Idaho/Montana Junior Colleges: 2020 Preview


College of Southern Idaho – Twin Falls, ID

Head Coach: Boomer Walker (17th year)
Assistants:
Nick Aiello, Tyler Mindenburg
Affiliation:
NJCAA Division I 
Conference:
Scenic West Athletic Conference
Website: http://athletics.csi.edu

2019 Record:
35-23 overall; 16-15 in conference (3rd in conference)
2020 Opening Day: 
January 31st vs. Cochise College in Las Vegas, NV
2020 League Opener:
February 27th vs. College of Southern Nevada in Henderson, NV
Top Newcomers:
Nate Dahle, RHP, Bear River HS (UT)
Andrew Gregersen, OF/LHP, Idaho Falls HS (ID)
Taye Newman, RHP, Spanish Fork HS (UT)

What BBNW has to say about the 2020 season:
The Eagles followed up a tremendous 2018  season (finishing 4th nationally) with 35-wins and a 2nd place finish in the Region 18 Tournament. Coach Walker begins his 17th season as the leader at CSI and is one win away from the 500-win club.

A solid nucleus of proven production and the addition of new guys with upside will make an impact for the 2020 Eagles. The pitching will be led by returning right-hander Jayson Hibbard (6-2, 3.27 ERA, 52 IP) who has committed to Cal State Bakersfield. Newcomers Nate Dahle, Briggs Newman, and Andrew Gregersen must pick up a lot of key innings. Gregersen will also aid in outfield depth as a two-way player. Infielders Tyler Curtis and Colton Kent return offensive production and key interior defense. Kent was a BYU transfer, hitting .282 and fielding .950 during the 2019 season. Key returning outfield production is expected to come from Jackson Kohler and Hayden Foltz. Kohler was 4th in team RBIs in 2019 and has committed to Dixie State. Hayden Foltz will be attending MSU-Billings. Baseball Northwest had Knuck Flannery ranked #11 from the Idaho class of 2019 and believe he can make a difference in the Eagles’ 2020 season.

The 2020 roster contains 15 home state players. A key conference series is the road games vs College of Southern Nevada on February 27th-29th. The Region 18 Tournament is May 6-8 at the SWAC champion. Go Eagles!

Top Prospects on 2020 roster previously ranked by BBNW: Idaho Class of 2019: #11 Knuck Flannery, #14 Andrew Gregersen
Class of 2020 BBNW Alumni committed to CSI: 
Dawson Cummins
BBNW Alumni on 2020 Roster:
10


Dawson Community College – Glendive, MT

Head Coach: Phil McClure (2nd year)
Assistants:
Dan Christmann
Affiliation:
NJCAA Division II
Conference:
Region 13 (Mon-Dak Conference)
Website: 
http://www.dawsonbucs.com
2019 Record: 
12-29 overall; 7-13 in league (4th in conference, 3rd in conference tournament)
2020 Opening Day: 
February 1st vs. Northeastern JC in Sterling, CO
2020 League Opener:
February 28th vs. Bismarck State College in Glendive, MT
Top Newcomers:
Roberto Bavis, OF, Houston, TX
Kayne McGee, 1B, Erie CC
Liam O’Hea, OF, Australia

What BBNW has to say about the 2020 season:
Coach McClure in his second year will build on a strong 2019 season with key contributors from last year’s team that qualified for the Region XIII NJCCA DII Tournament and came away with a third-place finish. Their last appearance prior was in 2016.

The offense and defense should be the strength of the team with proven players—led by All-Conference player Kevinn Castillo—along with fellow outfielder Andrew Neves. Catcher Keenan O’Brien and infielder Andres Artola are expected to have a big impact on the Dawson run to a potential conference championship. All Region RHP Austin Robertson is the top returning pitcher and will need to set the tone for a new group of hurlers. The speed and power combination of Roberto Bavis who comes from Houston, Texas tops the newcomer position players. Canadian and Erie CC transfer Kayne McGee will add power at 1B while more speed production will come from Australian outfielder Liam O’Hea. Ten Buccaneers players were selected to the MON-DAK Conference All-Academic team including Castillo who was also an Academic All-American.

The first 20 games of the 2020 season are on the road including a trip to the Arizona sun. The key conference series will come at the end of the season with home and home doubleheaders vs. in-state rival Miles City April 25-26. Go Buccaneers!


Miles Community College – Miles City, MT

Head Coach: Jeff Brabant (9th year)
Assistants:
Michael O’Connell
Affiliation:
NJCAA Division II
Conference: R
egion 13 (Mon-Dak Conference)
Website: https://www.mccpioneers.com

2019 Record:
42-14-1 overall, 17-3 in league
2020 Opening Day: 
February 22nd vs. MSU Club
2020 League Opener: 
March 25th vs. Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, ND
Top Newcomers:
Dawson Parry, 1B, American Fork HS (UT)
Ian Krump, UTL, Rapid City (UT)
Jett Hasegawa, RHP, Australia
Deklan Harper, RHP/OF, Laurel HS (MT)

What BBNW has to say about the 2020 season:
Coach Brabant is in his 17th year at the school and 9th as head coach. The former MON-DAK Conference Coach of the Year was part of two Montana American Legion State Championships at Miles City and Billings before coming to the Pioneers.

The club’s 2019 season was special with a 42-14-1 record, a Region XIII Tournament Championship, and a #18 national ranking. The 2020 season may be determined by the contribution of a well thought of freshmen class. Two returners, Lewis Johnson and Keith Manby, should set the tone for the young players. Australian All-Region outfielder Johnson set a school record with 67 RBIs during the 2020 season in which he also hit .367 with 12 home runs. Canadian All-Conference RHP Manby led the pitching staff with a 11-1 record and 102 strikeouts including a no-hitter vs. a top 20 team. He will also get some time at 1B after his 104 at-bats in the 2019 season in which he hit .356, with 36 RBI.  Another Canadian Kiran Carcary, who was a platoon guy in 2019, should get every day reps this year after a .333 year with 11 stolen bases. Idaho native RHP Anthony Bleggi proved solid last year with 5 wins in his 45 innings while striking out 50. Johnson and Carcary were also named Academic All-Conference. Dawson Parry (1B) and Ian Krump (UTL) showed in the fall that they are ready to be solid offensive contributors. Another Australian Jett Hasegawa is expected to win a starting rotation spot. Montana-native Deklan Harper is set to close on the mound and use his speed and defensive ability in centerfield.

A 10 day/19 game run at the Tucson Invitational Tournament will put Miles City in the sun to prepare for conference. The key rival league series vs. Dawson (the only other junior college program located in Montana) is a home and home finish to the regular series on April 25-26. The other four schools of the conference are in North Dakota. Go Pioneers!

BBNW Alumni on 2020 Roster: 2

These season previews were compiled by Jeff McKay, Josh Warner, and Annie Warner. 

Look for upcoming conferences posted soon:
Northwest Conference (NCAA D3), beginning Thursday, January 23rd
GNAC (NCAA D2), beginning Saturday, February 1st
NCAA DI, beginning Friday, February 7th
NWAC Week, beginning Monday, February 17th