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Moses Lake edges Corvallis 3-2 to take game one of WCCBL Championship Series

The Moses Lake Pirates captured game one of the WCCBL Championship Series by beating the Corvallis Knights 3-2 at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. The Pirates recorded the first road win of the 2007 WCCBL playoffs. Up 1 game to none in the best two-out-of-three series, Moses Lake can close out Corvallis with a win …

Commissioner Dietz announces All-WCCBL teams and honors

Commissioner Jim Dietz of the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League announced the league’s MVP, Pitcher of the Year, Coach of the Year, Executive of the Year and All-WCCBL teams as voted on by member owners and coaches. Moses Lake’s Zach Kim of University of San Francisco and Kitsap’s Brandon Kuykendall of Bendictine College were named …

Corvallis and Moses Lake win Divisional Series, advance to WCCBL Championship Series

Corvallis and Moses Lake held serve Thursday night as each Division Champ won its Divisional Series at home. The Knights won in dramatic fashion as Jim Murphy (pictured) of Washington State blasted a game-winning two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to give Corvallis the 4-3 series clinching win. Oregon State frosh-to be Greg …

East beats West 4-1 on beautiful evening in Bellingham

The East All-Stars beat the West All-Stars 4-1 on a beautiful evening in Bellingham, Washington before a crowd of 1,092 at Joe Martin Field. WCCBL advisory board member Carl Moesche of the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau announced All-Star co-MVPs and a top prospect as picked by the over 10 major league scouts in attendance. …

WCCBL announces East and West All-Star teams

WCCBL commissioner Jim Dietz announced the league’s 2007 All-Star teams following a Monday afternoon conference call with the East and West coaches. The East team, as selected by the East’s head coaches, features nine Moses Lake Pirates including ace pitcher Dale Reneau of Oral Roberts and outfielder Steve Tinoco (pictured) of Long Beach State. Reneau …

Jorge Reyes of the Moses Lake Pirates is named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player

Omaha, Nebraska, June 24, 2007 – The Oregon State Beavers of the Pac-10 beat North Carolina of the ACC 9-3 Sunday night to sweep the Tar Heels in the College World Series championship series. With the victory, the defending champs are the first team to repeat in Omaha since the LSU Tigers in 1996-1997. WCCBL …

Ex-Knight pitcher Daniel Turpen earns win vs. Rice at CWS

Daniel Turpen of the 47-15 and #4 ranked Oregon State Beavers tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings vs. the #1 ranked Rice Owls to lead the Pac-10 champions to a 5-0 College World Series victory. The win sets up a second game with Rice Thursday, June 22 to determine who faces North Carolina in the CWS …

30 collegians with WCCBL experience selected in 2007 MLB draft

30 collegiate prospects that played for WCCBL clubs were selected in the 2007 MLB June draft held Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8. The first collegian with experience playing with a WCCBL club selected in this year’s draft was WCC Pitcher of the Year Clayton Mortensen. Mortensen was picked in the 1st round (supplemental …

Oregon State repeats as Pac-10 champs led by Conference Player of the Year Cole Gillespie

The #5 ranked Oregon State Beavers won the Pac-10 title for a second straight spring. OSU posted a conference best 16-7 mark and will host a regional June 2-4 as a #1 seed. The 39-14 Beavers offense was led by junior outfielder Cole Gillespie who was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for May 23-29 …

Moses Lake Pirates ace Jorge Reyes wins game one of NCAA championship series as OSU beats North Carolina 11-4.

