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Title: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Tezbaseball on December 30, 2005, 06:53:46 pm
Baseball in the great Northwest

Hyper links to the NWC

NWC-
http://www.nwcsports.com/sports/baseball/

George Fox University-
http://www.georgefox.edu/athletics/baseball/index.html

Lewis & Clark College-
http://www.lclark.edu/dept/sports/lcbaseballhome.html

Linfield College-
http://www.linfield.edu/sports/sport.php?sport=bb

Pacific University-
http://www.goboxers.com/bb/index.cfm

Pacific Lutheran University-
http://www.plu.edu/~athletic/baseball/index.html

University of Puget Sound-
http://www2.ups.edu/athletics/baseball/

Whitman College-
http://www.whitman.edu/athletics/sport_pages/baseball-m.html

Whitworth College-
http://www.whitworth.edu/Athletics/Teams/Baseball/Index.aspx

Willamette University-
http://www.willamette.edu/athletics/baseball/
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tezbaseball on December 30, 2005, 06:56:01 pm
GF is ranked 26th and Linfield 29th in the D3 preseason poll.
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tezbaseball on December 30, 2005, 08:27:05 pm
Hyper links to the NWC

NWC-
http://www.nwcsports.com/sports/baseball/

George Fox University-
http://www.georgefox.edu/athletics/baseball/index.html

Lewis & Clark College-
http://www.lclark.edu/dept/sports/lcbaseballhome.html

Linfield College-
http://www.linfield.edu/sports/sport.php?sport=bb

Pacific University-
http://www.goboxers.com/bb/index.cfm

Pacific Lutheran University-
http://www.plu.edu/~athletic/baseball/index.html

University of Puget Sound-
http://www2.ups.edu/athletics/baseball/

Whitman College-
http://www.whitman.edu/athletics/sport_pages/baseball-m.html

Whitworth College-
http://www.whitworth.edu/Athletics/Teams/Baseball/Index.aspx

Willamette University-
http://www.willamette.edu/athletics/baseball/
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tezbaseball on December 30, 2005, 08:39:20 pm
Bruins’ 2004 NCAA Title Named One of “50 Greatest Moments in Northwest Sports History"

http://www.georgefox.edu/athletics/baseball/2005/releases/1129.html
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Ralph Turner on December 30, 2005, 09:13:45 pm
Tez, thanks for the hyperlinks!

Looking forward to a great season!
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tezbaseball on December 30, 2005, 09:34:26 pm
Tez, thanks for the hyperlinks!

Looking forward to a great season!

Ralph,
anytime. Happy New Year....Play Ball
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tezbaseball on December 30, 2005, 11:43:14 pm
Here's a few more links

NCAA
http://www.ncaasports.com/baseball/mens

Baseball America
http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/college/index.html
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tuxguy on January 03, 2006, 05:46:52 pm
Tez,      just wanted to pipe in so you didn't have to talk to yourself, LOL.

   what looks to be the Cats strong points this year?
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tezbaseball on January 04, 2006, 05:55:46 pm
Tez,      just wanted to pipe in so you didn't have to talk to yourself, LOL.

   what looks to be the Cats strong points this year?

Great question. I'm working on that as we speak. I will have info soon
Title: NATIONAL POLL: Bruins Ranked 26th in Pre-Season Poll by Collegiate Baseball News
Post by: Tezbaseball on January 05, 2006, 05:57:09 pm
With eight of nine regulars in the batting order and the entire pitching staff returning, the George Fox University Bruins have been voted 26th in the country in the 2006 NCAA Division III pre-season baseball poll as chosen by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, which provides the nation’s most extensive coverage of college baseball.

The Bruins, coming off a 32-12 record in 2005, received 191 points in the poll, two points behind 25th-rated Eastern Connecticut State University (30-13), whom the Bruins defeated to win the NCAA Division III World Series in 2004. Wooster College of Ohio (39-9) was the top pick with 252 points, three ahead of 2005 national runner-up Cortland State University of New York (43-9). Defending national champion University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (46-7) was 18th with 210 points.

The only other Northwest Conference team in the ratings was Linfield College (33-9), which was 29th with 184 points. The Bruins and Wildcats shared the NWC title last year. Other teams in the West Region listed in the top 30 were Chapman University (37-11), 4th with 245 points; La Verne University (31-13), 10th with 229 points; and Texas Lutheran University (35-10), 11th with 227 points.

Although they did not get a chance in 2005 to defend their national title, it was still a record-setting year for the Bruins. They equaled the record for most wins in regular-season play (the 1999 team went 32-8), equaled their best conference record at 20-4, and shared their 7th NWC championship in the last nine seasons. The defense’s .979 fielding percentage established a new NCAA Division III national record, and they set team records for most consecutive wins (15 from March 20-April 17) and most stolen bases in a season (89). George Fox was ranked 30th in the final poll of the season.

Right-handed pitcher/designated hitter Derrick Jones (9-1, 2.50, 73 K’s/.377-10-63) was named First Team All-America and First Team All-West Region as the utility player, and was NWC Co-Pitcher of the Year. Also earning First Team All-Conference honors were shortstop David Peterson (.316-0-31, 19 sb), center fielder Drew Johnson (.365-0-19, 27 sb), and second baseman C.R. Braniff (.363-0-31, 13 sb). Second Team All-NWC honors went to left fielder Daniel Downs (.352-10-45) and southpaw Brandon Rupp (7-5, 3.36, 70 K’s), while right-hander Jordan Purdy (6-0, 4.14, 47 K’s) received honorable mention for All-NWC. All except Peterson, who signed with the Texas Rangers, return.

Back for his 11th season as the Bruins’ coach will be Pat Bailey, the 2005 NWC Co-Coach of the Year (his 7th Coach or Co-Coach of the Year honor) and Greater Portland FCA Coach of the Year. The National Coach of the Year in 2004 for leading the Bruins to the national championship, he takes a 294-132 (.690) record into the new season, which begins Feb. 16 against California State University-East Bay in the Arizona Desert Classic in Glendale, Ariz
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: shane falco on January 14, 2006, 12:21:17 am
Does anyone know how Tommy Patterson did in the minor's last summer?  What's his status as of right now, is he still with the Phillies minor league ball club?
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Olinemom on January 14, 2006, 01:21:11 am
Baseball in the great Northwest

if it ever stops raining!! ;D ;D  Do they have flotation devices for the outfielders?  Tee hee!  Just to say hi cause the Olinemom is BCBaseball Mom  as well!!
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tezbaseball on January 15, 2006, 03:21:17 pm
Does anyone know how Tommy Patterson did in the minor's last summer?  What's his status as of right now, is he still with the Phillies minor league ball club?

Here is his stats.

Tom Paterson: Individual Stats (Batting)
Team             From   To     G  AB R  H  2B3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG
GCL Phillies 06/24 08/22 34 112 10 24 2 2 0 11 30 8 18 12 2 .262 .268 .214
 
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tezbaseball on January 15, 2006, 03:22:20 pm
Baseball in the great Northwest

if it ever stops raining!! ;D ;D  Do they have flotation devices for the outfielders?  Tee hee!  Just to say hi cause the Olinemom is BCBaseball Mom  as well!!

Nice to see you come on Mom. Thanks. It will be done raining here soon. RIGHT....
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: bergybit on January 16, 2006, 12:16:23 am
Does anyone know where the Northwest Conference typically ranks nationally?  Are any such rankings even done for DIII baseball?  With two teams in the top 30 pre-season rankings and, as far as I can tell, at least a few other competitive teams in the conference, I'd think (hope) the NWC would rank at least in the top half.

(New to DIII sports and a lot poorer than I was this time last year)
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: shane falco on January 16, 2006, 02:41:52 am
Thanks Tez,

Not bad numbers but not very good either.

Hope they give him another year to show his stuff.  You can't assess a player's major league potential with 34 games.  It always took me 34 games to just get in the groove at the plate.

Players need about 70 games to see what they can really do.
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Ralph Turner on January 16, 2006, 08:36:23 am
...   (New to DIII sports and a lot poorer than I was this time last year)

Aahh, bergybit, welcome to the D3 baseball message board!
Just make sure you pay your ISP bill!

Lots of entertainment on these pages...

The list of previous champions is found on Jim Dixon's D III Baseball's web site on the "Useful Links" page.

http://www.d3sports.com/post/index.php?topic=4169.0

Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tezbaseball on January 16, 2006, 11:27:00 am
Thanks Tez,

Not bad numbers but not very good either.

Hope they give him another year to show his stuff.  You can't assess a player's major league potential with 34 games.  It always took me 34 games to just get in the groove at the plate.

Players need about 70 games to see what they can really do.

If the Phillies system is anything like the Giants, Tommy most likely will return for more seasoning with the GCL Phillies or they will promote him to the Batavia Muckdogs of the short season New York-Penn League. It will depend on what kind of Spring Training and extended spring training he has. Good point on assessing a player's major League potential. I would even say that you can't assess weither a player has major league potential for a couple of years. There are a few exceptions.
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: bergybit on January 16, 2006, 09:16:36 pm
Thanks, Ralph.   I'm working on getting caught up with previous postings.  Plenty of good material here and in other sections of the site. 

Does anyone have any comments/predictions regarding the other schools in the NWC, beyond George Fox and Linfield?   Based on last year's record, Pacific Lutheran appears like they're at least competitive with those two, but what about others?   Whitworth, Willamette?  Seems like Willamette's ramped up their recruiting with an eye toward improvement.   
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: swede on January 16, 2006, 11:28:32 pm
What impresses me the most about Patterson is that he makes contact with the ball. I only saw a few cat games last year but never saw him strike out.

Title: Re: NWC
Post by: swede on January 16, 2006, 11:39:17 pm
Baseball in the great Northwest

if it ever stops raining!! ;D ;D  Do they have flotation devices for the outfielders?  Tee hee!  Just to say hi cause the Olinemom is BCBaseball Mom  as well!!
Olinemom
Nice to see ya on the BB board. As for those flotation devices they are prohibited by the NCAA. However, the morning of the game the ground crew sets out sump pumps at each base where they anchor the bags and once the water recedes they bring in a helicopter to dry the field. ;D
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tezbaseball on January 17, 2006, 11:55:33 am
Thanks, Ralph.   I'm working on getting caught up with previous postings.  Plenty of good material here and in other sections of the site. 

Does anyone have any comments/predictions regarding the other schools in the NWC, beyond George Fox and Linfield?   Based on last year's record, Pacific Lutheran appears like they're at least competitive with those two, but what about others?   Whitworth, Willamette?  Seems like Willamette's ramped up their recruiting with an eye toward improvement.   

I'll post the 2006 team outlooks as they come out.
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: LCLetters on January 17, 2006, 05:16:28 pm
Any news on Alex Justus playing again?  He had some games with the Gateway Grizzlies at the end of the summer.
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tezbaseball on January 17, 2006, 05:29:46 pm
Any news on Alex Justus playing again?  He had some games with the Gateway Grizzlies at the end of the summer.

LC thanks for the question. I will tap my resources to find out....
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tuxguy on January 18, 2006, 02:14:05 pm
Talked with one of the players last night at Roth's. He sounded pretty positive about the season ahead. Said he Can't wait to get outside for some action. I new the Cats  would be good, after my talk, sounds like the Cats are going to be real good.
            GO WILDCATS!  BRING BACK THE BAND! ;D
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tezbaseball on January 18, 2006, 05:25:24 pm
Talked with one of the players last night at Roth's. He sounded pretty positive about the season ahead. Said he Can't wait to get outside for some action. I new the Cats  would be good, after my talk, sounds like the Cats are going to be real good.
            GO WILDCATS!  BRING BACK THE BAND! ;D

Please no band in baseball. The 'Cats will be ok. I figure top 3 finish. Question is what did Pat Bailey bring in over at GFC
Title: NCAA Division III All Time All Tournament Team
Post by: Tezbaseball on January 18, 2006, 07:14:32 pm
NCAA Division III All Time All Tournament Team

First Team
Pos - Player, Team (years played)                       
 C  - Doug Flowers, NC Wesleyan (1989-90)             
1B  - Craig Lieder, Wisconsin-Oshkosh, (1992-95)     
2B  - John Cole, Ithaca (1985-86)                       
3B  - Jeremy Stewart, NC Wesleyan (1997-99)           
3B  - Mike Brandts, Marietta (1984-86)                 
SS  - Tim Jorgensen, Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1992-95)     
DH  - John Deutsch, Montclair St (1986-87)             
OF  - Eric Jarman, NC Wesleyan (1987, 1989-90)       
OF  - Terry Jorgensen, Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1985-87)   
OF  - Bob Prince, Southern Maine (1989, 1991-92)     
OF  - Mark DeMenna, William Paterson (1995-96,1999)   

Pos - Player, Team (years played)                       
 P  - Corey Hamman, Montclair State (2000-01)           
 P  - Joey Serfass, Eastern Conn State (2002-04)       
 P  - Brian Ford, Methodist (1992, 1995)   
           
Second Team
Pos - Player, Team (years played)                       
 C  - Kevin Murdock, Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1984-87)     
1B  - Jeff Polinsky, La Verne, (1995)                 
2B  - Craig Conway, Montclair State (1998,2000-01)   
3B  - Ken Wainczak, College of NJ (1991)             
SS  - Brian Lindner, William Paterson (1995-96)       
SS  - Jim Fasano, Montclair St (1985-87)               
DH  - Tim Peterson, Rowan (1977-78)                   
OF  - Shorty Flees, Carthage, 1994-95, 1997)         
OF  - Brad Bonine, St Thomas (1999-2001)             
OF  - Mark Talarico, Marietta (1980-1983)             
OF  - Dwight Wildman, Eastern Conn State (2002-04)   
OF  - Gary Williamson, Southern Maine (1991-92)        

Pos - Player, Team (years played)                     
 P  - Frank Dippold, Montclair State (1993)         
 P  - Rich Jarer, Cortland State (1997-99)           
 P  - Jarrod Washburn, Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1994-95)   
P  - Scott Hyde, George Fox (2004)                    

Honorable Mention
Pos - Player, Team (years played)                       
 C  - Derek Bastinck, Ramapo (1984)                   
 C  - Drew Witouski, Marietta (1985-86, 1988)       
1B  - Dan Boer, Cal St Stanislaus (1976-77)       
2B  - Chris D'Amato, Eastern Conn State (1995,1998)   
UT  - Jim Pancher, Marietta (1981-83)                   
DH  - Lou Milano, Ithaca (1985-86, 1988)               

Pos - Player, Team (years played)                   
 P  - Brad Matzek, Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1993-94)         
 P  - Scott Chiasson, Eastern Conn State (1998)     
 P  - Jason Jensen, Southern Maine (1997)             
 P  - Jim Katschke, Marietta (1983-86)                 
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: cawcdad on January 19, 2006, 03:16:19 pm
Tez,
Just curious where the list came from. I work with Dan Boer, great guy!
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tezbaseball on January 20, 2006, 11:12:35 am
Tez,
Just curious where the list came from. I work with Dan Boer, great guy!


I think I found it on the d3 sports website. I will hunt it down for you.
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Gig Harbor Cat on January 20, 2006, 11:36:33 am
Its that time again boys.  while I am a huge Wildcat football fan, baseball is my true love. 
As for the Cats they will be just fine.  One of my players will be starting at 3rd this year.  He was a stud in high school and he has developed quite well.  Up until now he has had to wait his turn, playing behind some outstanding players, but I expect a big year from him and the Cats.

GO CATS

   GHC
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tom Brady on January 20, 2006, 12:57:43 pm
Hey all you NWC guys, it's good old Tom Brady from the football board with my new name for the Baseball season.
I am going to have to go against Linfield right now (although I became a Linfield football fan).  The reason is because they always seem to make it to the post-season ranked pretty high and they go and get beat pretty bad.  All these high expectations year in and year out with no results.  It kind of reminds me of the Colts of '05.  Oh well, still looking forward to talking about some hard-ball with you guys.
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: shane falco on January 21, 2006, 01:49:01 am
Hey wild thing,

Yeah, the Cat's haven't done very well in the post season.  I have some thoughts and opinions that I believe is the reason for the for the lack of success in the postseason,  but I'm going to keep that to myself.

I'm sure the Cat's will be very talented this year, as they always seem to be.  Replacing Justus will be tough, that guy was nails.  The catcher was good too, and of course Patterson.  All that leadership up the middle will be tough to replace.



 
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: LCLetters on January 21, 2006, 12:46:20 pm
Linfield lost Justus who was their #1 pitcher, would start at 1st when he wasn't pitching, and was a pretty good DH as well. Brant Shilliam had a great pitching year as well, graduated him along with Downs. Rass had a shaky season then surgery, I'm crossing my fingers that he's recovering smoothly; Lawrence has a mean fast ball, but didn't get much time last year coming off surgery. Daily can pretty much play any position, so I hope to see him pitching some games. Little Patterson transferred, he had potential.

Linfield also graduated Moore at 3rd who had a fantastic season (I'm looking forward to seeing Shearer do well), Ott, Big Patterson (everyone knows about him), Stolsig will be hard to replace but Jon Fredrick can step up, and Armstrong was one of the quickest guys out there.

I will call it a "rebuilding year" but I have faith that the boys will do well. I'm looking forward to see some guys shine- Brian Baker, Rasmussen, Daily, Glover, D Law, maybe even Kevin Mills. They're going to make it difficult for Fox to breeze through the season. Can't wait for the season to start!
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tuxguy on January 21, 2006, 02:42:08 pm
LC,how about the Kerns kid from Dayton? And there was a kid from Regis, a JR. this year who is a pitcher I believe. any thoughts? anyone? I just want to know who to watch.

                     BRING BACK THE BAND!
                     JUST NOT AT THE BASEBALL GAMES! ;D
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: LCLetters on January 21, 2006, 09:02:28 pm
Unfortunately I didn't see Caleb really play, I made it to every Linfield varsity game in the state of Oregon, but only one JV match up.  I'm not sure who you're thinking of from Regis.  Anybody know if the team is picking up any transfers?  Again, watch for Baker, he's going to be even better this year (and hopefully won't take any pitches in the helmet again, that was terrifying), I really hope D Law can show his potential along with Rass, but I don't know who the third starting pitcher will be, maybe Daily because he can pretty much do anything.
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tezbaseball on January 22, 2006, 12:24:03 am
Interesting site. You can see by where a MLB player went to school.

http://baseballreference.com/schools/
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: cawcdad on January 22, 2006, 11:38:10 am
Cool site Tez. I don't know how much time I just spent there. I know it was a alot though. ;D
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tezbaseball on January 23, 2006, 12:02:53 pm
Another good website.

http://www.baseballnorthwest.com/

Notice that McMinnville has a couple of kids on the top NW player lists with Glover and Sitton
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tezbaseball on January 23, 2006, 12:14:55 pm
This is an interesting poll from 2005

http://www.boydsworld.com/baseball/isr/div_iii_2004.html
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: swede on January 28, 2006, 11:52:50 am
I've seen McMinnville H.S.'s Grant Glover in action a number of times. Grant would be a great pickup for the wildcats next year but my sources say he won't be attending LC. :'(
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tezbaseball on January 29, 2006, 11:49:15 am
Linfield is hurting. Due to injurys and transfers it should be an interesting year for the Cats. The #6 starter during fall drills is know #2 behind Dailey. Pitchers are falling left and right. I will find out more later
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: LCLetters on January 30, 2006, 02:15:26 pm
Tez-
What happened to Rass and Lawrence?  I know Rass had surgury over summer, but I thought he put in some time on the mound during Fall ball, and D Law should be pretty healed; where do they fall in the lineup?
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Tezbaseball on January 31, 2006, 11:31:42 am
Tez-
What happened to Rass and Lawrence?  I know Rass had surgury over summer, but I thought he put in some time on the mound during Fall ball, and D Law should be pretty healed; where do they fall in the lineup?

I'm not sure. I'm trying to find info out. I will post as soon as I know more....
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: andrewf on February 05, 2006, 11:05:23 pm
Hey guys, I have a few contacts with the GFU team, if you have any questions I can probably help out a bit with what to expect.  I can do a little write-up I suppose but any questions you have would probably be easier as I've never been much of a writer.

Let me know any questions and I'll see what I can answer for ya.
Title: 2006 Baseball Coaches Pre-Season Poll
Post by: Tezbaseball on February 08, 2006, 01:23:09 pm


George Fox Picked to Take Over the Top of NWC Baseball Standings
Spokane, Wash. — George Fox University, which has won or shared the last four Northwest Conference baseball titles, is a strong favorite to repeat as league champions in 2005, according to a preseason poll of conference coaches.

The Bruins picked up six out of nine first place votes to total 83 out of 90 possible poll points. George Fox returns three First Team All-Northwest Conference selections from 2005, including Co-NWC pitcher of the year Derrick Jones, second baseman CR Braniff and outfielder Drew Johnson. George Fox tied Linfield College for the Northwest Conference title in 2005, but did not receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament based on head to head results against the Wildcats. Fox was not awarded an at-large spot in the tournament, despite winning the NCAA Division III Championship in 2004.

Linfield picked up two first place votes to finish with 74 points in the poll. The two-time NWC co-champions with George Fox, the Wildcats must replace NWC player of the year Tommy Paterson, as well as Co-NWC pitcher of the year Alex Justus. But the Wildcats do return all-conference DH John Dailey.

Pacific Lutheran University was third in the poll with one first place vote and 63 points. The Lutes, who finished only one game out of first place last year, will rely on All-NWC catcher David Fox.

Whitworth College (49 points), Pacific University (46), and Willamette University (43) finished fourth through sixth in the poll, respectively, separated by only six points. Whitworth has Second Team All-NWC pitcher Cody Person back again, while Pacific returns All-NWC first baseman Matt McCord.

The University of Puget Sound was sixth in the poll with 34 points, followed by Whitman College (14) and Lewis & Clark College (13).


here's the link.http://www.nwcsports.com/sports/Baseball/06BBpoll.htm
Title: LC Season preview
Post by: Tezbaseball on February 08, 2006, 01:25:22 pm
(Baseball, Jan. 31) The Lewis & Clark baseball season opens on Saturday, Feb. 4 when the Pioneers travel to Southern California for a weekend series against Pomona. The Pioneers will look very familiar this year, with 19 players returning from last year's squad.

The Pioneers regain the services of their top pitcher, Eric Maroncelli, this season. The junior will be joined on the staff by Jeff Corso, a sophomore who showed great promise at the beginning of the 2005 season. Tyler Smit, last season's most-consistent pitcher, will also be a major factor this season. The biggest change on the mound will be having Chris Estrella move from one end of the battery to the other. The catcher is being converted to a relief pitcher this season for the Pioneers.

Behind the plate, the catching squad goes five-deep, including the Pioneers' second-string freshman quarterback AJ Brown.

The infield will look very similar to last season with 2005 Team MVP Jordan Shibata patrolling the middle of the infield with senior Dan Paldino will be on the hot corner. Shibata lead the team last season with a .404 average and also held the team-lead in RBI and slugging percentage.

It will be a veteran outfield for the Pioneers with Greg Williams beginning his third season as a Pioneer starter and a key to both their offensive and defensive success. Williams led the team in home runs and stolen bases in 2005.

First year head coach Justin Baughman and his team play the first month of the season on the road, including an extensive road trip to Atlanta, Georgia. The Pioneers' first home game of the season will be a non-conference single game on Sunday, March 5 against Concordia.
Title: PLU outllook
Post by: Tezbaseball on February 08, 2006, 01:26:55 pm
Head coach Geoff Loomis says his 2006 Pacific Lutheran University baseball team will be better, offensively, than last year's squad. So for the Lutes to contend for the Northwest Conference title, he says the key will be the pitching.

"We're very unproven on the mound," Loomis said. "Outside of Joe DiPietro, Jeff Caley and Aaron Fulmer -- those three guys have had a lot of experience. But the rest of our staff, which is obviously bigger than three people, is pretty unproven."

"So to play for a league title our pitching is going to have to gain experience. If our young guys step up and fill those holes, then we're going to be okay," Loomis said.

The Lutes graduated Matt Serr, who won 20 games in his PLU career including seven last season, and single-season and career saves leader Aaron Roetcisoender. DiPietro, Caley and Fulmer, who combined for 10 victories last season, are the top returnees. Transfer Brett Brunner and freshman Dylan Stanford are the key newcomers. Brunner is expected to get some starts before the conference season while the hope is that Stanford can take over Roetcisoender's former role.

David Fox, who earned first team all-conference honors last season, returns as the starting catcher. Veteran Bryce DePew and freshman Brandon Sales are the top reserves. Fox started 33 of PLU's 39 games behind the plate last season, which is something Loomis hopes to avoid this spring. "I'd like to be able to spell him, have him DH in some games.

"One, we've got to prep somebody to be ready when Dave graduates, and two, it's tough...the wear and tear," Loomis said.

Eric Stanczyk is the top returnee at first base, with freshmen Jordan Post challenging for the starting role. Another freshman, Kris Hansen, is another possibility. Loomis says those three give the Lutes a good "right and left option" at the plate. Post, a left-handed hitter, will take over for Nolan Soete, who completed his eligibility last spring.

At second base, Roger Guzman and Jared Simon return. Guzman came on strong late in the season, finishing with a .413 average, while Simon can play three infield positions and had an on-base percentage of .411 last year and set the school record for hit-by-pitch. "They both bring something a little different to the table but both are solid defensive players," said Loomis.

At shortstop the Lutes return starter Logan Andrews, although he is recovering from a broken nose sufferered during pre-season workouts. If Andrews is forced to sit, Simon will start in his place.

Bobby Benes, who hit .357 last season, returns as the starting third baseman.

In the outfield, the Lutes graduated Jason Miller, who set a school record last year with 63 hits and was named to the all-conference first team. "The thing people forget about is that his outfield play was outstanding. He was a very good defensive left fielder, (so) defensively we're going to miss him as well," Loomis said.

Miller's spot in left field will be filled by freshmen Brandon Sales or Jordan Post. Ryan Thorne returns in center field and Justin Whitehall is back in right field. Thorne hit .348 with 22 RBI last season, while Whitehall was named to the all-conference second team after hitting .336 with 50 hits, 11 doubles and 28 RBI.

The Lutes finished with a 25-14 overall record, including 19-5 in the Northwest Conference last season. In the conference standings, the Lutes ended up in second place, one game behind Linfield and George Fox.

