NWAC North Region: 2018 Preview

Bellevue Community College – Bellevue, WA

Head Coach Mark Yoshino (20th year)
Assistants David Olson, Craig Parthemer, Jerad Casper
Affiliation NWAC
Conference North Region
Website https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/athletics/
2017 Record 36-14 overall, 19-6 (2nd in conference)
Top Returning Players Brennen Hancock, Sophomore, 1B/OF, North Region Gold Glove (.298 avg, 38 RBI)
Grant Harris, Sophomore, OF, 1st Team All-Region (.314 avg, 27 RBI)
Grant DeLappe, Sophomore, SS, 2nd Team All-Region (.300 avg, 7 HR, 50 RBI)
Jack Kennelly, Sophomore, SS, NWAC Gold Glove (.986 Fielding %)
Top New Players Brendan Ecklebarger, Sophomore, LHP, University of Washington
Calvin Turchin, Freshman, RHP, Federal Way HS (WA)
Ethan Smith, Freshman, OF, Glacier Peak HS (WA)
Kosta Cooper, Freshman, C, Edmonds-Woodway HS (WA)
Head Coach Commentary “We have six starters back from one of the most exciting offenses in NWAC history. Although our phenom hitting trio of Shenton-Cerrillo-Pinorini are gone, we return a lot of big time bats with more foot speed this year. Our pitching will need to step up and match our bats this year.”
BBNW Analysis Coach Yoshino is the longest tenured NWAC head coach. “Yosh” has built one of the most respected programs and is ranked No. 3 in the NWAC in Collegiate Baseball’s pre-season poll. Under the former Edmonds JC pitcher and coach, the Helmsman have won it all three times, 2nd once, and 3rd twice in the last 9 seasons. A run for the title in 2018 is expected with the return of the core offense. Bellevue has produced the most professional players from the NWAC including 9 major league players. Harris, DeLappe, and Kennelly have signed at Campbell University, Washington State, and Hawaii, while RHP Eli Herrick inked at Duke and LHP Brendan Ecklebarger at Santa Clara.

Douglas College – New Westminster, BC, Canada

Head Coach Cavanagh Whitely (8th year)
Assistants Jordan Broatch
Affiliation NWAC
Conference North Region
Website www.douglascollegeroyals.ca/
2017 Record 4-28 overall, 2-22 (7th in conference)
Top Returning Players Grant Okawa, Sophomore, INF, Sophomore Showcase
Lenn Nakatsuka, Sophomore, C/INF
Wyatt Versluis, Sophomore, RHP
Colton Tuka, Sophomore, RHP
Top New Players Andrew Evernden, Freshman, RHP/OF, Ballenas Secondary (BC)
Kyle Stubbington, Freshman, RHP, University of British Columbia
Matthew Reyes, Freshman, C/INF, Templeton Secondary (BC)
Matteo Porcellato, Freshman, INF, Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary (BC)
Head Coach Commentary “After an injury-plagued 2017 campaign, the Douglas College Royals are enthusiastic about the 2018 season with a strong recruiting class of freshman and seven returning starters. The Royals feel that a playoff spot in the Regional Tournament is within our expectations and are committed to this goal. A strong starting rotation that bolsters four-quality arms builds the team’s confidence that the bad-luck 2017 season is a long distant memory of the past. The combination of the rotation and the return of seven starters in the line-up showcases the potential this Douglas College team has for 2018 and a return to the NWAC Regional Playoffs.”
BBNW Analysis Coach Whitely has the sights set on a return to the NWAC Regional Playoffs as they did in 2016. The depth of position players and competitive arms should be the key for success. The Royals add an international flair to the NWAC.

