Idaho/Montana Junior Colleges: 2019 Preview

Dawson Community College – Glendive, MT

Head Coach Phil McClure (1st year)
Assistants Dru Sebastian
Affiliation NJCAA Division II
Conference Region 13 (Mon-Dak Conference)
2018 Record 18-15 overall, 4-12 in conference
Top Returning Players Wyatt Sorensen, SO, SS
  Zane Jerman, SO, 2B
  Justin Stewart, SO, OF
  Jack Bowman, SO, RHP (4-1 W/L, 29 IP)
Thomas Rutherford, SO (.353 avg in 55 ABs, 6 SB, 18 H, 5 HR, in conference)
Top New Players Brett Norby, FR, Catcher
  Keenan O’Brien, FR, Catcher
  Adoins Collado, FR, RHP
  Kevinn Castillo, FR, UTL
  Keshawn Nurse, FR, 1B
Head Coach Commentary “With this being my first season in this area of the country and with this program it will be interesting to see what we have. I feel confident that we can put together a solid season with implications toward a post-season run.”
What would you want a prospective student-athlete to know about your program?
“We are in a building phase to develop a stronger program. Prospective student-athletes will enjoy their time at DCC because our program is on its way up and our small school is very athletically focused.”
BBNW Analysis Coach McClure takes over the Buccaneer program in 2019. He comes from Southwest Tennessee Community College where he served two years as assistant coach and one year as interim head coach. The 2018 Dawson team reached a NJCAA D2 #20 ranking for the first time in program history. Rutherford is the top hitter returning with a .353 average and 5 home runs. Bowman won 4 games with a 4.91 ERA. The Buccaneer’s star catcher Reynaldo Pichardo signed with the Texas Rangers in the 2018 draft.

The Buccaneers open up today, February 15th, in Colorado, for a 4-game series vs. Northeastern JC. Good luck Buccaneers!

College of Southern Idaho – Twin Falls, ID

Head Coach Boomer Walker (16th year)
Assistants Nick Aiello, Lincoln Rivera
Affiliation NJCAA Division I (Scenic West Athletic Conference)
2018 Record 52-12 overall, 24-8 (1st in conference), 3rd at JuCo World Series
Top Returning Players Hayden Leatham, SO, UTL, SWAC Player of the Year, NJCAA All-American (.369 avg, 79 H, 19 2B, 8 HR)
Nolan Walker, SO, INF, 1st Team All-League (.295 avg, 49 H, 11 2B, 5 3B)
David Hudleson, SO, INF, 1st Team All- League (.301 avg, 59 H, 8 2B)
Ryke Erickson, SO, C
Jordan Sadovia, SO, C
Top New Players Colton Carpenter, FR, OF/RHP, American Fork HS (UT)
Jackson Kohler, FR, OF, Skyridge HS (UT)
Jordan Scott, FR, OF, Capital HS (ID)
Jayson Hibbard, FR, RHP, Skyview HS (ID)
Matt Hansen, FR, LHP, Rocky Mountain HS (ID)
Ty Sorensen, FR, RHP, Spanish Fork HS (UT)
Colton Kent, FR, INF, BYU transfer
Head Coach Commentary  “We will rely heavily on our sophomore experience from the JuCo World Series team to carry us early with our inexperience on the mound.”
What would you want a prospective student-athlete to know about your program? “We want recruits to know that by coming to CSI, they will play a national junior college schedule and play the best teams in the country year in and year out, and compete for a national championship year in and year out. With our team GPA consistently in the 3.5 range, our players move on to D1 programs.”
BBNW Analysis Coming off a 52-win season and a 3rd place finish in the national JC Division 1
tournament, Coach Walker, in his 15th year, has the Golden Eagles poised for a
return. Coach Walker has amassed 464 wins at the helm of CSI and his club carries an 11th national ranking. He is no stranger to the program, having been a former player and nine-year assistant at CSI. He was even the bat boy for the Golden Eagles national championship title run in 1984. His father “Skip” was the head coach. Pitching coach Nick Aielo has assisted for 8 years after pitching at CSI as a player and a three-year stint pitching in the Tampa Bay organization.The Golden Eagles will look to get it done on the field and in the classroom in 2019. Last year’s team posted a 3.43 GPA, good enough for seventh in the country against all other NJCAA baseball teams.Strong position player experience and success returns on the field in Leatham, Walker, Hudleson, Erickson, and Sadovia. Leatham will continue to add power to the lineup, leading the team in home runs in 2018; Hudleson will be a threat on the base paths, with the most stolen bases (15) of any returner. Leatham has committed to Brigham Young and Walker to Colorado Mesa. Good luck Golden Eagles!
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 Miles Community College – Miles City, MT

Head Coach Jeff Brabant (8th year)
Assistants Michael O’Connell
Affiliation NJCAA Division II
Conference Region 13 (Mon-Dak Conference)
2018 Record 32-22 overall, 17-19 in league
Top Returning Players Will Riley, SO, SS, All-Conference, All-Region, (.442 avg)
Nate Bloxham, SO, OF/C, All-Conference, All-Region (.377 avg)
Ty Jones, SO, OF/P, 2017-All-Conference, All-Region, Academic All American (14 HR)
Luke Turner, SO, P
Top New Players Lewis Johnson, FR, OF
Keith Manby, FR, P/INF
Cade Stuff , FR, INF
Head Coach Commentary “We have a fantastic group of young men that have high expectations for themselves this year. Not only on the field, but off the field as well, as we posted our highest team GPA in the history of the program. This group of sophomores has a lot of experience on the field and are also a great group of leaders as well. With those qualities coupled with our work ethic and will to succeed, it should be a fun year for this group.”
What would you want a prospective student-athlete to know about your program? Our baseball program is all about building teenagers into young men. Our philosophy is, “do the right things, and make good choices.” Very simple, but very powerful. Family is our number one core value, and when you have a group of guys come together as a family, it can be amazing what can happen. We believe if we take care of business off the field that it will breed success on the field. We have a rich history of winning and championships that will prove that philosophy works.”
BBNW Analysis The Pioneers move back to the Junior College Division II MonDak Conference for the 2019 season, after spending 4 years playing JuCo Division I. Prior to moving up, they had won 14 championships in a row. The new balanced schedule will provide more home games and reduced travel costs. Miles City is coming off a 32-win season with post-season play. Coach Brabant in his 8th season welcomes back 10 starters led by All-Conference performers Riley, Bloxham, and Jones. Riley was 17th in the nation in batting average, Bloxham was 7th in triples, and Jones had 14 home runs. Riley and Jones have made early commitments to Montana State-Billings for 2020.

The Pioneers open up today, February 15th, in Colorado for a 4-game series vs. Western Nebraska CC. Good luck Pioneers!

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