The Lutes were picked to finish third this season in the pre-season coaches poll.
Title: Whitworth Hopes to Continue Improvement in 2006
Post by: Tezbaseball on February 08, 2006, 01:29:40 pm
Whitworth Hopes to Continue Improvement in 2006 

The Whitworth baseball improved the little things in 2005 and those little things paid big dividends for the Pirates on the field. The Bucs reduced their errors from 2004 by more than 20, improved the fielding percentage by 20 points, reduced the team earned run average by nearly a run and a half and cut down on the number of walks allowed by almost 70 last year. In the span of one season Whitworth improved from seventh to fourth in the final NWC standings and increased the season win total by six. Head Coach Keith Ward believes there is room for more improvement in 2006 and that improvement can have another significant impact on the overall results this spring.

"We are going to try to do what we did last year, but do it even better," said Ward, in his ninth season leading the Pirates. "I expect us to continue to be strong in areas like sacrifices and hit and run."

Ward has plenty of experience to work with as he continues to help the team to mature. Twenty lettermen, including five starting position players, return. Also included in that list are two starting pitchers and six pitchers with experience out of the bullpen. Twelve of the players on the roster are seniors.

"The strengths of this year's team are chemistry and work ethic," said Ward. "I credit the senior leadership for setting a great example."

Nick Froman (Jr., SS, Lake Stevens, Wash.) will anchor the infield and the batting order in 2006, once he recovers from an off-season injury that will keep him out of the much of the non-conference line-up. The led the Pirates last fall with a .336 batting average, five home runs and 27 runs batted in.

The rest of the infield is experienced as well. Todd Phillips (Sr., Brewster, Wash.) will start at first base for the second year in a row. He batted .305 last spring. Caleb Reaber (Sr., Victorville, Calif.), who split time at third base with Joel Clark (Jr., Spokane, Wash.) last year, will likely take over that role full time this year, while Clark moves over to second base. Reaber hit .272 with 20 runs batted in last year. Ryne Webb (Jr., Spokane, Wash.), a transfer who started at shortstop last season for the Community Colleges of Spokane, will probably fill the shortstop position until Froman's return and could play either second or third at any point this year.

Mike Marlow (Jr., Spokane, Wash.), a transfer from Gray's Harbor C. C. should make an immediate impact, as both a designated hitter and back up first baseman. Scott Wagstaff (So., Spokane, Wash.) had solid moments as a back up first baseman for the Pirates last spring.

Ryley Hunter (Sr., Cranbrook, B.C.) and Joel Evans (Sr., Spokane, Wash.) will likely split time behind the plate. The pair combined to drive in 17 runs in back up roles last season. Joel Tampien (Jr., Tekoa, Wash.) gives the Pirates solid depth at catcher.

The outfield will be anchored by Danny Pecka (Sr., Spokane, Wash.), who will likely move to center field after starting the last two years in right field. He has 15 defensive assists from the outfield over that time. Dustin Frank (Jr., Rathdrum, Idaho), who started 24 games last year with a team-best .347 batting average, will most likely start in right field this spring. Van Lierman (Jr., Bothell, Wash.) is a leading candidate to start in left field. He started 13 games last year and batted .280. Nate Rodland (So., Kirkland, Wash.), along with newcomer Corey Anderson (Fr., Spokane, Wash.), will give the Bucs depth in the outfield. Another alternative that Ward is considering is Trevor Sheffels (Sr., Wilbur, Wash.), who made 14 pitching appearances last year but is considered one of the best all-around athletes on the team.

Cody Person (Sr., Florence, Mont.) returns as a starting pitcher for the Pirates. Person finished 5-2 with a 3.48 earned run average last season after becoming a full time starter midway through the season. He was named Second Team All-NWC. Steve Hare (Jr., Spokane, Wash.), who got off to a great start with a 1.93 ERA before suffering a season-ending knee injury, should return to the starting mound as well this season. Jayson Stark (Jr., Prosser, Wash.) and Brandon Zimmerman (Jr., Spokane, Wash.) both have junior college experience and could take over the other starting role. Stark played at Pierce C. C. last season, while Zimmerman was at C. C. of Spokane.

Gregg Hare (Sr., Spokane, Wash.), who finished with five saves last season, is Whitworth's most experienced relief pitcher, along with Sheffels, who led the Pirates in appearances. Mark Redmond (So., Spokane, Wash.) is a transfer from College of the Desert in California who could make an immediate impact. Jason Weatherman (So., Chino, Calif.), Jordan Farkas (So., Anchorage, Alaska), and James Nelson (So., Port Orchard, Wash.) made solid contributions as freshmen and could see their roles increase this year. Rob Shields (Sr., Grand Coulee, Wash.) has three years experience with the Bucs. John Hauck (Fr., Spokane, Wash.) and Cory Cooper (Medical Lake, Wash.) give the Pirates solid depth in the bullpen.

Whitworth will open the season on February 12th at NAIA powerhouse Lewis-Clark State College. In all, Whitworth will play the Warriors five times in 2006, including two meetings at the Guardian Plumbing Tournament on February 24-25. Whitworth will also play four games at the Arizona Desert Classic on February 16-19, including NCAA West Region contests against University of La Verne and Cal State East Bay. The Northwest Conference will be as challenging as ever. Whitworth opens NWC play March 4-5 on the road at Pacific University. The Pirates' home-opening series will be against NWC-favorite George Fox University on March 11-12.

 
Title: Linfield season outlook
Post by: Tezbaseball on February 09, 2006, 11:07:47 am
Heres the link http://www.linfield.edu/sports/sport/outlook.php?sport=bb
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: LCLetters on February 09, 2006, 03:24:54 pm
Whew, just read the Linfield season outlook, and well, eek, it confirms all my suspicions.  Too bad about Lawrence, he could do so well!  From what I hear, Shearer's going to get challenged for his starting 3rd base position by Bachofner early off, but other than that I think the outlook seems pretty accurate.  A lot of new faces to varsity to look forward to, anybody know when the marathon game is?
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on February 11, 2006, 06:25:53 pm
Check out this interesting list on the Carthage web page:

Do any of the teams listed surprise you?

http://www.carthage.edu/athletics/index.cfm?page=325
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: andrewf on February 13, 2006, 09:34:52 pm
I'm too lazy to do a full write-up so i'll just put the GFU one up.

/13 – PREVIEW: Eight Returning Regulars, Deep Pitching Fuel Bruins’ Optimism for 2006 Baseball

NEWBERG, Ore. – Any team that makes it to the World Series hopes to get back some day – and the George Fox University Bruins are no exception.

The Bruins captured the NCAA Division III national championship in 2004, but were denied an at-large bid to the 2005 playoffs and a chance to defend that title, despite another record-setting year. The Bruins went 32-12, tying a record for most wins in the regular season, and won 15 in a row in mid-season, another record. With a fielding average of .979, the Bruins led the nation for the second time in three years and established a new Division III standard. A 20-4 record in Northwest Conference play netted the Bruins a share of their fourth straight conference crown, but the league’s automatic bid to the playoffs went to arch-rival Linfield College, which won the season series 2-1.

Now, with eight regulars in the lineup returning and possibly the deepest pitching staff the program has ever had, NWC Co-Coach of the Year Pat Bailey believes the pieces are in place for yet another run at the NWC championship and more post-season play.

“On paper, we’re solid and deep,” says Bailey, whose 10-year record stands at 294-132 and whose .690 winning percentage ranks 18th among active D-III coaches. “Two things we need: we must avoid injuries to our key players, and we must have everyone buy into the ‘team’ concept and not worry about their individual statistics or playing time.”

Pitching

When assessing the Bruins’ pitching, Bailey points out that “we don’t have anyone the caliber of Scott Hyde (the 2004 ace who was National Co-Pitcher of the Year and MVP of the World Series) – hardly anyone does – but we have the next-best thing in Derrick Jones (Sr., Forest Grove, Ore. / Forest Grove HS).”

Targeted as the Bruins’ closer at the start of the season, Jones moved into the starting rotation at No. 1 after the conference-opening Linfield series and went 9-1 with 2.50 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 75.2 innings, earning NWC Co-Pitcher of the Year honors. Toss in a .377 batting average with 10 home runs and 63 RBI (4th in the nation) as the Bruins’ designated hitter, and it is easy to see how he was voted First Team All-West Region and First Team All-America as a utility player.

Jones has had a history of arm problems, so Bailey will be judicious with his time on the mound until conference play starts. “We’ve got to have Derrick,” admits Bailey, “because we have a lot of people who are capable of handing the 2 and 3 spots in the rotation.”

Southpaw Brandon Rupp (Sr., Beaverton, Ore. / Southridge HS) is set to return to the No. 2 role after earning Second Team All-NWC honors with a 7-5 record, 3.36 ERA, and 70 strikeouts in a staff-leading 88.1 innings. “Brandon is a tough, smart competitor who mixes his pitches well and is a real team leader,” says Bailey.

Jordan Purdy (Sr., Keizer, Ore. / McNary HS) is the incumbent at No. 3 after receiving All-NWC honorable mention with a 6-0 record, 4.14 ERA, and 47 strikeouts in 71.2 innings, but is being challenged by Chris Albrecht (Jr., Woodinville, Wash. / Woodinville HS), a transfer from Division I Gonzaga University where he was a middle reliever, and Preston Langeliers (So., Pleasant Hill, Ore. / Pleasant Hill HS), a transfer from Columbia Basin College.

“Jordan has the stuff; he just needs consistency,” notes Bailey. “Chris is a very competitive lefty who has to locate to be effective and throws a splitter for strikeouts; he reminds me of Cory Dixon (No. 2 starter behind Hyde two years ago) who was at his best in the big games. Preston is the second-hardest thrower on the team with an 85-90 mph fastball, but he must get command of his slider and change.”

Crafty southpaw Nick Hedgecock (So., Portland, Ore. / Wilson HS) returns as the closer after an outstanding freshman year in which he was 2-3 with a 3.17 ERA and a record-tying 6 saves. “Nick should be even better this year,” says Bailey, “because of our improved middle relief; we can throw him more often but with fewer innings.”

The middle relief corps has been completely retooled and is deep. Daniel Grierson (So., Portland, Ore. / Parkrose HS), who was 2-1 with a 6.23 ERA in 30.1 innings as a freshman, is the one middle reliever with some college experience. Along with whoever is not in the third spot in the rotation, Bailey can also choose from among newcomers Jeff Wheeler (Jr., Milwaukie, Ore. / Rex Putnam HS), who transferred from Mt. Hood Community College, Nick Bratney (Fr., Boise, Idaho / Bishop Kelly HS), lefty Matt Wyckoff (Fr., Olympia, Wash. / Olympia HS), and Kyle Johnson (Fr., Spring Valley, Calif. / Steel Canyon HS).

“Daniel will be very valuable in our bullpen because he knows what it takes to win at this level,” says Bailey. “Wheeler, Bratney, and Wyckoff are all big athletes with good fastballs; Jeff and Matt get it up there at 84-88, while Nick is a groundball guy with a good sinker. Kyle is a strike-throwing machine with three pitches.”

Also available if needed are Rase Rowley (Jr., Aloha, Ore. / Aloha HS), who was 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA in limited action, and newcomers Jon Pope (Fr., Sandy, Utah / Jordan HS) and Nick Metz (Fr., Edgewood, Wash. / Puyallup HS).

Catching

The George Fox catching is in capable and experienced hands with switch-hitting Ryan Fobert (So., Dallas, Ore. / Dallas HS) and Kevin Kopple (Sr., Vallejo, Calif. / St. Patrick-St. Vincent HS). Fobert hit .276 with 4 home runs and 15 RBI as a freshman, while Kopple contributed a .250 average with 11 RBI.

“Ryan has progressed offensively and is throwing better to second; his timing and accuracy are much improved,” observes Bailey. “Kevin will also see a good bit of playing time as our veteran catcher.”

Providing depth behind the dish will be rookie Peter Shanks (Fr., Friday Harbor, Wash. / Friday Harbor HS).

Infield

The Bruins lost only one starter from last year’s lineup, but that was a big one – All-American shortstop David Peterson, who signed with the Texas Rangers. Plugging that hole is Bailey’s biggest challenge this season, and he has four candidates, all with good potential, fighting for the spot.

The only one with any college experience is Jake Atwell-Scrivener (So., Bellevue, Wash. / Newport HS), who hit .167 in limited action as a freshman. Bo Thunell (Fr., Canyon City, Ore. / Grant Union HS), the state 2A Player of the Year, appears to be the front-runner in the early going, but he will be pushed by Josh Burch (Fr., Redding, Calif. / Shasta HS) and Patrick Bailey (Fr., Highland, Utah / Lone Peak HS), who is not related to the coach.

Second baseman C.R. Braniff (Sr., Hillsboro, Ore. / Century HS) is this year’s infield anchor after earning First Team All-NWC and Second Team All-West Region honors. He hit .363 with 31 RBI, 14 doubles, and 13 stolen bases, and is a slick fielder who made only 3 errors all season. “C.R is our infield glue,” says Bailey. “He’s batted second for us in the past, but may move further down in the order because he is so clutch at driving in runs.”

Third base belongs to Tye Tinner (Sr., Portland, Ore. / Grant HS), who batted .315 with 2 home runs and 18 RBI but missed several games in mid-season due to an illness which sapped his strength for quite a while. Marc Mason (Sr., Lake Oswego, Ore. / Lakeridge HS) did a yeoman’s job filling in, batting .370 with a home run and 15 RBI. “Both Tye and Marc will play a lot,” admits Bailey. “Marc has a little more pop in his bat, but Tye is the better defensive player, so it may just depend on match-ups and who’s hot.”

Gehrig Richins (Sr., Lake Oswego, Ore. / Lakeridge HS), who batted .340 with 3 home runs and 35 RBI, returns at first, with Bryan Donohue (Jr., Gersham, Ore. / Sam Barlow HS), a transfer from Mt. Hood Community College, pushing for playing time as well. “Gehrig had some big hits for us last year, and we look for even more of the same this year,” says Bailey. “Bryan has great eye at the plate and would be great in the No. 2 hole.”

Wyckoff, when he isn’t pitching, can also play first, and Bailey likes him for the future. “Matt will be a big-time hitter in this league before he’s through,” the coach predicts. Chris Fine (So., Burlington, Wash. / Burlingotn-Edison HS) is also available for duty at first if needed.

Back-up infielders include Ryan Van Oostrum (So., Yakima, Wash. / East Valley HS), who appeared in six games last year, Greg Stocklein (So., Sacramento, calif. / Oakmont HS), a transfer from Lewis & Clark College, and Nate Brown (Fr., Kingston, Wash. / North Kitsap HS).

Outfield

“We are easily five deep in the outfield,” says Bailey. The Bruins return Daniel Downs (Jr., Kirkland, Wash. / Bellevue Christian HS) in left, Drew Johnson (Jr., New Plymouth, Idaho / New Plymouth HS) in center, and Dan Wentzell (Jr., Tualatin, Ore. / Tualatin HS) in right. Downs hit .352 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI to earn Second Team All-NWC and Third Team All-Region honors, Johnson hit .365 with 19 RBI and 27 stolen bases from his leadoff spot to garner First Team All-NWC and Second Team All-Region awards, and Wentzell finished with a flourish, slugging 5 home runs in the final week to end with a .339 average, 8 home runs and 41 RBI.

“If those three become even more consistent, the offensive production of our outfielders will really be something,” says Bailey. “They all have good speed, Johnson especially, and pretty much catch everything hit their way.” None, in fact, had any errors during the season.

Lefty-swinging Nic Chapin (Jr., Oregon City, Ore. / Oregon City HS) will be in the lineup somewhere. “Nic is a line-drive hitter whose best position is left field, and he will be a welcome addition to our roster,” says Bailey of the transfer from Oregon State University.

Evan Hagen (Jr., Olympia, Wash. / Tumwater HS), a fine defensive outfielder, returns and will see plenty of playing time if he can pull up his batting average after struggling to an .042 mark last season. Andrew Martin (Sr., Toledo, Wash. / Toledo HS), who hit .125 primarily as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement, is also available. Providing outfield depth are newcomers Jeremiah Frey (So., Medford, Ore. / Rogue River HS), a transfer from Shasta Community College; Jason Brown (Fr., Battle Ground, Wash. / Prairie HS); Nate Szymanowski (Fr., Spokane, Wash. / Freeman HS); and Kyle Kuenzi (Fr., Silverton, Ore. / Silverton HS).

Summary

With a record of 183-81 over the last six years, George Fox ranks 21st in wins among all Division III schools in the 2000s, has won or shared five conference crowns, and made four post-season appearances. The Bruins are favored to win the Northwest Conference this year by the league’s coaches, and were picked 26th nationally in the pre-season by Collegiate Baseball magazine. That’s a strong legacy, and Bailey is excited about the challenge of measuring up.

“This is the best depth, with the best arms overall, that we’ve had at George Fox,” says Bailey. “We have a lot of pieces, and the sooner we find out who fits best in which spots, the sooner we will jell as a team. We go 10 or 12 deep in pitching. Defensively, we may not be quite as strong after losing the experience and glove of Peterson, but we’ll certainly get the job done. Offensively, we had a good year (the team hit .330, stole a record 89 bases, and averaged 8.2 runs a game), but I think we’re capable of putting even more runs on the board this year.”

Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: Tuxguy on February 15, 2006, 07:43:36 pm
not sure how to vote.....lost the chad somewhere, think it's hanging around here somewhere, ;) I think you know who i'd vote for...........WILDCATS!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: swede on February 19, 2006, 01:37:03 pm
Tezbaseball
Congrats on your employment with the Lancaster Jet Hawks.  I hear its a long class A season with somewhere around 140 games excluding the playoffs. Who hired you?
Anyway, congratulations again.

I  bookmarked the team site. I saw last year where they were 1st in the league in both hitting and pitching and are a class A advanced team.
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: Tezbaseball on February 19, 2006, 02:51:24 pm
Tezbaseball
Congrats on your employment with the Lancaster Jet Hawks.  I hear its a long class A season with somewhere around 140 games excluding the playoffs. Who hired you?
Anyway, congratulations again.

I  bookmarked the team site. I saw last year where they were 1st in the league in both hitting and pitching and are a class A advanced team.

Swede,
Thanks. I was hired by the JetHawks and Diamondbacks. It should be a fun summer. I start work March 20th.
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: bergybit on February 21, 2006, 06:53:37 pm
Willamette's now 5-1 (3 of 3 at Occidental and 2 of 3 at Menlo College).  Occidental is projected to be pretty weak but Menlo's supposed to have a fairly good team.  Willamette's defense looked solid and their pitching stood up well.   I saw some of the games at Occidental and Menlo and was really impressed and a bit surprised by the quality of play (particularly with Willamette and Menlo).   Being new to D-III baseball, I didn't know what to expect.  Hopefully Willamette can keep it up (or a reasonable approximation...) during conference play.

OK, this has been bugging me, so as a parent of a freshman, I have to ask this - is it a pretty rare situation when a freshman position player gets much playing time at this point in the season?   All you baseball parents out there know where I coming from!
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on February 21, 2006, 07:24:07 pm
I would think it is very rare for freshmen to see much polaying time at all during their freshmen year. Most coaches give them a little time here and there unless he is an impact player right off the bat. I know of many D3 All-Americans that did not see the field until they were juniors... gotta put in your time.
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: Orca Jr. on February 23, 2006, 03:29:35 pm
OK, this has been bugging me, so as a parent of a freshman, I have to ask this - is it a pretty rare situation when a freshman position player gets much playing time at this point in the season? All you baseball parents out there know where I coming from!

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While it is rare, occasionally (from my experience being very close to the 'Cats baseball team the last three years) freshman will get some playing time early in the season.  However, don't let hopes get too high because come conference play, that will most likely end.  A lot of younger players become discouraged when they see the PT taken from them after seeing some innings early in the season. 
Jr.
Title: Yamhill County Spring Classic
Post by: Tezbaseball on February 23, 2006, 07:04:09 pm
http://www.linfield.edu/sports/release.php?id=1375

YAMHILL COUNTY SPRING CLASSIC SCHEDULE
Subject to change due to weather
Thursday, February 23
Corban vs. George Fox, 2 p.m., Morse Field, Newberg
Concordia vs. Linfield, 2 p.m., Helser Field, McMinnville
British Columbia vs. Pacific Lutheran, 6 p.m., Helser Field, McMinnville

Friday, February 24
Whitman vs. Concordia, 10 a.m., Morse Field, Newberg
George Fox vs. British Columbia, 2 p.m., Morse Field, Newberg
Pacific Lutheran vs. Corban, 2 p.m., Helser Field, McMinnville
Linfield vs. Whitman, 6 p.m., Helser Field, McMinnville

Saturday, February 25
George Fox vs. Pacific Lutheran, 10 a.m., Morse Field, Newberg
Pacific Lutheran v.Concordia, 2 p.m., Morse Field, Newberg
Linfield vs. British Columbia, 2 p.m., Helser Field, McMinnville
Whitman vs. Corban, 6 p.m., Helser Field, McMinnville

Sunday, February 26
British Columbia vs. Whitman, 10 a.m., Helser Field, McMinnville
Corban vs. Linfield, 2 p.m., Helser Field, McMinnville
Concordia vs. George Fox, 2 p.m., Morse Field, Newberg
 
   

 
 

Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: andrewf on February 24, 2006, 04:55:21 pm
I would agree it's a pretty rare thing for freshmen to get significant playing time.  Everyone's making good points, at the beginning of the season many coaches are looking to see which players will do well and play everyone a fairly large amount of time before trimming down who will really play.

Still, at George Fox I've seen 2 freshmen in the past 2 years that have started so it's a definite possibility.
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on February 26, 2006, 02:25:18 pm
Willamette's now 5-1 (3 of 3 at Occidental and 2 of 3 at Menlo College).  Occidental is projected to be pretty weak but Menlo's supposed to have a fairly good team.  Willamette's defense looked solid and their pitching stood up well.   I saw some of the games at Occidental and Menlo and was really impressed and a bit surprised by the quality of play (particularly with Willamette and Menlo).   Being new to D-III baseball, I didn't know what to expect.  Hopefully Willamette can keep it up (or a reasonable approximation...) during conference play.


Menlo swept by Chapman 10-3 and 15-0 on Saturday... hope this gives you some feedback on where Willamette stands after a 5-1 start... Menlo is relatively weak.
Title: Cats take two from GF
Post by: Tezbaseball on March 05, 2006, 03:32:45 pm
Wow, Linfield took two from GF on Sat. More to follow


Here's the link
http://www.linfield.edu/sports/release.php?id=1392
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: andrewf on March 05, 2006, 10:01:46 pm
Surprising....although GF came back from 5 down to take the 3rd in the series.  Early lead to Linfield.
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on March 06, 2006, 01:05:38 am
It's a marathon, not a sprint. It will be fun to watch George Fox attempt to run them down from here on out.
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on March 16, 2006, 06:05:28 pm
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Rick Vaughn
The reason is because they always seem to make it to the post-season ranked pretty high and they go and get beat pretty bad.  All these high expectations year in and year out with no results.

Shane Falco
I have some thoughts and opinions that I believe is the reason for the for the lack of success in the postseason, but I'm going to keep that to myself.


I am not able to walk a mile in anyone's mocassins but I will express an opinion because I saw the last two NCAA tourneys. LINFIELD chose to play percentages and conservative while the teams that won let it rip.

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Tezbaseball
It should be a fun summer. I start work March 20th.


I would like a summer that started on the last day of winter!
Good luck to you.


Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on March 28, 2006, 02:44:51 am
I pundited the first baseball poll and Regional Polls on the milti-region board.

Comments invited. ;)

http://www.d3sports.com/post/index.php?topic=4159.45
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on November 11, 2006, 02:17:41 pm
http://www.linfield.edu/sports/release.php?id=1768

Scott Brosius new LINFIELD baseball coach.
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: Spence on November 12, 2006, 10:18:51 am
Great for D-III baseball all the way around. And a Yankee hero at that! :)
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on November 14, 2006, 12:54:21 pm
Great for D-III baseball all the way around. And a Yankee hero at that! :)

There will now be a whole new generation of Red Sox fans being brought up to hate Linfield.
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: RedandPurple on February 13, 2007, 03:51:51 pm
"Hello again, everybody. It's a bee-yooo-tiful day for baseball." -- Harry Caray

Linfield will be down here playing in the Desert Classic this weekend (Thursday-Sunday).
I'm looking forward to wearing my Wildcat gear and cheering them on.

Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on February 13, 2007, 04:11:49 pm
"Hello again, everybody. It's a bee-yooo-tiful day for baseball." -- Harry Caray

Your quote made my heart jump... I miss 'Ol Harry! I still get Vin Scully for the local Dodger games... he is a legend.
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: RedandPurple on February 13, 2007, 04:20:40 pm
"Hello again, everybody. It's a bee-yooo-tiful day for baseball." -- Harry Caray

Your quote made my heart jump... I miss 'Ol Harry! I still get Vin Scully for the local Dodger games... he is a legend.

"All year long they looked to him (Kirk Gibson) to light the fire and all year long he answered the demands. High fly ball into right field. She is gone! [pause] In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened." Vin Scully

Mr. Scully is the best!



Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on February 13, 2007, 07:19:55 pm
"Hello again, everybody. It's a bee-yooo-tiful day for baseball." -- Harry Caray

Your quote made my heart jump... I miss 'Ol Harry! I still get Vin Scully for the local Dodger games... he is a legend.

"All year long they looked to him (Kirk Gibson) to light the fire and all year long he answered the demands. High fly ball into right field. She is gone! [pause] In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened." Vin Scully

Mr. Scully is the best!


I got goose bumps when I read that, and a tear came to my eye.  (I sure do miss my Dad.   :'( :)  One of the simple joys of life is playing catch with your Dad. ... Or your Mom, or your son, your daughter, your brother, your sister, your grandfather,...)
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on February 14, 2007, 10:10:12 am
I'd like to take a pause on this board now before the season really gets going to remember The King and His Court.
Anyone having seen Eddie do his thing must still marvel. I do.  :'(
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: RedandPurple on February 14, 2007, 12:30:54 pm


"All year long they looked to him (Kirk Gibson) to light the fire and all year long he answered the demands. High fly ball into right field. She is gone! [pause] In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened." Vin Scully

Mr. Scully is the best!

[/quote]

I got goose bumps when I read that, and a tear came to my eye.  (I sure do miss my Dad.   :'( :)  One of the simple joys of life is playing catch with your Dad. ... Or your Mom, or your son, your daughter, your brother, your sister, your grandfather,...)
[/quote]

Ralph:
Couldn't have said it better. The joy having a catch with my dad brought me is equal only to the  joy I had throwing the ball around with my daughter and son. Can't wait for my granddaughter to get a little bigger!


