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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.

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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.

2015 Baseball All-NWAC and NWAC Gold Glove Teams announced

The NWAC is pleased to announce the 2015 All-NWAC Baseball and NWAC Gold Glove Teams.

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2015 ALL-NWAC BASEBALL TEAM

FIRST TEAM

SECOND TEAM

INFIELDERS
Evan Douglas – Spokane
David Garza – Edmonds
Jake Bakamus – Lower Columbia
Thomas Lane – Mt. Hood
Alex Hull – Tacoma

OUTFIELDERS
Nick Gawley – Mt. Hood
Ryan Littlefield – Lower Columbia
Jacob Zanon – Shoreline
Dylan Vchulek – Bellevue

PITCHERS
Joe Balfour – Mt. Hood
Justin Vernia – Tacoma
Kade Kryzsko – Lower Columbia
Alec Kisena – Edmonds

RELIEF PITCHER
JD Page – Columbia Basin

CATCHER
Louis Wolf – Mt. Hood

DESIGNATED HITTER
Lorin Archibald – Lower Columbia

UTILITY
Justin Adams – Chemeketa

INFIELDERS
Hunter Hanson – Wenatchee Valley
Jake Vieth – Tacoma
Lane LaCrone – Treasure Valley
Jake Roberts – Yakima Valley
Hayden Meier – Columbia Basin

OUTFIELDERS
Spencer Bennion – Columbia Basin
Derik Bontempo – Tacoma
Conor Plaisance – Edmonds
Alec Chaney – Yakima Valley

PITCHERS
Cory Duggan – Douglas
Henry McAree – Shoreline
Darrion Simons – Yakima Valley
Tanner Lupton – Treasure Valley

RELIEF PITCHER
DJ Wilson – Lane

CATCHER
Matt Thompson – Pierce

DESIGNATED HITTER
Steven Weber – Edmonds

UTILITY
Clay Valenzula-Reece – Tacoma

Most Valuable Player
Seaver Whalen – Lower Columbia

2015 NWAC BASEBALL GOLD GLOVE TEAM

Pitcher: Alex Smith, Yakima Valley
Catcher: Spencer Pollock, Treasure Valley
First Base: Jake Vieth, Tacoma
Second Base: Ryland Kerr, Edmonds
Shortstop: Gunnar Schubert, Pierce
Third Base:  Michael Forgoine, Lower Columbia
Outfield: Forest Garcia, Lane
Outfield: Aaron Alexander, Treasure Valley
Outfield: Steven Sordahl, Walla Walla

 

Columbia Basin alum Darrell Ceciliani called up to NY Mets

Mets promote Darrell Ceciliani from Vegas

Adam Rubin, ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK — Darrell Ceciliani is the latest call-up to the New York Mets from Triple-A Las Vegas.

The lefty-hitting outfielder was promoted after the Mets’ 2-1 win in 14 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night at Citi Field.

Team officials did not announce the corresponding move, but Ceciliani’s promotion may not bode well for fellow lefty-hitting outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

Darrell Ceciliani shares a laugh with Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom during spring training. 
Adam Rubin/ESPN.com

Nieuwenhuis struck out as a pinch hitter on Monday, dropping him to 3-for-38 on the season — a .079 average.

The Mets have been exceedingly patient with Nieuwenhuis because he is out of options and must pass through waivers in order to be sent to the minors. Nieuwenhuis’ position as a bench player for the Mets was further cemented out of spring training when the Mets traded Matt den Dekker to the Washington Nationals on the eve of the season for lefty reliever Jerry Blevins.

Ceciliani, 24, is a fourth-round pick in 2009 out of Columbia Basin Community College in Washington State, so his drafting predates the current Mets regime. A center fielder, he was hitting .336 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 113 at-bats in the Pacific Coast League. He is known for solid defense.

Ceciliani went undrafted out of high school, although he had extenuating circumstances. Back then, he did not devote his full attention to baseball. He served as point guard on his high school basketball team and receiver and free safety on the football team.

He also had responsibilities on his family’s 18,000-acre ranch in Madras, Oregon. Bitter Brush Ranch takes clients on fishing tours for trout, steelhead and salmon and hunting tours for deer, elk, antelope and waterfowl.

