Valley junior college baseball and softball report, 5-1

We haven’t had an opportunity to update you as of late on the progress of community college baseball athletes around the region who are from the Valley. The season is winding down, and several of the teams are doing very well, with an opportunity to make it into the postseason.

Bellevue College (Dustin Breshears, Fr., and Max Brown, Fr., both North Bend/MSHS)
The Bulldogs are tied for first in the NWAACC North with Everett, but currently hold a better league record, 15-5, to Everett’s 13-3. Bellevue is 29-8 overall, and both Breshears and Brown contributed in the Bulldogs’ most recent game, an 8-6 win Sunday over Edmonds. Breshears, who went 1-5 with a run and RBI in the game, is hitting well, currently batting .356 with 1 homer and 16 runs driven in. He has two triples on the season and has a strong .826 OPS average to go along with a good .433 slugging percentage.

Brown, who went 1-4 and scored twice in Sunday’s win, is hitting a more modest, but still quite good, .310 with five doubles, three triples and 10 runs batted in. He also has a strong OPS average of .802.

Everett CC (Travis Cook, Fr., Duvall/CHS and Paul Sitkowski, Fr., Carnation/O’Dea)
Everett is, as noted previously, tied with Bellevue for first in the division, but holds a 13-3 conference mark. Everett is 21-8 overall.

Sitkowski is the regular of the Valley twosome currently on the Everett roster; he went 0-4 Sunday in a 7-2 Everett win over Skagit Valley. The O’Dea grad is hitting .256 with five doubles and five RBI’s to his credit.

Cook, who pitches for Everett, has not done so since March 24. Additionally, former Mount Si pitcher Josh Kimborowicz found himself on Everett’s roster this spring after spending last season at Western Nevada JC, but has not pitched at all this season.

Columbia Basin College (Mike Potoshnik, North Bend/MIHS) and Yakima Valley CC (Cameron Padron, Fr., Duvall/CHS)
These two schools are tied for second in the NWAACC’s East division with 13-7 league records, both a game back of division leader Treasure Valley of Idaho. CBC is 19-17 on the season while YVCC is 23-11. Sunday, the two teams played a wild one, won by Yakima Valley 7-6, and Padron contributed to the YVCC victory, going 2-3 with two RBI’s. On the season, Padron is hitting .300 thus far with four doubles and 20 runs driven in. He has a solid .724 OPS to go with a .357 slugging percentage and .367 on-base percentage. As for Potoshnik, a pitcher, he didn’t play Sunday, and hasn’t pitched since March 24.

Walla Walla CC (Shane Dixon, Fr., North Bend/MSHS)
Walla Walla is at 12-8 in the NWAACC East, one game back of the above two teams in third place. Walla Walla is 23-13 overall on the year, and Dixon has been a jack of all trades, both as a fielder and as a pitcher. He did not play Saturday in a 3-2 win over CBC in the nightcap of a doubleheader, but did play the field in the first game of the twin bill, a 5-2 loss. He went 0-3 in that game at the plate. Last Wednesday was Dixon’s most recent outing on the mound, and he pitched 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision, giving up five runs, of which only two were earned, on six hits in a 7-6 WWCC win over Spokane. Dixon is hitting .297 with one homer, four doubles and 15 RBI’s, with a .739 OPS and .374 slugging percentage, and is 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA with three walks and four strikeouts in his limited work on the mound this spring – only six games worth.

We have updates as well on a couple of ex-Mount Si players in JC softball. Freshman Alex Johnson, who graduated from Mount Si last spring but last pitched for the Wildcats in 2010, is holding her own at Brown Mackie College in Salina, KS, with an 11-13 record and 5.38 ERA. BMC’s record also is solid, with a 27-24 mark. Johnson has pitched 153 1/3 innings this spring, giving up 132 runs (118 earned) on 188 hits allowed, with 63 walks and 115 strikeouts. She pitched in the team’s most recent game, a 5-4 win over Neosho County, and gave up two hits. She also is getting it done at the plate; she went 2-4 in that game and is hitting .354 with 12 doubles and 20 RBI’s.

Carly Weidenbach continues to shine in a very limited role for Midland College in Texas, who is currently rolling at 44-14 on the season. She has only played in nine games, but is hitting .455 (5/11) on the spring with a pair of RBI’s. The freshman from North Bend and, like Johnson, a 2011 MSHS grad, had her first appearance in a month April 21 in a game against Clarendon College. She went 0-1 in that contest, which was her first since an 0-2 outing against Frank Phillips College March 24.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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