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Perfect Game top 25 for March 9

Written by Administrator - Wednesday, 09 March 2016

Bellevue is #1, Faulkner is #2, and Keiser is #3. Story by Nick Herfordt.


The College of Idaho has started their season with four wins at Arizona Christian, and four wins at home against Division II Minot State. In one of the four games against Minot State, RHP Mason Stidham and LHP Kaleb Price combined for a no-hitter in a 13-0 win.

It was the Coyotes' first no-hitter since 1958. Stidham pitched six innings, struck out two, walked one. Price pitched three innings, struck out three, and walked two. Stidham is a transfer from Division I Seattle U. Price is a transfer from Big Bend CC, and was All-Northwest Athletic Conference in 2014. Story

The Coyotes' streak could go on for a while. They have eleven winnable games ahead of them prior to a series at home against defending champion and cross-state rival Lewis-Clark State. The eleven games include two at home against Division III Puget Sound, and two at non-NAIA Bethesda.


Their small college preview includes the NAIA, and it's here: Small College Preview, by J.J. Cooper.

Like the coaches' poll, they have L-C State and St. Thomas #1 and #2, but they have Lindsey Wilson and Davenport at #3 and #4.

The preview provides a couple of new names, 3B/RHP Lucas Erceg of Menlo and RHP Alex Martinez of Oklahoma Wesleyan. Erceg is a transfer from U. of California, and was All-Pac-12 last year. He's played in six games already this year, is batting .292. Martinez is a Dominican Republican who transferred from De Anza College.

 

 


Perfect Game releases 2016 season preview

Written by Administrator - Friday, 22 January 2016

They picked Saint Thomas #1, Oklahoma City #2, and Tabor #3. Extensive story by Nick Herfordt and Andrew Krause here.


2016 Preseason top 25

Written by Administrator - Sunday, 15 November 2015

The 2016 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll (Nov. 10)

RANK PRVS^ SCHOOL 2015 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Lewis-Clark State (ID) 46-12 467
2 2 St. Thomas (FL) 48-18 448
3 3 Faulkner (AL) 51-15 437
4 7 Tabor (KS) 54-12 417
5 11 Oklahoma City 46-13 397
6 9 Davenport (MI) 51-12 395
7 10 Lindsey Wilson (KY) 41-19 385
8 13 Georgia Gwinnett 50-14 354
9 14 Oklahoma Wesleyan 49-14 324
10 24 The Master’s (CA) 42-14 321
11 15 LSU Shreveport (LA) 46-14 303
12 16 Bellevue (NE) 46-15 292
13 18 Auburn Montgomery (AL) 40-18 285
14 12 Tennessee Wesleyan 45-12 278
15 20 Keiser (FL)
(formerly Northwood)
42-14 270
16 19 Westmont (CA) 41-17 242
17 17 Northwestern Ohio 45-15 233
18 23 Freed-Hardeman (TN) 37-16 205
19 22 Campbellsville (KY) 30-13 184
20 21 Sterling (KS) 47-15 178
21 RV Missouri Baptist 43-13 167
22 8 Vanguard (CA) 39-22 154
23 25 Bryan (TN) 46-18 130
24 RV LSU Alexandria (LA) 39-16 91
25 RV Rio Grande (OH) 35-22 76

 First place votes: Lewis-Clark State 17


2016 Preseason All-Americans

Written by Administrator - Wednesday, 04 November 2015

The headliners are DH Keivan Berges of Keiser (Formerly Northwood FL) and LHP Adam Hines of LSU-Shreveport. Berges batted .333 with 156 home runs last season. Hines had an ERA of 0.96, and pitched seven complete games, including four straight. OF Colton Nash of Bellevue batted .352, hit grand slam home runs in three consecutive games. RHP Curtis Taylor of British Columbia had an ERA of 1.02. SS Cabe Reiten of Lewis-Clark State batted .411, started all 58 games.

Pos.