"Growing up, I never played a lot of travel ball. I never went out and played Area Code Games or anything like a lot of guys," Ceciliani once told ESPN.com. "In the summer I played baseball just to get away and hang out with my friends. And I loved the game, so I always wanted to play professional baseball. But I was helping my dad out — me and my brothers — on the ranch, trying to get all that stuff done to put food on the table.

"We run a cow-calf operation. We’ll breed the cows, raise the calves up and eventually we take them into the sale and butcher them off or whatever we do. We end up selling them.

"We also run a hunting and fishing business out there. So we get clients coming in there year-round for certain seasons. Me and my brothers guide them. In the fall, that’s the busiest time. When I get back, after the season, I help my dad out a lot with that."

The elder Ceciliani, also named Darrell, was a promising college football prospect out of high school, but was unable to pursue that ambition because his father passed away and he needed to take over the family dairy farm at the time in California.

Coincidentally, Ceciliani’s manager in Brooklyn and Las Vegas, Wally Backman, has been virtually a neighbor in Oregon — living within 25 miles or so.

Because of subpar grades, Ceciliani enrolled at Columbia Basin Community College rather than a Division I school after going undrafted out of high school. A year later, he was the Mets’ fourth-round draft pick.

Mt. Hood alum Jake Dahlberg named Horizon League Pitcher of the Year

Boehm earned the second triple crown in the 35-year history of Horizon League baseball, pacing the League with a .371 batting average, 62 RBI and tying for first with 14 home runs. The lefty slugger also led the League in OPS with a 1.168 mark, slugging at a .694 clip and reaching base at a .474 rate.

Jake DahlbergPitcher of the Year: Jake Dahlberg,
UIC (So., LHP)

In his first season with the Flames, Dahlberg (Mt. Hood CC – 2014) quickly established himself as UIC’s Friday starter, going 7-2 with a 3.20 ERA as he tossed a League-best 98.1 innings. In conference play, Dahlberg was even better, starting 10 games and going 6-1 with a 2.81 ERA. The lefty struck out 43 across 77.0 innings of work.

Elliott continued the strong tradition of Wright State relievers, collecting individual honors for the second straight season. Notching 10 saves for the Raiders, Elliott struck out 49 in 41.0 innings of work and posted a WHIP of 1.00.

Snyder made it two straight Freshman of the Year awards for Wright State, joining Sean Murphy. Starting 49 of WSU’s 51 games, Snyder hit .283 while clubbing five homers and driving in 43, ranking fourth in the League.

For the seventh time in his career, Dee was tabbed Coach of the Year by his peers. In his 16th year with the Flames, Dee captured his 500th career win on March 20 while also moving into first in career wins with the Flames with his 510th on April 12. The winningest coach in Horizon League history, Dee led the Flames to their 11th regular-season title in program history this year.   

Joining Dahlberg and Boehm on the first team were teammates Mickey McDonald (third base) and Tyler Detmer (utility). Wright State placed five on the team, with Murphy (catcher), Michael Timm (second base), Mitch Roman (shortstop) and Matt Morrow (designated hitter) joining Elliott.

Milwaukee’s starting pitching tandem of Joe Pavlovich and Justin Langley each earned first team nods, as did Panthers outfielder Sam Koenig, who tied Boehm atop the League’s home run ledger. The first baseman’s spot was occupied by Valparaiso’s Nate Palace, while Frank Califano of Youngstown State took the final first team outfielder slot.

The Horizon League Baseball Championship begins on Wednesday, May 20, at Oil City Stadium in Whiting, Ind. The tournament champion will receive the League’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. All championship games can be seen live on ESPN3.

2015 BASEBALL AWARDS
Player of the Year: Jeff Boehm, UIC (Sr., OF)
Pitcher of the Year: Jake Dahlberg, UIC (So., LHP)
Reliever of the Year: Andrew Elliott, Wright State (Sr., RHP)
Freshman of the Year: Gabe Snyder, Wright State (1B)
Coach of the Year: Mike Dee, UIC