Edmonds Community College – Edmonds, WA

Head Coach Scott Kelly (6 years)
Assistants Paul Gehring, Ron Omori, Casey Mitchell, Sam Parris
Affiliation NWAC
Conference North Region
Website http://www.edcc.edu/athletics/
2017 Record 28-15 overall, 14-10 (tied for 3rd in conference)
Top Returning Players Elliott Carney, Sophomore, RHP, 2nd Team All-Region (2.62 ERA, 4 wins, 11 starts, 61 IP)
Nathaniel Sagdahl, Sophomore, C, 2nd Team All-Region (.291 avg, 30 RBI)
Guthrie Morrison, Sophomore, OF, 2nd Team All-Region, NWAC Gold Glove (.303 avg, 15 SB)
Evan Hurn, Sophomore, 3B/1B
Top New Players Will Smith, Freshman, RHP, Shorewood HS (WA), Seattle U commit
Kolby Force, Freshman, OF, Rogers HS (WA), Cal State Northridge commit
Wyatt Stanley, Freshman, RHP, Napavine HS (WA)
Trey Tiffany, Freshman, C/1B, Stanwood HS (WA)
Yugo Hamakana, Freshman, INF, Sayamagaoka (Japan)
Head Coach Commentary “This is a young and athletic group, good depth and talent on the mound. The Tritons should be strong defensively and compete in a very tough North division. With so many talented freshman on this roster, this looks to be an exciting season for the Tritons.
BBNW Analysis Coach Kelly is a former NWAC player at Green River CC and has continued a strong tradition of championships for the Tritons. Edmonds is coming off a missed tournament appearance in 2017 but qualified the previous three years, including winning it all in 2014. The offense may be as good as last season when Edmonds was 2nd in NWAC team offense (.305) and 1st in team slugging. The pitching was 4th. Will Smith has signed with Seattle University and Kolby Force with Cal State Northridge for 2018. Infielder Zach Needham was drafted by the Seattle Mariners but chose to attend the University of Houston instead.

Everett Community College – Everett, WA

Head Coach Jo Jo Howie (1st year)
Assistants Dylan LaVelle, Zander Clouse, Braden Edwards, Corey Garcia
Affiliation NWAC
Conference North Region
Website www.everettcc.edu/athletics/baseball/
2017 Record 37-13 overall, 19-5 (1st in conference)
Top Returning Players Trent Tinglestad, Sophomore, OF, First Team All League (.373 avg, 34 RBI)
Nick Anderson, Sophomore, SS, First Team All League (.329 avg, 36 RBI)
Danny Head, Sophomore, OF, Second Team All League (5 HR)
Alex Spahman, Sophomore, P, (3.65 ERA, 10 starts, 5 wins)
Top New Players Ayden Callahan, Freshman, P, Timberline HS (WA)
Jeremy Schoenfeld, Red Shirt Freshman P, Inglemoor HS (WA)
Drake Simons, Freshman, OF, Meridian HS (ID)
Head Coach Commentary “We have an overall strong line up, with the ability to hit gap to gap from top to bottom. Our pitching will have more depth than usual with the ability to attack favorable match ups. This is just a close group that is embracing the only opportunity they have to compete together!”
BBNW Analysis Coach Howie begins his first season as head coach of the Trojans, a team with strong tradition of success in the NWAC. Prior to becoming the head coach, Howie served as the pitching coach and is coming off a season with the 4th lowest team ERA at 2.88. Everett is ranked No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball in the NWAC pre-season poll after winning the North Region and finishing 2nd at the NWAC Championships a year ago. Everett returns a lot of offense from 2017 but the addition of new arms may very well be the key to defending the conference title and provide important depth for a tournament championship run. Sophomore Trent Tinglestad signed to play at University of Louisiana Monroe next season during the early signing period in November (’17).

