NWAC North Region: 2020 Preview

Bellevue College – Bellevue, WA

Head Coach: Mark Yoshino (22nd year)
Assistants: David Olson, Jerad Casper
Affiliation: NWAC
Conference: North Region
Website: https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/athletics/
2019 Record: 32-16 overall, 17-7 in league
2020 Opening Day: Friday, February 21st vs. Mt. Hood CC in Gresham, OR
2020 League Opener: Saturday, March 28th vs. Shoreline CC in Bellevue, WA
Top Newcomers:
Jacob Dahlstrom, FR, RHP, Eastside Catholic HS (WA)
Ryan Hecker, SO, LHP, transfer from University of San Francisco
Quincy Vassar, FR, LHP, Brewster HS (WA)
Kyle Green, FR, C, North Kitsap HS (WA)
Ben Schulte, FR, OF, O’Dea HS (WA)
What Baseball Northwest has to say about the 2020 season:
Coach Yoshino is in his 22nd year as head coach and his 27th year on staff at Bellevue. He has built one of the most storied NWAC programs that includes three NWAC titles (2007, 2009, 2011) under his direction. He is also a full-time tenured faculty member in physical education and health. He was part of a state championship team at nearby Interlake High School and was a key pitcher for North rival Edmonds CC in their NWAC title run in 1989. “Yosh” also was the pitching coach at Edmonds for a year and led the NWAC with a 2.40 team ERA.  The 2020 preseason coaches poll has Bellevue #4 in the NWAC.
Twenty-one returning players are back from a team that won 32 games a year ago. Bellevue has always been known for their pitching and 2020 should be no different. Seven Bulldog arms are proven and experienced. It starts with LHP Marcus Titialii who led the NWAC in strikeouts as a freshman last year while winning 7 games with a 2.38 ERA in 68 innings. He is also a potential Gold Glove outfielder. RHP Brock Hathaway returns as the #1 starter. He was 7-0 in 68 innings with a 2.38 ERA. He earned 1st Team All North-Region honors in 2019. Michael Attalah was Baseball Northwest’s #6 ranked prospect for the Washington Class of 2017 and will be a two-way contributor this season. Last year he pitched in 8 games (5 starts) with a 4.37 ERA. His power/speed combo will help in the outfield. Another starter will be RHP Eric Anderson who is coming off a 2019 effort that included 5 wins, 8 starts, 65 innings, and a 3.88 ERA. Another upside starter is RHP Trevin Hope who is coming back from surgery after being the Washington #14 ranked 2018 WA prospect in high school. The rotation could also include RHP Nate Butcher who produced 5 wins and a 2.60 ERA in 2019. LHP Connor Portugal returns after pitching in the rotation two years ago. Two 1st Team All-North and two 2nd Team All-North 2019 Bulldogs highlight the position players who return. Outfielder Garrett Gants led the NWAC in doubles last year while hitting .350 and slugging .606. Third baseman Nick Hovland hit .304 and was second in team RBIs (29). First baseman Kye Seitz led the team in home runs (5) and RBIs (30). The majority of the middle infield reps return as well: Riley Parker (46 games, 2nd in team home runs) and Lukas Motta (42 games, 3 homeruns). Utility guy Dac Archer hit .316 in 24 games with a team leading .490 on-base percentage.
Five BBNW alumni are noted by Coach Yoshino to have the biggest impact right away. Jacob Dahlstrom was ranked #31 in the Washington class of 2019; Ryan Hecker is a transfer from the University of San Francisco; Quincy Vassar as a LHP; Kyle Green is a two time all-state selection; and Ben Schulte may be the most ready with the bat.
Hope, Attalah, and Titialii are getting professional attention.
Texas Rangers’ pitcher Adrian Sampson is a Bellevue College and Baseball Northwest alum. He was the highest junior college pitcher selected in the MLB draft in 2012. There have been 38 players (25 of them pitchers) drafted out of Bellevue College in Coach Yoshino’s tenure.
Bellevue will open the 2020 schedule with a trip to Mt. Hood CC on February 21-22 for doubleheaders. Two home and home weekend series follow with Pierce and Tacoma.  The conference opener is March 28th at Courter Field with Shoreline CC. A key North match-up of league favorites is a home and home weekend with Edmonds CC April 25-26.  Go Bulldogs!
Top Prospects on roster, previously ranked by Baseball Northwest:
Washington Class of 2017: #6 Michael Attalah
Washington Class of 2018: #14 Trevin Hope
Washington Class of 2019: #31 Jacob Dahlstrom
Alumni currently playing professionally:
Adrian Sampson, Texas Rangers, MLB debut 6/18/2016
Class of 2020 Northwest players committed to Bellevue:
Troy Baunsgard, Mount Si HS
Harrison Clark, Mount Si HS
Avery McGinnis, Ballard HS
Josiah Santiago, Archbishop Murphy HS
AJ Knorr, Mountlake Terrace HS
Tyler  Miller, Nathan Hale HS
Calvin Kirchoff, Eastlake HS
Dylan O’Connor, Stadium HS
BBNW Alumni on Roster: 27