1st Team All-League
Starting Pitcher: Jake Dahlberg, UIC
Starting Pitcher: Joe Pavlovich, Milwaukee
Starting Pitcher: Justin Langley, Milwaukee
Relief Pitcher: Andrew Elliott, Wright State
First Baseman: Nate Palace, Valparaiso
Second Baseman: Michael Timm, Wright State
Shortstop: Mitch Roman, Wright State
Third Baseman: Mickey McDonald, UIC
Catcher: Sean Murphy, Wright State
Outfielder: Jeff Boehm, UIC
Outfielder: Sam Koenig, Milwaukee
Outfielder: Frank Califano, Youngstown State
Designated Hitter: Matt Morrow, Wright State
Utility Player: Tyler Detmer, UIC

2nd Team All-League
Starting Pitcher: Jesse Scholtens, Wright State
Starting Pitcher: Luke Mamer, Wright State
Starting Pitcher: Trevor Lane, UIC
Relief Pitcher: Cody Peterson, Milwaukee
Relief Pitcher: Ryan Hinchley, UIC
First Baseman: Alex Lee, UIC
First Baseman: Gabe Snyder, Wright State
Second Baseman: Tell Taylor, Milwaukee
Shortstop: Spencer Mahoney, Valparaiso
Third Baseman: John Brodner, Wright State
Catcher: Mitch Ghelfi, Milwaukee
Outfielder: Rob Enslen, Oakland
Outfielder: Nolan Lodden, Valparaiso
Outfielder: Mark Fowler, Wright State
Designated Hitter: Mike Porcaro, Milwaukee
Utility Player: Ian Yetsko, Oakland

All-Freshman Team
Pitcher: Jeremy Randolph, Wright State
Pitcher: Austin Schulfer, Milwaukee
Rob Calabrese, UIC (C/DH)
David Cronin, UIC (IF)
Matt DiLeo, Oakland (C)
Giovanni Garbella, Valparaiso (OF/IF)
Chad Jacob, Valparaiso (IF)
Matt Morrow, Wright State (DH)
Gabe Snyder, Wright State (1B)
Daulton Varsho, Milwaukee (OF/C)

Baseball Region All-Stars and Gold Glove teams announced

The NWAC is pleased to announce the 2015 Baseball Region All-Stars and Region Gold Glove teams.

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REGION ALL-STARS

EASTERN REGION
FIRST TEAM SECOND TEAM

INFIELDERS
Gunnar Buhner, Columbia Basin
Hunter Hanson, Wenatchee Valley
Lane Lacrone, Treasure Valley
Hayden Meier, Columbia Basin
Jake Roberts, Yakima Valley

OUTFIELDERS
Spencer Bennion, Columbia Basin
Alec Chaney, Yakima Valley
Michael Kilpatrick, Walla Walla
Austin Kopacz, Walla Walla

PITCHERS
Tanner Lupton, Treasure Valley
Tony McCarty, Treasure Valley
Adam Paulson, Spokane
Darrion Simons, Yakima Valley

RELIEF PITCHER
J.D. Page, Columbia Basin

CATCHER
Dylan Wilbert, Walla Walla

DESIGNATED HITTER
Lucas Denney, Spokane

UTILITY
Clayten Ayres, Walla Walla

INFIELDERS
Connor Anderson, Yakima Valley
Ryan Grening, Big Bend
Kyle Kilian, Big Bend
Drew Loera, Columbia Basin
Jarod Paul, Walla Walla

OUTFIELDERS
Blake Bell, Treasure Valley
Joey Cotto, Columbia Basin
Colton Crow, Blue Mountain
Steven Sordahl, Walla Walla

PITCHERS
Jacob Gleichman, Columbia Basin
Reign Letkeman, Big Bend
Chris Petrosie, Yakima Valley
Jake Simmons, Walla Walla

RELIEF PITCHER
Tanner Alexander, Treasure Valley

CATCHER
Spencer Pollock, Treasure Valley

DESIGNATED HITTER
Cameron Walker, Walla Walla

UTILITY
Daulton Blackwell, Treasure Valley

Most Valuable Player: Evan Douglas, Spokane
Coach of the Year: Aaron Sutton, Treasure Valley

WESTERN REGION
FIRST TEAM SECOND TEAM

INFIELDERS
Jake Bakamus, Lower Columbia
Alex Hull, Tacoma
Gunnar Schubert, Pierce
Jake Vieth, Tacoma

OUTFIELDERS
Derik Bontempo, Tacoma
Tanner Marty, Lower Columbia
Ryan Littlefield, Lower Columbia
Jarred Prather, Pierce

