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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

Spring 2015 Baden Athletes of the Year Announced

Women’s Tennis

Nadean Al-Ali
Nadean Al-Ali

Nadean Al-Ali
Sophomore, Bellevue
Nadeen Al-Ali (Snohomish, WA) cruised to victory in the 2015 women’s tennis championship winning 24 sets to just 8 set losses.

She went undefeated in league play – her only losses came against opponents from 4-yr schools.

Men’s Tennis

Valentin Podgornyy
Valentin Podgornyy

Valentin Podgornyy
Freshman, Bellevue
Valentin Podgornyy (Tomsk, Russia ) won the 2015 Men’s Tennis Championship.

After a bit of a challenge in the opening match where Podgornyy won 6-4, 6-3, he then crushed the 2014 NWAC men’s champion in easy fashion 6-1, 6-1. Podgornyy’s lone loss on the season came against an opponent from a 4-yr school.

Men’s Golf

Montana Frame
Montana Frame

Montana Frame
Sophomore, Southwestern Oregon
Montana Frame (Reedsport, OR) turned in the lowest score sheet in the four league matches and was twice the medalist of the match in overall play. After being named the regular season Player of the Year, Frame collected the NWAC Men’s Golf title with a four stroke win of 137 (4 under par).

Women’s Golf

Neydeen Martinez
Neydeen Martinez

Neydeen Martinez
Freshman, Columbia Basin
Neydeen Martinez (Pasco, WA) was the medalist in six of the ten tournaments she played in this year including two NWAC league matches and the 2015 NWAC Golf Championship. Her one stroke lead and score of 147 (3 under par) earned her the NWAC title.

Women’s Track & Field

Brittany Dugger
Brittany Dugger

Brittany Dugger
Sophomore, Spokane
Brittany Dugger (Spokane, WA) was the 2015 Track & Field women’s high point scorer and helped lead the Sasquatch women to the NWAC title. Dugger was also named the championship Female Outstanding Field Athlete of the Meet on the heals of her three NWAC titles in the 100m Hurdles, 4X100m Relay and the High Jump. Dugger also placed 2nd in the Heptathlon and Long Jump events.

Men’s Track & Field

Jayson Brocklesby
Jayson Brocklesby

Jayson Brocklesby
Sophomore, Olympic
Jayson Brocklesby (Sequim, WA) was the men’s high point scorer in the 2015 NWAC Track & Field Championships. He was also named the meet’s Outstanding Male Track Athlete after winning the Decathlon with a 235 point lead over the runner-up and earning All-American honors in the 400m Dash and High Jump events.


Lindsie Scholwinski
Lindsie Scholwinski

Lindsie Scholwinski
Sophomore, Spokane
Lindsie Scholwinski (Coeur d’Alene, ID) was a completely dominating pitcher turning in a season record of 29-0 while leading the league in strikeouts with 278 and a .081 earned run average. Scholwinski pitched in four Spokane victories during the 2015 NWAC Championship leading her team to the title. She is both a two-time Eastern Region Pitcher of the Year and NFCA All-American.


Seaver Whalen
Seaver Whalen

Seaver Whalen
Sophomore, Lower Columbia
Seaver Whalen (Vancouver, WA), the West Region MVP, played shortstop for the 2015 NWAC baseball Champions. He was 7th in the league in batting average at .358 and easily led the league in runs scored with 59. He was 2nd in both on- base and slugging percentage. Seaver was ninth in stolen bases with 17 and had a .932 fielding percentage on the Season.

Travis Fox steps down as Shoreline Baseball Head Coach – Dave Snell takes the reins

Shoreline Community College Athletic Director Steve Eskridge has announced the resignation of Head Baseball Coach Travis Fox. Fox resigned yesterday to take a full time position at Microsoft. Fox has been a part of the Shoreline Community College baseball program for the last four years serving as the Head Coach for the last two seasons. In his final season at Shoreline Fox led the team to their first playoff appearance since 1979. 

“We wish Travis the very best in his new position,” said Eskridge. “Travis has had a big impact on our baseball team and we are looking forward to the baseball program’s continued success.”

Shoreline will turn to a familiar face to take over the baseball program as Associate Head Coach Dave Snell has been named the next Head Coach of Dolphins Baseball. Snell has been a member of the coaching staff for the last four years as the Associate Head Coach and Pitching Coach. Snell, a Shoreline resident and former Ingraham High School star, brings years of coaching and playing experience to the position. As a player Snell was drafted by the San Francisco Giants and spent time with the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners organizations. Snell founded the Seattle Select Baseball program in 2005.

“We are excited to announce Dave Snell as the next Head Coach of our Baseball program,” said Eskridge. “Dave already knows what it means to be a Dolphin and his years of experience in baseball make him the perfect choice to build on the historic 2015 season.”