Freshman Jorge Reyes led Oregon State to within one win of its second straight College World Series (CWS) title with another strong pitching performance and the Beavers beat North Carolina 11-4 in Game 1 on Saturday night. Reyes pitched with the Moses Lake Pirates of the WCCBL last summer and will return to the Pirates …

Former Bend Elk Grant Desme of Cal Poly SLO tears up Big West pitching

Junior outfielder Grant Desme put on an offensive display for the ages this spring for the Cal Poly Mustangs of the Big West Conference. Unfortunately, Grant’s magical season was cut short due to injury a weekend ago vs. UC Davis. He finished hitting .405 with 15 HR and 53 RBI. He leads Cal Poly in …

Moses Lake Pirate Jorge Reyes shines for defending national champion Oregon State. Considering returning to WCCBL

Freshman right-hander Jorge Reyes of Oregon State has emerged as the Beavers Sunday starter in the Pac-10 and is quickly drawing attention from East to West. The prestigious Cape Cod League has shown great interest, yet Reyes, who hails from Warden, Washington, has made it known he would like to pitch close to home this …

RiverHawks and Knights to open 2007 season in Pacific Northwest’s two finest collegiate parks

This season the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League will feature two of the West Coast’s finest collegiate ballparks. The league’s Spokane franchise is moving to the brand new Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field at Gonzaga University. The facility’s dedication ceremony was attended by over 1,500 supporters last Friday. The state-of-the-art park features 1,300 …

Jared Prince

Last spring’s freshman sensation Jared Prince is affectionately nicknamed “Captain Cougar” by his head coach, Donnie Marbut. Jared turned in the most productive offensive and defensive year at WSU since ex-major leaguer John Olerud. In doing so, he earned numerous accolades including All-Pac-10 and freshman All-American honors. But Jared’s focus is far from the past …

RiverHawks Pedroza and Knights Rzepczynski of UC Riverside named Big West Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively

The #25 ranked University of California, Riverside Highlanders went 4-0 last week sweeping conference power Cal State Fullerton over the weekend and beating #18 ranked UCLA on Tuesday. Many of the Highlanders (27-16, 7-2) star performers developed in the WCCBL including last week’s (April 23-29) Big West Player of the Week Jaime Pedroza and Pitcher …

Pre-season Pac-10 Player of the Year Jared Prince of Washington State is poised to lead Cougars to post-season

Last spring’s freshman sensation Jared Prince is affectionately nicknamed “Captain Cougar” by his head coach, Donnie Marbut. Jared turned in the most productive offensive and defensive year at WSU since ex-major leaguer John Olerud. In doing so, he earned numerous accolades including All-Pac-10 and freshman All-American honors. But Jared’s focus is far from the past …

Spokane RiverHawks Announce New Ownership

Spokane businessman Irv Zakheim announced today that he has entered into an agreement to purchase the Spokane RiverHawks baseball team. The RiverHawks were established in 2003 as a local collegiate summer team, showcasing prospects from colleges throughout the West. “This is a great organization, and I’m extremely excited to become a part of it,” Zakheim …

Senior slugger Geoff Wagner of defending Pac-10 champion Oregon State looks to lead Beavers back to CWS

Oregon State shocked the baseball world last spring by winning the Pac-10 and appearing in the College World Series (the Beavs first CWS appearance since 1952). There won’t be any surprises this spring as the Beavers have been ranked from the season’s first pitch. Overnight, the Beavers went from hunter to hunted. Senior outfielder Geoff …

Aloha announces relocation to Corvallis, Oregon. Knights to play at OSU’s Goss Stadium in 2007

Knights Baseball Club, Inc. announced that the Aloha Knights of the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League (WCCBL) are moving to Corvallis, Oregon. The club signed a lease agreement with Oregon State University earlier this month and will play this summer at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the home of the 2006 national champion Beavers. The …

WCCBL forms East and West Divisions, adds Divisional Series and names new President

At the league’s fall owners meetings, the WCCBL Board of Directors voted to form an East and West Division. With the creation of Divisions, the league announced plans to add a round of playoffs in 2007. This summer, four WCCBL teams will qualify for the post-season. Two Divisional Series will determine who competes in next …

74 active affiliated pros played summer ball for WCCBL clubs in 2006

74 players with experience competing for WCCBL teams are currently active professionals playing for MLB affiliated clubs. The list of pros includes MLB starter Jeff Francis of the Colorado Rockies. Francis excelled at Coors Field as the left-hander, who threw his final amateur game for the Bellingham Bells, went 14-12 with a 5.68 ERA over …