PITCHERS
Kade Kryzsko, Lower Columbia
Cory Main, Tacoma
Tom Simpson, Tacoma
Justin Vernia, Tacoma

RELIEF PITCHER
Christian Parsons, Lower Columbia

CATCHER   
Matt Thompson, Pierce

DESIGNATED HITTER
Lorin Archibald, Lower Columbia

UTILITY
Clay Valenzula-Reece, Tacoma

INFIELDERS
Garrett Anderson, Tacoma
Harrison Bragg, Tacoma
Michael Forgione, Lower Columbia
Rayven Kahana, Pierce

OUTFIELDERS
Nathan Heath, Tacoma
Carter Johnson, Pierce
Thomas Richards, Green River
Jeremy Spring, Tacoma
           
PITCHERS
Colten Barnes, Pierce
Matt Fish, Pierce
Tanner Olson, Lower Columbia
Jeremy Rabauliman, Lower Columbia
Alex Torson, Lower Columbia

CATCHER
Josh Latta, Tacoma

DESIGNATED HITTER
Jose Acosta, Centralia

UTILITY
Andrew Barrera, Pierce

Most Valuable Player: Seaver Whalen, Lower Columbia
Coach of the Year: Eddie Smith, Lower Columbia

SOUTHERN REGION
FIRST TEAM SECOND TEAM

INFIELDERS
Tommy Lane, Mt. Hood
Kyohei Makita, SW Oregon
Kody Matthews, Mt. Hood
Trevor Achenbach, Clackamas
Nolan McCall, Mt. Hood

OUTFIELDERS
Isaac Benard, Mt. Hood
Nick Gawley, Mt. Hood
Emilio Alcantar, Linn-Benton
Forrest Garcia, Lane

PITCHERS
Mychal Yarbor, Clackamas
Jackson Bertsch, Lane
Seth Rayburn, Mt. Hood                   
Dalton Ridgway, SW Oregon

RELIEF PITCHER
DJ Wilson, Lane

CATCHER
Louis Wolf, Mt. Hood

DESIGNATED HITTER
Jacob Musial, Linn-Benton

UTILITY
Justin Adams, Chemeketa

INFIELDERS
Corey Wynant, Clackamas
Jay Rogers, Mt. Hood
Trevor Casanova, Lane
Shane Suyama, Clackamas
Trevin Stephens, Linn-Benton

OUTFIELDERS
Blake Fahndrich, Clackamas
Marcus Rethwill, Clackamas
Austin White, SW Oregon
Nick Livingston, Chemeketa

PITCHERS
Colton Krueger, Clark
Nathan Hunter, Mt. Hood
Doug Molzahn, SW Oregon
Shane Quarterley, Lane

RELIEF PITCHER
Kris Jackson, Chemeketa

CATCHER
Kyle Henderson, Lane

DESIGNATED HITTER
Sam Kosbab, Clark

UTILITY
Austin Kelly, Linn-Benton

Most Valuable Player: Joe Balfour, Mt. Hood
Coach of the Year: Bryan Donohue, Mt. Hood

NORTHERN REGION
FIRST TEAM SECOND TEAM

INFIELDERS
Charlie Dietrich, Skagit Valley
Brent Firth, Shoreline
Mitchell Jackman, Douglas
Trai Patrick, Bellevue
Jamie Umbinetti, Edmonds

OUTFIELDERS
Korey Longaker, Everett
Conor Plaisance, Edmonds
Dylan Vchulek, Bellevue
Jacob Zanon, Shoreline

PITCHERS
Cory Duggan, Douglas
Alex Kisena, Edmonds
Henry McAree, Shoreline
Michael Wood, Everett

RELIEF PITCHER
Max Dwyer, Shoreline

CATCHER
Tanner Wessling, Edmonds

DESIGNATED HITTER
Steven Weber, Edmonds

UTILITY
Alex Galgano, Bellevue

INFIELDERS
Ryland Kerr, Edmonds
Taylor Lawrence, Douglas
Dylan Lavelle, Everett
Drey McInnes, Shoreline
John Naff, Everett

OUTFIELDERS
Jeff Bouchard, Douglas
Spencer Greene, Edmonds
Andrew Moore, Skagit Valley
Bryce Peterson, Everett

