NWAC North Region: 2019 Preview

Bellevue Community College – Bellevue, WA

Head Coach Mark Yoshino (21st year)
Assistants David Olson, Craig Parthemer, Jerad Casper
Affiliation NWAC
Conference North Region
Website https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/athletics/
2018 Record 21-27 overall, 13-11 (2nd in region)
Top Returning Players Ethan Smith, SO, OF, 1st Team All-Region (.344 avg in league play)
Carter Wallace, SO, INF, 2nd Team All-Region (.342 avg, 7 2B in league play)
Dylan Ames, SO, OF (.250 avg in league play, 15 RBI)
Top New Players Michael Attalah, RS-FR, RHP, Oregon State
Jake Terao, RS-FR, University of Portland
Riley Gill, RS-FR, OF, University of San Francisco
Dac Archer, RS-FR, INF, University of Arizona
Head Coach Commentary “Who knows…it’s the NWAC. After all we finished below .500 for the first time since the early 1980’s and have nearly all new faces this year and we still get voted 6th in the pre-season poll, while I was one of the only coaches who voted Linn-Benton, coming off a 40+ win season and nearly their entire team back as #1. Apparently the NWAC is wide open this year.”
What would you want a prospective student-athlete to know about your program? “The Bellevue College baseball program is proud to have a foundation of guys who did their homework; more than you did for the biggest assignment in your HS career. If you come on a visit, we’re not a Geico commercial.”
BBNW Analysis Coach Yoshino begins his 21st season as the Helmsman head coach and is the dean of the NWAC head coaches. “Yosh” has built and sustained one of the top programs in all of Northwest college baseball. Many North Region titles and post-season appearances have resulted in three NWAC championships, two second place finishes, and three third place finishes. 2018 was the first sub .500 record in Coach Yoshino’s time, so 2019 will be a year for rebuilding. Twenty freshmen and 9 sophomores are listed on the 2019 roster. Smith, Wallace, and Ames will provide offensive experience. Pitching and defense have always been a trademark of Bellevue, but they’ll face an added challenge in 2019 as they must replace nearly all pitching spots from a year ago. The four D1 transfers should have a big impact led by Baseball Northwest’s #6 Top Prospect for the Washington class of 2017 Michael Attalah. The coaches pre-season NWAC poll has the Helmsman ranked #6.

Bellevue heads to Oregon to open the season with two vs. Mt Hood, followed by a home and home series with Pierce and Tacoma. A trip east to Walla Walla and Blue Mountain precedes their North Region opener vs. Everett March 30th . Good luck Helmsman!

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Douglas College – New Westminster, BC, Canada

Head Coach Cavanagh Whitely (9th year)
Assistants Jordan Broatch, Orville Germaine
Affiliation NWAC
Conference North Region
Website www.douglascollegeroyals.ca/
2018 Record 16-19  overall, 12-12 (4th in region)
Top Returning Players Matteo Porcellato, SO, 3B/SS, 2nd Team All-Region (.302 avg, 11 SB)
Andrew Evernden, SO, OF, Douglas College Student Athlete of the Year (.264 avg, 21 RBI)
Matthew Reyes, SO, C/3B (.286 avg, 2:1 BB/K Ratio, 20 RBI)
Derrick Pecht, SO, RHP (4.50 ERA)
Top New Players Dion Wintjes, FR, C/1B, King George Secondary
Jared Eifler, FR, RHP, Dr. E.P. Scarlett Secondary
Allan Hogg, FR, RHP, Indian Hills CC
Finn Kaczmarowski, FR, OF/RHP, Lord Byng Secondary
Head Coach Commentary “Following a return to the Regional playoffs in 2018, Douglas has revamped its roster considerably with only seven sophomores on the Douglas College Royals this spring. Although young, DC is confident with a strong-core of returning sophomores and a great group of freshmen talent that it will battle for a playoff seed in 2019 in the always competitive NWAC North.”
What would you want a prospective student-athlete to know about your program? “As the only Canadian college that competes in an American conference, Douglas College provides the best combination of education and competition for baseball players throughout Canada and the Pacific Northwest as the international flair in the NWAC North.”
BBNW Analysis Coach Whitley in his 9th season is coming off a 2018 post-season appearance and looks for the Royals to contend again in 2019 for a playoff spot. In 2018, Whitley received the Lionel Ruhr Elite Coach of the Year award from Baseball Canada for his dual responsibilities as the head coach of both the Royals and Team BC. It is nice to have the international flair that Douglas provides in the NWAC.