WCCBL announces All-League, Rawlings Gold Glove and DeMarini All-Performance Teams

The West Coast Collegiate Baseball League announced its All-WCCBL teams, Rawlings Gold Glove recipients and DeMarini All-Performance winners. In addition, the league’s MVP, Pitcher of the Year, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year were named. Spokane’s Darin Holcomb of Gonzaga was named the league’s MVP. Holcomb, a junior-to be, played a solid …

Wenatchee repeats. Sox beat Hawks 7-2 to win WCCBL title

The Wenatchee AppleSox repeated as WCCBL Champions Thursday night as the Sox beat the first place Spokane RiverHawks 7-2 at Avista Stadium. Wenatchee has now won all its WCCBL post-season games. Last summer, Wenatchee swept the Bellingham Bells. The Sox two wins vs. the Hawks improves its WCCBL Championship Series mark to 4-0. Wenatchee jumped …

Pennant races red hot. Spokane perched in first. Wenatchee’s Lidyard twirls no-no

WCCBL All-Star Game co-MVP DJ Lidyard of Wenatchee tossed a complete game no-hit shutout Wednesday, July 19 at Moses Lake. Lidyard allowed only two base runners, both walks, while striking out 16 Pirates. Lidyard (pictured) improved his record to 4-1, increased his league leading strikeout total to 71, lowered his ERA to 1.70 and was …

All-Star game ends in 6-6 tie. Spokane’s Darin Holcomb wins HR derby and is named All-Star game’s top prospect

The WCCBL’s inaugural All-Star game ended in a 6-6 tie before 1,083 fans at Wenatchee’s Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. Carl Moesche of the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau named Spokane’s Darin Holcomb of Gonzaga as the game’s “top prospect” and awarded All-Star co-MVP honors to Aloha’s Zach Borba of UNLV and Wenatchee’s DJ Lidyard of …

WCCBL announces inaugural East and West All-Star teams

Commissioner Jim Dietz announced the WCCBL’s inaugural East and West teams this afternoon for its first All-Star game next Tuesday, July 11 at 7 pm. The East team features prospects from the league leading Spokane RiverHawks, defending champion Wenatchee AppleSox, Kelowna Falcons and expansion Moses Lake Pirates and will be managed by 2005 WCCBL Coach …

Ex-Aloha star Bill Rowe scores game winner and ex-Knights southpaw Kevin Gunderson earns championship game save

The Oregon State Beavers beat the North Carolina Tar Heels of the ACC 3-2 Monday, June 26 to win the Pacific Northwest’s first College World Series. The Beavers (50-16) became the first team in CWS history to lose twice in Omaha and win the national championship. The Pac-10 champions went 6-0 in elimination games and …

Ex-Knights Bill Rowe and Kevin Gunderson lead OSU to CWS Championship Series victory

Former Aloha Knights Bill Rowe and Kevin Gunderson teamed up again to lead Oregon State to a huge College World Series victory and even its series with North Carolina 1-1. Sunday evening, Rowe shocked the baseball world with a three-run homer in the fourth-inning that put OSU ahead 7-5 after going into the inning down …

Former MLB star John Olerud to be Honored at inaugural WCCBL Best of the West All-Star banquet

Commissioner Jim Dietz recently announced that the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League will host an All-Star banquet dinner Monday, July 10 at the Red Lion in Wenatchee as part of its inaugural All-Star event. The dinner will celebrate collegiate baseball and feature an exciting lineup of speakers and honored guest John Olerud. Sponsored by Red …

Beavers advance to Championship Series vs. North Carolina

2005 All-WCCBL first baseman Bill Rowe continued to swing a torrid post-season bat and All-Pac-10 closer Kevin Gunderson recorded his second College World Series save as OSU advanced to the CWS Championship Series by shutting out Rice in consecutive games. In Thursday night’s bracket championship game vs. the #1 ranked Rice Owls, OSU’s senior first …