For any inquiries involving the baseball program you can reach Coach Snell via email at or in his office at 206-533-6742.

Lower Columbia defeats Mt. Hood for 2015 Baseball Championship

Red Devils win NWAC baseball crown

LCC second baseman Jake Bakamus fires to first for an inning-ending double play after forcing Mt. Hood College’s Isaac Benard at second during the second game.
Photo: Bill Wagner

By Rick McCorkle | The Daily News (Source article)

Scores: Game 1 | Game 2

Working on two days’ rest, Lower Columbia College pitcher Tanner Olson was dealing with some soreness and stiffness in his back. He wasn’t going to let it stop him and his fellow Red Devils from reaching their goal.

Olson tossed a six-hitter to garner Most Valuable Player honors, and his teammates pounded out 13 hits to beat Mount Hood 6-1 in the title game of the Northwest Athletic Conference Baseball Championships on Monday at David Story Field.

Earlier in the day, Mount Hood needed 11 innings to beat LCC 2-1 to force a second championship game in the double-elimination tournament.

LCC (41-10) won its conference-record 11th baseball title in its 24th championship game appearance. Mount Hood, which notched its fourth runner-up finish in seven title game appearances, finished 35-14.

“It’s a great feeling to win this, and it’s what you work for every day beginning in September,” LCC coach Eddie Smith said. “We put them through a grind to get them ready for a tournament like this and a day like this, and it’s worth it.”

Olson was sharp, throwing 69 of his 106 pitches for strikes. He struck out three batters and walked two.

“I battled through the soreness and stiffness and got the job done,” Olson said. “I came out, threw strikes and let them put the ball in play. I have a good defense behind me, and they made the plays.”

Saints’ coach Bryan Donohue also was impressed with Olson’s performance.

“Their arm was a lot sharper, they hit better and they showed up to play,” he said. “You get to this game and you hope to have a chance to win it. We didn’t have that chance as the game went on, and they did a good job putting runs on and creating space between us.”

The Devils scored all the runs they needed in the third inning. Chris Rogers led off with a line drive double down the left field line, and scored when Saints’ pitcher Seth Rayburn tossed a sacrifice bunt from Ryan Engquist over the third baseman’s head.

Two batters later, Seaver Whalen drilled a Rayburn offering into the left field bullpen, which scored Engquist.

“There wasn’t anything we could’ve done differently,” Donohue said. “The three-spot hurt, and any time we felt we had something going their pitcher nipped it in the bud.”

The Saints scored in the fourth inning, but left three baserunners stranded in scoring position in the first, fourth and ninth innings.

“The one thing we could’ve done more was put pressure on at the offensive end,” Donohue said. “We had a few runners on, but we grounded into a lot of double plays.”

Hood grounded into five double plays, including twin killings that ended the first, sixth and eighth innings.

“We did a good job taking care of the baseball, attacking the zone and limiting their opportunities,” Smith said. “We were able to extend offensively.”

Smith talked himself out of replacing Olson with a reliever for the ninth inning.

“The sophomores probably would’ve killed me if I had done it,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine he’d be that good coming back like he did on two days’ rest, but he was the best he’s been all season.”

LCC had 13 hits. All-Tournament picks Whalen and Tanner Marty had three hits apiece, and all-tourney selections Ryan Littlefield and Lorin Archibald added two hits each.


Mount Hood 2, Lower Columbia 1 (11 innings): The Red Devils made one error in the first championship game, but it was costly and led to the Saints’ game-winning run.

Devils’ All-Tournament reliever Christian Parsons opened the 11th inning with consecutive strikeouts when he gave up a first-pitch base hit to Saints’ center fielder Isaac Benard. One pitch later, Benard stole second, and moved to third when the errant pickoff throw sailed into center field.

After intentionally walking cleanup hitter Nolan McCall, Tommy Lane hit a line drive to center field, which scored Benard.

LCC broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning when Engquist reached base on a third strike passed ball, and scored on an RBI double to right-center field from Kane Ulrich.

Hood tied the game in the eighth when Evan Jones hit a leadoff single and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Nick Gawley.

Southern Division MVP and All-Tournament pitcher Joe Balfour checked LCC on six hits and struck out three in a complete-game outing.

“We played well and it was two great teams going at it,” Smith said. “They had an arm on the mound which was the Southern MVP for a reason, and we came out on the short end of a good ballgame.”

All-Tournament starting pitcher Kade Kryzsko scattered five hits and threw 54 of his 82 pitches for strikes before yielding to Parsons, who took the loss.

Jake Bakamus had two hits including a double, and Michael Forgione added two singles.

Also named to the All-Tournament team were LCC pitcher Alex Torson; Mount Hood pitcher Balfour, catcher Louis Wolf, infielder McCall and outfielders Benard and Nick Gawley; Tacoma infielders Jake Vieth and Alex Hull; Treasure Valley infielder Steffan Zanoni; Edmonds infielder Jamie Umbinetti; and Douglas pitcher Cody Duggan.