The season begins with four dates vs. University of British Columbia on the road with the North Region opener at Shoreline on March 30th. Good luck Royals!

Edmonds Community College – Edmonds, WA

Head Coach Scott Kelly (7th year)
Assistants Paul Gehring, Ron Omori, Adam Geaslen, Brooks Roy, Jeff Carlson, Casey Mitchell
Affiliation NWAC
Conference North Region
Website http://www.edcc.edu/athletics/
2018 Record 40-9 overall, 20-7 (1st in region)
Top Returning Players Yugo Hamakawa, SO, SS/LHH, 2nd Team All- Region (.303 avg, 10 2B)
Nic Sokol, SO, 2B, 1st Team All- Region (.287 avg, 15 SB)
Leighton Moniz, SO, 3B, North Region Gold Glove
David Gibons, SO, 1B/RHP
Wyatt Stanley, SO, 2nd Team All-Region (8-1 W/L, 1.58 ERA)
Luke Tedrick, SO, (35 IP 35 K)
Trey Tiffany, SO, RHP/1B
Top New Players Alex Garcia, FR, C, South Kitsap HS (WA)
Tyler Russell, FR, RHP, Battle Ground HS (WA)
Gage Gibson, FR, INF, Ellensberg HS (WA)
Dylan Cyr, FR, OF, Mount Vernon HS (WA)
Taylo Derouin, FR, RHP, Bellermine Prep (WA)
Head Coach Commentary “We are very excited about this group in 2019. This is a very talented and balanced team that will pitch and defend very well. This team has high expectations with an experienced pitching staff and an entire starting infield returning along with a very talented freshman class behind the plate and in the outfield. Improving offensively from last season will have a big impact on the success of 2019.”
What would you a prospective student-athlete to know about your program?  “We feel we provide a great experience and environment to develop skills needed for the next level. We work on all aspects of being a Student/Athlete, working hard in the classroom and community. We pride ourselves on competing in everything we do, on the field, in the class room, and in our everyday life. A program built on tradition, we always want to respect the players that came before this team, and pave a path for the group that comes next!”
BBNW Analysis Coach Kelly has six seasons under his belt as the head coach and is coming off a very good 2018 year. They won their 3rd North title in the last 5 years. Last year resulted in a 40-win season and a 3rd place finish at the NWAC tournament. Paul Gehring was promoted to Associate Head Coach in 2014. Ron Omori has been an assistant coach for 21 years.

Last year’s pitching staff was 2nd in the NWAC and its defense 1st in fielding. With the return of their entire infield, defense should be a strength entering the 2019 season. Stanley’s ERA was 8th in the NWAC, he tied for 3rd in wins, and he won the pitcher Gold Glove award. An improvement on the offensive side could put Edmonds back as a win-it-all contender. They go in to the season with a #2 coaches poll ranking.

Pierce, Big Bend, Lane, and Spokane Falls come to Lynnwood early in the pre-league schedule for seven games. The Tritons then head east for games at Walla Walla, Yakima, and Columbia Basin. They also matchup with No.1 Lower Columbia before opening North Region play vs. Skagit Valley Friday March 29th. Good luck Tritons!

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Everett Community College – Everett, WA