Douglas College – New Westminster, BC, Canada

Head Coach: Jordan Broatch (1st year)
Assistants: Orville Germaine, Brad O’Hara, Tyler Yorko, Braeden Alleman, Cavanagh Whitely
Affiliation: NWAC
Conference: North Region
Website: www.douglascollegeroyals.ca/
2019 Record: 5-24 overall, 2-20 in league
2020 Opening Day: Saturday, March 28th vs. Olympic College in BC
2020 League Opener: Saturday, March 28th vs. Olympic College in BC
Top Newcomers:
Tate Dearing, SO, RHP/1B, Polk State College
Jackson Hogg, SO, OF, Dodge City CC
Reid Dawson, FR, RHP, McMath Secondary
What Baseball Northwest has to say about the 2020 season:
Coach Broatch takes over the Royals after serving as the lead assistant and pitching coach. Former head coach Cavanagh Whitely stays on the staff as an assistant. The 2020 Canadian team is seen by the coaching staff to have a strong balance of experienced sophomores and talented freshmen to develop.
The returning sophomores are led by two-way contributor RHP/OF Finn Kaczmarowski. The top of the rotation candidate led the Royals in starts (8) and innings (44) with a 4.09 ERA last season. His gap to gap approach and speed is expected to add depth to the lineup. 2nd Team North Region catcher Dion Wintjes returns with the most RBIs in 2019 and was the defensive leader. The closer role in the bullpen will be handled by RHP Brogan MacDougal who led the Royals last year with 14 appearances and had a 3.81 ERA. Another likely rotation member is RHP Keaton Edwards who has battled injuries but looks to be ready to show the consistency he flashed last year. He has the best velocity numbers on the staff. Outfielder Kian Johnston returns after missing all the 2019 season due to injuries but is expected to be in the middle of the hitting order. Tate Dearing transfers in to have two-way impact on the rotation and adds right-handed power. Jackson Hogg is another transfer who should improve the offense for the Royals and be a team leader. Reid Dawson has emerged as the most likely freshman arm to have an immediate impact.
The home opening four game series is March 29th with Olympic CC at Walley Stadium in Surrey, BC. The Royals schedule is only with North Region opponents in a Saturday home, Sunday on the road format. The last North Region series is May 9th and 10th vs. Edmonds CC. Go Royals!