Olympic College – Bremerton, WA

Head Coach Ryan Parker (12th year)
Assistants Pete Randall, Les Archer, Tracy Gotchall, Brad Fairweather
Affiliation NWAC
Conference North Region
Website www.olympic.edu/athletics/baseball
2017 Record 12-30 overall, 7-17 (6th in conference)
Top Returning Players Jeffrey Cochran, Sophomore, 3B, 2nd Team NWAC North Region (.320 avg)
Ben Tinnell, Sophomore, RHP
Alex Bryner, Sophomore, OF
Bryan Ponce, Sophomore, INF
Cole Chambers, Sophomore, OF
Top New Players Cesar Cuevas, Freshman, SS, Murrieta Valley HS (CA)
Hunter Blunt, Freshman, C, Cottonwood HS (UT)
Austin Bayne, Freshman, 1B, Centralia College
Lukas Diehm, Sophomore, RHP, Barstow College (CA)
Kyler Olsen, Freshman, LHP, Cottonwood HS (UT)
Head Coach Commentary Not provided
BBNW Analysis Coach Parker is the 2nd longest tenured NWAC head coach. The former Ranger player has as good of returning nucleus as ever to move up to the NWAC North Region.

Shoreline Community College – Shoreline, WA

Head Coach Dave Snell (3rd year)
Assistants Dru Snell, Christian Heideger
Affiliation NWAC
Conference North Region
Website https://www.shoreline.edu/athletics/baseball/
2017 Record 22-19 overall, 10-14 (5th in conference)
Top Returning Players Trey Lopez, Sophomore, RHP/3B
Chantz Justice, Sophomore, CF/RHP, 2nd team All-Region
Mitchell Dooley, Sophomore, 2B
Sean Ferdig, Sophomore, RHP
Top New Players Grant South, Freshman, C/1B, Redmond HS (WA)
Kole Milyard, Freshman, 3B/RHP, North Kitsap HS (WA)
Anderson Crawford, Freshman, OF/Utility, Kingston HS (WA)
Lincoln Lima, Freshman, 3B/SS, Kizer HS (HI)
Head Coach Commentary “Need to get healthy and stay healthy as the season starts. Good group of players, strong sophomore class that has been battle-tested and responded well last year. We are coming into this season with playoff expectations and a lot more. Finishing up on a really good ’18 class.”
BBNW Analysis Coach Snell is in his 3rd year at the helm of the Dolphins after serving 4 years as associate head coach and pitching coach. He is a former professional pitcher and his son Blake, a BBNW alum, is in the starting rotation for the Tampa Bay Rays after being 2016 Minor League Pitcher of the Year. The 2018 Shoreline success should be led by a strong and deep group of pitchers returning; the Dolphins were 9th in team hitting in all of the NWAC a year ago.

Skagit Valley College – Mount Vernon, WA

Head Coach Shane Servoss (Interim)
Assistants Darren Westergard, Kelly Smith
Affiliation NWAC
Conference North Region
Website Athletics.skagit.edu 
2017 Record 19-19 overall, 14-10 (3rd in conference)
Top Returning Players Payton Harris, Sophomore, OF
Mitch Boesel, Sophomore, C
Top New Players Kade Mechals, Sophomore, RHP, Western Oregon University
Ronnie Rust, Freshman, C/OF, University Of Oregon
John Buscher, Freshman, LHP/OF, Interlake HS (WA)
Derek Cherryholmes, INF/RHP, Central Washington University
Adam Sullivan, Freshman, 3B/RHP, Jackson HS (WA)
Head Coach Commentary “The Cardinals will be young this year as we have 30 freshman on our 37 man roster. This young roster has me very excited about the depth we have on the mound and in the field. We have a lot of different looks we can show on the mound and can run up to 5 LHP out on any given weekend. In the field we will rely on a lot of raw athleticism and will need a lot of freshman to step up and produce in order for us to contend in the North Region. Kade Mechals will be our Ace and has done a great job developing into a leader for our pitching staff. Payton Harris (OF) and Mitch Boesel (C) are our two sophomore returners who saw significant playing time last year in the field. As you can tell there will be a lot of new faces stepping up to lead the Cardinals in the 2018 season and I think they are ready to step up to the challenge! – Go Cards”
BBNW Analysis Shane Servoss was named interim head coach as Coach Wells stepped down this month to focus on his health. In two years Coach Wells rebuilt the roster and has the program heading in a good direction. The Cardinals have a lot of potential to improve on their 3rd place finish a year ago. Kade Mechals signed in the early signing period with Grand Canyon University.