"Let's play two." - Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs


Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on February 14, 2007, 03:46:18 pm
Wow, just reading your quotes from Hall of Fame announcers just makes me wish openning day was here.
Man, I could just hear Vin Scully calling out "and now, its time for Dodger baseball". Thanks for bring up such good memories.

With Several of your NWC teams and several SCIAC teams heading south for tomorrows opening round of the Arizona invetational, i couldn't help but to peep into this braod and get some insight on the likes of Linfield and pirate baseball.
From the looks of it your teams should do well and have no problems against teams like La Verne or Redlands.  ALthough, i expect Redlands to play well in several games, i still feel that if they were to meet up with the cats, Redlands lack of offense would not prevail. Please shed some more information on these games at the big classic out in the desert
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: RedandPurple on February 15, 2007, 12:07:39 pm
"There are three types of baseball players: those who make things happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens." - Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda


Arizona Desert Classic Schedule:

Thursday, February 15th

(Varsity Field)
Game One:      10:00  a.m.   George Fox University v. Cal Lutheran University
Game Two:      2:00 p.m.                    Linfield College v. La Verne University

(JV Field)
Game Three:      10:00 a.m.   Pacific Lutheran University v. University of Redlands
Game Four:      2:00 p.m.   Whitman College v. Whittier College

Friday, February 16th

(Varsity Field)
Game One:      10:00 a.m.   La Verne University v. Whitman College   
Game Two:      2:00 p.m.   Cal Lutheran University v. Pacific Lutheran University

(JV Field – Boulder High School)
Game Three:      10:00 a.m.   Whittier College v. Linfield College
Game Four:      2:00 p.m.                   University of Redlands v. George Fox University

Saturday, February 17th

(Varsity Field)
Game One:      10:00 a.m.   Pacific Lutheran University v. Whittier College
Game Two:      2:00 p.m.                   Whitman College v. University of Redlands

(JV Field)
Game Three:      10:00 a.m.   George Fox University v. La Verne University
Game Four:      2:00 p.m.                    Linfield College v.  Cal Lutheran University

Sunday, February 18th

(Varsity Field)
Game One:      10:00 a.m.   University of Redlands v. Linfield College
Game Two:      2:00 p.m.                   Whittier College v. George Fox University

(JV Field)
Game Three:      10:00 a.m.   Cal Lutheran University v. Whitman College
Game Four:      2:00 p.m.                   La Verne University v. Pacific Lutheran University
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on February 15, 2007, 12:24:08 pm
No wonder they call it the desert Classic.  ;D

Thats a pretty good line up of games. I just wish there were a California Beach classic with all these teams in the line up. Maybe, the d3baseball committee can ask the good people at Pepperdine U. if why would use their field, that has the most awesome view of the Pacific ocean, to play the Cal Classic.
However, like your quote on from the great Tommy Lasorda, there are people who make things happen, those that watch it happen and those who wonder what would happen if. Enjoy the games ;D
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on February 15, 2007, 01:03:05 pm
No wonder they call it the desert Classic.  ;D

Thats a pretty good line up of games. I just wish there were a California Beach classic with all these teams in the line up. Maybe, the d3baseball committee can ask the good people at Pepperdine U. if why would use their field, that has the most awesome view of the Pacific ocean, to play the Cal Classic.
However, like your quote on from the great Tommy Lasorda, there are people who make things happen, those that watch it happen and those who wonder what would happen if. Enjoy the games ;D

Or hold it in San Diego at Point Loma University. Check out the link to "America's Most Scenic Ballpark."
http://www.pointloma.edu/Athletics/Baseball.htm (http://www.pointloma.edu/Athletics/Baseball.htm)
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: RedandPurple on February 15, 2007, 01:35:56 pm
I never did say that you can't be a nice guy and win. I said that if I was playing third base and my mother rounded third with the winning run, I'd trip her up. - Leo Durocher

I'll be able to make the weekend games. It's sunny and in the mid-70's down here.
Great pic of Point Loma.

GO WILDCATS!
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on February 15, 2007, 05:19:05 pm
WOOOOO NELLY :o :o. That is another amazing park that i need to visit sometime. Nice picture by the way. Thanks for the link BP.
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: RedandPurple on February 15, 2007, 07:33:41 pm
Linfield defeats LaVerne 11-7

Go Cats!
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on February 16, 2007, 12:19:09 am

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Feigner (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Feigner)


Quote
In a 1967 exhibition at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Eddie faced a lineup of six Major League Baseball players (five of whom were later elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame). He struck out all six -- Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Brooks Robinson, Willie McCovey, Maury Wills and Harmon Killebrew -- in succession.

I could not quit on this, you guys....
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: RedandPurple on February 16, 2007, 11:05:18 am

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Feigner (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Feigner)


Quote
In a 1967 exhibition at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Eddie faced a lineup of six Major League Baseball players (five of whom were later elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame). He struck out all six -- Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Brooks Robinson, Willie McCovey, Maury Wills and Harmon Killebrew -- in succession.

I could not quit on this, you guys....


D O.C.:
Wow, thanks for the update. I actually saw these guys play in the early 60's.
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on February 16, 2007, 02:44:19 pm

Or hold it in San Diego at Point Loma University. Check out the link to "America's Most Scenic Ballpark."
http://www.pointloma.edu/Athletics/Baseball.htm (http://www.pointloma.edu/Athletics/Baseball.htm)

Reminds me of Driggers Field at McMurry...natural grass, 90 feet between the bases, scoreboard in right-center field, prevailing wind from right center field, the neighbor's kiddie-pool in the backyard over the center field fence... ;D   :D

Thanks, big poppa!
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on February 16, 2007, 04:15:32 pm
Congrats to the cats on their first win in the classic out in the desert.
Did La Verne score their Runs early in the game or later in the game? If any you were out there, did the leo's have a decent or good pitching staff?
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: Sabretooth Tiger on February 16, 2007, 04:43:19 pm
I got goose bumps when I read that, and a tear came to my eye.  (I sure do miss my Dad.   :'( :)  One of the simple joys of life is playing catch with your Dad. ... Or your Mom, or your son, your daughter, your brother, your sister, your grandfather,...)
[/quote]

Amen to that brother . . . soccer ends here today, time to get out the mitts for a little catch . . . and can't leave that sentiment w/o a couple of quotes from "Field of Dreams"

[Terence Mann: Ray, people will come Ray. They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won't mind if you look around, you'll say. It's only $20 per person. They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.

and the ultimate guy tearjerker:

"Hey dad, wanna catch?"

tooth
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: Sabretooth Tiger on February 16, 2007, 04:51:10 pm
Sorry, forgot one:

Shoeless Joe Jackson: Is this heaven?
Ray Kinsella: No, it's Iowa
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on February 16, 2007, 05:00:45 pm
Yes, I know it's a baseball board.  ::)

The Point Loma ball field lead to this in my basketball brain:

Quote
LAGUNA BEACH

Our 2-mile walk leads you to art, views, and the most scenic basketball court in America

Not so. There is a better view from the heights of San Pedro next to the Korean Friendship Bell. You might not ever see Bill Walton playing there but for you and your friends...

Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: RedandPurple on February 18, 2007, 03:45:16 pm
"After I hit a home run I had a habit of running the bases with my head down. I figured the pitcher already felt bad enough without me showing him up rounding the bases." - Mickey Mantle

Congratulations to the Linfield Wildcats.
Great day at the ballpark. The 'Cats won 9-6 over Redlands in 10 innings.
We met some of the parents and players. Hope they can travel down this way again.

GO CATS!
Title: Re: NWC
Post by: Olinemom on February 19, 2007, 10:40:14 pm
Here's a few more links

NCAA
http://www.ncaasports.com/baseball/mens

Baseball America
http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/college/index.html

Thanks for the links.  Here's to a great spring season.  Love my baseball!!  Thanks for the board on which to express my hope that Linfied has a fantastic season!!
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: Olinemom on February 19, 2007, 10:57:17 pm
No wonder they call it the desert Classic.  ;D

Thats a pretty good line up of games. I just wish there were a California Beach classic with all these teams in the line up. Maybe, the d3baseball committee can ask the good people at Pepperdine U. if why would use their field, that has the most awesome view of the Pacific ocean, to play the Cal Classic.
However, like your quote on from the great Tommy Lasorda, there are people who make things happen, those that watch it happen and those who wonder what would happen if. Enjoy the games ;D

You are right.  What a gorgeous view that field has!!!  I also love the view looking out from home plate toward center field at U.Redlands.  That mountain rising out of center field is pretty special as well!!  And we don't get to come back to California until 2009.  SIGH!!!!!
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on February 20, 2007, 12:15:55 pm
Great job to the Cats for taking the dawgs down to the wire in 10 innings. I knew that this game was going to turn out good, but expected a team that played just a little more games in the season to come out with the W. Sounds like the Cats will have a decent pitching staff and good offense this season. Here's to an awesome season guys. Hope that other SCIAC schools get to play against you guys.
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: Tom Brady on February 21, 2007, 03:17:01 pm
Red and Pirple-  Were you at the games in AZ?  If so, I was just wondering which of the SCIAC teams you were most impressed by.  Tough to say which SCIAC team was good because Linfield and George Fox did so well but I was just wondering.  Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: RedandPurple on February 22, 2007, 02:40:22 pm
Red and Pirple-  Were you at the games in AZ?  If so, I was just wondering which of the SCIAC teams you were most impressed by.  Tough to say which SCIAC team was good because Linfield and George Fox did so well but I was just wondering.  Thanks in advance.

Wild Thing:
I saw two games: Linfield vs. CLU and Linfield vs. Redlands.
The Bulldogs were very impressive. They were down by four in the second inning. Never gave up and kept fighting. Linfield did the same. It was a very good game. I really don't know the players well enough to give you any more of a description than that.

CLU was a nightmare of a game. Crazy calls, the CLU coach got tossed out, fair balls were called out, and foul balls were called in.
The CLU boys could really play. They did everything right. Linfield played well, but struggled at times.

Being the father of a Linfield football player, I really didn't follow the baseball team over the past years.
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: Tom Brady on February 22, 2007, 04:09:59 pm
Gee, gotta love D-III umpires ;D
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on February 24, 2007, 03:55:43 pm
Quote
Steady rain has forced the cancelation of all remaining games of the Yamhill County Spring Classic

Horrific winter for the Northwest. But then again, most of the country is having 'a real winter' I guess.

The Rutschman Field House means timing and conditioning can continue.  Losing to something named the Corban Warriors cannot.
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jim Dixon on March 10, 2007, 11:53:53 am
Of interest to NWC fans:

ORANGE, Calif. -  Chapman University Athletics will partner with
student-run Chapman Radio to broadcast six Chapman baseball games
beginning this Saturday, March 10 when the Panthers host No. 15-ranked
Kean University (N.J.) at 7 p.m. Games can be found exclusively online
at www.chapmanradio.com <http://www.chapmanradio.com/> .

The "Game of the Week" format will continue with five additional
broadcast dates, including games against No. 3 Montclair State (N.J.) on
March 17, Wesleyan (Conn.) on March 24 and West Region rivals La Verne,
Willamette (Ore.) and George Fox (Ore.). A complete list of games can be
found on Chapman's website:
www.chapman.edu/athletics/men/baseball/schedule.asp.
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jim Dixon on April 04, 2007, 02:47:41 pm
George Fox University campus radio station KFOX has announced that it
will webcast all three games of the upcoming Northwest Conference
baseball series with Yamhill County rival Linfield College.  The
schedule: Friday, Apr. 6, a doubleheader at 12 noon, and Saturday, Apr.
7, a single game at 12 noon.  Fans may listen in by going to
www.kfoxradio.net <http://www.kfoxradio.net/>  and clicking the "Listen"
link, or follow the links from the George Fox baseball home page at
www.georgefox.edu/athletics/baseball/index.html.  QuickTime Player is
needed to listen to the games; there is a free download link on the KFOX
web site.
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: Just_Some_Guy on April 07, 2007, 10:20:08 pm
So with the end of the regular season getting closer do we have any early predictions on who might be player of the year? pitcher of the year?

Player of the Year:
Dan Wentzell (GFU)
Michael Olsen (Puget Sound)

Could probably make a case for a few of the other GFU hitters and Mills or Van Cleave from Linfield, but I don't see how it could be anyone other than Wentzell at this point in the season.

Pitcher of the Year:
Joe DiPietro (Pac Luth)
Cameron Larson (Linfield)
Kyle Mosbrucker (Linfield)
Nick Bratney (GFU)

I think you're looking a DiPietro here unless something changes, between now and the end of the season.

Some_Guy
Title: Re: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jim Dixon on April 28, 2007, 07:37:37 pm
Pacific Lutheran Lutes - NCW Champions (with the automatic bid)
Title: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on September 18, 2007, 02:10:09 pm
McMurry hosts George Fox in 2008.  Good luck and travel safely.  :)

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Pirat on December 27, 2007, 05:27:54 pm
Lutes ranked 12th in the country in 2008 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper pre-season poll.   Chapman #4 and George Fox got a nod - only other West Coast teams. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on February 04, 2008, 03:02:26 pm
Hey Folks,

Hopefully this sparks some life into this board and gets many of you guys going for the upcoming Baseball season.
 
I have a question???? Can any of you add some insight on how the Whitman baseball team will fair out this year? I understand that they will be heading down south to So.cal this weekend to face my Tigers. However, all i know from this NWC team is that after getting trounced in the Desert classic last year by team such as La Verne and Redlands, they seemed to never recover from such huge defeats.
Will this team by good this year??? 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on February 05, 2008, 09:31:44 pm
Lutes ranked 12th in the country in 2008 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper pre-season poll.   Chapman #4 and George Fox got a nod - only other West Coast teams. 
PP received votes, too.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on February 06, 2008, 07:12:38 pm
Hey Ralph,

By PP, do you mean Pomona Pitzer also recieved votes or is this another PP school that you are trying to point out???
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on February 06, 2008, 08:21:14 pm
Hey Ralph,

By PP, do you mean Pomona Pitzer also received votes or is this another PP school that you are trying to point out???
Yes, Pomona-Pitzer.  ;) ;D
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on February 07, 2008, 12:41:55 am
Wow, I didn't even know that. That's great news to hear that the 'Hen's are being considered to be a strong team from the West Region. Hopefully, they can back up these consideration votes when SCIAC play starts to open up though.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on February 13, 2008, 06:12:57 pm
We are hoping that the "ice storm" that might hit Abilene this weekend doesn't!

I understand the schedule for GFU/McM is now Friday single game and DH on Saturday.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on February 14, 2008, 12:10:14 pm
Yes indeed. It would be great for the players and fans to at least get a chance to play a game.
Man, It's hard to believe that everything east and North of So. Cal is going through wild winter temps like these. I just hope everyone is safe. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on February 15, 2008, 02:50:04 am
The GFU flight had some engine trouble and had to divert.  Everyone is okay, but the series has been rescheduled for a Sunday DH and a Monday single game.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: swede on February 24, 2008, 04:10:40 pm
The 'Cats are back and gonna make some noise in the west. Might even go undefeated at home.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on February 24, 2008, 10:01:50 pm
The 'Cats are back and gonna make some noise in the west. Might even go undefeated at home.



Who are the 'Cats? For those that are in SoCal like myself, I am curious to know who you are talking about.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on February 24, 2008, 10:06:38 pm
BP

He's refering to the Linfield WildCAT's.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 26, 2008, 11:49:54 am
Nice article in the Oregonian on Linfield's new skipper Scott Brosius: The 'can-do' guy (http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/sports/120399810710220.xml&coll=7)

Linfield's new field turf infield looks pretty darn nice and they are working on building up the new on-site indoor batting cage.  Helser Field was already a gem but the coaches are really taking the facility to a new level.

Linfield sports has updated the pics in the facilities pages.  Here is how the field turf infield looks http://www.linfield.edu/sports/venues/helser.php (http://www.linfield.edu/sports/venues/helser.php)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on February 26, 2008, 02:48:22 pm
Indeed, this is a great article. I am glad that Coach B. highlighted the little things that make DIII sports so special in this article. From having the head coach and assistant ( to even players) putting in there own muscle for work, their own time and efforts in building 1st class facilities for their student-athletes; this is what makes DIII sports so different. Kudo's for Coach B, his staff and other coaches out there that do this for the love of the game and for their student athletes. ;D   
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Just_Some_Guy on March 09, 2008, 03:38:57 am
Pac Lutheran drops to 2-4 in the NWC as they lose two games to Pacific (Ore) Saturday.

Pacific 4 - Pac Lutheran 3 (http://www.goboxers.com/bb/stats/2008/bb03-08.htm)
Pacific 11 - Pac Lutheran 1 (http://www.goboxers.com/bb/stats/2008/bb03-08a.htm)

These two are going to hurt Pac Lutheran in the long run. Without the history of being successful that George Fox has, they really need to win the NWC outright to have a chance at the West Regional, especially since they have a couple of ties and and in-region loss to Redlands already.

I don't know if Brunner is hurt, but they need him back in the starting rotation. He threw two great innings at the end of the Pacific blow-out.

JSG

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 17, 2008, 07:24:47 pm
Good race so far in the NWC.  Linfield and UPS face off in a big series this weekend.  'Cats, Bruins, Loggers, and Bearcats all in the mix this early season.  Should be a great NWC race.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on March 17, 2008, 07:37:06 pm
Indeed this should be a good game between the Cats and Loggers.
My tigers just finish pounding U.P.S, however, i doubt that they will come out flat like they did yesterday at the rock and instead expect them to be back in their winning ways. In the end, i must say that the cats win this game.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 20, 2008, 11:42:17 am
Catdomealumni.com Special: KGW Scott Brosius Story


KGW Story: Scott Brosius' Second Career (http://www.catdomealumni.com)
(http://catdomealumni.com/photos/linfieldwildcats.gif)

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cawcdad on March 22, 2008, 11:23:12 am
Yesterday CSU East Bay beat George Fox in the first game of a twin bill 10 - 8. The Bruins struck first but the Pioneers came back and built a big lead to finally hold on for the win as GF scored several runs late to make it close. Both teams had big HRs, but also manufactured several with sacrfice bunts, hit and runs, etc. These are two very good teams. The score was 8 - 2, George Fox, in the 8th inning of the second when I had to leave.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cawcdad on March 23, 2008, 10:17:26 pm
Pictures of Friday's twin bill of George Fox at CSU East Bay (http://www.pictureprints.net/albums.php?gallery=2155) are up for your viewing pleasure.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on March 25, 2008, 03:29:38 pm
So the Cat's are having a good season thus far under the helm of Coach Bro' and i don't see the Linfield nation making some noise. You guys should be making some noise on this board. Hope the kids can continue to do a fine well job. Chances are Coach bro' and Co. will be leading the team into the Playoffs this year. Best of luck. ;D 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cawcdad on March 25, 2008, 04:00:29 pm
I'll get to see them this weekend. :D
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 25, 2008, 09:51:12 pm
I am meaning to go catch a few games this season.  Looking forward to seeing how the 'Cats make out during the break.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cawcdad on March 29, 2008, 11:35:56 pm
The Cats came up short in good afternoon for baseball. The Pioneers struck first with 2 runs in the bottom of the 3rd. The runs were preceded by a throwing error on what could easily have been a double play. Instead nobody out and two runners on. The Cats answered right back with 2 to tie it in the top of the 4th. East Bay took a 3 - 2 lead in the 5th to have the Cats tie it in the sixth. In the ninth, the Cats thirdbaseman drove the left fielder to the wall for the first out. Linfield then managed to get runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs when the Linfiled SS hit a screamer to right that the East Bay right fielder made a great diving catch of to get the Pioneers out of the inning. East Bay then used a bloop single, a bunt single, a sacrifice, an intentional walk, and a walk off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to beat Linfield 4 - 3.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cawcdad on March 31, 2008, 09:33:55 am
Pictures of Saturday's Linfield - East Bay game (http://www.pictureprints.net/albums.php?gallery=2161) are posted.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 14, 2008, 03:25:33 am
I see Linfield slipped up today against Lewis & Clark.  Things just got a whole lot tighter in the NWC...
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 14, 2008, 07:32:35 am
I see Linfield slipped up today against Lewis & Clark.  Things just got a whole lot tighter in the NWC...
At this point, GFU can beat Linfield 3 of 4 and take the crown.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on April 14, 2008, 02:46:18 pm
Hey Ralph,

Care to add more insight on why you think GFU will beat the "Cats"? And if so, how will they do this? I haven't really followed GFU since last year (when the took part in the desert classic in Arizona) and am wondering how good of a pitching staff do they have this year. Any insight would help.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 14, 2008, 03:54:40 pm
Hey Ralph,
Care to add more insight on why you think GFU will beat the "Cats"? And if so, how will they do this? I haven't really followed GFU since last year (when the took part in the desert classic in Arizona) and am wondering how good of a pitching staff do they have this year. Any insight would help.
The first thing that I can think of in my rooting for GFU over Linfield is good ol'fashioned  homerism.

McMurry played three games against George Fox and "results against in-region ranked opponents" is one of the criteria for the seedings.  McMurry won 1 of 3 against the Bruins.

 ;D

The national media story would be for Scott Brosius to lead Linfield to the NWC Crown.  That would be nice.  Maybe they could hear how enjoyable it is to coach D-III athletes.

I am getting to know the NWC better, tho'.  They have a good system.  They scatter some good West Region opponents into their 8 non-conference games.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on April 14, 2008, 04:24:14 pm
Thanks Mr. T.

I really do think the Cats will make this conferance race between the bruins more exciting as they both close their seasons. On the other hand, I am sure Coach Bro will pull out old Yankee world series tapes, rings, awards and post party parade pictures of his days as a bomber to convince his club that anything is possible in their race for a NWC crown. It should be fun to read who wins this crown in a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cawcdad on April 14, 2008, 06:38:18 pm
I noticed both teams are fundamentally sound and well coached having seen both GF and Linfield against a common opponent, CSU East Bay. I think the Cats have a little better pitching staff and will prevail in the NWC since they are at home to end the season against the Bruins
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 20, 2008, 10:17:57 pm
I see Linfield slipped up today against Lewis & Clark.  Things just got a whole lot tighter in the NWC...
At this point, GFU can beat Linfield 3 of 4 and take the crown.

'Cats sweep Willamette, GFU drops two to UPS.  So Linfield just needs one win this next weekend over GFU to win the NWC and get the Autobid.

I'll be there.  Go 'Cats!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 21, 2008, 12:00:17 am
I see Linfield slipped up today against Lewis & Clark.  Things just got a whole lot tighter in the NWC...
At this point, GFU can beat Linfield 3 of 4 and take the crown.

'Cats sweep Willamette, GFU drops two to UPS.  So Linfield just needs one win this next weekend over GFU to win the NWC and get the Autobid.

I'll be there.  Go 'Cats!
I cannot find the NWC Tie-breaker process, but if Linfield (now 24-4) only wins one game next weekend versus GFU (which is 21-7 as I understand their record by virtue of the split (http://www.ups.edu/x1566.xml)), then the two schools will finish 25-7 and GFU will have won the season series 3 games to one.

Are we sure that Linfield needs only one game for the Automatic Bid?

Edit:  GFU must sweep Linfield to go 25-7.  Inflicting four losses on Linfield would make the Wildcats 24-8.  Thanks to sagehenalum47.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: sagehenalum47 on April 21, 2008, 06:39:46 am
ralph,
      check your math  ;)    george fox is 21-7. if they take 3/4, they will be 24-8, which is a worse record than 25-7. no tiebreakers needed. GF needs to sweep to win the NWC
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 21, 2008, 08:32:41 am
ralph,
      check your math  ;)    george fox is 21-7. if they take 3/4, they will be 24-8, which is a worse record than 25-7. no tiebreakers needed. GF needs to sweep to win the NWC
Wiffff!

I really missed that one!.  Thanks for correcting me!  (Corrections are always appreciated!)

+1!  :)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jim Dixon on April 24, 2008, 12:47:25 pm
A strange way to win a game.  A scheduling error gives Boxers forfeit win over Bearcats.
 
The first game of Pacific's scheduled weekend baseball series with Willamette will be canceled due to an oversight on the Bearcats' schedule.
 
The oversight resulted in Willamette scheduling a total of 41 games this season, one more than the NCAA mandated limit of 40 games.  As per NCAA rules, Pacific will receive a forfeit win for the over-scheduled game, while the game will be listed for Willamette as a no contest. As a result, Pacific and Willamette will wrap up their regular seasons with a three-game series this weekend instead of a four-game set. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 27, 2008, 10:23:41 pm
Damn.  'Cats drop both to Fox today so it looks like it's going to come down to the last day of the regular season. 

I have a feeling the 'Cats will pull it off and do it in style.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 27, 2008, 10:39:41 pm
As I understand the schedule, Linfield hosts GFU in a DH tomorrow.  Linfield's magic number for the Pool A bid is "1".
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 28, 2008, 06:09:15 pm
If anyone has any updates on the Linfield/George Fox games feel free to post.  What a great way to end the season!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 28, 2008, 06:12:13 pm
Linfield/George Fox: Listen Live! (http://secure.stretchinternet.com/demo/games.php?user=lin&o=cal_stamp&sd=1154415600)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 28, 2008, 06:32:35 pm
Wildcat11-  Thanks for the link but not too sure how the rest of the office would feel about listening to it ;)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 28, 2008, 07:40:38 pm
Game 1:  GFU 4, Linfield 0.

Game 2:  5 pm PDT!  Winner take all!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 28, 2008, 10:20:27 pm
Talk about a dramatic way to win the NWC.  Linfield comes back to win the 4th game of the 4 game series to win the NWC and the auto-bid to the tournament in Abeline.  Any chance of George Fox getting in?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 28, 2008, 10:43:49 pm
Talk about a dramatic way to win the NWC.  Linfield comes back to win the 4th game of the 4 game series to win the NWC and the auto-bid to the tournament in Abeline.  Any chance of George Fox getting in?
Jack, I think we can make a better case for CSU-East Bay to get a Pool C bid from the West Coast than GFU.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 29, 2008, 01:31:03 pm
Made it out to the end of the 2nd game last night with the video camera.  I'll post up the clip of the Fox coach getting the boot in the bottom of the 6th.

