NWAC South Region: 2019 Preview

Chemeketa Community College – Salem, OR

Head Coach JJ Mascolo (1st year)
Assistants Marco Tavera, Daniel Zavala, Brad Cock
Affiliation NWAC
Conference South Region
Website https://www.chemeketa.edu/athletics/baseball/
2018 Record 17-29 overall, 14-16 (4th in region)
Top Returning Players Andrew Ishi’i, SO, OF,  2nd Team All-Region (.341 avg, 15 2B, 26 RBI, 16 SB)
Jackson Holstad, SO, OF
Top New Players Dalton Renne, FR, RHP, Banks HS (OR)
Cameran Hagan, FR, RHP, West Salem HS (OR)
Head Coach Commentary “We have a good competitive group of veteran hitters and solid defenders.   Our pitching staff is young and needs to adapt to the speed of the game at the collegiate level.”
What would you want a prospective student-athlete to know about your program? “Chemeketa baseball is a program that values relentless effort and extraordinary character.  We are known for getting our student athletes ready for the next level and in life.”
BBNW Analysis Coach Mascolo helped return Chemeketa to the post season in 2018 in his first year as Co-Head Coach, after his 2 year stint as an assistant at Fresno State. He leads the Storm into 2019 as head coach and returns depth in offensive experience. Ishi’i will lead the core group of six returning hitters who each saw at least 60 at-bats the year before, including outfielder Austin Gerding and infielder Humberto Alarcon. The pitching staff returns on 66 innings from last year led by 26.2 IP from Dillon Hord.

Road games at Skagit Valley, and a home series with Everett highlight the pre-league schedule before South Region play starts with home-and-home twin bills vs. Mt Hood. Good luck Storm!

Top Prospects on roster,
ranked previously by Baseball Northwest
Oregon: #18 Dalton Renne
BBNW Alumni on Roster  14

Clackamas Community College – Oregon City, OR

Head Coach Jim Hoppel (3rd year)
Assistants Jeff Lahti, Frank Governale, Austin Carson, Cody Gleason
Affiliation NWAC
Conference South Region
Website http://www.clackamas.edu/
2018 Record 16-26 overall, 11-19 (6th in region)
Top Returning Players Nate Loranger, SO, 3B
Derek Eubanks, SO, LHP (1-0 W/L, 20 IP, 12 K, 3.15 ERA)
Cameron Gleason, SO, RHP (11IP, 10 K, 3.27 ERA)
Casey McGough, SO, OF
Top New Players Tristan Hussey, FR, OF, Spanish Springs HS (NV)
Tristan Dahir, FR, RHP, Spanish Springs HS (NV)
Caleb Lathrop, FR, RHP, Elgin HS (OR)
Gage Gloster, SO, RHP, George Fox
Cooper Wohlgemuth, SO, C, George Fox
Drake Carter, RS-FR, SS, George Fox
Head Coach Commentary “We were in a playoff hunt all year until we had 22 games in 14 days and not enough pitching, hopefully this year we will be ready for anything. We are very young on the defensive side returning only 2 sophomores and the rest freshman, I think we are talented enough to be a contender this year, a couple red-shirt pitchers will return after injuries that will help us out on the mound.”
What would you want a prospective student-athlete to know about your program? “We had 10 of our 13 sophomores move on to 4 year schools last year. We want guys that will compete right away and fit into the program we are trying to build here.”
BBNW Analysis Coach Hoppel begins his 3rd season as head coach after wearing assistant coach, associate head coach, and co-head coach hats for the Cougars for 14 years. The former Clackamas player welcomes 23 freshmen this year to the roster. Three George Fox transfers should add some experience.

The Cougars’ early season non-league schedule is highlighted by games with top NWAC North teams including Lower Columbia, Tacoma, and Pierce. The South Region schedule will begin with a series with Lane on March 29th. Good luck Cougars!

