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The BlueJackets Baseball Club is a proud member of the West Coast League, a summer wood bat league for elite college baseball players. The WCL has teams located across the Pacific Northwest, in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. The league is dedicated to providing inexpensive family-friendly entertainment with the highest level of amateur baseball in the a minor league atmosphere.  The WCL is geared toward preparing elite college baseball players for the transition to major and minor league professional baseball.

PRESS RELEASE

August 22, 2013

For Immediate Release
Contact:
Dennis Koho
(503) 871-1220
West Coast League

 

 
2013 ALL-WCL TEAMS AND AWARDS ANNOUNCED
KEIZER, OREGON - August 22, 2013 - West Coast League president Dennis Koho announced the League’s awards and All-WCL teams yesterday afternoon. This summer’s WCL Champion, the Corvallis Knights, led the WCL in selections with seven All-WCL players and five honorable mention picks.

Bellingham slugger Alex Calbick of Maine (pictured) was named the MVP of the West Coast League. The senior-to-be not only captured the WCL batting crown by hitting .384, but he also blasted 5 home runs and collected 26 RBIs, both team-leading figures, while playing a steady third base.

 

Klamath’s Nick Sabo of Long Beach State earned WCL Pitcher of the Year honors. The southpaw sophomore-to-be topped the WCL in wins with 6 and strikeouts with 57.

 

Corvallis skipper Brooke Knight was named Coach of the Year for the fourth as he was also selected in 2008, 2009 and 2012.

 

Rookie GM Holly Jones of Victoria was the WCL Board of Directors pick for WCL Executive of the Year. Holly helped launch the HarbourCats and put on the event of the season – the 2013 All-Star Game – that set the WCL single-game attendance mark with a crowd of 4,210 at Royal Athletic Park.

 

The Bellingham Bells were the recipients of the Jim Dietz Sportsmanship Award. The Bells are managed by Gary Hatch.

 

First-Team All-WCL

 

C – Dane Lund (San Jose State), Corvallis Knights 
1B – Connor Spencer (UC Irvine), Wenatchee AppleSox 
2B – Seth Spivey (Abilene Christian), Bend Elks 
3B – Alex Calbick (Maine), Bellingham Bells 
SS – Peter Van Gansen (Cal Poly), Corvallis Knights 
OF – Blake Drake (Concordia), Corvallis Knights 
OF – Chase Fields (Seattle), Bend Elks 
OF – Cody Hough (UC Riverside), Klamath Falls Gems 
UTL – Alex Real (New Mexico), Victoria HarbourCats 
SP – Elliot Surrey (UC Irvine), Corvallis Knights 
SP – Matt Hall (Missouri State), Walla Walla Sweets 
SP – Nick Sabo (Long Beach State), Klamath Falls Gems 
SP – Sean Silva (USC), Walla Walla Sweets 
SP – Brandon Horth (Loyola Marymount), Klamath Falls Gems 
CL – Sean Luke-Brija (Gonzaga), Walla Walla Sweets 
RP – David Murillo (Lewis-Clark State), Bend Elks

 

Second-Team All-WCL

 

C – Tyler Servais (Princeton), Bend Elks 
1B – Kevin Davidson (UC Riverside), Medford Rogues 
2B – Andre Real (Hawaii), Wenatchee AppleSox 
3B – Cody Lenahan (Portland), Corvallis Knights 
SS – Alex DeGoti (Long Beach State), Victoria HarbourCats 
OF – Grayson Porter (Baylor), Kelowna Falcons 
OF – Brett Stephens (frosh-to-be at UCLA), Wenatchee AppleSox 
OF – Ryan Aguilar (Santa Ana College), Cowlitz Black Bears 
UTL – Kyle Knigge (Lewis-Clark State), Cowlitz Black Bears 
SP – Nate Cole (Abilene Christian), Bellingham Bells 
SP – Bryan Conant (Cal State Fullerton), Victoria HarbourCats 
SP – Spenser Watkins (Western Oregon), Kitsap BlueJackets 
SP – Chris Bishop (Pacific Lutheran), Corvallis Knights 
SP – Andrew Olson (Seattle), Bellingham Bells 
SP – Jason Hager (Oakland), Bellingham Bells 
CL – Brandon Choate (Tacoma CC), Corvallis Knights 
RP – Brian McAfee (Cornell), Cowlitz Black Bears

 

Honorable Mention

 

Bellingham Bells - Nick Baker (Chico State); Bend Elks- Derek Dixon (George Fox); Corvallis Knights - Kevin Kline (Dixie State), Grant Melker (San Diego), Andrew Naderer (Grand Canyon), Casey Bloomquist (Cal Poly), Jorge Perez (Grand Canyon); Cowlitz Black Bears - Devyn Bolasky (UC Riverside), Domenic Mazza (UC Santa Barbara); Kelowna Falcons - Jarryd Klemm (Frank Phillips College); Kitsap BlueJackets - Alex McKeon (Texas A&M International), Connor Jones (Villanova), Cody Thompson (San Diego State); Klamath Falls Gems - Cameron Newell (UC Santa Barbara); Victoria HarbourCats - Ty Provencher (Long Beach State); Walla Walla Sweets - Renae Martinez (UC Irvine), Cody Poteet (UCLA); Wenatchee AppleSox - Joe Mello (Chabot College), Trevor Lubking (Pacific Lutheran).