Head Coach JoJo Howie (2nd year)
Assistants Kyle Nobach, Dylan Lavelle, Zander Clouse, Braden Edwards, Corey Garcia
Affiliation NWAC
Conference North Region
Website www.everettcc.edu/athletics/baseball/
2018 Record 32-18 overall, 14-12 (3rd in region)
Top Returning Players Kenny McCormick, SO, C (.331 avg, 45 RBI,  9 2B)
Gabe Smith, SO, RHP, 2nd Team All-Region (5-1 W/L, 2.43 ERA, 5 saves)
Top New Players Sam Linscott, RS-SO, OF, Olympic College
Austin Hauck, FR, INF, Archbishop Murphy HS (WA)
Head Coach Commentary “COMPETE.”
What would you want a prospective student-athlete to know about your program? “We are about family and creating a foundation for life-long success.”
BBNW Analysis Coach Howie enters his second year as head coach, coming off a successful 2018 season which included a super-regional win and a spot in the NWAC Tournament. He is joined by Associate Head Coach Kyle Nobach who is fresh off Oregon State’s 2018 National Championship team. Together they will try to improve on a 32-win season from a year ago with key returners on the pitching side and a new group of offensive and defensive candidates. The offense will be led by McCormick who was 6th in the NWAC in RBIs. Smith will anchor the pitching staff with his top 25 ERA mark from a year ago. Everett was an impressive 2nd in team pitching in 2018. Mauro Owens, Trojan 1B/3B, has signed with St. Cloud University for the 2020 season.The pre-season coaches poll tabs Everett with a 9th place ranking.

The Trojans begin the season with an Oregon swing to Lane and Linn Benton, followed by a home set vs. Chemeketa, Spokane and Big Bend. An east trip to Big Bend and Yakima Valley sets up another Oregon trip to Chemeketa. Bellevue is the opponent for the North Region opener on March 30th . Good luck Trojans!

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Olympic College – Bremerton, WA

Head Coach Ryan Parker (13th year)
Assistants Les Archer, Tracy Gotchall
Affiliation NWAC
Conference North Region
Website www.olympic.edu/athletics/baseball
2018 Record 18-28 overall, 9-15 (6th in region)
Top Returning Players Ben Koler, SO, LF, 1st Team All-Region (.348 avg, 41 R, 10 2B, 13 RBI, 16 SB)
Cesar Cuevas, SO, SS (.250 avg; 19 R, 9 2B, 15 RBI)
Scott Gunther, SO, CF, North Region Gold Glove (.246 avg, 40 R, 7 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 12 SB)
Jared Scott, SO, RHP (3.74 ERA, 81.2 IP, 2-2 W/L, 50 K)
James Gunther, SO, RHP (3.31 ERA, 19 IP, 17 K, 5 saves)
Top New Players Cooper Bailey-Parsons, FR, C/3B, Service HS (AK)
Nash Gowin, SO, C, Arizona Christian
Drew Gallegos, FR, 3B/1B, Liberty HS (NV)
Bryan Ramirez, FR, 1B/3B, Box Elder HS (UT)
Nate Delgado, FR, LHP, Coachella Valley HS (CA)
Head Coach Commentary “We return a good majority of our production from last year, both offensively and on the mound.  We are excited about the group of freshmen we have brought in to fill some needs.”
BBNW Analysis Coach Parker begins his 13th year at the helm of the Rangers. He is the second longest tenured NWAC coach. Coach Parker is a Bremerton native and a former Ranger player.

The Rangers return many key producers from 2018. Kohler leads the returning hitters in batting average (.348). The speed, power, and defense of Scott Gunther can make a big impact. Cuevas will influence the inner defense well. Jared Scott can handle the head of the rotation tag by proof in his  81.2 innings—tied for 4th best in all the NWAC. James Gunther, Scott Gunther’s brother, returns successful bullpen performance. Cuevas has committed early to NCAA Division I Chicago State University.

A busy 22 game pre-league schedule is divided half at home and half on the road. Tacoma, Thompson Rivers, Pierce, and Clark come to Bremerton. Good luck Rangers!

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Shoreline Community College – Shoreline, WA