BBNW Alumni on the Roster  12

Clark College – Vancouver, WA

Head Coach Mark Magdaleno (3rd year)
Assistants
Mick Ellett, Casey Dyer, Ty Singleton, Chris Gissell, Eric Jones
Affiliation NWAC
Conference South Region
Website clarkpenguins.com
2018 Record 22-21 overall, 13-17 (5th in region)
Top Returning Players Brooks Dyer, SO, INF
Brad Grant, SO, INF
Koty Rebhan, RS-FR, RHP
Trevor Moore, SO, LHP
Jack Gordon, SO, RHP
Carson Doyle, RS-SO, OF
Top New Players Grant Francis, FR, C, Mt. View HS (WA)
Connor Wojahn, SO, 1B, Tigard HS (OR)
Kai Alquiza, FR, INF, St. Louis HS (HI)
Taylor Birchem, FR, 3B, Evergreen HS (WA)
Jack Fletcher, FR, OF, Grant HS (OR)
Cheyton Whitright, FR, OF/LHP, Kelso HS (WA)
Nick Markantonatos, FR, OF/RHP, Grant HS (OR)
Kaleb Miller, FR, C, Knappa HS (OR)
Cole Susee, RS-FR, RHP, Union HS (WA)
Josiah Nickel, FR, RHP, Prairie HS (WA)
Alan Becklehimer, FR, RHP, Heritage HS (WA)
Tyler Vickers, FR, RHP, Hickory Ridge HS (NC)
Chad Stoner, FR, RHP, Camas HS (WA)
Lucas Gregory, FR, LHP, Mountain View HS (WA)
Will Wheeler, FR, RHP, Southridge HS (OR)
Head Coach Commentary “We’ll play hard.”
What would you want a prospective student-athlete to know about your program? “In 3 years, 28 players have gone off to play at the 4 year level.
BBNW Analysis Coach Magdaleno begins his 3rd season at the Clark helm with three consecutive 20-win seasons. Former major league pitcher and BBNW alumni Chris Gissell takes over as the pitching coach in 2019. The Penguins will welcome 26 freshmen to the roster with 5 sophomore transfers.

Early season home games vs. Blue Mountain, Shoreline, and Wenatchee highlight the pre-league schedule. The South Region opening match-up is on the road with defending league champion Linn-Benton April 5-6. Good luck Penguins!

BBNW Alumni on Roster  19

Lane Community College – Eugene, OR

Head Coach Josh Blunt (8th year)
Assistants Zack Kayser, Jesse Turk
Affiliation NWAC
Conference South Region
Website https://www.lanetitans.com/baseball/
2018 Record 25-27 overall, 17-15 (2nd in region)
Top Returning Players Donovan Baldocchi, SO, RHP (2.71 ERA, 51 IP)
Trestyen DuMilieu, SO, RHP
Charie Patterson, SO, LHP
Riley Howard, SO, LHP (30 IP, 2.00 ERA)
Skyler Vail, RS-SO, OF
Henry Lovekamp, RS-SO, INF
Top New Players Mitchell Bell, FR, LHP, Cascade HS (OR)
Michael Moore, SO, RHP, Linn-Benton CC
Austin Skelhorn, SO, RHP, Iowa JC
Matt Dallas, SO, C/RHP, CSU Stanislaus
Drew Staley SO, INF/RHP, MSU-Billings
Curran Mitzel, OF/LHP
Hayden Curtis, INF
Head Coach Commentary “The 2019 team returns a solid core of starting pitching as well as quality depth on the mound.  We will have a very nice balance of RHP and LHP.  The Titans will be very young in the field but do return a couple of 3rd year position players that were starters on the 2017 squad in Henry Lovekamp and Skyler Vail.  We also have very good overall team speed up and down the line up but will need to develop offensively to score runs.”
What would you want a prospective student-athlete to know about your program? “Lane CC had a 2nd place finish and an appearance in the 2018 NWAC Championship. In 2017, we finished 2nd in the South Region and had a 3rd place finish in the NWAC Championship.”
BBNW Analysis Coach Blunt begins his 8th season at the helm of the Titans, with post-season appearances in the last five years including a 2nd place South Region finish last season. Returning players will build on that NWAC Championship tournament experience. Depth in pitching looks to be the strength of Lane for 2019. Baldocchi won six games (2.71 ERA, 51 IP) with 5 starts and 11 bullpen appearances. DuMilieu was effective in 10 starts (4.64 ERA) while Patterson made six starts. Howard’s bullpen work was effective in 22 games, producing 4 wins and 1 save with a 1.98 ERA. Lane was 10th in NWAC team pitching last year. The transfer pitching is experienced, talented, and successful. Newcomers Mitchell Bell (#14) and Michael Moore (#15) were 2 BBNW top ranked pitchers for the Oregon class of 2017 and are expected to help Lane on the mound.

The Titans have a very tough pre-league schedule, playing six teams who were in the 2018 NWAC Championship Tournament—Yakima Valley, Big Bend, Everett, Lower Columbia, Edmonds, and Linn-Benton. A key South Region series will be April 12-13 with defending South champion Linn-Benton. Good luck Titans!