Their coach did have a total legit gripe and seems like a heck of a good guy but it was pretty classic meltdown.  I'll try to get that up by the end of the week.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on April 29, 2008, 01:33:45 pm
Congrats to the Cat's and Coach Bro on doing a great job in obtaining this year's NWC crown. Sounds like this was a heck of a game to watch, considering that G.F.U always comes to the Diamond ready to play. Congrats G.F.U on another great season as well.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 29, 2008, 08:08:13 pm
Ralph-  If East-Bay drops a few this weekend do you think George Fox could squeak by?  What about Redlands in the SCIAC if they don't win the SCIAC?  DO they have a shot at a pool C?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 29, 2008, 08:20:14 pm
Ralph-  If East-Bay drops a few this weekend do you think George Fox could squeak by?  What about Redlands in the SCIAC if they don't win the SCIAC?  DO they have a shot at a pool C?
Jack, I don't know how GFU can "un-lose" about three games.  I don't want to raise false hopes.

I am going on CSU-East Bay's potential to win three in-region games, therefore boosting their in-region ranking.  Besides, CSU-EB has the series over GFU, 2 games out of 3!

GFU might gain some ground if McMurry wins the ASC Pool A bid, by virtue of having won the McMurry series 2 of 3.

As for Redlands, if they are in the Regional Rankings after this week's games, then they stand a good chance of getting a Pool C bid.
Title: Video: Linfield wins NWC
Post by: wildcat11 on May 02, 2008, 11:15:33 am
Catdomealumni.com bonus video: Linfield claim 2008 NWC title


Linfield lay claim to 2008 NWC Title (http://www.catdomealumni.com/embedvids/baseball.html)
(http://catdomealumni.com/photos/baseballfield.jpg)
***Photo From Linfield Athletics***

I was able to capture the bottom of the 6th (starting with a runner on 2nd) and the top of the 7th.  GFU's coach (a former Linfield Wildcat) get's the boot early in the clip. 

Great job 'Cats!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 02, 2008, 02:18:01 pm
Congratulations to the 'CATS for following Coach Bro's direction and to the new coach for notch on his glove the first try.
Anyone know what the All-Divisions record for consecutive winning baseball seasons is?   8)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on May 02, 2008, 04:29:51 pm
Great Clips Dub C----,

Wow. It sure does look like the former Cat and G.F.U coach had a legit challenge/ arguement for that call in the 6th inning. To bad the call did not go his way though.  Congrats to G.F.U though for another good season.

Any word on Coach Bro' pulling out old yankee worldseries tapes to help motivate his club???? Will you be doing an  homage "video" for coach bro anytime soon W.C..???
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 02, 2008, 07:35:40 pm
Yes...thanks for the video.
Nothing like the clink! of a bat on  rainless/snowless afternoon
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on May 08, 2008, 02:55:00 pm
Hey Cat Nation

I think it's time for you guys to wake up. Your Cat's are heading to the west regionals and all i've heard on this board so far is the crickets. I know i'll be rooting for the Leo's during their quest to be the champ of the wild west. But you guys should be jumping for joy in that a former Cat/ Worldseries champ has really done a great job in getting your kids this far.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 09, 2008, 07:07:05 pm
Brown,

I don't know what there is to talk about until the regional pairings are released.  I will report on the rumor mill from the oregonlive sports boards that a number of quality kids are headed to Linfield next year to play baseball.

Lady 'Cats softballers are just a few minutes away from trying to fight off elimination in the West Regional vs UT-Tyler. 

'Cats beat Redlands yesterday in the first game (Linfield beating Redlands...sounds familiar), dropped to La. College, and then Eliminated Chapman earlier today 5-3.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 17, 2008, 07:06:25 pm
A 90 degree day near the O.C. beaches and having been in the surf this AM I am actually on the web listening to a 10th inning tie on Saturday, 4:10 PM PDT.
LINFIELD and Webster tied at 3.

C'mon, Bro, bring 'em home!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on May 17, 2008, 07:09:39 pm
Linfield 4, Webster 3.

Rhett Fenton gets a bases loaded single to score Shannon Chung.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 17, 2008, 07:10:16 pm
Out of the mouth of D O.C.! He did! 4-3 'CATS!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cawcdad on May 17, 2008, 07:11:56 pm
THE WILDCATS WIN! THE WILDCATS WIN! The Cats come back from a 2 - 0 deficit to take the lead 3-2, only to have Webster score to send the game to extra innings where the Cats win it in the bottom of the 10th On to Appleton.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 17, 2008, 08:55:33 pm
DOC,

I had to take care of some major yard work today but I was thinking about the 'Cats all day long.  I jumped up on my couch and started screaming like a maniac when I logged onto the site.  YES YES YES!!!!!!!!

Great job 'Cats!  On to Appleton!!!!!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Wildcat'64 on May 17, 2008, 09:18:40 pm
The West will be well represented in Appleton with the Cats and Chapman.....way to go Wildcats....bring that hardware back to McMinnville!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on May 17, 2008, 09:21:13 pm
DOC,

I had to take care of some major yard work today but I was thinking about the 'Cats all day long.  I jumped up on my couch and started screaming like a maniac when I logged onto the site.  YES YES YES!!!!!!!!

Great job 'Cats!  On to Appleton!!!!!

I managed to tune in for the final two batters -- talk about timing. :)

Congrats -- there is live video of all of the Appleton games. At least, there was last year.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 18, 2008, 12:11:48 am
...thank-you. Would that be on an NCAA site with links from our front page here? (he asks timidly)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cawcdad on May 18, 2008, 01:50:05 am
The man who scored the winning run to send the Cats to Appleton. This is a good team folks!
(http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh102/gaelson/photnet/080329-CSEB-LINF-035.jpg)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cawcdad on May 18, 2008, 02:07:24 am
Cats placed two on the all tournament team for the Central Region. Rhett Fenton and David Bachofner (pictured).
(http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh102/gaelson/photnet/080329-CSEB-LINF-101.jpg)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Gig Harbor Cat on May 18, 2008, 10:09:59 am
Great Job Cats.  Bring home the Iron !!

Phone it in

GHC
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Wildcat'64 on May 18, 2008, 12:11:19 pm
The '08 Cats "Dream Team" looks a lot like the Cats who last won a national baseball title.  It's been a long time...so I think it's about time to bring home a third national baseball title!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: coco on May 19, 2008, 02:12:07 pm
That's great news about the live video.

I'm feeling the momentum with these kids, and they've got the horses to do it, too.

Look out Whitewater!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 19, 2008, 05:15:14 pm
Looking at the Warhawks offense in their regional I'm curious on who Linfield will put on the mound to start.  Do they go with the staff ace in Clark or with Dorn (like the 'Cats did in the regional)?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: LWC23 on May 19, 2008, 08:19:27 pm
Looking at the Warhawks offense in their regional I'm curious on who Linfield will put on the mound to start.  Do they go with the staff ace in Clark or with Dorn (like the 'Cats did in the regional)?


Dorn will most likely start the first game on Friday and  Clark will start on Saturday.

Dorn gave up only 3 earned runs in 17.1 innings pitched in the central regional against Wisconsin- Stevens Point and Webster.

Clark was solid only giving up two earned runs against #1 seed Illinois Weslyan.

McCulley was in command great until he tired a bit against Wartburg - but a strong bullpen shut off their comeback.
Guterman came in to start against Augustana and shut them down in combination with Cameron Larson.

I attended all the games and the whole pitching staff over all was great. They did their jobs when it counted.

In the five games they played in the regional - they had a 1.94 combined era against some pretty powerful offensive teams. I think we gave up only 1 HR.  The defense was also very solid at .971.

They beat  every team in the regional  except Wisconsin Stevens Point in the opener - and that game was 2-1 in 10 innings. The Cats had the bases loaded in the top of the 9th with no one out and did not score and then had another chance inthe top of the tenth to win - but got doubled up on popped up squeeze paly attempt.

The Cats are playing great baseball going into the finals!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 20, 2008, 11:34:14 am
Great breakdown 23.

Looks like WW has some heavy lumber so I hope that whoever is on the bump will have their mojo working. 

The SP game seemed like there was some litters working in terms of the execution late but boy did that team responded with their backs against the wall.  Incredible.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on May 20, 2008, 02:55:04 pm
Finally, the cat nation has awake. What's taken you guys so long.  :P

I would have expected you guys to have been out of hibernation since the start of the season, yet, finally get to read from many of you guys.
Anywho's, glad to read that coach bro. has done well with your kids this year. Its has been awesome following what coach bro. has done since the start of the season up to right now. As i mentioned before on this board, i am sure he has motivated his players to understand that any team (regardless of where you come from) can reach for the sky. In doing so, i am also sure his old yankee video's, stories about being name mlb world series MVP, and his rings have all inspired his boys to look in one direction and to stay focus on reaching for the d3 CWS. Congrats to your cats and best of luck in the next big test.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bucs06 on May 21, 2008, 01:35:01 pm

I haven't posted in a while or really much at all, but congrats to the Cats on their playoff wins.

I also needed a venue to express my displeasure with Whitworth's choice for their new head baseball coach.

http://www.whitworth.edu/Athletics/Teams/Baseball/Releases/2008/Ramsay.htm

I heard there were a number of applicants interested in the job,  and it is really disappointing as an alum to see this decision. I don't see how they expect the baseball program to be competitive with this choice.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on May 21, 2008, 04:10:07 pm
Give the young man a chance ,BUC. Even though he's young on sheet, who know's if your kids will be more responsive to him than an older coach who possibily was not a graduate of Whitworth. Your boy Ramsay was a buc for the past four years, understands what it takes to be a Buc student-Athlete, and knows what it takes to be competitive within the current NWC (he's not to far removed playing against the other NWC teams). In the end, i am sure you will see some changes.

btw: You NWC fans need to check out the Q.A. that D3baseball did with Coach Bro. It sure does give us a peek into what i have said since the start of the season: The Young Cat's have indeed bought into Coach Bro's knowledge/ wisdom and even memories of what it takes to be a Champ. (especially with his memories in being in the bigs and winning the World series, rings, and time with Joe Torre (Yaaahhh. Go Coach Joe. Bring the Dodgers back to the old glory days....ooops back to my post) :P
 Best of luck to the Cat's  
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bucs06 on May 21, 2008, 04:48:56 pm
I appreciate the optimism, but you just get done telling me to give the guy a chance (zero coaching experience previously) and then go on to tell about your head coach and his experiences and knowledge from his career. I'm not asking for a World Series MVP here, but somewhere in the middle would be nice.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on May 21, 2008, 04:55:38 pm
I get you Bucs. By the way, Coach Bro isn't my Coach. Coach Elliott Strankman of Occidental is.  Just a fan of Coach Bro' and of Coach Torre (who of course is currently the Skipper of my Dodgers.) Kind of weird.
I'm just a visitor and casual fan of NWC baseball, since some of your conferance teams sometimes play against my SCIAC teams. Anywho's, best of luck to your Bucs and to the Cats.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on May 21, 2008, 05:46:16 pm

I haven't posted in a while or really much at all, but congrats to the Cats on their playoff wins.

I also needed a venue to express my displeasure with Whitworth's choice for their new head baseball coach.

http://www.whitworth.edu/Athletics/Teams/Baseball/Releases/2008/Ramsay.htm

I heard there were a number of applicants interested in the job,  and it is really disappointing as an alum to see this decision. I don't see how they expect the baseball program to be competitive with this choice.

That has got to be one of the worst things I have ever heard.  How do you expect a kid to run a team full of his friends that he was playing with and out partying with just a few months before????
There is obviously some reason the administration decided on this....and I am not sure if there is any GOOD reason to do this.  If I were one of the other coaches to apply for this I would be so pissed right now.  I realize Whitworth is not exactly the hotbed for baseball in the NWC but they are on a fast track to be just like Whitman.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 21, 2008, 07:54:02 pm
Quote
D3baseball.com announces 2008 All-America team

                                      ???????????

Here we go.....NO!...I'm part of the kinder, gentler WILDCAT Nation.

We HAVE won a couple of National Baseball Championships before and I suppose we'll just have to prove something all over again. Earn one.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: coco on May 22, 2008, 03:45:38 am

Great interview with Scott Brosius. He exemplifies the best of D3.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 22, 2008, 11:23:22 am
Bucs,

That is a pretty wild move.  Whitworth has some nice facilities and we all know the college is very supportive of athletics so to see them choose a kid who just finished playing a few weeks ago seems risky.  It will be fun to follow his progress.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: thefalcdeuces on May 22, 2008, 03:49:27 pm
wow! that's a big move for the university. i say give him a chance and see what he does! young guys are hungry and will do what it takes to prove people wrong! good luck to him!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on May 22, 2008, 04:01:24 pm

I haven't posted in a while or really much at all, but congrats to the Cats on their playoff wins.

I also needed a venue to express my displeasure with Whitworth's choice for their new head baseball coach.

http://www.whitworth.edu/Athletics/Teams/Baseball/Releases/2008/Ramsay.htm



Quote
Since Paul Merkel was named Whitworth’s head coach for the 1955 season, eight of the nine Pirate head coaches have been alumnae of the school, covering 50 years of the 53-year period. That list includes Merkel (1955-71 and 1978-79), Spike Grosvenor (1972-73 and 1975-77), Bob Huber (1974), Dave Vaughn (1980-81), McQuilkin (1985-90), Randy Russell (1991-93), Rod Taylor (1994-97) and Ward (1998-2007). The only coach that did not graduate from Whitworth was Steve Brown (1982-84).

 :D :D :D

Alumnae?

Spike? Bob? Dave?  Randy?  Rod?

Those don't seem like women's names to me!   ???
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 22, 2008, 07:19:24 pm

Quote
Update anyone?

I'll be OK as soon as the injections wear off.  :P
Thanks.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 2X All-American on May 22, 2008, 07:34:27 pm
Games start tomorrow DOC
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cawcdad on May 23, 2008, 12:51:51 am
Congrats to all the NWC players that made the ABCA / Rawlings All West Region Team:
First Team
Matt Hendryx - Pacific
Kyle Stalker - Willamette
Brian Clark - Linfield  (http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh102/gaelson/photnet/080329-CSEB-LINF-025-Copy.jpg)

Second Team
Sean Anderson - Willamette

Third Team
Michael Olsen - Puget Sound
Drew VanCleave - Linfield  (http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh102/gaelson/photnet/080329-CSEB-LINF-041-Copy.jpg)
David Bachofner - Linfield  (http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh102/gaelson/photnet/080329-CSEB-LINF-101.jpg)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: thefalcdeuces on May 23, 2008, 09:54:46 am
Congrats to all the NWC players that made the ABCA / Rawlings All West Region Team:
First Team
Matt Hendryx - Pacific
Kyle Stalker - Willamette
Brian Clark - Linfield  (http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh102/gaelson/photnet/080329-CSEB-LINF-025-Copy.jpg)

Second Team
Sean Anderson - Willamette

Third Team
Michael Olsen - Puget Sound
Drew VanCleave - Linfield  (http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh102/gaelson/photnet/080329-CSEB-LINF-041-Copy.jpg)
David Bachofner - Linfield  (http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh102/gaelson/photnet/080329-CSEB-LINF-101.jpg)

cawcdad, is there a link that you know of that has all players that made all teams in the west region?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cawcdad on May 23, 2008, 10:41:47 am
Here is the link to the All West region (http://www.linfield.edu/sports/stats/bb/allregion.htm) list I used. It is via the Linfield site.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 23, 2008, 05:22:22 pm
Let's get ready to ru......n bases!
Score! Field! Anticipate!

I wonder if Copenhagen (US pat.) will come into play in this Championship run like it did the last one?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: coco on May 23, 2008, 09:32:12 pm
Great job, 'Cats!

Keep 'em coming!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 23, 2008, 10:09:48 pm
Great start 'Cats!  5-1 with Dorn shutting down the 'Hawks.  Keep it rolling!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on May 23, 2008, 11:49:08 pm
Congratulations Cats. That was a very fine job today against a good Hawk team. Way to represent the west. Hope Coach Bro' finds that Charm again to keep his boys focused and ready for the next tough match up. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: LWC23 on May 24, 2008, 01:59:05 pm
Congrats to  NWC players Kyle Stalker -Junior first baseman from Willamette University  and Brian Clark -Senior Starting Pitcher from Linfield College for making the ABCA/Rawlings All America team.

Congratulations to Drew VanCleave, - Senior Catcher from Linfield College for being selected as a Rawlings Gold Glove Award Winner!

Kyle and Brian were highschool team mates out of Sammamish Highschool in Bellevue ,WA.

Here is a link to the ABCA All Amercia Team list:

http://www.titans.uwosh.edu/NCAAChampionship/2008/BaseHits/2008AllAmericans.html

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 24, 2008, 06:27:43 pm
Let's get ready to ru......n bases!


Hey! It worked last time.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Krakatoa on May 24, 2008, 10:04:41 pm
Maybe it's still too early, but I'm trying to tune into the audio-cast...however - keep getting a message saying Quicktime can't play the file because it's a .mov (video) file.  Can anyone help?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 25, 2008, 12:13:02 pm
Let's go 'Cats!  Just take it one inning at a time.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 25, 2008, 06:02:41 pm
3pm PDT and it's getting close folks.  :-\

2-3 bottom of the 7th inning stretch.



....and then there's the "Oh, well."
Exciting to the last pitch though.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: coco on May 26, 2008, 01:27:50 pm
Congrats to our boys for making it to the World Series! That's an amazing accomplishment.

They fought hard and did us proud.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on May 26, 2008, 01:32:27 pm
Thanks for representing the West Cat's. You guys will have plenty of success with this program and your great Coach staff. Again, thanks for showing the east that West coast baseball is alive and well. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cawcdad on May 26, 2008, 06:29:52 pm
Great Season Cats! NWC Champions! Central Region Playoff Champions!
Good luck to Coach Brosius and the returners next season. To the seniors, you have great memories to carry with you as you move on to the next stage of life. Good job by all.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 27, 2008, 03:46:17 pm
Pretty cool watching the Championships on web cast.

(through the Trinity home site)

BUT! even though it's a weekday afternoon there are virtually no bodies in the stands. A Championship game! Shame.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on September 17, 2008, 07:59:19 pm
Coaching change here at Willamette.

http://www.willamettecollegian.com/2008/09/17/coaching-change-a-shock-for-baseball-team/
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on December 09, 2008, 01:51:01 pm
Congrats on Linfield hosting a 2009 regional.  Now I hope the 'Cats have the goods to make a return trip and actual play in the regional.  The 'Cats have an outstanding facility and I'm sure the college will go all out to make it a fantastic event.

Linfield's Roy Helser Field (http://www.linfield.edu/sports/venues/helser.php)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CalCat on December 21, 2008, 06:48:27 pm
Congrats on Linfield hosting a 2009 regional.  Now I hope the 'Cats have the goods to make a return trip and actual play in the regional.  The 'Cats have an outstanding facility and I'm sure the college will go all out to make it a fantastic event.

Linfield's Roy Helser Field (http://www.linfield.edu/sports/venues/helser.php)
And some pretty solid coaching ;)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: swede on January 14, 2009, 08:03:26 pm
WOW! The 'cats holding the west regional at Helser field is awesome. I have a original (11x17) 1949 team picture with Roy Helser on it when he pitched for the Portland "Lucky" Beavers. I also was given a Linfield baseball jersey to br framed and put on the wall with my collection. Another recent addition is a pennant from Beloit college.

What is your take on the NWC this year? Brosius lost quite a bit last year but is returning a solid pitching staff with a outstanding catcher and some fine young talent thats ready to make their mark. George Fox appears to be loaded and former Wilcat Marty Hunter is a very fine coach who always gets the most out of his kids. PLU will be good and should make things interesting.





Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BILLY CHAPEL on January 25, 2009, 02:44:09 pm
somebody please enlighten me! There is not any posts on the nwc, i got to see some rankings for the league! who is first, whos last, anybody going to suprise the league this year??
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: swede on January 28, 2009, 08:22:40 pm
somebody please enlighten me! There is not any posts on the nwc, i got to see some rankings for the league! who is first, whos last, anybody going to suprise the league this year??

Linfield
George Fox
PLU

I think these three will be the ones to watch and with Linfield playing George Fox the final week I wouldn't be surprised to see PLU end out on the top.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on February 04, 2009, 01:22:07 pm
Geeze,

We are just weeks away from hearing about the Cats playing their 1st game of the 2009 season I don't see any Cat' faithful cheering their boys on. Are you guys still hung over after football season or waterpolo  :P????

Anywho's, as pointed out already by a poster Coach Bro. did lose some key players, however, I am sure all the players that rode along the cats magical season last year will definately step up their game. Looks like the Cats will be mostly up north this year to play their games and not out in the desert playing in tourney's.

Here's some more info on the Cats: (from the Cats athletic site)
p.s. I hope Coach Torre has great stuff (good things that is) about Coach Bro during his days with the Yankee's. I have to read his book before my Dodgers start their season, but definately want to hear how A-rod apparently was obesessed (sorry for the spelling) with Derek Cheaters. Even more, how A-rod was called A fraud and hated Kevin Brown.
Linfield tabbed as preseason favorite  January 30th Update 
   
 
 
SPOKANE, Wash. - Defending champion Linfield is a slight favorite to win the Northwest Conference baseball title once again in 2009, edging George Fox and Pacific Lutheran in a preseason poll of the NWC’s nine coaches.

The Wildcats received four of nine first-place votes to total 79 total poll points. Linfield must overcome the graduation of five starters who were either first or second team all-NWC selections in 2008, including NWC Pitcher of the Year Brian Clark. But the Wildcats welcome back starting pitchers Cameron Larson, Reese McCulley and Garrett Dorn, all of whom were second team all-NWC honorees, along with first team relief pitcher Robert Vaughn. Linfield advanced to the NCAA Division III Finals last season.

George Fox, which won or shared five straight NWC titles from 2002 to 2006, is second in the poll with 75 total points and three first-place votes. The Bruins have three all-NWC pitchers back as well, including first team pick Mark Putney. First baseman Matt Wyckoff and outfielders Kyle Kuenzi and Dan Winterstein, all second team selections in 2008, lead a potent offense.

Pacific Lutheran, which won its first-ever NWC baseball title in 2007, is third in the poll with 71 points and picked up the remaining two first-place votes. The Lutes return first team all-NWC outfielders Geoff Gabler and Ryan Aratani, as well as first team all-NWC starting pitcher Trey Watt. Relief pitcher Hunter Simpson was a second team choice last spring.

Willamette is fourth in the poll with 49 points. Kyle Stalker, the 2008 NWC Player of the Year who led the NWC in home runs (22) and runs batted in (63), returns to lead the Bearcats along with first team all-NWC shortstop Doug Bloom.

Whitworth picked up 40 points for fifth place in the poll. Chad Flett, a first team all-NWC utility player, returns to pitch and play first base for the Pirates.

Puget Sound (36 points) and Pacific (35) follow in sixth and seventh place, respectively. The Loggers welcome back all-NWC reliever Ryan Gustafson, while the Boxers return second team all-NWC designated hitter Kaeo Lee Hee.

Lewis & Clark was eighth with 20 points. Tucker Laurence earned first team all-NWC honors as a freshman starting pitcher for the Pioneers in 2008.

Whitman rounds out the poll in ninth place with 10 points. The Missionaries have the honor of opening up the 2009 schedule with a series at Occidental on February 6-8.

For the second year in a row, the NWC will use a four-game series for in-conference play. The first weekend of NWC games is scheduled for Feb. 28 and March 1.
 
 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 16, 2009, 04:03:21 pm
BE64,

I'm looking forward to seeing if the 'Cats can go back-to-back NWC this season.  For what I hear is that recruiting went really well and the 'Cats should be in the thick of it again.

BTW, Linfield has added a new scoreboard and a new batter's eye screen to the field.  I swear that facility keeps getting better and better.  Besides U of O and OSU, I don't think there is a better college facility in the state.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 19, 2009, 12:33:37 pm
The 'Cats open tonight to kick off the Jim Dorn Auto Classic at Linfield.  Here is the schedule:

2009 JIM DORAN AUTO CLASSIC SCHEDULE (http://www.linfield.edu/sports/stats/bb/doranclassic.htm)

THURSDAY, FEB. 19
Linfield vs. Concordia(NAIA)               6 p.m.

 FRIDAY, FEB. 20
Whitman vs. Oregon Tech (NAIA)      11 a.m.
Linfield vs. Pacific Lutheran                2:30 p.m.
Puget Sound vs. Concordia                 6 p.m.

 SATURDAY, FEB. 21
Linfield vs. Puget Sound                     11 a.m.
Pacific Lutheran vs. Oregon Tech        2:30 p.m.
Concordia vs. Whitman                      6 p.m.

SUNDAY, FEB. 22
Whitman vs. Puget Sound            11 a.m.
Pacific Lutheran vs. Concordia      2:30 p.m.
Linfield vs. Oregon Tech               6 p.m

The weather is looking pretty good over the next four days so I think they should be able to get all the games in.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on February 20, 2009, 01:37:49 pm
Bearcats open the season today with a three game series against Cal State East Bay.  Even though I won't be covering the team this spring, I still plan on going to the games.

Should be an interesting year.  We had plenty of offense to go around last year, but the pitching was subpar, to say the least.  Suffice it to say that our best starter had an ERA of 4.50.  Everyone else's hung around 6.  That worked fine against the lower half of the conference, but Linfield ran over us like a bulldozer.

With the change to a more pitching/defense oriented coach, I think Willamette could surprise some people this year.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on February 20, 2009, 03:36:57 pm
Welcome Aboard B.C.P. Please do add any insight about your bearcats through out the season. At the very least, I hope this can get others from your conference to start ranting and raving about their team. And if your team seems to struggle and not produce as much wins as it may wont, do not hesitate to continue contributing to this board. In all, best of luck to your team and hope that they can give the defending NWC champs a run for their money. (Hey, I know the Cats are good this year and should be, but anything can happen on any give saturday)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on February 22, 2009, 01:22:19 pm
Bearcats took two out of three from East Bay this weekend, including a 12 inning 6-5 win on Saturday.  For a team that's working with only one returning starting pitcher, it's a great way to start the season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Browneagle64 on February 22, 2009, 05:46:46 pm
This is by far an impressive win for your Bear Cats, B.C. Congrats to your team in taking care of a team who rode far into the West Regions last year. Lets just hope your club is ready for the local NWC teams
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 23, 2009, 12:46:49 am
The 'Cats and Lutes had a fine weekend at the Jim Doran Auto Classic in Mac over the weekend.  Linfield wrapped the at 3-1 after hammering NAIA Oregon Tech this evening 13-2.  The Lutes walked away from the weekend at 3-0 and beat Linfield 10-8 on Saturday night. 

Huge start to NWC play next weekend as the 'Cats head up north to play PLU in a 4 game weekend.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on February 23, 2009, 12:54:07 am
There used to be a "Doran Chevrolet" in Dallas.

Is that the same guy?