Edmonds Community College – Lynnwood, WA

Head Coach:  Scott Kelly (8th year)
Assistants: Paul Gehring, Ron Omori, Adam Geaslen, Brooks Roy, Tony Snow, Taylor Brennan
Affiliation: NWAC
Conference: North Region
Website: http://www.edcc.edu/athletics/
2019 Record: 34-13 overall, 17-7 in league
2020 Opening Day: Saturday, February 22nd vs. Centralia College in Edmonds, WA
2020 League Opener: Saturday, March 28th vs. Everett CC in Everett, WA
Top Newcomers:
Seth Delgado, FR, OF, O’Dea HS (WA) (2017)
John Clark, FR, INF, Kupao (TWN)
Shea Thomas, FR, INF, North Thurston HS (WA)
Oliver Laufman, FR, RHP, Lake Washington HS (WA)
Kota Sato, FR, RHP, Yamagata (JPN)
Tyson McInnes, FR, RHP, Elgin Park Secondary (CAN), transfer from Arizona Western
What Baseball Northwest has to say about the 2020 season:
Coach Kelly begins his 8th year at the helm with 3 Regional titles and a NWAC Championship (2014). 2019 brought a 2nd place North Region finish, a Super Regional win, and an NWAC Tournament appearance, finishing 7th in the NWAC. The former Green River CC player and coach has a good group of players that saw significant time last year for the Tritons. Edmonds is #6 in the NWAC preseason coaches’ poll. The Tritons lost their all sophomore infield in 2019 but coach Kelly likes their replacements.
Six BBNW alumni headline the returning Tritons. Alex Garcia was the #29 ranked prospect for the Washington Class of 2018 and is a force behind the plate and in the middle of the hitting order. He was third on the team in RBIs last year. Another catcher Mark Wright is a proven contributor who will get a lot of at-bats. North Region Gold Glove winner Dylan Cyr has made big improvement offensively. Outfielder Jacob Butler was selected for the 1st Team North Region after hitting .309 a year ago. The offense will also be improved by Cal State Northridge transfer outfielder Kolby Force. RHP Eric Shinjo returns as a top starter from last year—he won 6 games in 12 appearances with a 3.65 ERA.
The new top recruits are expected to add pitching impact and defensive strength. Seth Delgado is transitioning from catcher to outfield and will add power to the middle of the lineup. John Clark and Shea Thomas will provide the inner defense in the middle. Oliver Laufman and Tyson McInnes, who transferred at the break from Arizona Western, will compete for a rotation spot. Kota Sato from Japan will be the closer.
McInnes, Cyr, and Force are getting professional consideration.
The Triton’s team GPA for fall term was 3.4 including six players with 4.0.
There are 13 home and 10 away dates on the Triton’s 2020 schedule. Defending North champion Everett CC comes to Lynnwood to start the league schedule on March 29th. The NWAC Super Regionals are May 15-17 at each region’s #2 seed. The NWAC Tournament is May 21-25 in Longview. Go Tritons!
Top Prospects on roster, previously ranked by Baseball Northwest:
Washington Class of 2018:#29 Alex Garcia
Alumni currently playing professionally:
Alec Kisena, RHP, Columbia Fireflies, Class A, New York Mets, drafted in 2015
Class of 2020 Northwest players committed to Edmonds:
Shane Vogt, Radford HS
Brock McMullen, Sprague HS
Luis Vales Crespo, Bainbridge Island HS
Alex Bradshaw, Federal Way HS
Carter Berry, Federal Way HS
Kassin Matson, Bothell HS
Zach Hedge, Inglemoor HS
Evan Berry, Bothell HS
Kaden Lewis, Tumwater HS

BBNW Alumni on Roster: 21

Everett Community College – Everett, WA

Head Coach: JoJo Howie (3rd year)
Assistants: Kyle Nobach, Dylan Lavelle, Zander Clouse, Braden Edwards, Corey Garcia, Ben Krueger
Affiliation: NWAC
Conference: North Region
Website: www.everettcc.edu/athletics/baseball/
2019 Record: 39-11 overall, 19-5 in league
2020 Opening Day: Saturday, February 22nd vs. Lane CC in Adair Village, OR
2020 League Opener: Saturday, March 28th vs. Edmonds CC in Everett, WA
Top Newcomers:
Carter Booth, RS-FR, OF, transfer from Oregon State
Ocean Gabonia, FR, RHP/SS, Hilo HS (HI)
Aaron Barber, FR, UTL, Kennedy Catholic (WA)
Jonathan Kumai, FR, INF, Mountlake Terrace HS (WA)
What Baseball Northwest has to say about the 2020 season:
The Trojans of Everett won the North Region and finished 2nd in the NWAC Tournament winning 39 games in 2019. They are ranked #3 in the NWAC preseason coaches’ poll.
In 2020, Coach Howie is looking to take his Trojans to their 5th trip in 8 years to the NWAC Tournament. They have finished 2nd three of the last four years and are ready to take it all. Coach Howie was a member of the last Trojan NWAC Championship team in 2013. He is in his 3rd year with a large group of newcomers and a few red-shirt returners.
BBNW alum 2B Austin Hauck is a top returner after producing a 2nd Team All-NWAC and Gold Glove season in 2019. Another 2nd Team All-NWAC player is SS Charlie Larson who will be another key top of the order guy. First baseman Brody Ponti will be looked upon to fill a middle of the order spot. 1st Team All-NWAC selection and North Region MVP RHP Zach Broswell returns as the #1 starter. He was 10-1 with a 1.85 ERA in 2019. RHP Ayden Adams is coming off a great bullpen year in 2019 with 2 wins, 4 saves, and a 3.16 ERA in 15 appearances and 31 innings.
Three BBNW alums are among the top Everett recruits. Carter Booth was Washington’s Class of 2018 #12 ranked prospect. Aaron Barber is expected to add offensive depth. Jonathan Kumai is a top defender and will add additional speed to the Trojan offense. Hawaiian Ocean Gabonia will be a top arm. Booth and Gabonia are drawing the most professional scout interest.
A tough pre-conference schedule begins with a trip to Oregon for doubleheaders against Lane CC and Linn-Benton CC. The only home series of the early spring is February 29-March 1st when Linn-Benton comes north to Everett. The league opener is March 28-29 when league rival and conference contender Edmonds comes to Everett. Go Trojans!
Top Prospects on roster, previously ranked by Baseball Northwest:
Washington Class of 2018: #12 Carter Booth
Alumni currently playing professionally:
Keone Kela, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates, MLB debut 4/7/2015
Class of 2020 Northwest players committed to Everett:
John Over, Marist Catholic
Michael Ball, Southridge HS