PITCHERS
Chandler Arends, Edmonds
Brad Bennett, Shoreline
Tanner Braun, Everett
Riley Storedahl, Edmonds

RELIEF PITCHER
Brian Way, Edmonds

CATCHER
Alex Sablan, Olympic

DESIGNATED HITTER
Ashton Williamson, Skagit Valley

UTILITY
Vince Sablan, Olympic

Most Valuable Player: David Garza, Edmonds
Coach of the Year: Scott Kelly, Edmonds

REGION GOLD GLOVE

WESTERN REGION

EASTERN REGION

Catcher Kane Ulrich, Lower Columbia
Pitcher Tom Simpson, Tacoma
Infielders
Jake Bakamus, Lower Columbia
Michael Forgoine, Lower Columbia
Gunnar Schubert, Pierce
Jake Vieth, Tacoma
Outfielders          
Nathan Heath, Tacoma
Carter Johnson, Pierce
Ryan Enquist, Lower Columbia

Catcher Spencer Pollock, Treasure Valley
Pitcher Alex Smith, Yakima Valley
Infielders
Connor Anderson, Yakima Valley
Evan Douglas, Spokane
Hunter Hanson, Wenatchee Valley
Cody Price, Walla Walla
Outfielders
Aaron Alexander, Treasure Valley
Joey Cotto, Columbia Basin
Steven Sordahl, Walla Walla

NORTHERN REGION

SOUTHERN REGION

Pitcher Cory Duggan, Douglas
Catcher Tate Budnick, Everett
Infielders
Mitchell Jackman, Douglas
Ryland Kerr, Edmonds
Dylan Lavelle, Everett
Jamie Umbinetti, Edmonds
Outfielders
Korey Langaker, Everett
Conor Plaisance, Edmonds
Jacob Zanon, Shoreline

Catcher Tyger Liner, Linn-Benton
Pitcher Colton Krueger, Clark
Infielders
1B-Kyohei Makita, SW Oregon
2B-Taylor Raff, SW Oregon
SS-Shey Smith, SW Oregon
3B-Shane Suyama, Clackamas
Outfielders          
Forest Garcia, Lane
Henry Rondeau, Linn-Benton
Gerhett Moser, Chemeketa

Baseball Championship field is set – Tourney begins May 21 in Longview, WA

The 2015 NWAC Baseball Championship field is set.

West #2 seeded Tacoma won the their super regional with a win over SW Oregon 7-1. In the East regional, host Walla Walla advanced with a 4-1 win over Shoreline while a pair of North teams, Douglas and Everett also advanced. Douglas edged Columbia Basin 10-9 and Everett won their regional with a convincing 12-2 win over Pierce.

The super (cross) regional format, in its first year, was developed to help ensure that the top heavy regions could advance more than two teams into the championship tournament. This year the North will have three teams representing their region with Douglas, Everett and regular season division champs Edmonds moving on to the tourney.

The championship tournament will take place at Lower Columbia College starting Thursday, May 21st.

First Round Matches:
GM1 Tacoma vs Edmonds, 9:35pm
GM2 Walla Walla vs. Mt. Hood, 12:35pm
GM3 Douglas vs. Treasure Valley, 4:35pm
GM4 Everett vs. Lower Columbia, 7:35pm

View Bracket

The Championship website has links to the bracket, video broadcasts, admission prices and hotels.

Alaska Airlines Baseball Coaches Poll – FINAL

NWAC - Alaska Airline Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Baseball Coaches Poll
May 13, 2015
Rank
Team
Record (Region, Overall)
Pts
Prev
1. Lower Columbia 24-1, 36-9 70 (4) 2
2. Edmonds 18-6, 32-10 64 (4) 1
3. Mt. Hood 20-4, 31-12 52 3
4. Treasure Valley 20-8, 32-15 42 5
5. Tacoma 20-5, 32-12 31 4
6. Everett 17-7, 23-18 24 6
7. Walla Walla 19-9, 29-15 11 NR
8. Columbia Basin 18-10, 31-13 10 7
Also receiving votes: Lane 7, Spokane 1
FINAL POLL