“The guys embraced the toughness it took to be a great team, and rather than shy away from it they took it head-on,” Smith said. “You have a band of guys doing it for each other and no one was going to give up.

“They knew they would find the championship some how, some way.”

All-Tournament Team

Catcher Louis Wolf Mt. Hood
Infield Justin Vieth Tacoma
Infield Steffan Zanoni Treasure Valley
Infield Alex Hull Tacoma
Infield Jamie Umbinetti Edmonds
Infield Nolan McCall Mt. Hood
Infield Seaver Whalen Lower Columbia
Outfield Tanner Marty Lower Columbia
Outfield Nick Gawley Mt. Hood
Outfield Isaac Benard Mt. Hood
Starting Pitcher Kade Kryzsko Lower Columbia
Starting Pitcher Joe Balfour Mt. Hood
Starting Pitcher Alex Torson Lower Columbia
Starting Pitcher Cody Duggan Douglas
Relief Pitcher Christian Parsons Lower Columbia
DH Lorin Archibald Lower Columbia
Utility Ryan Littlefield Lower Columbia
MVP Tanner Olson Lower Columbia

Baseball Championship Today Mt. Hood vs. Lower Columbia – Sunday Recaps

Red Devils beat Edmonds, move into title game

By Rick McCorkle

Alex Torson gave Lower Columbia College eight solid innings on the mound, and his teammates responded with an 8-1 victory over Edmonds in the NWAC Baseball Championships on Sunday at David Story Field.

The Red Devils (40-9), winners of their last 13 home games, face Mount Hood for the tournament championship at 12:05 p.m. on Monday.

LCC is the lone team without a loss in the double-elimination tournament and needs one win in two possible games for the conference championship. Mount Hood, which has a loss, would need to beat the Red Devils twice on Monday to claim the tourney title.

The loss ended Edmonds’ season at 34-12.

“It’s a good feeling to know you need to win only one game,” LCC coach Eddie Smith said. “When all is said and done and the dust settles, you hope you’ve scored more runs than the other team.”

Torson’s solid outing, along with an inning of relief from Ryan Peart, gives Smith a lot of available pitchers for the championship.

“Alex’s performance now gives us a lot of options out of the bullpen,” Smith said. “The bottom line is the championship will be a dogfight which both teams have worked all season to reach. We’ll have to go out and make the plays.”

Torson gave up a run in the first inning and surrendered leadoff hits in the initial four innings. The freshman from Vancouver hit his stride in the fifth inning, allowing two hits and a walk in his final four innings. Torson threw 65 of his 93 pitches for strikes, finishing with two strikeouts and a walk.

“I was relying on the defense behind me and knew they had my back by making plays on ground balls and pop flies,” Torson said. “I like to get ahead early in the count which is key for me and my success. When you’re ahead in the count, a lot of times you can get batters to either roll it over or pop up.”

LCC scored all the runs it needed in the second inning when it parlayed base hits from Ryan Littlefield, Tanner Marty, Chris Rogers and Ryan Engquist into a 3-1 lead.

An Edmonds error and singles from Michael Forgione and Marty produced a Devils’ run in the fifth, and they tacked on four insurance scores in the eighth.

A scary moment for the Devils occurred in the eighth inning. Forgione led off with a walk, but when he slid back into first base on a pickoff attempt, he dislocated his shoulder.

Forgione, the Devils’ third baseman, spent an extended amount of time lying on the field while LCC’s team trainer worked at getting the shoulder back in place.

“It was definitely scary,” Smith said of Forgione’s shoulder. “He’s one of 33 guys who are the heart and soul of this team. We’ll have to think long and hard about who we’ll put at third base tomorrow. We’ll have to go out and win a championship for him.”

LCC finished with 12 hits. Marty was 3 for 5 and scored twice, Engquist was 2 for 4 with three RBIs, Littlefield was 2 for 5 with two runs scored, and Forgione had a hit and walked twice.

Mount Hood 7, Tacoma 3 — Nick Gawley’s two-run homer in the fifth inning broke open a close game for the Saints as they advance to Monday’s NWAC Championship title game.

Mount Hood (34-13) led 2-1 after three innings. In addition to Gawley’s blast, the Saints also scored on a bases-loaded walk to Jay Rogers. Hood added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth with a two-run single from Isaac Benard.

The Saints had 11 hits. Gawley was 3 for 5, Benard was 2 for 3 with three RBIs, and Nolan McCall was 2 for 5 with a double. Aaron Clift scattered three hits, struck out three batters and walked three through six innings for the win. Chase Wiger tossed three innings of one-hit relief with three strikeouts.

Tacoma, which finished its season 36-14, had five hits including Jake Vieth with two.