Thanks
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 23, 2009, 06:33:05 pm
There used to be a "Doran Chevrolet" in Dallas.

Is that the same guy?

Thanks

Ralph,

The Doran dealership in Mac is a Chevy dealer so it might be related.

Up-to-date NWC standings (all non-conference at this point)

Linfield - 3-1
Willamette - 2-1
Pacific (Ore.) - 3-2
Pacific Lutheran - 4-3
George Fox - 3-3
Puget Sound - 2-2
Whitworth - 2-3
Whitman - 1-5
Lewis & Clark - 0-4
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: swede on February 26, 2009, 10:20:12 pm
The 'Cats and Lutes had a fine weekend at the Jim Doran Auto Classic in Mac over the weekend.  Linfield wrapped the at 3-1 after hammering NAIA Oregon Tech this evening 13-2.  The Lutes walked away from the weekend at 3-0 and beat Linfield 10-8 on Saturday night. 

Huge start to NWC play next weekend as the 'Cats head up north to play PLU in a 4 game weekend.

#11 The 'cats schedule has the lutes in Mactown this weekend..
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: swede on February 28, 2009, 09:15:55 pm
PLU hammered the 'cats all day winning both games. In my humble opinion Linfield needs to at least split tomorrow to have any kind of chance at the NWC crown. PLU put on perhaps the most dominating display of hitting I've seen in many years. Including the non league loss to the Lutes the 'cats are now 0-3 against
them having given up 48 runs (16 per game) OUCH!!!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on March 01, 2009, 04:00:14 am
PLU hammered the 'cats all day winning both games. In my humble opinion Linfield needs to at least split tomorrow to have any kind of chance at the NWC crown. PLU put on perhaps the most dominating display of hitting I've seen in many years. Including the non league loss to the Lutes the 'cats are now 0-3 against
them having given up 48 runs (16 per game) OUCH!!!

 :o

For a team that was built on pitching and defense last year . . . I'm stunned.  Is PLU that good, Linfield that bad, or were the Wildcats just having an off-day while the Lutes were firing on all cylinders?  I guess we find out tomorrow.

Bearcats did what they were supposed to do today, sweeping a doubleheader with Lewis & Clark.  Impressive performances by a couple of sophomore pitchers.  Hopefully they can sweep the series tomorrow: a 6-1 start would be fantastic for this team.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 01, 2009, 11:37:31 am

For a team that was built on pitching and defense last year . . . I'm stunned.  Is PLU that good, Linfield that bad, or were the Wildcats just having an off-day while the Lutes were firing on all cylinders?  I guess we find out tomorrow.

I guess PLU is just trying to make for the fact that Linfield has shutout the 'Lutes on the gridiron for the past two season....yikes those were two very ugly scores.  I know it's early in the season but Linfield HAS to get both today.  Maybe I can go steal PLU's bats before the game.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: RSSmith on March 01, 2009, 01:54:50 pm

For a team that was built on pitching and defense last year . . . I'm stunned.  Is PLU that good, Linfield that bad, or were the Wildcats just having an off-day while the Lutes were firing on all cylinders?  I guess we find out tomorrow.

I guess PLU is just trying to make for the fact that Linfield has shutout the 'Lutes on the gridiron for the past two season....yikes those were two very ugly scores.  I know it's early in the season but Linfield HAS to get both today.  Maybe I can go steal PLU's bats before the game.

Didn't Linfield return all of its regional championship pitching staff?  I think it must be the Lutes' hitters.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 01, 2009, 07:37:52 pm

For a team that was built on pitching and defense last year . . . I'm stunned.  Is PLU that good, Linfield that bad, or were the Wildcats just having an off-day while the Lutes were firing on all cylinders?  I guess we find out tomorrow.

I guess PLU is just trying to make for the fact that Linfield has shutout the 'Lutes on the gridiron for the past two season....yikes those were two very ugly scores.  I know it's early in the season but Linfield HAS to get both today.  Maybe I can go steal PLU's bats before the game.

Didn't Linfield return all of its regional championship pitching staff?  I think it must be the Lutes' hitters.

3 out of 4 starters returned but losing Clark is a big loss (he was 10-2 last year).  Great response from the 'Cats today in getting both games today and splitting the 4 game set with hard hitting Lute team. 

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on March 01, 2009, 07:50:14 pm
Willamette's games against L&C were suspended (unplayable field on Palatine Hill) with the Bearcats leading 15-2 in the fifth inning of the first game.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: swede on March 02, 2009, 08:52:12 pm

For a team that was built on pitching and defense last year . . . I'm stunned.  Is PLU that good, Linfield that bad, or were the Wildcats just having an off-day while the Lutes were firing on all cylinders?  I guess we find out tomorrow.

I guess PLU is just trying to make for the fact that Linfield has shutout the 'Lutes on the gridiron for the past two season....yikes those were two very ugly scores.  I know it's early in the season but Linfield HAS to get both today.  Maybe I can go steal PLU's bats before the game.

Didn't Linfield return all of its regional championship pitching staff?  I think it must be the Lutes' hitters.

3 out of 4 starters returned but losing Clark is a big loss (he was 10-2 last year).  Great response from the 'Cats today in getting both games today and splitting the 4 game set with hard hitting Lute team. 


Wildcat ace Robert Vaughn is out indefinetly due to injury.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: swede on March 02, 2009, 08:56:53 pm
PLU hammered the 'cats all day winning both games. In my humble opinion Linfield needs to at least split tomorrow to have any kind of chance at the NWC crown. PLU put on perhaps the most dominating display of hitting I've seen in many years. Including the non league loss to the Lutes the 'cats are now 0-3 against
them having given up 48 runs (16 per game) OUCH!!!

 :o

For a team that was built on pitching and defense last year . . . I'm stunned.  Is PLU that good, Linfield that bad, or were the Wildcats just having an off-day while the Lutes were firing on all cylinders?  I guess we find out tomorrow.

Bearcats did what they were supposed to do today, sweeping a doubleheader with Lewis & Clark.  Impressive performances by a couple of sophomore pitchers.  Hopefully they can sweep the series tomorrow: a 6-1 start would be fantastic for this team.

PLU is a very good ball team and congrats to the Bearcats who I think will surprise some people.

Good job #11 I saw a lute trying to find his bat.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on March 03, 2009, 02:44:09 am
Well nuts.  Willamette completed the doubleheader today, winning game one 15-6 and dropping game two 2-1.  I'm really kind of mystified by that last score, especially since L&C doesn't have great pitching and the Bearcats are a really good hitting ballclub.  But while I think a sweep is what we deserved, I'll take a 3-1 start to conference play.

WU steps out of conference again for a three game series at Menlo this weekend.  Anyone know anything about the Oaks?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 03, 2009, 01:39:02 pm
NWC standings after one week of NWC play

                 (NWC, Overall)
George Fox    4-0, 7-3
Willamette     3-1, 5-2
Puget Sound  2-1, 4-3
Linfield           2-2, 5-3
PLU                2-2, 6-5
Whitworth     1-2, 3-5
L&C               1-3, 1-7
Whitman       0-0, 1-5 
Pacific            0-4, 3-6

The weekend: Pacific @ PLU, L&C @ GFU, Linfield @ Whitworth (played in Colfax, Wa due to snow), UPS @ Whitman, Willamette @ Menlo (non-conference)

Swede,

Thanks for the update on Vaughan...'Cats are really going to miss his arm. 

BP,

Menlo dropped a couple to Pacific and were handled by Chapman (most teams are).  They are only 1-7 (beat East Bay) so I think Willamette should be able to take care of business.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on March 06, 2009, 03:24:28 am
Interesting - it appears that Menlo's pitching coach is Willamette grad Jimmy Meuel, class of 2008.  He was probably our best (read: only) long relief pitcher last year.  I wonder if he had a hand in setting up the series.

Willamette sophomore Ryan Hood-Taylor was named NWC pitcher of the week last week.  Not bad to start out your career with a 2-0 record and a 2.25 ERA.

I'm not optimistic, but I hope L&C can take a game off of George Fox this weekend.  That would set up a pretty big showdown in Salem next weekend.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 06, 2009, 12:29:54 pm
'Cats and Rats are snowed out this weekend.  They will make it up towards the end of the year.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 09, 2009, 07:32:59 pm
'Cats just wrapped up a 4 game sweep with Whitworth at Linfield today.  The series was originally moved to Colfax, Wa, then suspended due to weather, and ultimately moved to Linfield where Whitworth was the "home" team.

Fox sweeps up the Pios, Lutes continue to hit the tar out of the ball and sweep Pacific (I think they score more than their football team), Oaks shock Willamette and take all three non-conference games, and Whitman vs UPS gets postponed.

Here's how they sit after week 2 of NWC play:

                              NWC, Overall
George Fox            8-0,    11-3
Linfield                   6-2,     9-3 
Pacific Lutheran     6-2,    10-5
Willamette             3-1,     5-5
Puget Sound         2-1,      4-3
Whitworth             1-6,     3-9
Lewis & Clark        1-7,     1-11
Whitman               0-0,      1-5
Pacific (Ore.)         0-8,   3-10
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on March 13, 2009, 12:04:16 am
Cat's have been moved to Walla Walla to take on Whitman this weekend because of impending rain in the valley.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on March 13, 2009, 12:12:42 am
Bearcats and Bruins have agreed to play one of their games scheduled for this weekend on Friday.  The schedule for the rest of the series is uncertain.  I'm excited to make it out - my first chance to see baseball this year!

http://www.willamette.edu/athletics/news/article/2009/03/bearcats_and_bruins_will_start_series_with_one_game_on_frida.xml

Hopefully we can rebound from an ugly, ugly series at Menlo last weekend.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: coco on March 13, 2009, 06:44:26 pm
Catfan08,
Welcome to the board!

BearcatPress,
It's the paper's loss that you're not covering baseball, IMO.

Too bad they didn't play ALL the baseball games in the past few days instead of leaving them for the weekend.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on March 14, 2009, 12:26:47 am
Is it just me, or are the top 3 in the NWC pretty good and the rest of the league is terrible?  Not to be so blunt, but it sure seems like the schools other than George Fox, PLU and Linfield are all pretty bad.  How does the coach at Willamette leave that kid in in the 8th ???

http://www.willamette.edu/athletics/teams/baseball/stats/2009/game11.htm
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on March 14, 2009, 12:33:25 pm
Linfield, Fox, and PLU are usually in the top 3 but there is usually another team in the conference that will have their year with all of their seniors. Then the next year they will drop back down. Just like a lot of other athletic conferences there will be a a few teams at the top, then a grouping of average teams in the middle, and then there are the one or two terrible teams at the bottom.

For the NWC, the team with the deepest pitching staff is going to win. Especially since they went to a 4 game conference series each week. That might have been Willamette's closer. Although after he gave up 5 runs in the 8th I would have pulled him.

Can you blame that on a rookie head coach?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on March 14, 2009, 09:36:04 pm
It was our closer.  I think he got almost every batter he faced to two strikes, mostly 0-2 or 1-2 counts, but then just got taken to town on the next pitch.  It got to the point where me and my friend were making bets on where the next ball would go.  It was really, really ugly.

Matt Wycoff (sp?) for GFU went 5-5 with 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, a walk, and pitched the last inning. :o

I'm still confident that we can get a split out of this series, but Stott needs to find an out pitch.  Like, NOW.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on March 15, 2009, 11:43:24 pm
Updated "Far West" regional rankings. As of 3/15/09

TEAM                                    WINNING %
1.   George Fox                      1.000
2.   Pomona-Pitzer                  .917           
3.   Cal Lutheran                     .867
4.   Linfield                              .786
      Redlands                          .786
6.   Claremont                        .667
7.   Chapman                         .643
8.   Pacific Lutheran               .615
9.   Whittier                           .500
      Occidental                       .500
11. Willamette                       .455
12. Puget Sound                   .444
13. La Verne                         .400
14. Menlo                              .385
15. Pacific                              .333
      East Bay                          .333
17. Whitman                          .125
18. Whitworth                        .111
19. Lewis & Clark                   .091
20. Cal Tech                           0

There could be some mistakes but I think these are pretty much right on.  Thoughts?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 16, 2009, 12:47:25 pm
Well, the conference standings are a mess right now because of all the rain outs over the past few weeks.  'Cats are set up to roll into the last two weekends of the season.

                         NWC,  Overall
George Fox       9-0,     12-3
Linfield             10-2,    13-3
PLU                   6-2,     10-5
Puget Sound     2-1,     5-6
Willamette         3-2,     5-6
Pacific (Ore.)     2-8,     5-10
Lewis & Clark    1-7,    1-12
Whitworth        1-8,     3-11
Whitman           0-4,     1-9
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on March 17, 2009, 01:51:01 am
I finally added the ASC and SCAC schools to the mix.  Pretty interesting as it looks like all of the Texas schools are beating up on each other.


TEAM                                    WINNING %
1.   George Fox                      1.000
2.   Pomona-Pitzer                  .917           
3.   Cal Lutheran                     .867
4.   UT Tyler                             .833
5.   Linfield                              .786
      Redlands                          .786
7.   Claremont                        .667
8.   UT Dallas                          .647
9.   Chapman                         .643
10. UMHB                               .625
 
That is the top 10 as of 3/16/09

I realize there is still a lot of baseball to be played but the SCAC West needs to have a team win their conference tourney to get in.
 

 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 18, 2009, 07:29:09 pm
Catdomealumni.com is going to host a tailgater on Saturday April 18th before the Linfield/Willamette doubleheader.  Setting up at 9 AM.

You can get all the info on our blog: ADvantage Catdome (http://catdomealumni.blogspot.com/).

Pass the word around and this is a open tailgater so feel free to drop on by if you are a Bearcat (BPress that is directed at you).
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on March 19, 2009, 01:51:53 am
I appreciate that, 11.  I'll try and stop by if I can. :)

As far as the game itself, I think I've discovered that Willamette has a serious problem this year.  We have no pitching.  None.  After watching George Fox score 22 runs on 22 hits this afternoon, I really question whether we have the stuff to hang with Linfield, PLU, and GFU.  Granted, we graduated almost all of our rotation from last year, but giving up 20+ runs is entering Whitman territory.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 19, 2009, 11:21:18 am
I appreciate that, 11.  I'll try and stop by if I can. :)

As far as the game itself, I think I've discovered that Willamette has a serious problem this year.  We have no pitching.  None.  After watching George Fox score 22 runs on 22 hits this afternoon, I really question whether we have the stuff to hang with Linfield, PLU, and GFU.  Granted, we graduated almost all of our rotation from last year, but giving up 20+ runs is entering Whitman territory.

Yeah, if pitching is a problem then it's going to be long weekends vs. PLU and Linfield.  The Bearcats don't have a whole lot of time to build up confidence with their upcoming trip to Parkland this weekend.

On a sidenote,  I wonder what Pacific’s administration is thinking right now?  They build this really nice new diamond (http://www.goboxers.com/facilities/bafaro-stadium.cfm) but they decided to save some cash and not install fieldturf.  I guess that is working out well since they played a "home" series out in the Dalles, which was 1/4 of their 2009 home schedule. 
 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on March 21, 2009, 11:53:28 am
The team with the deepest pitching staff is going to win the conference this year. We saw it last year when George Fox ran out of pitching in the 4th game when they had Linfield on the ropes. Obviously you have to be able to score some runs but it is pitching and defense that wins championships.

Pacific not putting field turf in puzzles me too. They put in a nice new soccer field with turf but they couldn't do it for baseball. I mean the first 2 months of the season it's going to rain. The turf allows you to get out and practice on the field in January between storms without having to worry about the field being a mess.

Maybe it had something to do with title 9.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on March 23, 2009, 07:44:55 am
Welcome cat fan!

Glad to have new posters on here! :)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 23, 2009, 01:48:22 pm
Well, it's a three team race now that Willamette was done in by the 'Lutes this past weekend.  HUGE series this weekend with GFU and PLU facing off.  Congrats to L&C for getting off the conference Goose Egg.

                       NWC, Overall
George Fox     10-0,  15-4
Linfield            14-2,  17-3
PLU                 10-2,  14-5
Pacific (Ore.)   5-8,    8-10
Willamette      3-7,    5-11
Puget Sound   2-5,   5-10
Lewis & Clark  2-8,   2-13
Whitworth       2-11, 4-14
Whitman         0-5,    1-10

Cat_fan_08,  I don't think Pacific not opting for FieldTurf had anything to do with Title IX.  Yeah they laid down turf on the soccer field but that field is also used for Lacrosse, Track and Field, and my guess I.M.'s and community use.  They probably felt that since multiple sports used the same field it was reasonable to put in turf and not for single sport facilities (baseball and softball). 

However you nailed it...not only is Pacific now missing out on games due to field conditions but I can't imagine all the practice time that has been compromised.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on March 25, 2009, 04:03:56 am
I think it's going to be a looooooong season at John Lewis Field.  The skid has now reached ten (10!) in a row, and I see at least six more losses this year (two more to Fox, four to Linfield), though I'd love to be proven wrong.  I still feel we have the bats to place fourth, which is right where we were picked in the preseason poll.  But for a team that was legitimately gunning for a conference title, it's definitely disappointing.

Come on Bearcats!  Prove me wrong!

(OTOH, at least we have softball!  The season-ending Willamette/Linfield series there is shaping up to be a dandy.)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 25, 2009, 03:55:58 pm
(OTOH, at least we have softball!  The season-ending Willamette/Linfield series there is shaping up to be a dandy.)

Hey Press, maybe you could answer me something that I've been wondering about.  Why is Willamette softball ranked #8 in the country?  Yeah, they took 3 out of 4 vs Pacific (who is 12-6) but are they really one of the top ten best teams in DIII right now? 

I ask because it seems that they are always ranked high at the start of each season and usually get snuffed at the end of the season and finish anywhere from 4th to 2nd in the NWC.  Am I missing something here?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on March 25, 2009, 05:40:39 pm
(OTOH, at least we have softball!  The season-ending Willamette/Linfield series there is shaping up to be a dandy.)

Hey Press, maybe you could answer me something that I've been wondering about.  Why is Willamette softball ranked #8 in the country?  Yeah, they took 3 out of 4 vs Pacific (who is 12-6) but are they really one of the top ten best teams in DIII right now? 

I ask because it seems that they are always ranked high at the start of each season and usually get snuffed at the end of the season and finish anywhere from 4th to 2nd in the NWC.  Am I missing something here?

That poll confuses me too.  Up until last week, Wisconsin-Whitewater was ranked #1 - without having even played a game!  The best explanation I can come up with is that only eight coaches (according to their website) vote in the poll.  That being said, Linfield moved up to #11 this week, while the Bearcats jumped one spot to #7.  As both teams continue to win, I think the rankings become more and more justified.  Willamette did just go 5-0 over a span of three days.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on March 29, 2009, 11:16:51 pm
Linfield wrapped up a sweep of Cal State Eastbay today. They look to be a force to be reckoned with. Fox split with PLU today and have two more games tomorrow. If things keep going this way it is going to be very tight come the end of April?

Are any of the teams that had games postponed over the last couple of weeks because of bad weather that won't be making those games up?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on March 30, 2009, 02:27:34 am
Linfield wrapped up a sweep of Cal State Eastbay today. They look to be a force to be reckoned with. Fox split with PLU today and have two more games tomorrow. If things keep going this way it is going to be very tight come the end of April?

Are any of the teams that had games postponed over the last couple of weeks because of bad weather that won't be making those games up?

Willamette and Fox have a doubleheader scheduled for this Wednesday at noon.  The Bearcats swept a tripleheader from Whitworth today (not sure when/if the fourth game is going to be played - rained out on Saturday).
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 30, 2009, 11:46:05 am
Linfield wrapped up a sweep of Cal State Eastbay today. They look to be a force to be reckoned with. Fox split with PLU today and have two more games tomorrow. If things keep going this way it is going to be very tight come the end of April?

Are any of the teams that had games postponed over the last couple of weeks because of bad weather that won't be making those games up?

Willamette and Fox have a doubleheader scheduled for this Wednesday at noon.  The Bearcats swept a tripleheader from Whitworth today (not sure when/if the fourth game is going to be played - rained out on Saturday).

The weather has really put Fox in a tough spot this week.  They have two HUGE games that were pushed into today with PLU (after splitting yesterday) and then have to wrap up the make ups with Willamette on Wednesday.  I guess it's all arms on deck for the Bruins and this just might be the help PLU and Linfield needed.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 04, 2009, 05:45:51 pm
Linfield drops game one to Pacific :o
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 04, 2009, 07:34:26 pm
Jack,

My jaw dropped when I saw that score posted up...'Cats just walked in a run in the top of the 6th of the 2nd game and is down 3-2 going into the bottom of 6.  This could be a VERY bad Saturday for Linfield. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on April 06, 2009, 12:14:39 am
I know it's only Whitman . . . but WOW!  Down 9-0 with two outs in the top of the sixth inning (of a seven-inning game) in Walla Walla, the Bearcats score NINE RUNS to send the game into extra innings and win 11-9 in eight!

http://www.willamette.edu/athletics/news/article/2009/04/willamette_rallies_from_90_deficit_to_defeat_whitman_in_eigh.xml
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on April 07, 2009, 02:54:10 pm
The wildcats are very lucky that George Fox dropped a game last weekend. Linfield would have been in a position of having to take 3 out of 4 in that final series against fox had they not lost that game and both teams won out before that.

You have to be in the top two in the conference to qualify for a playoff spot. Even if your record makes you good enough to qualify, if you are in third place you cannot be considered for the regionals.

I want to see Linfield play in a regional they host.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 07, 2009, 02:58:01 pm
The wildcats are very lucky that George Fox dropped a game last weekend. Linfield would have been in a position of having to take 3 out of 4 in that final series against fox had they not lost that game and both teams won out before that.

You have to be in the top two in the conference to qualify for a playoff spot. Even if your record makes you good enough to qualify, if you are in third place you cannot be considered for the regionals.

I want to see Linfield play in a regional they host.

A 3rd place team can play in a Regional.  The NJAC sent 4 teams last year.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 07, 2009, 05:11:33 pm
Press,

I don't know if I should be very impressed by the Bearcats comeback or just disgusted by Whitman giving up 9 in the last frame. 

Cat_fan_08,

I was feeling the same way on Saturday and checked out the Rat/GFU scores and was just hoping that Whitworth could sneak one away.  Thankfully it happened but as we know there is little room for error over the next three weekends.

I don't know if PLU is going to lose for the remainder of the season either so it's going to be a very intense month of April.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: swede on April 07, 2009, 10:45:27 pm
The wildcats are very lucky that George Fox dropped a game last weekend. Linfield would have been in a position of having to take 3 out of 4 in that final series against fox had they not lost that game and both teams won out before that.

You have to be in the top two in the conference to qualify for a playoff spot. Even if your record makes you good enough to qualify, if you are in third place you cannot be considered for the regionals.

I want to see Linfield play in a regional they host.

A 3rd place team can play in a Regional.  The NJAC sent 4 teams last year.

If so I think PLU will be in along with Linfield and GF.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on April 08, 2009, 09:55:24 am
I don't think the committee will send 3 teams from the NWC even if it would make travel costs a lot cheaper. Especially if it is a 6 team regional.

Probably Linfield, George Fox, Pomona Pitzer, Chapman, Texas Tyler, and possibly cal lutheran.

Any thoughts from anyone else?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 08, 2009, 01:30:54 pm
I don't think the committee will send 3 teams from the NWC even if it would make travel costs a lot cheaper. Especially if it is a 6 team regional.

Probably Linfield, George Fox, Pomona Pitzer, Chapman, Texas Tyler, and possibly cal lutheran.

Any thoughts from anyone else?

If PLU keeps winning, I think they could slip in.  Linfield and George Fox could really screw the other one over.  I do not see Chapman as a lock for a bid.  They are really on the bubble in my mind.  Cal Lutheran and Pomona look to be in very good position to get a bid.  UT Tyler just needs to win their conference tourney.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: OshDude on April 08, 2009, 01:37:04 pm
I don't think the committee will send 3 teams from the NWC even if it would make travel costs a lot cheaper. Especially if it is a 6 team regional.

Probably Linfield, George Fox, Pomona Pitzer, Chapman, Texas Tyler, and possibly cal lutheran.

Any thoughts from anyone else?

If PLU keeps winning, I think they could slip in.  Linfield and George Fox could really screw the other one over.  I do not see Chapman as a lock for a bid.  They are really on the bubble in my mind.  Cal Lutheran and Pomona look to be in very good position to get a bid.  UT Tyler just needs to win their conference tourney.
Almost every team is technically on the bubble, I guess. But as of today which six Pool B teams do you think are in? I think Chapman has some wiggle room before you get to the sixth spot.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jim Dixon on April 08, 2009, 01:56:12 pm
I think that Pac Lutheran will win the conference - getting the automatic bid and that leaves Linfield as the probably Pool C bid.  I assume Linfield and George Fox split.

I am not sure that Pac Lutheran has the in regions wins to get a pool C bid so they need to to win the conference.

I expect Pac Lutgheran, Linfield, Pomona-Pitzer, Cal Lutheran, Texas Tyler and either Chapman or Texas Lutheran filling out a 6-team regional.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: OshDude on April 08, 2009, 02:46:37 pm
You don't expect Chapman to be there? Unless Emory were to beat Millsaps and/or St. John Fisher gets hot, I think Chapman is fairly safe – at least as safe as many West teams being mentioned in terms of regionals.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 08, 2009, 05:34:53 pm
You don't expect Chapman to be there? Unless Emory were to beat Millsaps and/or St. John Fisher gets hot, I think Chapman is fairly safe – at least as safe as many West teams being mentioned in terms of regionals.

Do I think Chapman will be in?  As of this moment, yes.  I still feel like they are going to drop more games, especially without Kitchens.  In the end, I don't see them making it, unless they have a very good rest of the season.  If they get in as a #5 or #6 and have Kitchens, that would be a huge advantage for them.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on April 08, 2009, 09:55:21 pm
Chapman still has a tough 3 game series with Pomona-Pitzer coming up.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 08, 2009, 10:21:07 pm
Chapman still has a tough 3 game series with Pomona-Pitzer coming up.


Plus one with Redlands, and the Chapman Tournament, which, if they don't have Kitchens, could be a little rough.  I see Chapman dropping 4 more games this season which would leave them with a 19-11 West region record (.633%) which I do not think is strong enough.  The worst thing that could happen to Chapman is UT Tyler not winning the conference tourney.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on April 08, 2009, 11:40:37 pm
The worst thing that could happen to Chapman is UT Tyler not winning the conference tourney.