Head Coach Dave Snell (4th year)
Assistants Dru Snell, Christian Heideger, Ben Krueger, Henry McAree
Affiliation NWAC
Conference North Region
Website https://www.shoreline.edu/athletics/baseball/
2018 Record 19-25 overall, 7-17 (7th in region)
Top Returning Players Zane Zurbrugg, SO, OF (.255 avg, 11 SB)
Anderson Crawford, SO, OF (.299 avg)
Kole Milyard, SO, 1B / RHP
Ryan Isler, SO, RHP
Marcus Noteboom, SO, RHP
Ryan Peterson, SO, 3B
Top New Players Joshua Crawford, FR, RHP, Seminole HS (FL)
Simon Boggie, FR, 3B/RHP, Flowing Wells HS (AZ)
Reed Hueter, FR, OF, Bonneville HS (MT)
Braxton King, SO, SS, Cal HS (CA)
Kian Wilbur, FR, 2B, Centennial HS (NV)
JJ Engman FR, C, O’Dea HS (WA)
Cole Trotignon, FR, 1B/RHP, Kentwood HS (WA)
Head Coach Commentary “We are excited about this team and the classes are with talent top to bottom. There is a lot of talent on this team both offensively and defensively, and we really like where our pitching staff is at the moment heading into the opener. Very excited to turn the page from last year’s injury-riddled season and make a strong run in the playoffs this year and in years to come as our 2019 class is off to a strong start.”
What would you want a prospective student-athlete to know about your program? “We are building a top notch program with our young motivated staff with a lot of changes moving forward that we will leave at that for the moment as we have some great things coming shortly . We have a top notch strength and conditioning program set in place…. if not the best in the NWAC. Our Athlete Study Hall has hit the floor running thanks to our AD and he has done a great job seeing that vision through on his part and will help with our athletes moving forward in life and baseball.”
BBNW Analysis Coach Snell is in his third season as head coach after four previous seasons as associate head coach.  The Dolphins’ last post-season appearance was in 2015 and they look with high expectation to return in 2019. The sophomores bring a good combination of offense and defense. Crawford leads them with a .299 batting average in 2018. Zurbrugg brings a good speed and power combo and will move to the outfield to join two-way contributor Milyard. Noteboom returns the most innings on the mound (54) while Isler returns with the most wins (3) to head the pitching rotation.

The 2019 pre-league schedule begins with home and home doubleheaders with Centralia and Clark followed by a trip to Wenatchee. They will go back on the road with East Region teams Walla Walla and Blue Mountain before opening North Region play in Canada with Douglas College March 30th. Good luck Dolphins!

FUN FACT: Coach Snell’s son Blake, a Tampa Bay Rays pitcher and a BBNW alumni, was the 2018 American League Cy Young Award winner.

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Skagit Valley College – Mount Vernon, WA

Head Coach Shane Servoss (2nd year)
Assistants Trevor Podratz, Darren Westergard
Affiliation NWAC
Conference North Region
Website Athletics.skagit.edu 
2018 Record 16-23 overall, 11-13 (5th in region)
Top Returning Players Nic Roes, SO, C, 2nd Team All-Region DH
Tyler Tan, SO, RHP
Derek Cherryholmes, SO, 2B
Dalton Hawk, RS-SO, OF
Derek Alumbaugh, SO, RHP
Top New Players Ronnie Rust, FR, C, University of Oregon
Baxter Halligan, SO, LHP/1B, University of Northern Colorado
Cameron Bogard, FR, 3B, Enumclaw HS (WA)
Dominic Miller, FR, Archbishop Murphy HS (WA)
Lincoln Gilden, FR, LHP/OF, Anacortes HS (WA)
Jake Tilley, SO, 1B, Wenatchee Valley College
Head Coach Commentary “After starting seven freshmen a year ago, we look to provide a starting nine with lots of experience and playing time under their belt. There will be multiple freshmen who will contribute valuable innings both on the mound and in the field.”
What would you want a prospective student-athlete to know about your program?

“Skagit is building a strong foundation through a consistent coaching staff who contain a variety of valuable playing and coaching experience. We are building a culture that will create continuous future success in our program.”

BBNW Analysis Coach Servoss enters his second year and gets the interim tag removed for his leadership through the 2018 season. 2019 looks to be on the way up with good experience returning and a strong newcomer group. Roes (.295) is the top hitter coming back; Cherryholmes is the top base-stealer (13). On the pitching side, Tan won 6 games in 9 starts with a 3.30 ERA. Alumbaugh brings in his 7 starts in 2018 to add to the experience on the mound. Ronnie Rust, a catcher, was ranked #9 on Baseball Northwest’s Oregon class of 2016 Top Prospects and Baxter Halligan, a 1B/LHP, was ranked #24 on the 2017 list; both are expected to be top newcomers for the Cardinals.

Skagit Valley opens the 2019 season at home vs. Chemeketa followed by two trips east for four game series’ vs. Treasure Valley and Spokane. League play opens at defending North Region champion Edmonds on March 30th. Good luck Cardinals!

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

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