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While the Cardinals and Rangers were taking the night of October 26 off, Canada defeated the USA 2-1 in the final of the Pan American Games in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico.

You can be excused for not being especially excited about this news, but for Canada's national baseball program and Coach Ernie Whitt, it's a huge win; this was Canada's first-ever gold medal in senior international competition.

The Canadian roster included four players who played baseball at NAIA schools: RHP Jimmy Henderson (Tennessee Wesleyan), LHP Mark Hardy (British Columbia), RHP Chris Kissock (Lewis-Clark State), and DH Emerson Frostad (Lewis-Clark State).

Henderson played for the 2003 Bulldog team that won the Appalachian Athletic Conference championship. He was drafted in the 26th round by the Nationals, and is now in the Brewers organization. Hardy was drafted by the Padres in the 43rd round in 2010. Kissock played for L-C State's national championship teams in 2006 and 2007, and was drafted by the Phillies in the 9th round in 2007. Frostad, a national team veteran (he played in the 2008 Olympics), was drafted in the 13th round by the Rangers, and is currently in the Astros organization. He played for L-C State's national championship teams in 2002 and 2003.

Hardy, Henderson, and Frostad played minor roles during the tournament. Hardy pitched three innings, allowed three hits and a run. Henderson pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowed three hits. Frostad played in one game, went hitless in four at-bats.

Kissock was a different story. He pitched four shutout innings (two hits allowed, struck out three). Two of the innings came in a key win against Venezuela. The other two came in the semifinal against Mexico, and he got the save.

Story and film highlights from ESPN

Mike Grahovac, coach of the NAIA Champion Concordia-Irvine Eagles, has been named NAIA Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Press release from Concordia-Irvine

IF Sean Myrom of Concordia-Portland played for the West Coast League champion Corvallis Knights during the summer. He batted .279 with 16 RBI. He played in the league's all-star game, and won the home run derby. Press release from Concordia-Portland

Dave Therneau, pitching coach for Embry-Riddle, was the Coach of the Year in the Florida Collegiate Summer League. He coached the Leesburg Lightning, who won the league pennant with a 29-12 record. Press release from Embry-Riddle

Jason Dannelly named AD at Midland U.

Written by Administrator - Thursday, 25 August 2011

Jason Dannelly, long-time proprietor of the Victory Sports Network, has been named Director of Athletic Operations at Midland University, formerly known as Midland Lutheran College, in Fremont, NE. Midland had 962 students during the past school year.

The Warriors field teams in 21 sports. The baseball team, coached for the past 17 seasons by Jef Field, went 26-20 last season, and made it to the final of the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament. They were ranked #93 in the ISR. They were 42-15 in 2006; they won the GPAC pennant, but lost out in the conference tournament.

Dannelly founded VSN in 2002, and it has been a primary news outlet for the NAIA since then. Dannelly published a pre-season football magazine, and organized the NAIA Football First Down Classic, a Spring all-star game. VSN features message boards for several sports, and a basketball tournament pool. He did a weekly radio program about NAIA sports for a while. Click here for a press release.

Dannelly will continue as owner of VSN, but will be stepping away from its day-to-day operations.

OF Bryan Abrey of Lewis-Clark State is the batting champion of the Western Major Baseball League. He batted .423 for the Medicine Hat Mavericks, and went on a 21-35 tear at the end of the regular season, and is 5-7 with a home run so far in the playoffs.

Ryan Rogers of Lindsey Wilson made the all-star team as a left-handed pitcher. He plays for the Okotoks Dawgs, went 4-4, 2.16 ERA, and 61 strikeouts. In his first playoff start, he allowed six hits, struck out six.

Nick Senior of British Columbia made the all-star team as an outfielder. Playing for the Melville Millionaires, he batted .327, with 35 RBI and three home runs. He batted .417 in three playoff games.

Okotoks and Medicine Hat are still alive in the WMBL playoffs.

Other players honored:

Most Valuable Player: IF Jesse Sawyer, South Dakota State
Top Pitcher: RHP Chad Jones, George Fox
Rookie of the Year and Outstanding Canadian: OF Tyler Hollick, Chandler Gilbert CC
Left-handed pitcher: Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga
Right-handed pitcher: N.D. Gonzalez
Catcher/designated hitter: C.J. DeDeaux, Merced College
Infielders: Jess Cooper, West Texas A&M, Joel Lutz, Muscatine CC, Mitch McDonald, Monterey Peninsula

Summer League Roundup

Written by Administrator - Friday, 15 July 2011

Here are some stats for some NAIA players who are doing well this summer. This list is nowhere near complete. If you know of players who should be on this list, use the contact form on this site to send in the info.