Baseball Super Regional Schedule Announced

NWAC BASEBALL SUPER REGIONALS

EVERETT SUPER REGIONAL
Saturday May 16th @ Edmonds CC Field; Sunday May 17th @ Everett Memorial Stadium
Game 1, Sat 10am: PIERCE (West #3) vs LINN BENTON (South #4)
Game 2, Sat 1pm: Winner G1 vs EVERETT (North #2)
Note: if Everett wins Game 2, then Game 3 will be played at 10 am on Sunday. If Winner of Game 1 beats Everett, then Game 3 at 4 pm Saturday
Game 3, either Sat 4pm or Sun 10am:  Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
Game 4, either Sun 10am or 1pm: Winner game 2 vs Winner Game 3
Game 5, either 1 pm or 4pm: Final game (if necessary)

TACOMA SUPER REGIONAL
Friday May 15th, Saturday May 16th and Sunday May 17th @ Minnitti Field, (TCC) Tacoma, WA
Game 1, Fri 4pm: SOUTHWESERN OREGON (South #3) vs SPOKANE (East #4)
Game 2, Sat 12pm: Winner G1 vs TACOMA (West #2)
Game 3, Sat 3pm: Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
Game 4, Sun 10am: Winner game 2 vs Winner Game 3
Game 5, Sun 1pm: Final game (if necessary)

LANE SUPER REGIONAL
Saturday May 16th and Sunday May 17th @ Lane Titan Field, Eugene, OR
Game 1, Sat 10am: COLUMBIA BASIN (East #3) vs DOUGLAS (North #4)
Game 2, Sat 1pm: Winner G1 vs LANE (South #2)
Note: if Lane wins Game 2, then Game 3 will be played at 10 am on Sunday. If Winner of Game 1 beats Lane, then Game 3 at 4 pm Saturday
Game 3, either Sat 4pm or Sun 10am: Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
Game 4, either Sun 10am or 1pm: Winner game 2 vs Winner Game 3
Game 5, either Sun 1pm or 4pm: Final game (if necessary)

WALLA WALLA SUPER REGIONAL
Saturday May 16th and Sunday May 17th @ Walla Walla Warriors Field, Walla Walla, WA
Game 1, Sat 10am: SHORELINE (North #3) vs GREEN RIVER (West #4)
Game 2, Sat 1pm: Winner G1 vs WALLA WALLA (East #2)
Note: if Walla Walla wins Game 2, then Game 3 will be played at 10 am Sunday. If Winner of Game 1 beats Walla Walla, then game 3 at 4 pm Sat
Game 3, either Sat 4pm or Sun 10am: Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
Game 4, either Sunday 10am or 1pm: Winner game 2 vs Winner Game 3
Game 5, either Sunday 1pm or 4pm: Final game (if necessary)

Sample Bracket (Times will be times listed in Regional info above)
Sample Region Bracket

Mt. Hood alum Dane Lund having solid season with Oregon State University Baseball

Little guy Lund comes up big for Beavers in wins over Trojans

kerryeggers@portlandtribune.com

LUNDCORVALLIS — For a weekend, at least, Dane Lund was Cinderfella in baseball cleats.

The redshirt senior catcher from Astoria was a driving force as Oregon State took the final two games to win its Pac-12 series with 10th-ranked Southern Cal at Goss Stadium.

In Sunday’s 9-6 victory, the 5-7, 180-pound fireplug went 1 for 2 with a pair of sacrifice bunts, a walk, two RBIs and a blast to deep left-field that would have gone for extra bases without a circus catch by SC’s Garrett Stubbs. Lund also gunned down the only runner who attempted a steal for the run-happy Trojans (30-12 overall, 11-7 in Pac-12 action), who lead the conference by a wide margin with 68 stolen bases.

In Saturday’s 3-2 win, Lund went 3 for 3 and scored the winning run in the ninth inning while again keeping SC runners from stealing a base.

"Dane had a great weekend," OSU coach Pat Casey said. "He helped us as much as anybody. We don’t win without him (on Saturday), that’s for sure."

Lund, finally healthy after dealing with back issues much of the season, got his opportunity in part because regular catcher Logan Ice is hitting only .238.

"Logie has caught a lot of games, so we decide to start Dane against a left-hander (Kyle Twomey) Saturday night," Casey said. After Lund’s performance in that game, "he deserved to get back in there today."