Name

Institution

Class

Hometown

C

Ryan Crowe

Westmont (Calif.)

Sr.

Ladera Ranch, Calif.

C

Scott Morton

Briar Cliff (Iowa)

Sr.

Ventura, Calif.

1B

Alex Bush

Westmont (Calif.)

Sr.

Menifee, Calif.

2B

Houston Looser

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)

Jr.

Muscle Shoals, Ala.

3B

Alex Couch

Tabor (Kan.)

Sr.

Castlewood, Va.

SS

Cabe Reiten

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

Sr.

Spanaway, Wash.

UT

Wardy Polanco

Tennessee Wesleyan

Sr.

Haverstraw, N.Y.

DH

Keivan Berges

Keiser (Fla.)

Jr.

Wellington, Fla.

OF

Logan Coughlin

IU Southeast (Ind.)

Sr.

Brownsburg, Ind.

OF

Jordan Espino

Sterling (Kan.)

Sr.

Buena Park, Calif.

OF

Preston King

Bryan (Tenn.)

Sr.

Kingston, Tenn.

OF

Colton Nash

Bellevue (Neb.)

Sr.

Bonney Lake, Wash.

SP

Adam Hines

LSU Alexandria (La.)

Sr.

Bunkie, La.

SP

Victor Arche

Faulkner (Ala.)

Sr.

Miami, Fla.

SP

Brandon Guske

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)

Jr.

Spring Hill, Tenn.

SP

Phillipe Graham

MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

Jr.

St. Chrysostome, Quebec

RP

Curtis Taylor

British Columbia

Jr.

Port Coquitlam, B.C.


The USA won the first-ever women's baseball gold medal at the Pan American Games in Ajax, Ontario, defeating Canada 11-3 in the final. The game drew a capacity crowd of 5,224.

RHP Marti Sementelli, who played baseball and softball at Montreat, played a key role in this. She made two appearances, both in the preliminary round. She pitched the final inning of a 10-6 win over Venezuela, allowed no hits, walked one. She started the final preliminary round game against Canada, which the USA won 3-1. She pitched six shutout innings, scattered seven hits, struck out three, walked one, and got the win. She had to pitch her way out of a bases loaded and no outs situation in the fifth inning, and escaped with a pair of popups and a strikeout.

This game decided first place in the preliminary round, which meant that the USA got the next day off while Canada had to play Venezuela to get into the gold medal game. USA Coach Jonathan Pollard said, "Marti is probably our most experienced vet on this team with the exception of [Malaika] Underwood. No moment is too big for her which is why we had her going against Canada because we knew she could handle situations like that.”

Sementelli, of Sherman Oaks, CA, made 15 relief appearances for the Cavaliers in 2012, her freshman year. Her numbers were 0-1 (two saves), 5.94 ERA, seven strikeouts, and four bases on balls in 16 2/3 innings pitched. She switched to softball for the remainder of her time at Montreat.

Story from USA Baseball: WNT advances to gold-medal game with 3-1 win over Canada


Canada won its second straight gold medal in baseball in the 2015 Pan American Games, played in Ajax, Ontario.

In both 2011 and 2015, alumni of NAIA schools played a key role in Canada's win. The 2011 team had four players who played at NAIA schools, and RHP Chris Kissock of Lewis-Clark State played a key role for that team (story).

The 2015 edition included two NAIA alumni, LHP Jeff Francis of British Columbia and RHP Jared Mortensen of LSU-Shreveport. Francis got two saves during the preliminary round, retired all six batters he faced, struck out two of them. He was called upon to start the gold medal game against the USA. He went seven innings, allowed four runs (two of them on a home run by DH Patrick Kivlehan [Mariners organization, Rutgers]) on eight hits, struck out seven, and walked one. He got a no-decision; the game was tied 4-4 when he left it. Canada ultimately won the game 7-6 in ten innings; the tying and winning runs came on a bad pickoff attempt followed by a throwing error.