BBNW Alumni on Roster  11

Linn-Benton Community College – Albany, OR

Head Coach Andy Peterson (1st year)
Assistants Braden Wells, Mike Takamori, Wyatt McKnight
Affiliation NWAC
Conference South Region
Website http://www.nwacsports.org/baseball/
2018 Record 42 -4, 29-1 (1st in region)
Top Returning Players Cole Hamilton, SO, C, 1st Team All-Region, South Region Gold Glove Catcher. (.292 avg, 27 RBI)
Brock Townsend, SO, 1st Team Northwest ABCA/Rawlings All-Region, 1st Team All-Region, NWAC Player of the Week (7-2 W/L, 1.62 ERA, 61 IP, 73 K, 13 BB, 11 ER)
Jose Chavez, SO,  2nd Team All-Region (6-0 W/L, 1.21 ERA, 44 IP, 44 K 15 BB 6 ER)
Richard Mascarenas, SO, 2nd Team Pacific Association Northwest All-Region, 1st team All-Region, South Region Gold Glove Shortstop (.326 avg, 34 R, 24 RBI, 38 BB/HBP, 10 K)
Top New Players Eric Hill, FR, RHP, Wilsonville HS (OR)
Jacob Melton, FR, OF/LHP, South Medford HS (OR)
Marcus Lydon, SO, INF, Seattle University
Head Coach Commentary “Coming off a 42-4 season in 2018, our returners have a strong desire to get back to the playoffs and finish. We return three starting pitchers as well as our SS and Catcher with some freshman ready to help the club win.”
What would you want a prospective student-athlete to know about your program? “This is a program on the rise once again after Coach Gipson (Oregon State Assistant) rebuilt the program. Having the Head Coach and Assistant coaches having played and coached at OSU brings a winning atmosphere to Albany, OR. LB also has one of the most beautiful fields in the NWAC that is adding new additions every year.”
BBNW Analysis Coach Peterson carries the interim head coach tag and takes over for Ryan Gipson who moves to Oregon State as an assistant coach where he was a player on the 2006 OSU National Championship team. Gipson engineered the restart of the LB program in 2015 and led last year’s Roadrunners to a 1st place spot in the South Region with a 42-4 overall record and a two-year record of 72-16. Peterson is also a former Beaver player and undergraduate assistant coach and was Gipson’s lead assistant a year ago.

Townsend and Chavez are the best 1-2 combination in 2018 ERA for returning NWAC starters. Austin Carpenter is coming off a 4-win season and could win the No. 3 starter spot. Linn-Benton led all the NWAC in team pitching in 2018. The Gold Glove winners in Hamilton (drafted in 23rd round by the Nationals in 2018) and Mascarenas spearheaded the team defense which was second in all the NWAC last year. Those two should also carry the offense which had a .290 batting average, good for 5th in the NWAC. Marcus Lydon (#5) was a BBNW Top Prospect for the Oregon class of 2017 and is expected to make an immediate impact on the field. The Roadrunners carry a #4 ranking into the season from the coaches poll.

Hamilton will be an Oregon State Beaver in 2020 and Townsend has committed to Cal State Bakersfield.

The pre-league schedule brings four 2018 NWAC Championship Tournament participants Yakima,  Everett, Lane, and Tacoma to the Willamette Valley. The Roadrunners also have a non-league road trip east to Walla Walla, Columbia Basin, and Blue Mountain. The South Region opener is against Southwestern Oregon March 29-30. Good luck Roadrunners!

Class of 2018 Top Prospects on roster,
ranked previously by Baseball Northwest
Oregon: #11 Eric Hill, #15 Jacob Melton, #21 Matthew Powers
BBNW Alumni on Roster  18

Mt. Hood Community College – Gresham, OR

Head Coach Bryan Donohue (12th year)
Assistants Brent Johnson, Ryan Miller, Kody Matthews
Affiliation NWAC
Conference South Region
Website https://www.mhcc.edu/Baseball/
2018 Record 21-26 overall, 14-16 (3rd in region)
Top Returning Players Brian Rice, SO, OF, 1st Team All-Region, South Region Gold Glove OF (.303 avg, 8 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 8 SB)
Trace Hokkanen, SO, 2nd Team All-Region (.299 avg, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3-2 W/L, 45.2 IP, 24 K, 7 BB, 2.56 ERA)
Tyler Priest, SO (27.2 IP, 2-0 W/L, 1.30 ERA)
Top New Players Dawson Day, SO, LHP/OF, Seattle University
Sam Strader, FR, RHP, Park City HS (UT)
Jordan Donohoe, FR, INF, Union HS (WA)
Adam Stevens, FR, INF, Wilsonville HS (OR)
Ezra Samperi, FR, C, Gresham HS (OR)
Jacob Dukart, FR, OF, Sandy HS (OR)
Matt Niebergall, FR, OF, La Salle HS (OR)
Head Coach Commentary “This year’s Saints team will look to have a lot of contribution on both sides of the ball coming from a strong group of newcomers, while still maintaining strong sophomore leadership.  We have good depth offensively with strong defense coming from key spots on the field.  Returning 2 starters from last years rotation while adding quality arms will prove to be vital to anchor our staff each weekend series.”
What would you want a prospective student-athlete to know about your program? 

