’s Jackson Bertsch, and Zander Clouse of Bellevue.

Big Bend’s Reign Letkeman was one of the top two-way players, garnering several hits in the scrimmage portion of the game while throwing 89 mph as a pitcher and defended well at shortstop.  Other infielders who displayed promising tools were Lane Lacrone of Treasure Valley, who ran the fastest 60 yard dash time of all infielders (7.1 seconds on grass), and third baseman Dylan Lavelle of Everett, who had the top arm strength of all NWAC infielders, with a throwing velocity of 89 mph.

Kyle Beamof Lane had the top throwing velocity of the catchers at 85 mph and recorded a throwdown time of 1.95 seconds; second to Bellevue’s Sam Finfer, who had 1.89 throwdown time. Finfer and a second Bellevue catcher, Alex Galgano, were the only position players to register home runs during the batting practice segment as well.

A trio of outfielders displayed the top tools in the entire showcase field. Shoreline’s Jacob Zanon had the top arm strength of all 102 players in the event with a registered throwing velocity of 93 mph from right field. Zanon also had the second fasted 60 yard dash time in the showcase at 6.83 seconds. He was bested by another north region outfielder; Douglas College’s Jovan Ewusie, who had the fastest time in the event at 6.78 seconds and also registered arm strength at 89 mph. Chemeketa’s Gerhett Moser was not far behind Zanon and Ewusie, running a 6.94 60 yard dash and threw 88 mph from the outfield.   

Paul Nevue and Rusty Trudeau, representatives of NWAC sponsors MMT and Baden Sports respectively were also on hand to witness one of the top NWAC baseball showcases in years.  The NWAC baseball committee would like to thank our NWAC sponsors and all four-year college coaches and professional baseball scouts who attended. 

2014 NWAC Baseball Sophomore Showcase

Date: Sat. Sept. 27
Location: Courter Field at Bellevue College
Parking: all lots surrounding field are open. Lots 16-19 and 9 are all adjacent to field.

http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/location/maps/parking/

Admission / Gate Entry: Pro scouts, 4-year college coaches, NWAC coaches and players, and NWAC personnel enter at main gate on 1B side. No charge for 4-year coaches and scouts. Due to limited seating/vantage points for scouts and 4-year coaches, parents of players and any others not involved in the operation of the event can watch the event from the hillside/seating berm in right field, free of charge. 

Showcase Schedule
8:45 am South/East Player Check In
9:00 am South BP
9:30 am East BP
10:10 am 60 yard dash
10:30 am South defense workout
10:50 am East defense workout
11:30 am – South versus East showcase scrimmage
1:00 pm West/North Player Check In
1:30 pm – West BP
2:00 pm – North BP
2:40 pm – 60 yard dash
3:00 pm West defense workout
3:20 pm North defense workout
3:50 pm – West versus North showcase scrimmage

LCC Athletic Director Kirk Roland Named to Babe Ruth Hall of Fame

Lower Columbia College Athletic Director Kirc Roland has been inducted into the Southern Washington Babe Ruth Hall of Fame. Assistant State Commissioner for Babe Ruth Baseball Jarl Opgrande made the award last week during the sixth Babe Ruth World Series tournament hosted by Longview and Kelso at Story Field.

The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor those individuals who have given unselfishly of their time and talents for Babe Ruth Baseball in this part of Washington State.

Kirc is well respected for his outstanding support and involvement in both league and tournament activities. His commitment in broadcasting Babe Ruth Regional and World Series games to the local area over many years, and the leadership and organization he has invested in the Longview and Kelso Babe Ruth World Series, has put this area and LCC on the "Babe Ruth Map".

In addition, he has been a positive influence on the lives of countless youth and adults during these many years and his contributions have helped make Babe Ruth Baseball and all of baseball, the wonderful game it is for players, coaches, volunteers and spectators.

Kirc played Babe Ruth Baseball, and after graduating from San Diego State University in 1980 came home and became the sports voice on KLOG and KUKN radio. For the past 34 years we all have listened to him call Kelso High School football and basketball, LCC basketball and baseball, and hundreds of Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth post-season games.

Kirc has followed Longview and Kelso Babe Ruth teams across the country. It was after the 1988 Bambino World Series in Nashua when Kirc and the late Bill Daniels approached Babe Ruth Baseball about bringing the World Series to Longview. That proposal became real when the 1990 World Series for 12-year-olds was hosted at Lower Columbia College’s Story Field. The lower "press box" and the left field stands are a legacy of that World Series.

Since that time, Kirc has overseen the 1997, 2001, 2004, 2009, and 2014 World Series. After Kelso won the 13-15-year-olds Pacific Northwest Regional title in 1997 and earned its berth to the Longview World Series, it made sense to Kirc to have both leagues host future World Series. So he floated that with Babe Ruth baseball and it became the Longview-Kelso World Series in 2001.

A personal connection, Kirc coached his own son Spencer through Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball including coaching contributions to Spencer’s 2004 Longview World Series team. It was fitting that after Kirc was recognized by the organization last week. To start this year’s event he threw out the ceremonial first pitch and his catcher was his son Spencer.

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 / MiLB.com

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 MiLB.com. 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 becomes NWAC

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:  http://www.nwaacc.org/marketing/NWAACC-LOGO-GUIDELINES.pdf

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

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

Pos

Name

Year

School

State

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