Lund is in his first and only season with the Beavers (27-13, 10-8) after a baseball odyssey that began at Astoria, where he was a star catcher and running back/linebacker, a year in school behind former OSU All-America safety Jordan Poyer. The Fishermen won Class 4A championships in football and baseball during Lund’s junior year.

He played two years at Mount Hood Community College before transferring to San Jose State, where he hit .241 as a part-time starter for the Spartans in 2013. Lund was also playing summer ball for the Corvallis Knights of the West Coast League, and OSU assistant Andy Jenkins was on the coaching staff.

"I had a relationship with the coaches and have always wanted to play here," Lund said.

So he transferred to OSU and joined the team as a walk-on. But his appeal to the NCAA for instant eligibility was denied, so he redshirted last season in Corvallis. He was allowed to practice with the Beavers until their first game, then sat and watched the entire season.

"One of the hardest things I’ve ever done," Lund said. "Going a whole year without playing? Man, that was tough."

"It was frustrating for Dane," Casey said, "but I told him, ‘This is the best thing for you, to sit for a year, see what this program is about, get stronger, get your academics together and come back next year.’ "

Lund has had 11 starts this season, working Drew Rasmussen’s perfect game against Washington State on March 21. But his first back-to-back starts of the season came against the mighty Trojans, and Lund — now hitting a team-high .371 in 35 at-bats — made the most of them.

"We were looking for a spark," Casey said, "and the guy sure brought energy to us this weekend."

How does it feel?

"I don’t have any words for it," said Lund, who turns 24 in September. "It’s a blast. This is the chance I’ve been waiting for a long time. I’m the oldest guy on the team, a fifth-year senior. It’s nice to get hot at a good time."

Casey said San Jose State coaches told him, "If Dane Lund can play for you, you don’t have very good catching.’ I thought, that’s exactly what somebody told me about Billy Rowe."

Rowe was an Ashland native who transferred to Oregon State after three seasons at Cal-Santa Barbara in 2006. He wound up as OSU’s starting first baseman, hitting .419 in the postseason and helping the Beavers to the first of two consecutive College World Series titles.

Cal-Santa Barbara coaches told Casey, "If Billy Rowe’s your first baseman, you’re going to have a long season," the OSU coach said. "And we did — all the way to June 26."

"I like those stories," Casey said. "It’s an inspiration to me that Dane was overlooked at San Jose State. Sometimes kids like that who are battlers are better off close to home.

"I love his makeup. I love what he brings to a team. The guy is going to be a baseball coach somewhere some day. He’s one of those tough kids from a small town who epitomizes what college baseball should be."

On Sunday, the Beavers wore the look of great Oregon State teams of the past, ripping SC pitchers for 11 hits while working them for nine walks and two hit-by-pitch.

"The key was we managed the strike zone a lot better today," Casey said.

And won the biggest series of the season so far.

"USC is the best team we’ve played all year," Casey said. "We beat a good damn good club in a tough series."

After SC’s 11-3 romp over OSU on Friday night, the Trojans were ranked No. 8 on the Boyd’s World pseudo-RPI list, the Beavers 48th. Those rankings should be adjusted considerably after the Beavers took only their sixth series in the last 17 three-game sets with the Trojans.

"I believe we’re one of the top 25 teams in the country right now," Casey said. "There’s no doubt about it."

Oregon State was in great position to win Pac-12 series at Arizona State, UCLA and Oregon but lost two of three games in all of them.

"Have we lost some games we should have won? Absolutely," Casey said. "We’re not a team that can make mistakes and win."

The Beavers did Sunday, though, overcoming three errors and two early base-running gaffes to claim the series. Now they’re in fifth place in the Pac-12, a game behind SC and a game and a half back of third-place California (13-8), with series against the teams at the bottom of the standings — Washington, Utah and Stanford — and Cal yet to play.

Casey has a dozen freshmen on this year’s team, and most of them are playing key roles.

"We’re young," he said. "It’s (the coaches’) job to get them ready. They’ve been here six months now. They should be ready to play. It’s nice to see them do well in big games.

"I just hope our club builds some confidence. Sometimes when you’re young, every little thing becomes a big thing."

A little guy — Lund — was a big thing in the Beavers’ lineup against the Trojans. The slipper fit perfectly.

kerryeggers@portlandtribune.com

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