“Mt. Hood Baseball has a long standing tradition of success on the field.  In the last 25 years, the Saints have won 18 regional championships and taken two Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) Championships. They have also compiled two 2nd place finishes, nine 3rd place finishes and two 4th place finishes. MHCC has finished at the top of the Southern Region 10 out of the last 14 seasons.

More important than wins and losses, we pride ourselves most on our alumni and where our players go after their time at Mt. Hood CC.  Just in the last 11 seasons, we have sent 83 players to all levels of collegiate baseball, 24 of which to the division 1 level.  We have also had eight players sign professional contracts while two more former Saints have made it to the Major Leagues in the last two years, making the total number of Mt. Hood CC players to the MLB five.”

BBNW Analysis Coach Donahue is entering his 12th season at the helm of the Saints. The BBNW alum is the third longest tenured head coach in the NWAC. The seven-time South Region Coach of the Year has 308 wins while recording three 3rd place and two 2nd place finishes at the NWAC Tournament.

Rice is as good an all-around player as any in the league while Hokkanen has shown success as a two-way player. The large group of new position players carry good credentials. Twenty-four freshmen are expected to add depth to the 2019 Saints. Priest is the top candidate for the No. 1 starter on the mound and was good starting and out of the bullpen in 2018. The pre-season coaches poll has Mt. Hood at #10.

Dawson Day was previously ranked #19 on Baseball Northwest’s Top Prospects for the Oregon class of 2017. Ben Rice is an early commit to Jamestown University. Two Mt. Hood alumni made their major league debuts in the last two seasons– RHP Taylor Williams in 2017 for the Milwaukee Brewers and DJ Johnson in 2018 for the Colorado Rockies.

Two 4-game home series vs. Bellevue and Treasure Valley and a quick trip east for doubleheaders at Columbia Basin and Blue Mountain highlight the pre-league schedule. The conference opener is March 29 at home vs. Chemeketa. Good luck Saints!

BBNW Alumni on Roster  22

Southwestern Oregon Community College – Coos Bay, OR

Head Coach Dave Deutschman (3rd year)
Assistants Mike Bennett, Gunnar Pancheri
Affiliation NWAC
Conference South Region
Website swoccathletics.com
2018 Record 10-34 overall, 8-22 (7th in region)
Top Returning Players Ryan Merino, SO, UTL, 2nd Team All-Region (.283 avg, 13 2B)
  Ryan Driscoll, SO, LHP (.094 ERA, 28.2 IP, in region play)
Top New Players Jack Hulce, FR, C/LHH, Roy HS (UT)
Jonah Hurney, FR, LHP, Hawaii Prep Academy (HI)
Tua Ward, FR, RHP, Brigham Young University
Jordan Crawford, FR, 1B/DH, Somerset Skypointe (NV)
Garrett Giles, FR, INF, UNLV
Head Coach Commentary “We are dedicated to the continued growth of our culture here as a program in Coos Bay. We have a couple new assistant coaches that bring great energy to the program which has positively impacted the culture at SW Oregon. The Lakers have a great group of young men and are excited to compete at a high level in the Southern Region.”
What would you want a prospective student-athlete to know about your program? “SW Oregon is dedicated to creating the best atmosphere possible for student-athletes to succeed on the field and in the classroom.”
BBNW Analysis Coach Deutschman begins his third year at Southwestern Oregon with 27 new freshmen he recruited to the Laker roster. A few sophomores will lead the way up the standings in 2019. Merino led SWOCC in hitting a year ago and Connor Larson led in home runs. The pitching staff will have many new faces lining up behind Driscoll who made 7 starts last year.

The Lakers open at home with 4 games vs. Grays Harbor before playing 12 more pre-league road games. The league opener is on the road at Lane on March 23rd, before defending regional champion Linn-Benton comes to Coos Bay for the league home opener on March 29-30th. Good luck Lakers!

BBNW Alumni on Roster  5

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

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