19 collegians with experience playing for WCCBL clubs selected in ’06 draft

19 collegiate prospects who played for WCCBL clubs were selected in the 2006 MLB June draft held Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7. The first collegian with experience playing with a WCCBL club selected in this year’s draft was Pac-10 Player of the Year Cole Gillespie of Oregon State. Gillespie was picked in the …

Bells alum Ty Taubenheim faces Bellingham teammate in MLB debut

Major League Baseball’s first weekend of interleague play featured a pitching matchup of two former Bellingham Bells at Coors Field. On Saturday, May 20, Canadian born southpaw Jeff Francis of the Colorado Rockies out-dueled his 2002 Bells teammate Ty Taubenheim of the Toronto Blue Jays in Taubenheim’s major league debut. Francis took a no-hitter into …

Ken Wilson to Broadcast Seattle Games

The Seattle Mariners can pitch. They can field. And presumably they’ll have better chemistry than in 2010, when a poor start, an anemic offense that scored just 513 runs, and a fractured clubhouse led to the early dismissal of manager Don Wakamatsu. Management addressed those concerns in the offseason, by adding some veteran bats, by …

Matt Hague

Last spring’s University of Washington Huskies featured senior sluggers Brent Lillibridge, Kyle Larsen, Taylor Johnson and Nick Batkoski, but it was a freshman pitcher turned hitter from Kent, Washington that proved to be the Dawgs biggest stick. Mid-season injuries paved the way for Matt Hague’s offensive emergence. The young right-handed slugger made the best of …

Super sophomore Kyle Parker of pre-season #8 University of Washington looks to lead the Huskies to the College World Series

UW’s post-season dreams could come true considering Kyle Parker’s history in big games. All the freshman did in 2004 was earn a complete game 7-2 win in the Huskies NCAA Regional victory vs. host Ole Miss and win two games for the Aloha Knights at the NBC World Series including a shutout in the Series …

WCCBL announces All-Star game and post-season plans

The WCCBL announced plans to host its first All-Star gala Tuesday, July 11 at Wenatchee. The league’s All-Star teams will be split into East and West squads and feature the WCCBL’s top prospects. The East will showcase stars from the host and WCCBL defending champion Wenatchee AppleSox, Kelowna Falcons, Spokane RiverHawks and expansion Moses Lake …

Freshman All-American Matt Hague of University of Washington is premier two-way player in Pac-10

Last spring’s University of Washington Huskies featured senior sluggers Brent Lillibridge, Kyle Larsen, Taylor Johnson and Nick Batkoski, but it was a freshman pitcher turned hitter from Kent, Washington that proved to be the Dawgs biggest stick. Mid-season injuries paved the way for Matt Hague’s offensive emergence. The young right-handed slugger made the best of …

WCCBL Pitcher of the Year Tommy Hanson and WCCBL MVP Steve Marquardt named #3 and #4 JC prospects by Baseball America

WCCBL Pitcher of the Year Tommy Hanson of Riverside CC and WCCBL MVP Steve Marquardt of Columbia Basin College were respectively rated the country’s #3 and #4 Junior College prospects in Baseball America’s 2006 College Baseball preview issue. Both are sophomores and draft-and-follow student-athletes. Hanson was drafted last June by the Atlanta Braves in the …

Travis Hanson named Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year

Third baseman Travis Hanson of the Springfield Cardinals of the Texas League (AA) was recently named the St. Louis Cardinals 2005 Minor League Player of the Year. Hanson was also named to the club’s 40-man MLB roster and should report this February to the team’s major league spring training camp in Florida. Hanson played for …

WCCBL announces new franchise. League expands to eight teams with addition of Moses Lake Pirates

On Monday, December 5, the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League unanimously accepted the Moses Lake Pirates as its eighth member team. With the Pirates, Husband and wife Brent and Amy Kirwan led a successful community effort to bring pro-like baseball to Moses Lake, Washington. The Kirwans, the clubs owner operators, recently hired Wenatchee Valley College …