Agree... sort of. Chapman is aiming for a Pool B bid and Tyler cannot affect that at all. Chapman faces the other independents head-to-head for the Pool Bs.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 09, 2009, 02:09:01 am
The worst thing that could happen to Chapman is UT Tyler not winning the conference tourney.

Agree... sort of. Chapman is aiming for a Pool B bid and Tyler cannot affect that at all. Chapman faces the other independents head-to-head for the Pool Bs.

I got ya.  I was thinking if Chapman drops out of Pool B without a bid, they go into Pool C, which is where UT Tyler would be.  Maybe I am wrong.  Either way, Chapman just needs to keep winning.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on April 09, 2009, 02:38:01 pm
Does Chapman's name and track record give them any wiggle room when it comes time to select teams for the playoffs?

I would hope not, and I think missing the playoffs this year would knock them down and humble them a little bit.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 09, 2009, 03:26:35 pm
Does Chapman's name and track record give them any wiggle room when it comes time to select teams for the playoffs?

I would hope not, and I think missing the playoffs this year would knock them down and humble them a little bit.

As sad as it is, yes, I do think their name helps them.  They lost 2 games to a below average CSU East Bay team and drop 2 spots in the poll??  Most teams would drop much more.  Chapman better hope Kitchens is healthy real soon.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on April 09, 2009, 05:46:11 pm
Since I'm not the baseball reporter I'm not in charge of covering this, but Aaron Swick has been promoted to full-time head coach here at Willamette.  He's definitely grown as a coach as the season has gone on, and I think it would be a nice boost for the program to finish strong and be able to grab fourth place.  The Bearcats are riding an eight game winning streak into this weekend's series against UPS.

http://www.willamette.edu/athletics/news/article/2009/04/swick_receives_title_of_head_baseball_coach.xml
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on April 09, 2009, 06:57:03 pm
8-0 versus Whitworth, Whitman, and Corban.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on April 10, 2009, 02:02:14 am
8-0 versus Whitworth, Whitman, and Corban.

Which is exactly how they should have done. :)  You've got to play the teams in front of you, right?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 10, 2009, 04:41:54 am
Does Chapman's name and track record give them any wiggle room when it comes time to select teams for the playoffs?

I would hope not, and I think missing the playoffs this year would knock them down and humble them a little bit.
No.  Reputation is not a criterion.  Pool B is weaker this year.That will help them.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 10, 2009, 09:32:10 pm
Linfield and Pacific Lutheran both drop a game today.  PLU lost in extras to Whitworth and Linfield got spanked by Lewis and Clark.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 11, 2009, 12:33:50 am
Jack,

'Cats are killing themselves right now as they dropped both to L&C today.  *sigh*
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 11, 2009, 04:05:59 am
Jack,

'Cats are killing themselves right now as they dropped both to L&C today.  *sigh*

That is not good at all!  Linfield really has no room for error the rest of the way.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on April 13, 2009, 04:32:13 am
Jack,

'Cats are killing themselves right now as they dropped both to L&C today.  *sigh*

I'm not really sure WHAT I should make of this weekend: should I be encouraged by the fact that Linfield dropped at L&C, or should I be freaked out that Willamette lost a game at home 20-5? :o

Eh, I'm leaning towards the latter.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 15, 2009, 11:50:27 pm
Hey! Somebody send on a "Hang In There!" to the LINFIELD women's softball team. 19-0 garners a #1 ranking....
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on April 16, 2009, 02:28:40 pm
If the standings hold, #1 Linfield vs. #7 Willamette will make for quite a series at the end of the season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 18, 2009, 09:47:38 pm
Linfield lost again :o  Does anyone want to step up and win the NWC?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on April 19, 2009, 11:04:01 pm
Linfield lost again and again :) Does anyone want to step up and win the NWC?

Fixed your post. ;)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 20, 2009, 12:06:14 am
West Region standings as of 4/19/09

1.  Pomona-Pitzer (23-1)    .958%
2.  Cal Lutheran  (23-4)     .852%
3.  George Fox  (26-5)       .839%
4.  UT Tyler  (29-6)            .829%
5.  Pacific Lutheran (25-8) .758%
     Linfield (25-8)               .758%
7.  Miss. Col. (16-7)           .696%
8.  Hardin Simm. (23-11)   .676%

Chapman is 14-11 (.560%) as a Pool B team.

Big series coming up in the SCIAC and NWC.  Pomona Pitzer and Cal Lutheran have a 3 game series next weekend and George Fox and Linfield have a 4 game set in the NWC. 
It seems that the only hope for Linfield is to sweep George Fox.  3 of 4 will do them no good.  Unless PLU really slips up, I think they are in the Regional.
Cal Lutheran can't afford many more losses.
UT Tyler needs to win the ASC Tourney to keep Cal Lutheran's hopes alive for a pool C.
 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 23, 2009, 09:20:51 pm
I may have missed this.

Why is George Fox playing 41 regular season games!

32 NWC, 4 at UH-Hilo, 2 with Concordia Portland and 3 with CSU-East Bay.

The typical regular season is only 40 games!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on April 24, 2009, 01:50:58 am
I may have missed this.

Why is George Fox playing 41 regular season games!

32 NWC, 4 at UH-Hilo, 2 with Concordia Portland and 3 with CSU-East Bay.

The typical regular season is only 40 games!

That's a good point Ralph.  Last season Willamette had to forfeit a game in our final series of the year (against Pacific) because we had 41 games scheduled!  Should someone be letting the NCAA or the NWC know about this? ???
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 24, 2009, 03:08:08 pm
I may have missed this.

Why is George Fox playing 41 regular season games!

32 NWC, 4 at UH-Hilo, 2 with Concordia Portland and 3 with CSU-East Bay.

The typical regular season is only 40 games!

That's a good point Ralph.  Last season Willamette had to forfeit a game in our final series of the year (against Pacific) because we had 41 games scheduled!  Should someone be letting the NCAA or the NWC know about this? ???
Since I am on the periphery of this issue, I hope that the NWC main office is aware.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 25, 2009, 07:47:07 pm
I could be wrong, but I believe Linfield has been eliminated from the NWC race.  I look for both PLU and George Fox to be playing at Linfield in May, while the Wildcats sit and watch.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: OshDude on April 26, 2009, 10:52:24 am
I could be wrong, but I believe Linfield has been eliminated from the NWC race.  I look for both PLU and George Fox to be playing at Linfield in May, while the Wildcats sit and watch.
And probably tend the field between games, right? Oshkosh is also in jeopardy of doing chores for their peers. Regional hosting duties: best or worst thing possible, I suppose.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on April 26, 2009, 01:43:00 pm
I could be wrong, but I believe Linfield has been eliminated from the NWC race.  I look for both PLU and George Fox to be playing at Linfield in May, while the Wildcats sit and watch.
And probably tend the field between games, right? Oshkosh is also in jeopardy of doing chores for their peers. Regional hosting duties: best or worst thing possible, I suppose.

Correct, Jack.  Linfield is now mathematically eliminated from championship contention.  It's down to PLU and GFU.  As for groundskeeping, Linfield has an all-FieldTurf infield. :)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: OshDude on April 27, 2009, 01:29:59 am
I could be wrong, but I believe Linfield has been eliminated from the NWC race.  I look for both PLU and George Fox to be playing at Linfield in May, while the Wildcats sit and watch.
And probably tend the field between games, right? Oshkosh is also in jeopardy of doing chores for their peers. Regional hosting duties: best or worst thing possible, I suppose.

Correct, Jack.  Linfield is now mathematically eliminated from championship contention.  It's down to PLU and GFU.  As for groundskeeping, Linfield has an all-FieldTurf infield. :)
LOL. Forgot about that. Would be funny if they vacuumed and ran a magnet over it between games during regionals.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jim Dixon on April 27, 2009, 03:26:34 am
The NWC automatic bid goes to......either George Fox or Pacific Lutheran

Attention now turns to the NCAA Division III National Tournament and the
automatic berth for the conference champion.  George Fox and Pacific
Lutheran split four games in their head-to-head series, and the next
tiebreaker, according to conference by-laws, is a one-game playoff, with
the host site to be the higher-seeded team.  The next criteria for
breaking the tie is record against the next-highest conference finisher,
which would be Linfield. PLU split with the Wildcats while George Fox
took three out of four, so the Bruins would host the Lutes. 

A playoff game is to be played on the Saturday following the regular
season, according to NWC guidelines, but that is George Fox's graduation
day, so a date is still to be determined.  There is also some question
regarding the NCAA's 19-week playing window for Division III baseball,
since George Fox has completed its 19-week fall and spring allotted
time.  A determination about the playoff game may be made early in the
week by conference and NCAA officials.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: RSSmith on April 27, 2009, 07:03:11 am
I may have missed this.

Why is George Fox playing 41 regular season games!

32 NWC, 4 at UH-Hilo, 2 with Concordia Portland and 3 with CSU-East Bay.

The typical regular season is only 40 games!

That's a good point Ralph.  Last season Willamette had to forfeit a game in our final series of the year (against Pacific) because we had 41 games scheduled!  Should someone be letting the NCAA or the NWC know about this? ???
Since I am on the periphery of this issue, I hope that the NWC main office is aware.

Wasn't there some conversation about this early in the season?  I seem to recall that the Hawaii games were going to be considered "practice" games or something to that effect.  I made a much-less-than-diligent search for those posts without any luck.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: RSSmith on April 27, 2009, 08:42:28 am
I may have missed this.

Why is George Fox playing 41 regular season games!

32 NWC, 4 at UH-Hilo, 2 with Concordia Portland and 3 with CSU-East Bay.

The typical regular season is only 40 games!

That's a good point Ralph.  Last season Willamette had to forfeit a game in our final series of the year (against Pacific) because we had 41 games scheduled!  Should someone be letting the NCAA or the NWC know about this? ???
Since I am on the periphery of this issue, I hope that the NWC main office is aware.

Wasn't there some conversation about this early in the season?  I seem to recall that the Hawaii games were going to be considered "practice" games or something to that effect.  I made a much-less-than-diligent search for those posts without any luck.


I just noticed that York (PA) has already played 38 games and has 4 games remaining on their schedule.  Are there other teams in that same situation?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 28, 2009, 02:41:57 pm
Quote
Linfield has an all-FieldTurf infield......
just in case they have to host other teams in a conference play-off or the regional.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: d3baseballnut on April 28, 2009, 02:49:23 pm
I may have missed this.

Why is George Fox playing 41 regular season games!

32 NWC, 4 at UH-Hilo, 2 with Concordia Portland and 3 with CSU-East Bay.

The typical regular season is only 40 games!

That's a good point Ralph.  Last season Willamette had to forfeit a game in our final series of the year (against Pacific) because we had 41 games scheduled!  Should someone be letting the NCAA or the NWC know about this? ???
Since I am on the periphery of this issue, I hope that the NWC main office is aware.

Wasn't there some conversation about this early in the season?  I seem to recall that the Hawaii games were going to be considered "practice" games or something to that effect.  I made a much-less-than-diligent search for those posts without any luck.


I just noticed that York (PA) has already played 38 games and has 4 games remaining on their schedule.  Are there other teams in that same situation?

40 games might be a normal season, but it doesn't mean their is a rule against playing over 40 games.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: d3baseballnut on April 28, 2009, 02:50:54 pm
Additionally, York (PA) played several games in their CAC conference tournament. This may account for the extra games. They do not count at "Regular Season" games.

George Fox, however, does not have a tournament
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on April 28, 2009, 02:51:23 pm
40 games is the maximum allowed by the NCAA for D3 baseball.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 28, 2009, 06:13:57 pm
I may have missed this.

Why is George Fox playing 41 regular season games!

32 NWC, 4 at UH-Hilo, 2 with Concordia Portland and 3 with CSU-East Bay.

The typical regular season is only 40 games!

That's a good point Ralph.  Last season Willamette had to forfeit a game in our final series of the year (against Pacific) because we had 41 games scheduled!  Should someone be letting the NCAA or the NWC know about this? ???
Since I am on the periphery of this issue, I hope that the NWC main office is aware.
On another board, Just Bill identified that scenario as the "Hawaii/Alaska" exception.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BlueZoneBruin on April 28, 2009, 10:11:38 pm
I did some digging and found out that D3 teams are allowed to schedule/play an extra 4 games every four years, for a total of 44 games.  George Fox actually had 44 games scheduled this year, but 3 were rained out.

The issue with Willamette last season had to do with their new coach scheduling more games than they were allowed because they had played extra games in a previous season.   

BlueZoneBruin
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on April 28, 2009, 11:14:25 pm
I did some digging and found out that D3 teams are allowed to schedule/play an extra 4 games every four years, for a total of 44 games.  George Fox actually had 44 games scheduled this year, but 3 were rained out.

The issue with Willamette last season had to do with their new coach scheduling more games than they were allowed because they had played extra games in a previous season.   

BlueZoneBruin

Ah.  That makes sense.  BZB, do you know when the Bruins and PLU are going to have the one-game playoff?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BlueZoneBruin on April 29, 2009, 10:23:10 am
I did some digging and found out that D3 teams are allowed to schedule/play an extra 4 games every four years, for a total of 44 games.  George Fox actually had 44 games scheduled this year, but 3 were rained out.

The issue with Willamette last season had to do with their new coach scheduling more games than they were allowed because they had played extra games in a previous season.   

BlueZoneBruin

Ah.  That makes sense.  BZB, do you know when the Bruins and PLU are going to have the one-game playoff?

As far as I'm aware, no decision has been made on a playoff game. The primary issue is that the the conference bylaws only have one tiebreaker - a head-to-head game. But, as was stated before, this game would fall outside the NCAA D3 19-week season limit.  If a game happens, it would be hosted by George Fox due to their better record vs. Linfield (the conference 3rd place team), and would most likely take place May 9.  That is all dependant on if the NCAA allows the game.

BlueZoneBruin
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jim Dixon on April 29, 2009, 12:48:54 pm
Chat live with Linfield College coach Scott Brosius

http://www.d3sports.com/dailydose/2009/04/29/chat-live-with-linfield-college-coach-scott-brosius/
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: royhobbs on May 04, 2009, 10:10:18 pm
What the heck is going on with the NWC???? Do we need to bring Jack Dunn out of retirement to sort this thing out? ???
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on May 04, 2009, 10:22:31 pm
Plenty of time for a 1 game playoff. NCAA needs to do the right thing and have it decided on the field instead of by the "COMMITTEE"

Why does it take so long for decision to come out.....
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on May 06, 2009, 03:09:53 pm
I agree, make them play the game at a neutral location. They should have done it last weekend instead of waiting.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on May 06, 2009, 03:18:47 pm
What is the status of this game?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on May 06, 2009, 04:05:06 pm
READ THIS

http://www.georgefox.edu/athletics/baseball/2009/releases/0506.html
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: RSSmith on May 06, 2009, 05:53:11 pm
What is the status of this game?



Flip a coin.  Won't the loser get a Pool C bid anyway?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on May 06, 2009, 06:04:03 pm
What is the status of this game?



Flip a coin.  Won't the loser get a Pool C bid anyway?
Not necessarily...

In basketball, with 20-24 in-region games and winning percentages around .700 and above, an extra in-region loss dropped a team about 4-7 places in the Pool C calculations of OWP/OOWP.  This was work that Patrick Abegg did for me before he died.

Baseball in reasonably similar to basketball, so I think that another loss might knock the #5 West Region seem deeper onto the bubble.  We also don't know where Cal Lu is relative to the other teams in the Region.

A loss by GFU might drop them out of the regional rankings.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: d3baseballnut on May 07, 2009, 06:08:12 pm
What is the status of this game?



Flip a coin.  Won't the loser get a Pool C bid anyway?

They definitely should. How can one loss drop george fox off the entire ranking, when penn state behrend went 1-4 and didnt budge??? I guess when you are Beloit and go 3-0 and drop all the way out, its not hard to see how GFU could drop out by losing 1.

The fact is, there is inconsistency in the rankings. And here is the problem:

I have never heard of the committee considering regionally unranked teams for Pool C bids. But i know the "rationale" for the inconsistency noted above is that some regions are tougher than others. SO in a bad region, a team might not drop much if they lose a few games. If this is the case, the team that went 3-0 in the tougher region, but fell out of the rankings, should still be considered higher on the pool C bid consideration chart. But they arent. They literally are hurt bc of their tough conference, even though the committee says it doesnt pick Pool C's by region, but nationally.

This is a serious problem. Just because Penn st. behrend is still #4 in the mid-atlantic, they shouldnt above Beloit who went 3-0 last week when Behrend when 1-4, but is only ranked that high bc the committee looks down on the Mid Atlantic. We all know however, that PS Behrend has a greater chance at a Pool C than Beloit for this simple reason. THat is a problem
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on May 07, 2009, 06:20:45 pm
D3nut- Are you OK? For three days you have been on a rampage on this board and have been very negative. I fear for your health when the bids come out next week :) If the rankings alone have you this frazzled, what will the final say do to you?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: d3baseballnut on May 07, 2009, 06:24:32 pm
D3nut- Are you OK? For three days you have been on a rampage on this board and have been very negative. I fear for your health when the bids come out next week :) If the rankings alone have you this frazzled, what will the final say do to you?

HAHA......

Dude, these rankings drive me crazy. Why even have rankings? This week's rankings in no way resemble last week's and the game results between the two.....we need a better system.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: royhobbs on May 07, 2009, 07:20:28 pm
What a crack up how worked up everyone gets, glad I only have to worry about who's getting ranked below Cal Tech!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on May 08, 2009, 01:52:47 am
I'll be shocked if Fox doesn't win the playoff, particularly on their own field.  My Bearcats (who finished a respectable 4th) played PLU close twice (7-6 and 2-0 losses), but we got absolutely smoked by Fox: 14-10, 22-7, 15-1, 16-1.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: d3baseballnut on May 08, 2009, 08:28:05 am
I'll be shocked if Fox doesn't win the playoff, particularly on their own field.  My Bearcats (who finished a respectable 4th) played PLU close twice (7-6 and 2-0 losses), but we got absolutely smoked by Fox: 14-10, 22-7, 15-1, 16-1.

George Fox is my pick to win the west regional
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: royhobbs on May 08, 2009, 09:39:05 am
Don't they have to beat Pac Lu first? I don't think GF would win a game in the West Regional, if they even get in.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: d3baseballnut on May 08, 2009, 03:09:21 pm
Just like Hopkins had no chance to beat Chapman or Trinity last year in the CWS??
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: royhobbs on May 09, 2009, 01:13:32 pm
Hopkins has always been one of my favorite actors!  ;D
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on May 09, 2009, 05:26:22 pm
GFU leads 11-2, with GFU batting in the bottom of the 3rd.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on May 09, 2009, 09:07:38 pm
Final: George Fox 24, Pacific Lutheran 6.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on May 10, 2009, 12:06:38 am
Final: George Fox 24, Pacific Lutheran 6.

WOW!  What in the world happened to PLU?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on May 10, 2009, 12:22:20 am
GFU jumped on them early!

Every thing GFU did worked.  Nothing PLU did worked.

GFU put a 7-spot on PLU in the 8th, just swinging on the first pitch and playing station-to-station with bench players.

The Lutes even bobbled the snap on the extra point attempt!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 10, 2009, 04:04:10 pm
Another good  run for the 39-5 LINFIELD women's softball team. Hats off to Tyler.

Good ball bounces to GFU. Stay healthy.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on May 11, 2009, 02:43:52 am
Sorry PLU.  We thought that the one game playoff would be basically neutral.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on May 12, 2009, 02:59:28 am
http://www.plu.edu/athletics/baseball/2009releases/051109ncaa.htm

Probably the best articulated slam at an NCAA selection committee I've ever seen, regardless of sport.  Well said, PLU.  You deserved to make the field.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 12, 2009, 11:40:25 am
http://www.plu.edu/athletics/baseball/2009releases/051109ncaa.htm

Probably the best articulated slam at an NCAA selection committee I've ever seen, regardless of sport.  Well said, PLU.  You deserved to make the field.


Agreed.  I'm not surprised when the NWC gets the short stick with at large births anymore.  It happens with various sports and it's disappoint because the conference continues to prove that it's athletics teams can win on the national stage year in and year out.   I feel for the 'Lutes today.

Side note, also congrats to the Linfield softball squad in a great showing in that killer regional.  Just came up a little short in making a trip back to the softball nationals. 
Title: Holowaty named as Head Coach at Whitman College
Post by: mans007 on July 28, 2009, 03:10:37 am
Being someone from the northeast, I just wanted to hear what the folks across the country thought about the younger holowaty heading to you're neck of the woods?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: d3ball32 on August 24, 2009, 07:39:43 pm
i hope he has patience, walla walla is a tough place to coach
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: mans007 on September 18, 2009, 02:52:50 am
Please, people of the NWC. Don't complain about not getting at large bids or respect when you don't even have a conference tourney! You may have a good conference, but if you don't have a conference tourney, many of the games your teams play mean nothing during the regular season. Once a team knows they have no chance to win the conference, half of your conference wins mean nothing. You want respect, give 2/3's of your conference something to play for. Just a tip. Especially because none of your teams play mid week meaningful games.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on September 18, 2009, 09:48:00 am
Please, people of the NWC. Don't complain about not getting at large bids or respect when you don't even have a conference tourney! You may have a good conference, but if you don't have a conference tourney, many of the games your teams play mean nothing during the regular season. Once a team knows they have no chance to win the conference, half of your conference wins mean nothing. You want respect, give 2/3's of your conference something to play for. Just a tip. Especially because none of your teams play mid week meaningful games.

You could technically make the same argument abouot the SCIAC, yet they find a way to get more than one team into the tourney at times. I am not certain this is an isolated NWC incident, but more of a regioanl issue. Because the west is so spread out, it is nearly impossible to find quality games outside of your immediate area without booking a flight. I don't know what the solution to this is other than having the NCAA add more teams to d3 in the west region (maybe a few NAIA teams making the change).
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on September 23, 2009, 09:03:55 pm
Please, people of the NWC. Don't complain about not getting at large bids or respect when you don't even have a conference tourney! You may have a good conference, but if you don't have a conference tourney, many of the games your teams play mean nothing during the regular season. Once a team knows they have no chance to win the conference, half of your conference wins mean nothing. You want respect, give 2/3's of your conference something to play for. Just a tip. Especially because none of your teams play mid week meaningful games.

You could technically make the same argument abouot the SCIAC, yet they find a way to get more than one team into the tourney at times. I am not certain this is an isolated NWC incident, but more of a regioanl issue. Because the west is so spread out, it is nearly impossible to find quality games outside of your immediate area without booking a flight. I don't know what the solution to this is other than having the NCAA add more teams to d3 in the west region (maybe a few NAIA teams making the change).

You got an at-large bid in 2008! 

The other thing to remember is that there are only about 13 at-large bids to distribute among the 35 conferences and remaining 300 teams that do not get Pool A or B bid.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on December 31, 2009, 07:51:33 pm
Season's start is just around the corner. Have you seen Linfield's schedule. We will see what their made of the last 3 weeks of the season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on January 04, 2010, 12:07:01 pm
Linfield plays Chapman in a late season 4 games series in SoCal. I am sure it will be a great series and battle for a West Region playoff spot. Wildcats vs Panthers....

April 16  Linfield   @ Chapman Orange CA  7:00 PM  
April 17  Linfield   @ Chapman Orange CA  1:00 PM Double Header  
Apr. 18  Linfield   @ Chapman Orange CA 12:00 PM  
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on January 08, 2010, 10:10:16 pm
How about Linfield Hosting the 2010 west regional.

That chapman series along with a battle with PLU and Fox will really test them. I hope to see Linfield playing in May in McMinnville.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: MacQuiz on January 23, 2010, 04:43:15 pm
It's a beautiful blue sky day in Mac...in between downpours!  Makes one start to
think about a Pepsi and a dog.
We're starting to switch from Gridiron head to Diamond head.
I can hardly wait to see the Cat's get started towards playing in thier own
West Regionals.  Congrats to all the staff, Head Coach Bro and AD Carney for thier outstanding work towards a second straight hosting of the regionals.
Man-O-Man...D3 sport is beautiful thing in the Catdomoshere.
(The dome can be extended over Roy Helser Field...right?)
Let's Go!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on January 26, 2010, 08:49:53 pm
Glad to see the Cats get some love from the D3 polls with the number 24 ranking in the pre season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on January 27, 2010, 05:36:38 pm
Glad to see the Cats get some love from the D3 polls with the number 24 ranking in the pre season.

Nice!  The NWC is going to be a tough haul for the team(s) to make it out and into the regional.  Looking forward to getting out and catching some games.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on January 29, 2010, 09:31:39 pm
Yes, the west region is going to be a challenge this year and Linfield will get a taste of the majority of it throughout the regular season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on February 05, 2010, 10:43:04 pm
I still can't believe that PLU was snubbed last year from Regionals after tying for first with Fox last season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: mans007 on February 06, 2010, 04:56:14 am
Don't be suprised at PLU's "snub" last season. Compare there out of conference schedules to the other at large's. Play a better out of conference schedule and there will be less suprises. I know, the only teams around the area are in conference but you have to put up a better schedule if you want to argue. The teams on the other coast def have an advantage.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on February 06, 2010, 11:59:24 am
Don't be suprised at PLU's "snub" last season. Compare there out of conference schedules to the other at large's. Play a better out of conference schedule and there will be less suprises. I know, the only teams around the area are in conference but you have to put up a better schedule if you want to argue. The teams on the other coast def have an advantage.

That's true, I wouldn't be surprised if Linfield doesn't have one of the toughest schedules in the nation this year against D3 opponents let alone traveling to Lewiston to play NAIA power LC State.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on February 14, 2010, 06:37:52 pm
No talk yet about the cats going 4-0 this weekend? Come on, the NWC is looking strong with Linfield and PLU undefeated.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on February 15, 2010, 07:22:12 am
No talk yet about the cats going 4-0 this weekend? Come on, the NWC is looking strong with Linfield and PLU undefeated.

PLU is piling up wins against in-region opponents. The west region is going to be very interesting to watch this season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on February 15, 2010, 08:40:51 am
Both PLU and Linfield both won big in region games last week against SCIAC teams and have great season start so far.

PLU at 7-0(4 West Regions wins)
Linfield at 4-0(All West Region wins)

Can the NWC this year grab a Pool A and Pool C bids or will their strength of schedule and opponets winning percentage leave them out of a Pool C bid. Also you can never count out George Fox that always finds a way to win and will be there at the end I believe.

It would be nice to see 2 NWC teams at McMinnville, Oregon in May.

Linfield playoff hopes will rest on the games they play with PLU and Chapman this year.


Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: OshDude on February 15, 2010, 11:29:24 am
Both PLU and Linfield both won big in region games last week against SCIAC teams and have great season start so far.

PLU at 7-0(4 West Regions wins)
Linfield at 4-0(All West Region wins)

Can the NWC this year grab a Pool A and Pool C bids or will their strength of schedule and opponets winning percentage leave them out of a Pool C bid. Also you can never count out George Fox that always finds a way to win and will be there at the end I believe.

It would be nice to see 2 NWC teams at McMinnville, Oregon in May.

Linfield playoff hopes will rest on the games they play with PLU and Chapman this year.
The NCAA is with you on that.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 15, 2010, 11:30:47 pm
No talk yet about the cats going 4-0 this weekend? Come on, the NWC is looking strong with Linfield and PLU undefeated.

Great start for the 'Cats and I'm looking forward to WOU and Linfield hooking up.  Too bad they finally play each other again and the game is in Idaho.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on February 20, 2010, 05:42:23 pm
Took in some Chapman - McMurray today.

Chapman is tough again. Saw battery of freshmen Travis McGee (pitching) and Kevin Osaki, couple of County boys.

Looking forward to LINFIELD in the sun at the end of the season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on February 21, 2010, 01:06:56 am
Looks like Linfield is going to have to have some young arms step up this year too for the team to go far.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 23, 2010, 07:04:55 pm
Catching up and it looked like a rough weekend for the 'Cats.  They played some hard cases but I was still hoping for a little better results.  Some big games this weekend.  Anybody plan on making it out to catch any games?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on March 01, 2010, 11:43:10 am
18-0? Come on Willamette. Never been to SoCal before? The sun blind you?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 14, 2010, 12:28:57 pm
Watched the 'Cats paste Willamette twice yesterday.  'Cats looked pretty dang good.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 15, 2010, 03:34:50 pm
Whoa...how in the heck does PLU drop all 3 to Menlo?  Does that pretty much mean that PLU has to win the NWC/auto-bid to reach the post-season?  That has to be a pretty devastating sweep for the 'Lutes.

http://www.menloathletics.com/article/3618.php (http://www.menloathletics.com/article/3618.php)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on March 15, 2010, 03:37:50 pm
Whoa...how in the heck does PLU drop all 3 to Menlo?  Does that pretty much mean that PLU has to win the NWC/auto-bid to reach the post-season?  That has to be a pretty devastating sweep for the 'Lutes.

http://www.menloathletics.com/article/3618.php (http://www.menloathletics.com/article/3618.php)

I think they are in trouble if they have to wait on a Pool C bid.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on March 26, 2010, 07:04:15 am
Looks like a 2 horse race in the NWC. Will 2 teams get regional bids this year or only 1 and play at Linfield in the Regionals

 NWC Conference 
Linfield 8-1 16-5
Pacific Lutheran 5-1 14-5
Puget Sound 4-2 9-10
George Fox 5-4 12-9
Whitworth 3-3 6-14
Willamette 3-6 6-11
Whitman 3-6 3-17
Lewis & Clark 4-8 6-12
Pacific (Ore.) 4-8 6-16
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on March 27, 2010, 08:53:31 pm
Big Upset in the NWC.

March 27
Whitworth 3 Linfield 2         
Whitworth 4 Linfield 0
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 29, 2010, 02:51:14 pm
Big Upset in the NWC.

March 27
Whitworth 3 Linfield 2         
Whitworth 4 Linfield 0

You don't need to tell me...thankfully Willamette was able to steal one from PLU to keep Linfield just one back. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on March 29, 2010, 11:28:39 pm
NWC race just got interesting....

Conference & Overall Records
Pacific Lutheran  7-2   16-6
Linfield              9-3   17-7
George Fox      8-4   15-9
Puget Sound      5-4   10-12
Whitworth      5-4   8-15
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 12, 2010, 11:21:55 am
WILDCATS come on down for that Friday night game! Chapman in the sun Saturday & Sunday should be exciting as well.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 12, 2010, 11:51:27 am
Weather forecast in Orange, CA for the Wildcats / Panther games..@ Hart Park.

http://www.weather.com/weather/weekend/92856

It can get cold for SoCal standards @ the 7 PM games

Should be a great series.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on April 13, 2010, 12:38:28 am
We will see who has the deepest staff this weekend with a 4 game series at Chapman.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 13, 2010, 11:18:32 am
It's not only the 4 games with the worthy SoCal opponent, the rest of the LINFIELD schedule is
b r u t a l.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 13, 2010, 12:01:21 pm
A very difficult schedule to end the regular season on:

LINFIELD plays
Apr. 16  7:00 PM  at Chapman       
Apr. 17  1:00 PM  at Chapman • 4:00 PM  at Chapman       
Apr. 18  12:00 PM  at Chapman       
Apr. 24  12:00 PM  at George Fox * •  3:00 PM  at George Fox *       
Apr. 25  1:00 PM  at George Fox *       
May. 1  12:00 PM  Pacific Lutheran * • 3:00 PM  Pacific Lutheran *       
May. 2  12:00 PM  Pacific Lutheran *   
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 15, 2010, 03:26:17 pm
A very difficult schedule to end the regular season on:

LINFIELD plays
Apr. 16  7:00 PM  at Chapman       
Apr. 17  1:00 PM  at Chapman • 4:00 PM  at Chapman       
Apr. 18  12:00 PM  at Chapman       
Apr. 24  12:00 PM  at George Fox * •  3:00 PM  at George Fox *       
Apr. 25  1:00 PM  at George Fox *       
May. 1  12:00 PM  Pacific Lutheran * • 3:00 PM  Pacific Lutheran *       
May. 2  12:00 PM  Pacific Lutheran *   


No doubt about it but I do like that the program was aggressive enough to get Chapman on the schedule. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 16, 2010, 02:07:42 am
I'm going to get in trouble somehow...aggressive is the key word.


IMHO LINFIELD was not aggressive enough when they were in the playoffs down here a couple of years ago. Percentage baseball is OK if you are far and away the best team in the playoffs but IT IS DO OR GO HOME.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 16, 2010, 10:43:36 pm
Nice 2 run 2ble for a L 3 - 1 lead top 3rd. 2 C errors
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 16, 2010, 11:57:11 pm
L out of a 2 E 7th up 5 - 2
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 17, 2010, 12:46:14 am
L goes to bed 7 - 2. Good win .

Crash...look me up Saturday.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 17, 2010, 12:55:36 am
L goes to bed 7 - 2. Good win .

Crash...look me up Saturday.

Heck Yeah!  Go 'Cats.  Had to start off on the right foot in this series.  Tomorrow is HUGE for Linfield.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 17, 2010, 03:13:36 am
Linfield outplays Chapman in every part of the game in game 1.  Pitching, defense, hitting and running.

http://www.chapmanathletics.com/sports/bsb/2009-10/stats/lin-cu1.htm
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 17, 2010, 04:27:18 pm
D  :-[.C. not at the game until 2PM.

This time I'll take my eyeglasses to post from that itty bitty phone key board. AND it won't be night.

Get rock music on the Chapman site ????
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 17, 2010, 06:16:34 pm
L up 7 - 2 at 7th stretch.    ;D
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 17, 2010, 07:00:03 pm
'Cats assure themselves at least a split with a 9-3 win in the second game!  Great job 'Cats!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 17, 2010, 07:56:52 pm
C tries to regain dignity & get out early in 3rd game.l

L takes control right back & goes up by a run in 1st.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: ECSUalum on April 17, 2010, 10:15:54 pm
A very difficult schedule to end the regular season on:

LINFIELD plays
Apr. 16  7:00 PM  at Chapman       
Apr. 17  1:00 PM  at Chapman • 4:00 PM  at Chapman       
Apr. 18  12:00 PM  at Chapman       
Apr. 24  12:00 PM  at George Fox * •  3:00 PM  at George Fox *       
Apr. 25  1:00 PM  at George Fox *       
May. 1  12:00 PM  Pacific Lutheran * • 3:00 PM  Pacific Lutheran *       
May. 2  12:00 PM  Pacific Lutheran *   


No doubt about it but I do like that the program was aggressive enough to get Chapman on the schedule. 

Seem to remember the NWC in general and Linfield in particular has always been in top 10 nationally in SOS.

Congrats to Linfield on two nice wins over the Chapmysters
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 18, 2010, 09:24:01 am
April 17, 2010

Linfield 9, Chapman 3

Chapman 5, Linfield 2

The teams complete the four-game series Sunday with a single game at noon
Linfield(24-9) @ Chapman(23-7)

http://www.linfield.edu/sports/release.php?id=3466

http://www.chapmanathletics.com/sports/bsb/2009-10/news/0417
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 18, 2010, 04:21:09 pm
D  :-\ C. Not there yet.

Will bring his own disc for CrashDavis and friends to use in the blaring speakers that have the L crowd all sitting far away where they can't see the scoreboard.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 18, 2010, 05:27:39 pm
Looking silly...just gave up 2 on an over throw to 3rd on a C double steal. 11 - 5 in 8th.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: dahlby on April 18, 2010, 09:48:31 pm
Final: Chapman 11,Linfield 5. Teams split four games this weekend.

Linfield is for real. Excellent hitting, pitching and fielding against Chapman. I will be watching Linfield for the rest of the year. I watched the Sunday game and was most impressed. Good luck to the Wildcats, I look forward to seeing them match up against Chapman in the regionals.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 18, 2010, 10:05:39 pm
I count Linfield's record as 20-5 West Region.  Pac Lu is 20-7.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 19, 2010, 01:29:43 pm
A six run Chapman inning was what I expected through any of the games. That's the way they roll.

It's always fun to talk to the scouts who show up at those games, as long as you never ask who they are scouting and only speak during changes.

We LINFIELD fans were amused at the people who lined up Friday night with memorabilia for coach to sign, but the guys that brought multiples, who are you kidding?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 19, 2010, 02:28:02 pm
Linfield did prove they can play with anyone in the country on any day. I expect them playing in their regional in their house after they take care of business with George Fox and Pac Lu.

http://www.d3baseball.com/notables/2010/04/17/linfield-proves-they-belong.html
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 19, 2010, 05:25:09 pm
Linfield did prove they can play with anyone in the country on any day. I expect them playing in their regional in their house after they take care of business with George Fox and Pac Lu.

http://www.d3baseball.com/notables/2010/04/17/linfield-proves-they-belong.html

...and all of that good will goes out the window if the 'Cats get tripped up this weekend.  One at a time Linfield!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 21, 2010, 07:31:38 pm
Vote on the d3baseball front page...we all know who they mean

Linfied vs George Fox
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 22, 2010, 02:30:09 pm
Road to the Regional begins this week between Linfield, George Fox and Pac Lu ;D
NWC STANDINGS
http://www.nwcsports.com/sports/bsb/2009-10/standings

Linfield @ George Fox
April 24  12:00 PM  Live stats/Audio  
April 24   3:00 PM  Live stats/Audio  
April 25   1:00 PM  Live stats/Audio
Lives Stats and Audio for these games can be found in link below
http://athletics.georgefox.edu/sports/bsb/2009-10/schedule

Lewis & Clark @ Pacific Lutheran
April 24  12:00 PM  Live stats/Audio
April 24    3:00 PM  Live stats/Audio
April 25  12:00 PM  Live stats/Audio
Lives Stats and Audio for these games can be found in link below
http://www.golutes.com/sports/bsb/2009-10/schedule
 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 24, 2010, 03:45:14 pm
GO CATS!

Take two!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 24, 2010, 08:36:56 pm
Near as I can tell LINFIELD tried their best to take care of business by winning the 1st game 18-9 and ahead 4-1 in the bottom of the 8th in the second game when this fan had to leave the internet.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 24, 2010, 09:31:37 pm
'Cats get both today over Fox and PLU almost gets tripped up by L&C in the 2nd game.  Man...it's a great finish in the NWC this year.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 24, 2010, 10:09:15 pm
Did YOU actually use thr cliche "almost"?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 24, 2010, 11:47:17 pm
Did YOU actually use thr cliche "almost"?

This isn't the football board so almost is acceptable use when talking about L&C.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 24, 2010, 11:50:43 pm
Good day for the Wildcats....2 down 4 to go to reach the regionals...

Wildcats have their destiny in the own hands if the wish to play in their house in the regionals.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 24, 2010, 11:57:15 pm
Good day for the Wildcats....2 down 4 to go to reach the regionals...

Wildcats have their destiny in the own hands if the wish to play in their house in the regionals.
I have Linfield's magic number at 5 (Linfield wins plus PLU losses).
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 25, 2010, 12:11:05 am
Good day for the Wildcats....2 down 4 to go to reach the regionals...

Wildcats have their destiny in the own hands if the wish to play in their house in the regionals.

Just one at a time....'Cats need a big day from McCulley on the bump tomorrow.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 25, 2010, 04:57:09 pm
Why not a weekend sweep?

1 -1 in top of the 3rd in Newberg.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: LA Mike on April 25, 2010, 07:22:40 pm
Hey--

....with Linfield sweeping Geo Fox and having to win 2 of 3 from Pac LU next weekend to take the NWC for this year,

Where does the West Region Pool C team come from ??   SCIAC or NWC ???  or ASC ??  or  SCAC ?? for that matter.

Pomona-Pitzer clinched the SCIAC Championship with the Redlands loss to CMS today.

I had already put the remote control down until next weekend, but picked up the remote to the remote control in the kitchen....... that one is also now put away, and I am now out to do the Sunday chores !!!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 25, 2010, 07:49:02 pm
Man...great weekend 'Cats!  Playing some of their best baseball these past few weeks.  Should be a great crowd next weekend at Linfield.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 28, 2010, 11:12:36 pm
Gotta love the series this weekend.

The Winner of the Linfield/Pac Lutheran wins the AQ!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 29, 2010, 12:25:30 am
Gotta love the series this weekend.

The Winner of the Linfield/Pac Lutheran wins the AQ!

Both have great teams, great players, great coaches. Hope both get into the regional in their backyard.

Yes the way it should be decided on the field. No magic formulas, No in region, OWP, SOS, no committee's deciding etc.....I wish the same could happen for the Pool B/C teams on the field instead of by committee...but the cost of travel does not make it feasable
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 29, 2010, 12:47:06 am
Gotta love the series this weekend.

The Winner of the Linfield/Pac Lutheran wins the AQ!

Both have great teams, great players, great coaches. Hope both get into the regional in their backyard.

Yes the way it should be decided on the field. No magic formulas, No in region, OWP, SOS, no committee's deciding etc.....I wish the same could happen for the Pool B/C teams on the field instead of by committee...but the cost of travel does not make it feasable
Crash, before the previous (not the new 14-year one) NCAA March Madness contract, there were only 3 Pool C bids. The Pool C access ratio for at-large bids in all sports was one playoff bid for every 7.5 participants, not the 1:6.5 that is used in most sports.  It really was settled on the field, and the play began in the respective conferences post-season tourneys.

The Pool B's are in conferences that are too small to qualify for the Pool A bids, like the UAA, the Great South AC and the E8 plus the new conferences that should get Pool A bids next season, the New England Collegiate Conference and the UMAC.  The independents that play D-III baseball are Chapman, Menlo, UDallas, Finlandia and Rust.  Everyone else is going NAIA or in a conference.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 29, 2010, 01:06:22 am
Thanks as always Ralph for explaining the details of how things work in D3 baseball. I appreciate your feedback and information as always...
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 29, 2010, 01:18:50 am
Thanks as always Ralph for explaining the details of how things work in D3 baseball. I appreciate your feedback and information as always...
I like the current system.  Winning the AQ as the conference membership has determined is fair.  Every school in D3 knows how to win the AQ when the season starts.

The NWC and SCIAC (and MIAA) do it their way.

The conference tourneys do expose the weaker pitching staffs in ways that may be exposed in the regular season.  Winning the conference tourney is one step along the way now.  In basketball this year, we had about 60% of the membership still having a chance at the NCAA's when the post-season tourneys began.

That is real excitement.

We also have just the right amount of Pool C bids to make the last Pool C bid awarded something of a real challenge.  We are at the full 64 team bracket for the women in basketball, and the men are getting close.

When the Regional Rankings come out tomorrow, we can start the Pool C watch in earnest.

If you aren't in Regional Rankings tomorrow, then you had better win the tourney.  Pool C is really only "do-overs" for the really good teams who were upset by Cinderellas.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 29, 2010, 02:04:15 am
Ralph,

Do you think there is a chance that both Linfield and PLU could get in regardless of this weekend's outcome?  I'll be there this weekend with video camera in hand.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 29, 2010, 02:30:44 am
Ralph,

Do you think there is a chance that both Linfield and PLU could get in regardless of this weekend's outcome?  I'll be there this weekend with video camera in hand.
Yes, especially if Linfield wins to become co-champs and get the AQ.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 29, 2010, 12:23:00 pm
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If you aren't in Regional Rankings tomorrow, then you had better win the tourney.  Pool C is really only "do-overs" for the really good teams who were upset by Cinderellas.

What's wrenching in baseball (well, basketball free throws with seconds on the clock, as well) is one misplay by an individual becomes so magnified if it 'costs the game.'
"Do overs" then allow for redemption and human interest stories.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 29, 2010, 12:29:18 pm
Ralph,

Do you think there is a chance that both Linfield and PLU could get in regardless of this weekend's outcome?  I'll be there this weekend with video camera in hand.
Yes, especially if Linfield wins to become co-champs and get the AQ.

Thanks Ralph for the info....I rather take the decision out of a committee's hands and have Linfield leave no doubt.  ;)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 30, 2010, 12:20:26 pm
Ralph,

Do you think there is a chance that both Linfield and PLU could get in regardless of this weekend's outcome?  I'll be there this weekend with video camera in hand.

I certain hope so. PLU should have been in last year and Linfield is playing outstanding baseball at this time and can play with anyone in the country. Should be an exciting 3 games with PLU/Linfield....
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 30, 2010, 12:33:38 pm
West Region In-Region Record Overall Record
1. Chapman 20-4 25-8   Pool B (almost clinched)
2. Pomona-Pitzer 25-6 27-8    SCIAC clinched
3. Linfield 25-7 27-10
4. Mississippi College 28-4 32-7
5. Trinity (Texas) 28-6 32-7         SCIAC clinched
6. Pacific Lutheran 23-7 30-7



Pool C considerations
West Region In-Region Record Overall Record
1. Chapman 20-4 25-8   Pool B (almost clinched)
2. Pomona-Pitzer 25-6 27-8    SCIAC clinched
3. Linfield 25-7 27-10
4. Mississippi College 28-4 32-7
5. Trinity (Texas) 28-6 32-7         SCIAC clinched
6. Pacific Lutheran 23-7 30-7

If this week's series looks like the #3 in the West is playing the#6 in the West, then I think that the loser has a very good chance to get a Pool C.

Mississippi College has a tough series with UMHB in the Tourney first round, 2 of 3.  If Mississippi College makes it to the ASC Tourney, then they probably can get a Pool C bid.


Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: dahlby on April 30, 2010, 01:21:11 pm
Redlands could also control their own destiny by controling Chapman with the season ending series
next weekend. They could end up with a Pool C bid.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 30, 2010, 02:53:29 pm
Nothing is ALMOST clinched only taking 3 with Dallas and taking 3 with Redlands
makes it clinched.....Nothing is ever assumed in Pantherland...since Pool B is picked by committee...

A great series in the NWC conference this weekend....
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 01, 2010, 07:40:43 pm
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A great series in the NWC conference this weekend....

LINFIELD won first 7 -4 and ahead 7 -0 in the 6th in the second.

CD, you are right, that team seems to be peaking at a good time.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on May 01, 2010, 08:50:32 pm
Congratulations Linfield on clinching the NWC with the DH sweep today.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 01, 2010, 09:10:22 pm
Congratulations to Scott Brosius in his newest job.  :-*
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 01, 2010, 10:35:23 pm
'Cats just played great ball today.  Really a fun crowd and I'm looking forward to seeing if the 'Cats can win this baby outright.   Go 'Cats!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: d3baseballnut on May 02, 2010, 02:17:44 pm
Linfield is a serious contendor for the west region title....I think the west regional is going to be one of the best we have ever seen. What a lineup of teams that will possibly come together.

Chapman
Miss College
Linfield
Pomona Pitzer
Trinity (TX)

With several other possibles

Texas-Tyler
Texas Lutheran
Pacific lutheran
Redlands (they  need to sweep Chapman)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: dahlby on May 02, 2010, 02:48:20 pm
Congrads to all you 'Cat fans. I saw your team play at Chapman. Tons of talent, a real first class squad with excellent coaching. The west regional should be tops once again this year. Pray for good weather.
Good luck to you all. May the best team advance!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 03, 2010, 12:11:38 am
Congratulations.

Can't I just leave it at that? No, I'd like someone from George Fox and PLU to come on here and share what they think happened to their stretch. If the answer is that LINFIELD was just the better team all season....well, I can accept that.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on May 03, 2010, 10:19:24 am
Congratulations.

Can't I just leave it at that? No, I'd like someone from George Fox and PLU to come on here and share what they think happened to their stretch. If the answer is that LINFIELD was just the better team all season....well, I can accept that.

Wow... really classy.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 03, 2010, 11:36:49 am
Posting is not a game that builds character, it is a game that reveals it.

I'm sorry, ribbons for everybody.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: dahlby on May 03, 2010, 11:44:08 am
D.O.C.

Keep my ribbon, I thought the question was legit. I took the question as asking, is Linfield that good, or did everyone else just have off days? Personally, I think that Linfield is just that good.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on May 03, 2010, 11:55:51 am
Chapman played Linfield in a 4 game series this season. I saw all 4 games.

Linfield is one of the best teams Chapman has faced the in the past 2 years.

They are very well coached. They hit very well. They are very fundamentally sound and team that plays the game the right way. Kelson Brown their shortstop is one of the best players at the DIII level this year and is legitimate POY candidate.

They play excellent defense, the pitchers just battle you and their hitters have great approaches in at bats.  Some of their early season losses are not reflected of how this team is playing at this time.,

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 03, 2010, 01:04:49 pm
Chapman played Linfield in a 4 game series this season. I saw all 4 games.

Linfield is one of the best teams Chapman has faced the in the past 2 years.

They are very well coached. They hit very well. They are very fundamentally sound and team that plays the game the right way. Kelson Brown their shortstop is one of the best players at the DIII level this year and is legitimate POY candidate.

They play excellent defense, the pitchers just battle you and their hitters have great approaches in at bats.  Some of their early season losses are not reflected of how this team is playing at this time.,

Crash,

I have caught the last four Linfield home stands and the 'Cats are just playing their best at the right time.  All I know is the 'Cats took a pitcher that was 9-0 on the season coming into this weekend and ran him off the bump twice in two days. 

I'm excited to see teams from around the region and see who moves on to Appleton.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CAT BAT 22 on May 03, 2010, 01:15:00 pm
I got to see the 'Cats take on Chapman in game two of their series.  Did anyone else notice the wrist bands they were all wearing...  kind of like what you see QB's and Free Safety's wearing in football.... a different way to relay in signs that I haven't seen in baseball.  Pretty cool.

I was thoroughly impressed with Linfield's approach at the plate.  A great combination of speed and power on that team.  Boskovich is a flat out stud!  Not just at the plate... he made some great plays in LF that saved runs.  

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on May 03, 2010, 01:28:07 pm
I also saw the wrist bands. I believe there were using the same system that some teams use to call pitches. I have only seen catchers where them in the past. I have heard the system is very difficult to pick signs and Linfield appear to be using for all other signs for batters and fielders too.

Here is some information on found on this system I am not sure if this what there using but I would guess it is.
http://www.baseballnews.com/features/the_pick_proof.htm
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 03, 2010, 02:07:58 pm
Typically my blog is about all things Linfield football but we posted up a video of yesterday's 8-5 victory over Linfield and a slide show of pics from the 3 games series.

ADvantage Catdome:  'Cats Baseball Sweeps PLU to clinch NWC title and Playoff Berth! (http://catdomealumni.blogspot.com/)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 03, 2010, 02:14:23 pm
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a different way to relay in signs that I haven't seen in baseball

1 - 2 - 1
3 - 4 - 3
5 - 2 - 3

That was interesting to watch, I agree.

Yes, I was wondering about injuries, etc. to the teams.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: tigerfan_2001 on May 03, 2010, 02:16:06 pm
Quote
a different way to relay in signs that I haven't seen in baseball

1 - 2 - 1
3 - 4 - 3
5 - 2 - 3

That was interesting to watch, I agree.

Yes, I was wondering about injuries, etc. to the teams.
I have talked with some coaches and they have as many as 9 different sets.  Some I know change the cards every inning, so a 1-2-2 might mean fastball up in the 1st inning and slider away in the 2nd. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on May 03, 2010, 02:43:39 pm
You'd be surprised at the many, many creative ways that college coaches send in their signs. everything from "open and closed boxes" to certain touched locations being worth certain points that are added or subtracted to multiple coaches sending in signals with one or more of them being dummy signs based on the outs or counts.

Bert Blyleven even used a different set based on whether he was even, ahead or behind in the count.

Heck, Cal State Fullerton even calls pick-offs one pitch in advance so as not to tip off the runners if they see a different signal on a certain pitch... it is the NEXT pitch they have to be careful on.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CAT BAT 22 on May 03, 2010, 06:24:51 pm
Yep, pretty crafty.  Brosius kept giving Boskovich the "hit ball way over fence" sign in the game I saw. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 04, 2010, 12:00:26 pm
Yeah, something like 17 times that signal was given.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on May 04, 2010, 12:08:03 pm
Yep, pretty crafty.  Brosius kept giving Boskovich the "hit ball way over fence" sign in the game I saw. 

Yep and we saw that sign too in the Chapman/Linfield series in Orange. We like to pick that sign....Also the signs he gives to Kelson Brown for a gap double off the fence.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Gig Harbor Cat on May 15, 2010, 09:24:08 am
The wristband system is from a Salem area based company called Own the Zone.  It works well, we have used it at our high school for 2 years now. 

Go Cats

GHC
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 19, 2010, 12:14:19 pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             GO 'CATS!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Tuxguy on May 19, 2010, 11:00:40 pm
WAY TO GO CATS!!!!!!!

Down most of the game, and come back and put the hurt......Sorry, was thinking football........and take a big game one was great!  Go Cats!!
Cleared the appointments for tomorrow night so ...Mrs. Tuxguy and I will be at the game tomorrow..........

The purple will be flowing............