Stephen Branca


Tennessee Wesleyan

Mat-Su Miners



Cole Bullard


Cal Baptist

AIA Fire



J.J. Turbin



AIA Fire



Ben Heller


Olivet Nazarene

AIA Fire


0-0, 2.10 ERA, 3 saves

Andrew Work


The Master's

AIA Fire


0-2, 2.36 ERA

Casey Shiver


Southern Polytechnic

Alexandria Beetles


2-1, 2.59 ERA

Matt Mazzoni


Fresno Pacific

Mankato Moondogs


3-0, 1.78 ERA

DeMarcus Tidwell


Southern Polytechnic

Eau Claire Express



Mike Mandarino



Southern Maryland Nationals

Cal Ripken

.354 at the plate, 2-1, 2.70 ERA on the mound

Jared Mortenson



Kelowna Falcons

West Coast

0-1, 3.32 ERA

David Otterman


British Columbia

Kelowna Falcons

West Coast

2-2, 2.53 ERA

Ryan Richardson



Walla Walla Sweets

West Coast

1-2, 1.61 ERA

Aaron DeGuire


Lewis-Clark State

Wenatchee AppleSox

West Coast


Nick Stiltner



Bend Elks

West Coast

1-1, 2.17 ERA

Braxton Miller


Lewis-Clark State

Cowlitz Black Bears

West Coast


Bryan Abrey


Lewis-Clark State

Medicine Hat Mavericks

Western Major


Kori Melo



Medicine Hat Mavericks

Western Major


Nick Senior


British Columbia

Melville Millionaires

Western Major


John Touchton



Regina Red Sox

Western Major

3-1, 1.90 ERA

Pete Ontiveros



Regina Red Sox

Western Major

1-3, 2.36 ERA

Ryan Rogers


Lindsey Wilson

Okotoks Dawgs

Western Major

3-3, 2.25 ERA

Mandarino made the Cal Ripken League all-star team; click here for Cumberland's press release. Abrey's batting average is second-best in the Western Major Baseball League. Rogers' ERA is second-best in the WMBL.

The “coefficient of restitution” bats (also known as BBCOR), which were reported on here last summer (see New bat restrictions for the 2011 season) have now been in use for a full season.

The change has been an improvement. The pace of a college baseball game is now like a wood bat game, without the high cost of wood bats. There have been fewer blowouts, although teams in the Red River Conference other than LSU-Shreveport may choose to argue about this. Games have been shorter. Columnist Ron Morris of Columbia, SC's The State wrote this in a good analysis here: “With the use of energy-sapped bats this season, the college game became real baseball again. For the first time since the advent of aluminum bats, pitching and defense returned to being the cornerstones of the game, replacing the pop-fly home run and off-the-fists double to the gap.” According to one NAIA coach, “the good hitters are still good hitters, the bad hitters are outs, and you are not worried about a nine-hole hitter hitting a home run, which is the way it should be.”

Article by Tyler Norris Goode in the Asheville Citizen-Times about Montreat RHP Marti Sementelli: Female baseball player ready to blaze trail at Montreat College. Sementelli, of Birmingham, CA, will be the third woman to play college baseball on a scholarship. Montreat College press release

The 2011 MLB draft

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Players from NAIA schools taken in the 2011 MLB draft:

Ryan O'Sullivan, RHP, Oklahoma City, Angels, 134th overall pick Story O'Sullivan never played for the Stars; he transferred from San Diego State, and was red-shirted for the 2011 season.

Jesse Darrah, RHP, Fresno Pacific, Diamondbacks, 244 Story

Zach Arneson, RHP, Lewis-Clark State, Yankees, 299 Story

Will Locante, LHP, Cumberland, Diamondbacks, 334 Story

Chris Grayson, OF, Lee, Rangers, 414 Story

Craig Stem, RHP, Trevecca Nazarene, Dodgers, 464 Story

Jonathan Clark, CF, Lee, Mets, 522

William Rankin, RHP, Southern Polytechnic, Rockies, 528

Taylor Siemens, LHP, Cal Baptist, Diamondbacks, 544 Story

John Hill, C, Concordia-Irvine, Phillies, 601 Story

Tyler Barrett, LHP, Lewis-Clark State, Tigers, 617

Cameron McVey, RHP, Biola, Giants, 687 Story

Ruben Sosa, 2B, Oklahoma City, Astros, 700 Story

R.L. Eisenbach, LHP, Faulkner, Padres, 713 Story

Samuel Munson, RF, Tennessee Wesleyan, A's, 716

Brian Sharp, SS, Cal Baptist, Pirates, 722

Freddie Cabrera, RHP, Central Methodist, Dodgers, 794

Kirk Walker, SS, Oklahoma City, A's, 806

Chris Mazza, RHP, Menlo, Twins, 838

Truman Sample, RHP, Rogers State, Diamondbacks, 844

Dexter Price, RHP, South Carolina-Beaufort, Diamondbacks, 904

David Bergin, RHP, Tennessee Wesleyan, Cardinals, 920

Mike Marshall, 1B, Lubbock Christian, Phillies, 931

Sharif Othman, C, Cal Baptist, Marlins, 973 Story

Kyle Brule, RHP, Oklahoma Baptist, Padres, 983

Sheldon McDonald, LHP, British Columbia, Cubs, 999 Story

Alex Kreis, RHP, Jamestown, Nationals, 1057 Story

Johnny Omahen, RHP, Cal State-San Marcos, Marlins, 1063 Story

Drew Madrigal, RHP, Cal Baptist, Cardinals, 1070

Michael Hashem, LHP, Fisher, A's, 1076

Jeremy Williams, OF, U. of Mobile, Rangers, 1104

Gardner Adams, RHP, Asbury, Braves, 1106

Nico Taylor, RF, Northwood (TX), Blue Jays, 1159

Bryan Nicholson, 1B, Concordia-Irvine, Giants, 1167 Story

Patrick Francescon, RHP, Trevecca Nazarene, Cubs, 1209

Shay Crawford, LHP, Lee, Rays, 1260

Andre Kinder, LHP, Peru State, Phillies, 1291

Bobby O'Neill, RHP, Biola, Twins, 1318 Story

Colby Broussard, RHP, Faulkner, Blue Jays, 1339

Brandon Creath, RHP, Embry-Riddle, Cardinals, 1340

Richie Mirowski, RHP, Oklahoma Baptist, Nationals, 1357

Cory Farris, OF, Cumberland, White Sox, 1371 Story

Maxx Catapano, RHP, Lee, Mariners, 1383

Derek Vaughn, RHP, Texas Wesleyan, Rays, 1440

Eric Brown, RHP, British Columbia, Blue Jays, 1519




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