Damon Gaither, Tumwater HS
Caden Lockhart, Everett HS
Preston Moritz, South Kitsap HS
Cameron Green, Tahoma HS
Kenji Miller, Shorewood HS
Luke Rohleder, Skyline HS
Jordan Justice, Marysville-Pilchuck HS
Devin Macwatters, Lake Stevens HS
Nolan Sparks, Kentridge HS
Kyle Heaton, Emerald Ridge HS
Joseph McBride, Cascade HS
Kade Coombe, Central Kitsap HS
Riley Oswald, Tahoma HS
BBNW Alumni on Roster: 28

Olympic College – Bremerton, WA

Head Coach: Ryan Parker (14th year)
Assistants: Hal DeBerry, Jacob Gotchall
Affiliation: NWAC
Conference: North Region
Website: www.olympic.edu/athletics/baseball
2019 Record: 20-24 overall, 8-14 in league
2020 Opening Day: Saturday, February 22nd vs. Umpqua CC in Roseburg, OR
2020 League Opener: Saturday, March 29th vs. Douglas College in Surrey, BC (Canada)
Top Newcomers:
Max Patterson, FR, RHP, Kalani HS (HI)
Tyler Black, FR, 1B/OF, Shadow Ridge HS (NV)
Gage Davis, FR, LHP, Cascade HS (WA)
Yugo Nakamura, FR, OF, Japan
What Baseball Northwest has to say about the 2020 season:
Coach Parker is anticipating his 14th season as the head coach for the Rangers could be his best. The native of Bremerton is also a former Olympic player. Eighteen players return and there is good depth in a lot of areas especially in the pitching staff. The #1 starter should be RHP Kekoa Gabriel who won 3 games in 6 starts last year. RF Jake Angelico will provide pop from the left side. First baseman Bryan Ramirez should provide middle of the order power. Olympic will rely on center fielder Tanner Clabaugh for top defense.
Two freshmen pitchers Max Patterson and Gage Davis should get quality innings as freshmen. Tyler Black will add depth to the hitting lineup. Nakamura is from Japan and will be another bat prospect to watch.
The Rangers open the season at Umpqua CC in Roseburg, OR on February 22-23. The North Region opener is March 28th vs. Douglas. A key North series for the Rangers will be against defending champion Edmonds CC on April 18-19 in a home and home weekend series. Go Rangers!
Class of 2020 Northwest players committed to Olympic:
Davis Stallings, Shorecrest HS
Michael Walker, Archbishop Murphy HS
Aaron Steich, Cedar Park Christian

Dylan LaBreche, South Kitsap HS
Lucas Jarnagin, Port Angeles HS
Milo Whitman, Port Angeles HS
Roc Ransdell, Ballard HS
Henri Draper, Bishop Blanchet
Jarit Clarke, Olympic HS
Jamar Dittus, Puyallup HS
Lance Carr Jr, Bonanza HS
Nathan Mjor, Klahowya Secondary School