RiverHawks soar in off-season. Spokane names former Gonzaga coaching great Steve Hertz as its new skipper and moves team to pro park – Avista Stadium

The Spokane RiverHawks announced this week that the club will play its home games at historic Avista Stadium in 2006 and that coaching legend Steve Hertz will replace ex-major leaguer Kevin Stocker as the team’s field manager. Avista Stadium is the home of the Spokane Indians of the affiliated pro Northwest League. Hertz, GU’s Director …

Aloha’s Tommy Hanson of Riverside CC named to Baseball America’s College Summer All-America First-Team

WCCBL Pitcher of the Year Tommy Hanson of the Aloha Knights was named to Baseball America’s College Summer All-America first-team, which was announced by the national publication last month. He was the only WCCBL player chosen and one of only three selections from Western summer leagues. The Alaska Baseball League (ABL) featured two first-team picks. …

74 active affiliated pros played summer ball for WCCBL clubs

74 players with experience competing for WCCBL teams are currently active professionals playing for MLB affiliated clubs. The list of pros includes MLB starter Jeff Francis of the Colorado Rockies. Francis excelled at Coors Field as the left-hander, who threw his final amateur game for the Bellingham Bells, went 14-12 with a 5.68 ERA over …

Travis Hanson named Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year

Third baseman Travis Hanson of the Springfield Cardinals of the Texas League (AA) was recently named the St. Louis Cardinals 2005 Minor League Player of the Year. Hanson was also named to the club’s 40-man MLB roster and should report this February to the team’s major league spring training camp in Florida. Hanson played for …

League announces All-WCCBL, DeMarini All-Performance and Rawlings Gold Glove teams

WCCBL Notes The Wenatchee AppleSox won the inaugural WCCBL Championship Series as the Sox swept the Bellingham Bells 2 games to 0. The WCCBL Champions won game one at Bellingham by erasing a two run deficit with a three-run ninth to take the series opener 3-2. Shortstop Brent Wyatt of Wenatchee Valley College delivered the …

Wenatchee wins Championship Series. AppleSox are WCCBL champions

The Wenatchee AppleSox recorded their second straight WCCBL championship series late-inning come from behind victory to beat the Bellingham Bells 5-2 and sweep the league’s inaugural three-game championship series 2 games to 0. With the Bells leading 2-1 going to the bottom of the sixth, Steve Marquardt, a sophomore-to be at Columbia Basin College, delivered …

Bill Rowe

2005 All-WCCBL first baseman Bill Rowe continued to swing a torrid post-season bat and All-Pac-10 closer Kevin Gunderson recorded his second College World Series save as OSU advanced to the CWS Championship Series by shutting out Rice in consecutive games. In Thursday night’s bracket championship game vs. the #1 ranked Rice Owls, OSU’s senior first …

WCCBL appoints Advisory Board

At its winter board meeting the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League (WCCBL), a premier wood-bat summer college league, announced its inaugural advisory board. The boardis membership includes such baseball luminaries as legendary ex-Washington State University head baseball coach Chuck “Bobo” Brayton; ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst Harold Reynolds; Northwest League President, Bob Richmond; 2003 Minor League …

New Summer College League launches in Pacific Northwest

A new summer collegiate baseball league has taken root out West. It will open play June 14, 2005 with seven teams and a 36-game regular season schedule. The summer amateur league is a first of its kind on the West Coast, as the newly formed West Coast Collegiate Baseball League will feature only college players …

WCCBL showcases Expansion Team in Bremerton, Washington

Bremerton, Washington, December 18, 2004 – The expansion Kitsap BlueJackets are doing all the right things as they prepare for their first season in summer college baseball. At least, that’s the opinion of 66-year-old Jim Dietz, commissioner of the new seven-team West Coast Collegiate Baseball League. Of course, Dietz could teach a class on the …