 

WCL MVPs   

2013 – Alex Calbick (Maine) of Bellingham 
2012 – Mitchell Gunsolus (Gonzaga) of Wenatchee 
2011 – Alex Stanford (Gonzaga) of Walla Walla 
2010 – Tommy Richards (Washington State) of Bend 
2009 – Richie Jimenez (Riverside CC) of Corvallis 
2008 – Drew Heid (Gonzaga) of Bend 
2007 – Zach Kim (San Francisco) of Moses Lake; Brandon Kuykendall (Benedictine College) of Kitsap 
2006 – Darin Holcomb (Gonzaga) of Spokane 
2005 – Steve Marquardt (Columbia Basin College) of Wenatchee

 

WCL Pitchers of the Year   

2013 – Nick Sabo (Long Beach State) of Klamath Falls 
2012 – Cord Cockrell (Louisiana-Lafayette) of Kelowna 
2011 – Owen Jones (Portland) of Wenatchee 
2010 – Dayne Quist (UC Davis) of Kelowna 
2009 – Matt Andriese (UC Riverside) of Corvallis 
2008 – Jared Eskew (Cal Poly) of Corvallis 
2007 – Paul Applebee (UC Riverside) of Bellingham 
2006 – Ross Humes (Washington State) of Kitsap 
2005 – Tommy Hanson (Riverside CC) of Aloha

 

WCL Coaches of the Year   

2013 – Brooke Knight, Corvallis 
2012 – Ed Knaggs, Wenatchee 
2011 – Brooke Knight, Corvallis 
2010 – Ed Knaggs, Wenatchee 
2009 – Brooke Knight, Corvallis; Ed Knaggs, Wenatchee 
2008 – Brooke Knight, Corvallis 
2007 – Gabe Boruff, Moses Lake 
2006 – Steve Hertz, Spokane 
2005 – Ed Knaggs, Wenatchee

 

WCL Executives of the Year   

2013 – Holly Jones, Victoria 
2012 – Nick Caples, Bellingham 
2011 – Eddie Poplawski, Bellingham 
2010 – Zachary Fraser, Walla Walla 
2009 – Dan Segel, Corvallis 
2008 – Dan Segel, Corvallis 
2007 – Dan Segel, Corvallis 
2006 – Brent & Amy Kirwan, Moses Lake 
2005 – Rick Smith & partners, Kitsap

 

Jim Dietz Sportsmanship Award*   

2013 – Bellingham Bells 
2012 – Cowlitz Black Bears 
2011 – Cowlitz Black Bears 
2010 – Moses Lake Pirates 
2009 – Moses Lake Pirates 
2008 – Corvallis Knights

 

*established in 2008, and named after the league’s inaugural commissioner Jim Dietz.

 

 

The West Coast League is The Diamond Standard of summer wood-bat collegiate baseball.  Based in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, the league is a developing ground for aspiring pros and provides an affordable, wholesome, family-oriented entertainment alternative for its member communities. The eleven-team league extends from Kelowna, British Columbia to Klamath Falls, Oregon. 
 
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FORMER KITSAP BLUEJACKET PLAYERS PLAYING PRO BALL AND ORGANIZATION THEY PLAY FOR

NAME COLLEGE LEVEL/TEAM ORGANIZATION
Christian Scholl Green River CC AA/Arkansas Travelers Los Angeles Angels
Richie Mascheri Western Illinois R/GCL Yankees New York Yankees
Cody Bartlett Washington State R/GCL Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays
Chase Anselment Washington A/Rome Braves Atlanta Braves
Brandon Rohde Central Washington R/Danville Braves Atlanta Braves
Brad Propst Oklahoma State R/Greenville Astros Houston Astros
Taylor Brennan Edmonds CC R/Helena Brewers Milwaukee Brewers
Paul Eshleman Cal State San Bernardino R/AZL Brewers Milwaukee Brewers
Cody Hebner Green River CC High A/Lake Elsinore Storm San Diego Padres
Jake Shadle Green River CC SS/Salem-Kizer Volcanoes San Francisco Giants
Cole Norton St. Mary’s R/Grand Junction Rockies Colorado Rockies
Michael Holback Cal Poly R/Johnson City Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Cimber San Francisco SS/Eugene Emeralds San Diego Padres

 

 

On Friday, July 26, 2013 Kitsap BlueJackets starter Spenser Watkins (Western Oregon U) did something that has only been done 23 times in the history of Major League Baseball. Spenser threw the first perfect game in BlueJackets and West Coast League history.  It took only 88 pitches for Watkins who also struck out 10 Victoria HarbourCat hitters and was never in any kind of trouble.  This is something those of us who witnessed it will never forget and most likely will never see in person again.  Congratulations Spenser on your historical performance.  We are extremely proud of you 

 

 

 

 

 

Need for Host Families

Since most of our 25 to 30 players are from out of the area there is a great need for host families.  The BlueJackets could not operate without families willing to provide the players with lodging, food, laundry facilities and company. 

If anyone would like to learn more about this opportunity to introduce your family to one or two of these outstanding young ballplayers please contact our super fan and host coordinator Pam Hansen at (360) 692-3362 or email her at sportmom01@msn.com 

 

News from the General Manager
 

The BlueJackets will return from a 6 day 900 mile road trip, and open their season ending 3 game series Friday, August 9th.  They will be playing their closest rival, the Cowlitz Blackbears.  All games will have their regular activities plus festive clowns doing balloon animals and face painting.  Sno Cones and cotton candy will also be available. 
 
Saturdays game will be sponsored by Columbia Bank.  There is a special commuinity night by Thrivent Financial.  They are partnering with local girls and boys clubs to collect back-to-school items for local students.  The BlueJackets are goint to participate by contributiing school items.  We are urging our fans to bring comparable donations or contributions to the cause.
 
The last hurrah is Super Sunday.  Game time is 1:05 P.M. and all fans 62 and above will be one-half price.  All children 12 and under, accompanied by a paying adult, will be admitted free.
 
We hope you will join us to conclude our 9th season.  We are looking forward to our 10th year anniversary and another great summer of baseball in 2014.

Rick Smith GM
 

 

 

 
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