BBNW Alumni on Roster: 2

Shoreline Community College – Shoreline, WA

Head Coach: Dave Snell (5th year)
Assistants: Dru Snell, Sam Boone
Affiliation: NWAC
Conference: North Region
Website: https://www.shoreline.edu/athletics/baseball/
2019 Record: 18-22 overall, 8-16 in league
2020 Opening Day: Saturday, February 22nd vs. Pierce in Puyallup, WA
2020 League Opener: Saturday, March 28th vs. Bellevue in Shoreline, WA
Top Newcomers:
Dillon Baker, FR, SS/2B, Corrollwood Day School (FL)
Joseph Bigelow, Fr, RHP, Trabuco Hills HS (CA)
Anastacio Salas, FR, C/1B, Mullen HS (CO)
What Baseball Northwest has to say about the 2020 season:
Coach Snell in his 5th year is looking to contend with a young but athletic group and has added necessary depth. Associate Head Coach Dru Snell is his son. Coach Snell’s other son, Blake Snell, is a Baseball Northwest alum and was the 2018 American League Cy Young Award winner.
The strong returning group is led by two-way contributor Simon Boggie. He will provide a power bat at 3B and have the closer role in the bullpen. He pitched in 14 games last year with 2 saves and a 1.84 ERA. Right fielder and left-handed hitter Glen Gosse led the Dolphins with 4 home runs and was 2nd in slugging with .462. JJ Engman will handle most of the catching and get some outfield time to keep his bat in the lineup; the BBNW alum hit .284 a year ago. Another two-way impact guy returns in Cole Trotignon who had 9 starts with 62 innings, 3 wins, and a 4.02 ERA in 2019. He was also 2nd on the team in home runs and 4th in RBIs.  Middle infielder Kian Wilbur sets the tone on defense; he also hit .279 and was 2nd in hits last year.
The top new guys come from outside the Northwest. Dillon Baker should impact the team offensively and defensively. Joseph Bigelow could win a rotation spot. The power bat of Anastacio Salas will be a key to the depth of the offense.
BBNW alum outfielder Zane Zurbrugg was drafted last June by the  Milwaukee Brewers from Shoreline and signed.
Sixteen pre-conference games kick-off the Dolphins schedule. February 22-23 is the opening weekend at Pierce with a four-game set. The last trip of the early spring will take Shoreline to Blue Mountain CC and Walla Walla CC March 21 and 22. The West Region opener will be March 28th at Bellevue with the Bulldogs coming to Shoreline the next day for the league start at home. The finish of the West schedule is the defending champion Lower Columbia College in a home and home series May 7-8. Go Dolphins!
Alumni currently playing professionally:
Zane Zurbrugg,
AZL Brewers Gold, Rookie, Milwaukee Brewers, drafted in 2019
Class of 2020 Northwest players committed to Shoreline:
Alexander Peterson, Lake Stevens HS
Matthew McKeag, Juanita HS
Jack Shipley, Mark Morris HS
Kaufman Harrison, Ballard HS
Josephan Gonzalez, Eisenhower HS
Jordan Singleton, Eastmont HS
BBNW Alumni on Roster: 8

Skagit Valley College – Mount Vernon, WA

Head Coach: Shane Servoss (3rd year)
Assistants: Sean Fitzgerald, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Darren Westergard
Affiliation: NWAC
Conference: North Region
Website: Athletics.skagit.edu
2019 Record: 21-22 overall, 11-13 in league
2020 Opening Day: Saturday, February 22nd vs. Tacoma CC in Bellingham, WA
2020 League Opener: Saturday, April 4th vs. Edmonds CC in Mount Vernon, WA
Top Newcomers:
James Anderson,  SO, OF, transfer from Western Oregon
Grant Stading, FR, OF, Mercer Island HS (WA)
Kiefer Morgan, SO, C, transfer from Hawaii Pacific
What Baseball Northwest has to say about the 2020 season:
Coach Servoss is in his 3rd year as the Skagit Valley head coach after getting the interim tag removed after the 2018 season. He returned the Cardinals last year to the postseason with a 4th place finish in the North Region. The expectations are much higher in 2020 and Coach Servoss acknowledges the development of the players under the direction of assistant coaches Sean Fitzgerald and Kelly Fitzpatrick.
The corner offense of 3B Cameron Bogard and 1B Logan Ho returns to fill the middle of the order with expected power production. CF Ian Fitzgerald is a All-NWAC Gold Glover and will use his speed at the top of the order; he led the team in stolen bases last year. The head of the rotation looks to be RHP Dominic Miller and the back-end bullpen closer will be RHP Matt Dunaway. RHP Trevor Cassell will add depth and experience to the rotation after making 9 starts a year ago.
The corner outfield looks to be newcomers James Anderson and Grant Stading who will add power to the lineup.  Kiefer Morgan is expected to have a big year according to Coach Servoss.
Tacoma CC heads north for the beginning of the Cardinals’ 2020 schedule on February 22-23; the games will be played in Bellingham. A trip east to #1 ranked Spokane Falls CC on March 7-8 will test the Cardinals early. Skagit draws defending champion Edmonds CC for the beginning of the North Region battle. Go Cardinals!
Class of 2020 Northwest players committed to Skagit:
Dylan Owen, Glacier Peak HS
Tate Brust, Lake Stevens HS
Hunter Zielasko, Lake Stevens HS
Aiden Hammersmark, Glacier Peak HS
Robbie Vandegrift, White River HS
Ben VanderWeyst, Lakewood HS
Breckin Sporseen, Chelan HS
Brian Ours, Fife HS
Judah Graham, Fife HS
Jaren Larson, Fife HS
BBNW Alumni on Roster: 18