ONE GAME AT A TIME!
GO WILDCATS!!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on May 25, 2010, 08:16:50 pm
For those who may have missed it, Lewis & Clark has hired a new coach. Tom Flynn is the new guy - previously a head coach at Wabash College in Indiana.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CalCat on May 25, 2010, 09:17:09 pm
For those who may have missed it, Lewis & Clark has hired a new coach. Tom Flynn is the new guy - previously a head coach at Wabash College in Indiana.

Thanks for the update and welcome to the boards Piobark :)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on May 25, 2010, 09:56:22 pm
Thanks for the Welcome...

I was able to make it out to a number of games this year and really enjoyed the quality of baseball that was being played up and down the NWC. Sorry that I didn't discover this board sooner - but I'll be back next season.

Meanwhile, I'll be outraged that PLU didn't get a playoff spot and rooting for Linfield in WI !!!

PB
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on May 25, 2010, 10:46:45 pm
Thanks for the Welcome...

I was able to make it out to a number of games this year and really enjoyed the quality of baseball that was being played up and down the NWC. Sorry that I didn't discover this board sooner - but I'll be back next season.

Meanwhile, I'll be outraged that PLU didn't get a playoff spot and rooting for Linfield in WI !!!

PB
Welcome to the boards.

IMHO, PLU only needed to win one game in the Linfield series to have a Pool C bid.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 26, 2010, 02:57:20 pm
Nice, Mr. Brown, now let's win it all.....


http://www.d3baseball.com/all-american/d3baseball-allamericans-2010.pdf (http://www.d3baseball.com/all-american/d3baseball-allamericans-2010.pdf)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on May 26, 2010, 04:23:21 pm
Nice, Mr. Brown, now let's win it all.....


http://www.d3baseball.com/all-american/d3baseball-allamericans-2010.pdf (http://www.d3baseball.com/all-american/d3baseball-allamericans-2010.pdf)

Brown is one the best doubles hitters in the country. Also a clutch hitter with runners on base. Linfield just plays baseball the right way. Great Defense,  Timely hitting, take the extra base, hit and run, sac bunt, squeeze, sac fly. No dominant pitchers but several pitchers that battle all game long to give the team a chance to win the game. Well coached, and play fundamentally sound baseball and dont make mistakes to beat themselves.

I expect the CATS to be in the Championship game. ;D
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on May 26, 2010, 09:12:32 pm


I expect the CATS to be in the Championship game. ;D

Have you cleared that with the UMASS-Boston fans?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on May 26, 2010, 10:15:32 pm


I expect the CATS to be in the Championship game. ;D

Have you cleared that with the UMASS-Boston fans?

I am sure UMASS-Boston is an excellent team. Fans are passionate about their team and excited about being in Appleton. But they need to be careful on how they express that passion before even one game has been played.  For those that have been there understand how difficult it is to win and the level of competion is unbelievable. The teams there are the Best of the Best. You need to have a healthy respect for your opponent because if not you can be 2 and BBQ in 2 days. As always it is a special place for special games. Everyone needs to enjoy the moment. It is an experience of a lifetime. For those newbies there dont forget to enjoy the post game experiences at the Wooden Nickel for the fans.

I am in mourning missing all the fun. :'(..The tournament is run by a great group of people that do a first class job... Good Luck to the Linfield Wildcats.....
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Gig Harbor Cat on May 28, 2010, 10:02:19 am
Talked to one of the coaches up in my area that has to play the Cats.  Asked him what sets the Cats apart from the rest. 
" Their Pitchers always get it done"  You have to have the horses to grind it out boys,  If you dont then you just have to break out an L screen for the bump, cause it will get ugly in a hurry.

Go Cats

Gig Harbor Cat
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: idalogger on May 28, 2010, 06:12:33 pm
Hello there Linfield fans. Been a while since I logged on.

I so agree with previous posters who've commented that Linfield's kids play baseball "the right way". Hustle, defense, and great pitching and hitting get it done. And this from the dad of a Puget Sound baseball (and football)  player. I watched the UPS-Linfield series (when it was not pouring rain) and was quite impressed. The Loggers had a decent team this year, won 1 of the three games in the Linfield series. Both teams worked hard, showed respect and class, and played their butts off.

Linfield 12 UMass Boston 0, first round final from Appleton. Good luck to the Cats.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Gig Harbor Cat on May 28, 2010, 07:32:49 pm
Great job today Cats  12 zip. Niceeeeeeeeeeeeeee


Phone it in

GHC
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on May 28, 2010, 07:38:36 pm
Very nice win for Linfield today... keep it going!!!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CalCat on May 28, 2010, 08:52:37 pm
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Whats up everybody over from the Little East board. Wondering if you guys could tell me a little bout this linfield team. I ask beacause they will be playing Umass Boston out of the LEC and just want to know a little about the linfield squad. Because they are walking into a BUZZSAW in UMB... WELCOME TO BEACONVILLE LINFIELD   

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Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Gig Harbor Cat on May 30, 2010, 07:34:23 pm
Go get em Cats-- 21 min to opening pitch.  One more dogpile boys !!!


Phone it in

GHC
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 30, 2010, 08:14:17 pm
Yo GHC...you can follow the back-n-forth on the D3 world series thread on the national board

http://www.d3boards.com/index.php?topic=6808.345 (http://www.d3boards.com/index.php?topic=6808.345)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on June 01, 2010, 06:27:27 pm
Congrats to the Linfield team on a great season - and one heck of a playoff run!!!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on June 01, 2010, 09:57:03 pm
Yes its a great season when you playing on the last day for baseball for DIII. Only 3 teams got this chance in 2010 while others were done....

Linfield 2nd trip in recent years to the CWS means there is another Power in the West these days.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on June 01, 2010, 11:49:46 pm
Hey guys in the purple shirts.....that was a heck of a last 6 weeks of playing as a team.
Hilarious actually.
Ya' get to travel to SoCal and show the #2 what you can do. Ya' go to the Fox den and knock 'em out. Ya' let the leader come to Mac and send 'em home in 2nd. Ya' play host to the regionals and are left standin'. Ya' make your mark on the national stage.
Whatever frustration you have will lessen in the ensuing days.
Back-to-back-to-back home runs? 25 runs in a national playoff game? A grand slam to get into the last day? Hilarious ....from a fan point of view.
Thank-you for the hard work. Seniors, thank-you for the memories.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Gig Harbor Cat on June 02, 2010, 10:33:51 am
Congrats to the Cat baseball team.  Awesome run. 

Always flying my Cat flag in Gig Harbor

GHC
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on June 22, 2010, 10:51:26 pm
Kelson Brown(Linfield) SS off to a hot start in Pro Ball...Hitting .474 after 5 games
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=SS&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=592174
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on July 19, 2010, 12:08:29 pm
Catdomealumni.com Video of the Week: 2010 Linfield Baseball opening clip


2010 Linfield Baseball Opening Clip (http://catdomealumni.com/specials/2010baseball.html)
(http://catdomealumni.com/photos/baseballfield.jpg) (http://catdomealumni.com/specials/2010baseball.html)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on July 19, 2010, 01:17:14 pm
Good thing you posted on both boards.   ;)

I'm glad you are using your spare time this summer to help Carny remodel the football scoreboard so it spins around to face Helser field in the spring.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Gig Harbor Cat on July 20, 2010, 10:26:01 am
Nice work 11
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: MacQuiz on January 07, 2011, 01:44:09 pm
Jan. 07, 2011
Wake up call..."Grid to Diamond"
Switch Out to Baseball

I'm thinkin that I smell a glove in the air.  It's not quite the same feeling for me
as football...but it's close.  Nothin really smells all that good about football, but
a blind man knows whats up if someone holds a well seasoned fielders glove
to his nose. 
It's a good feeling for us Catdome'rs to see our Wildcats holding up thier end of the bargain in the D3 poll and also a respectable standing in the SOS line.

Just a month to go until Feb 10 and meet LaVerne in AZ.
Let's Roll... ;)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on January 07, 2011, 02:44:51 pm
Jan. 07, 2011
Wake up call..."Grid to Diamond"
Switch Out to Baseball

I'm thinkin that I smell a glove in the air.  It's not quite the same feeling for me
as football...but it's close.  Nothin really smells all that good about football, but
a blind man knows whats up if someone holds a well seasoned fielders glove
to his nose. 
It's a good feeling for us Catdome'rs to see our Wildcats holding up thier end of the bargain in the D3 poll and also a respectable standing in the SOS line.

Just a month to go until Feb 10 and meet LaVerne in AZ.
Let's Roll... ;)
Panthers looking for a great rematch with 4 games in the land of CATS April 15, 16, 17. Two great programs, two great coaches with outstanding players. Please order up some sunshine this time like you gave us back in 2009 Regionals. Panthers report 1/10 and have their Alum Game on 1/29.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on January 07, 2011, 03:12:35 pm
CDD3,

I'll be there for that home stand for sure.  Should be a good one.  'Cats lost some great players but I think we're going to be solid once again.  Go 'Cats!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on January 08, 2011, 01:29:55 pm
Is there a phrase that means winter is over more than Pitchers and Catchers report next week??

Definitely one of my favorite phrases :)

L&C starts informal workouts next week and real thing the following Monday... I'll be in LA for the first series against Oxy starting on the 11th... just over a month until the real thing!!!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on January 09, 2011, 01:02:43 pm
This is definitely the time of year when I get the itch. Those cold, clear winter days scream college baseball is just around the corner.

Anyone else disappointed that Linfield is not included on the front page poll?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on January 09, 2011, 02:43:14 pm
This is definitely the time of year when I get the itch. Those cold, clear winter days scream college baseball is just around the corner.
People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. QUOTE ROGER HORNSBY
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on January 10, 2011, 12:43:13 pm
West Regionals at McMurry.  Is the grass green in West Texas?   ;D
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: MacQuiz on January 10, 2011, 02:43:26 pm
This is definitely the time of year when I get the itch. Those cold, clear winter days scream college baseball is just around the corner.

Anyone else disappointed that Linfield is not included on the front page poll?
Yes...that is a curious enough omission to ask the powers what the thinking might be!!??
Chapman certainly belongs on the list...but the #3 ranked is not??? ???
Maybe it's just a conversation starter...and it's working ;)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on January 10, 2011, 03:39:31 pm
West Regionals at McMurry.  Is the grass green in West Texas?   ;D
Its VERY green at the field. The field was designed and built by Anglea Turf Construction Company, which is headed by former Texas Rangers Field superintendent Jim Anglea. I cant speak for outside...I live that for the West Texas residents to reply.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on January 10, 2011, 03:49:48 pm
West Regionals at McMurry.  Is the grass green in West Texas?   ;D
The 2008 Regionals were played there.

George Fox came to Abilene.   ;)

Irrigation.   ;)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on January 15, 2011, 03:28:00 pm
With all of this rain in Oregon, it's sure nice the cats have that turf infield to get outside early in the year. It really gives them an advantage over the other NWC teams that have to worry about tarps, turface, and diamond dry.

Who cares about irrigation, their surface is always green.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on January 22, 2011, 01:27:40 am
Congrats to Willamette DH Mitchell Rowan and Linfield outfielder Zach Boskovitch for being named preseason first team All-Americans by D3baseball.com!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on January 22, 2011, 09:22:26 am
I think most of the other teams are in the gym - practicing when they can around other activities... like Basketball... or perhaps some outside work on the football field if it is turf... 

Turf baseball field sure would be nice this time of year. I prefer grass when the weather permits - but this year hasn't been one of those years...
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on January 27, 2011, 10:27:05 pm
With teams opening tryouts in January and games only a month after that, what do coaches focus on most to prepare?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on January 27, 2011, 10:50:23 pm
With teams opening tryouts in January and games only a month after that, what do coaches focus on most to prepare?

Looks like games in NWC conference start next week
http://www.nwcsports.com/sports/bsb/2010-11/schedule
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on January 28, 2011, 08:57:45 am
Tryouts are really in the fall - teams have several weeks of workouts in the fall and decisions are made at that point. In January, with the rare exception of a mid year transfer, the team is already set.

What teams are working on now - at least the three NWC teams that I have personal knowledge of through parents and players, is getting into top shape, getting the pitchers ready to throw more pitches (e.g. deeper into games) and getting the batters used to the BBCOR bats. All three teams that I know of used the old bats or wood in the fall as they did not have access to the bats which met the new standard.

BTW - for what it is worth - the BBCOR bats appear to be just as dead as rumored... BP sessions are taking place and no home runs hit in an entire session... It is going to be a different game in a couple of weeks...
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on January 28, 2011, 09:14:36 am
With BBCOR bats I have seen a total of 2 home runs in Fall and January Intrasquad games. A few hit the fence a few in the gaps BUT most are just routine fly balls now. Big emphasis on moving runners over on sac bunts, hit and runs, steals. ERRORS are now HUGE and now even bigger than before.  Be ready for a lot of games where scores are 3-2, 4-3, 2-1, 1-0.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on January 29, 2011, 10:29:46 pm
What are the new BBCOR bats made out of? Are they aluminum, wood composite...?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on January 30, 2011, 07:24:58 am
What are the new BBCOR bats made out of? Are they aluminum, wood composite...?

NCAA allows wood and non wood bats in 2011.

 http://www.d3boards.com/index.php?topic=5208.msg1290882#msg1290882
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on January 30, 2011, 11:40:10 pm
I wonder how many players will actually choose to use wood bats.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 07, 2011, 01:13:27 pm
Very cool honor for Coach Bro:

http://web.usabaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110207&content_id=16587838&vkey=news_usab&gid= (http://web.usabaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110207&content_id=16587838&vkey=news_usab&gid=)

USA Baseball: Scott Brosius to lead 2011 18U team

Congrats Coach Brosius!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on February 07, 2011, 01:41:32 pm
I wonder how many players will actually choose to use wood bats.

I'd put the national over/under at one:)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on February 08, 2011, 12:01:16 am
I wonder how many players will actually choose to use wood bats.

I'd put the national over/under at one:)

I second that
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 10, 2011, 12:19:08 pm
Today is the day!  Let's go 'Cats!

Newsregister: First pitch: Thursday in Arizona (http://www.newsregister.com/article/46896-first+pitch+thursday+arizona)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on February 10, 2011, 10:01:13 pm
Great win by the cats today. It looks like the veterans really stepped up to the plate (and on the mound) and got the job done.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: OldCatProf on February 10, 2011, 10:39:41 pm
Was great to see the Cats play (and win 2-1) today in Arizona. It was a little chilly and windy (for Arizona) at 10 am when the game started but the Northwest fans probably felt like it was mid-summer. Both teams played hard, but there were the inevitable first-game faux pas moments of dropped balls, etc. It was rather strange not to have a working scoreboard...had to ask the players once exactly what inning we were in and what the score was. The players didn't know...but asked around and came back to tell us.

Linfield was never behind, but went into the late innings with just the 1-run lead. Good defense when it counted as LaVerne stranded a bunch of runners over the last three innings...including runners on 2nd and 3rd when the last batter struck out.

Good bunch of folks wearing Linfield hats and shirts on hand to cheer for the Cats. Nice facility to play in. Expect some more good games in the next three days.

 Go Cats!!!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on February 11, 2011, 04:41:50 pm
Checking in....

Chilly in AZ OldCatProf? No problem, you and Cole just get together for a little Whitewater sense memory before the game. You can then get right back in the Bermuda shorts.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: OldCatProf on February 11, 2011, 10:31:41 pm
Another win today for the Cats...16 to 4 over Concordia of Austin Texas. Much warmer today; low 70s with almost no wind. Great sunny day for baseball. Lots of parents, grandparents, and a variety of other Linfield fans in attendance. There was also a nuce group of folks supporting Concordia.

Cats were up 9-1 after about 5 innings. (Different field, but again no scoreboard, so tough to keep track of the progress). Chris Mueller (Tigard Soph) started for the Cats and went 5 or six innings. Casey Cameron (Dallas, Ore Soph) pitched two innings (I think) and then Garett Speyer (Vancouver, Wash. Freshman) pitched the 9th.

I guess these new bats required by the NCAA are a little mushier than the old version. After two games, I've seen only one homerun...a solo shot today by Concordia. Lots of balls out near the warning track...probably would have been homeruns last year. Cats pounded the ball hard all day and the pitching was very good also.

Forgot to mention that in yesterday's game Ryan Larson started and went about 6 innings. Sorry, but I don;t remember who finished the game.

Tomorrow we'll head for the ballpark again for a 10 am game.

Go you Wiley Cats!


Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 14, 2011, 11:54:21 am
Great work 'Cats in starting off with a 4-0 trip to AZ.  4 DIII wins to start the year is rather nice in my book.  'Cats wait to head to the ballpark this spring with Baby14!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on February 16, 2011, 11:48:33 pm
With the 'Cats heading east to take on some great competition in Lewiston they will build some great experience before conference play starts in a couple weeks. LC State will sure be a tough game.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Tarheel0550 on February 22, 2011, 04:11:02 pm
How do all you Linfield fans think PLU will snap back from their dismal start in Arizona?I know one of the players on Pac-Lu and I know they were expecting to do ALOT better than they did.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on February 22, 2011, 04:22:30 pm
Pitching, Pitching, Pitching, Pitching...

 The baseball season and weather will synch here pretty soon, so I'm wondering how the young WILDCAT lefties are shaping up.
 Last spring World Series is on my mind. The staff that has it in good shape has the best shot - d3 baseball.com will tell us again.  
 Of course, it's a long season and anything can happen, but last year's series was wide open and the strongest team that week won. I'd like to be interested again until football camp opens.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 22, 2011, 04:52:16 pm
How do all you Linfield fans think PLU will snap back from their dismal start in Arizona?I know one of the players on Pac-Lu and I know they were expecting to do ALOT better than they did.

I suspect they will just be fine.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 23, 2011, 05:23:55 pm
'Cats working out in the Field House Today.  The 'Cats have OIT in their home opener this Saturday but I'm not holding my breath on the weather. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on February 23, 2011, 05:30:42 pm
'Cats working out in the Field House Today.  The 'Cats have OIT in their home opener this Saturday but I'm not holding my breath on the weather. 

Weather should be just fine...Last years regionals were played in cold blowing rainstorms... ;D :o
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 23, 2011, 05:48:36 pm
'Cats working out in the Field House Today.  The 'Cats have OIT in their home opener this Saturday but I'm not holding my breath on the weather. 

Weather should be just fine...Last years regionals were played in cold blowing rainstorms... ;D :o

Weather during the Regional Championship Game was great!  :D
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on February 24, 2011, 05:25:37 pm
I'm up in Portland today. With a little careful planning, I planned a business trip to line up with the league opener. Flew up last night and here through Sunday...

Weather is definitely interesting today in Portland... Looking out my hotel window, there was about 2 inches of snow on the tree limbs and car tops - and the ground was completely white. Mid morning - all melted... right now - 200 feet of visibility and a combination of hail and snow...

I sure hope it clear by Saturday - but no way you could play the way it is right now. I doubt that the ump could see the outfielders through the white...

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on February 24, 2011, 05:41:38 pm
A great combination hail and Baseball
(http://icons-ecast.wunderground.com/data/wximagenew/k/ke5lqm/0.jpg)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on February 24, 2011, 05:54:06 pm
I posted about 30 minutes ago... and the parking lot is now completely white... Not thick of course - but completely white
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on February 25, 2011, 01:32:46 pm
It's looking like a smart decision by Willamette to schedule their first six or so games down in California.  Got some great pitching in a 3-1 series win against Simpson last weekend, but we'll find out just how good this team is when they take on a couple of SCIAC schools (and Chapman) over the next three days.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: idalogger on February 25, 2011, 07:03:46 pm
No kidding, BCP. I expect Willamette to challenge the "Big 3" in the NWC this year. Those Cali games might give us a good preview.

I was headed to Tacoma for the UPS series with Central until yesterday, when the snow hit. All 4 games of that series have been postponed.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on February 25, 2011, 07:18:41 pm
Lewis and Clark vs Pacific doubleheader for tomorrow has had the start time pushed back to 12:00. I don't know... it was 28 degrees today at noon - at least according to the car sensor.

Is there such a thing as a "cold" out? At what point might the games get called?

I know you aren't supposed to use metal bats below 60 degrees (or so says the Louisville Slugger website) - so we could see some dents and and cracks tomorrow - especially if the baseball have been stored in sub freezing temps...

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: dahlby on February 25, 2011, 08:28:38 pm
Willamette was defeated by Chapman 6-0 on Friday afternoon.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on February 27, 2011, 12:35:27 am
So the Lewis & Clark at Pacific doubleheader was played today in temps ranging from 29 to 31. Sweep for Pacific although either game could have gone either way. Second game ended on a bases loaded, 2 out grounder which hit the bag and went straight up in the air, allowing the tying and winning runs to score. Misses the bag and it is an easy out for a L&C win.

No dented bats - but also nothing that was hit more than perhaps 300 feet in the air. Nothing made it to the wall or even close. I'd blame it on BBCOR but I think the cold had far more to do with it...

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on February 28, 2011, 04:20:13 pm
No kidding, BCP. I expect Willamette to challenge the "Big 3" in the NWC this year. Those Cali games might give us a good preview.

I was headed to Tacoma for the UPS series with Central until yesterday, when the snow hit. All 4 games of that series have been postponed.

I hope you're right, idalogger.  With pretty much everyone is back from last year, if we're going to make a run, it's going to be this year.  What I'm really intrigued to see, though, is how the new bats affect the run totals at John Lewis Field, which is a hitters' park if I've ever seen one.

I'd classify the SoCal road trip in the solid, if not spectacular category.  Tough loss to Chapman, good win against C-M-S, letting one get away against Pomona-Pitzer, and then absolutely clobbering Oxy.  In that last game alone, Max "Too Fast" Stepan went 5-6 with 3 HR, 6 RBI, and 4 runs scored. :o

Piobark - are you going to be at the L&C/Willamette series this weekend (weather permitting)?  I'm going to try and head up to Palatine Hill to catch the doubleheader on Saturday.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 28, 2011, 04:54:50 pm
'Cats vs D3 so far = very good, 'Cats vs NAIA/DII = Up and Down.

Don't like seeing the 'Cats offense take the collar two times out of the last 4 games out.  Boxers ripped one away from Linfield last year so there shouldn't be anything expected this weekend.  Go 'Cats!

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on February 28, 2011, 05:40:37 pm
Bearcat Press:

I don't think I will make it up this weekend. Wish I could but I can't make it up every weekend unfortunately :(

Certainly was a fine game for Mr. Stepan - 15 total bases in one game is most impressive. Three dingers in one game is probably a tie for the school record.

Hope the weather cooperates and there is a series this weekend....
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Tarheel0550 on March 05, 2011, 10:34:54 am
Pac-Lu 4 and 5.Better get it going quick if they want to make a run at regionals.I know they were dissappointed at not making it last year ,but with the three losses against Linfield last year they only have themselves to blame.They cant lose much more than 5 maybe 6 more games I think if they want a chance at regionals this year.There are too many good teams putting up good numbers from the west.Any thoughts from anyone else on this?What do you guys think?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 05, 2011, 09:23:15 pm
'Cats start off NWC play on the right foot with sweeping today's doubleheader with Pacific 10-4 and 2-0.  Going for series sweep tomorrow and to remain undefeated in DIII play.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: idalogger on March 06, 2011, 01:37:36 pm
UPS sweeps a dh from Whitman In Tacoma. The Missionaries are better, and they are carrying more players on their roster. Uphill climb, though.

We're actually going to get all 3 games in without rain. :-)

BCP, did you get to the Willamette games this weekend?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 06, 2011, 07:59:13 pm
Well that's not how you want to wrap up the weekend by getting blitzed by Pacific.  Most runs we've given up all year and used 5 different pitchers today.  Ugly.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on March 06, 2011, 11:31:22 pm
we didn't pitch it well today, didn't attack the ball at the plate or get hits in key situations. Some bad reads in the outfield and hesitation in the infield hurt as well. We all know they are a better team than showed up today. Hopefully as a young team the guys can take something away from the game and learn from it.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on March 08, 2011, 12:37:44 am
BCP, did you get to the Willamette games this weekend?

Unfortunately, no.  Had some projects around the house on Saturday and had to make a trip to Salem (ironic, eh?) on Sunday.  But I was really impressed by the fact that L&C had an online audio stream for all three games this weekend.  It's great to see the Pios stepping up their multimedia efforts.  It's even better to sweep a series from them. ;D

HUGE series this weekend against a Linfield team that's definitely going to be fired up.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on March 08, 2011, 06:26:34 pm
BCP:

I also listened/watched the L&C vs Willamette game via the internet. While the outcome left a lot to be desired - and the video stream was pretty pixelated - I thought that the audio was great - clear and very well done.

Pios have dug a hole for themselves - and need to put a game or two together now. Aspects of their game seem to be good - it just doesn't seem like they are clicking at the same time.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 09, 2011, 01:02:14 pm
HUGE series this weekend against a Linfield team that's definitely going to be fired up.

Linfield just dominated Willamette last year so I'm sure Willamette will be looking to make some noise this weekend but Willamette is going to have a hard time handling Larson and Vaughan on Saturday.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: idalogger on March 09, 2011, 07:35:16 pm
Linfield's loss in game 3 of the Pacific series surprised me, but I think Pacific is considerably improved from last year. I notice that they're starting a couple of lefties, though it was their ace righty that got the win in game 3.

Willamette has looked very good so far. This is a critical early season series. The Bearcats can hit, but I agree with 11 that Vaughn and Larson will be tough to handle. Who pitches game 3 this week for the Cats?

The UPS-Whitworth series has been moved from Spokane to Pasco (at CBCC). I understand it's something to do with the ice and snow on the field. In Spokane? Noooo...
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 09, 2011, 07:57:27 pm
Who pitches game 3 this week for the Cats?

That's my question also...we'll have to see and I hope we can develop a 3rd starting arm as 'Cats fans were spoiled last year with McCulley anchoring that 3rd spot in the rotation.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on March 12, 2011, 12:21:46 am
Linfield has started a sophomore transfer "Mueller" as their 3 starter. I think he has a lot of upside but has been a tad inconsistent.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 12, 2011, 09:17:00 pm
Fantastic job today 'Cats!  Larson and Vaughan combine to give up 2 earned runs in 16 innings pitched in the 'Cats doubleheader sweep of Willamette 2-1 and 8-2.  Pacific and GFU are in action but the Boxers took the 1st game today in what I think would be considered a decent upset.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on March 13, 2011, 12:35:57 pm
So I watched one of the two L&C - Whitman games yesterday from Walla Walla via their new video service off their website. I think it might have been Whitman's first broadcast game so I thought I would provide a review here just as I did last week on the new L&C broadcast.

I thought Whitman did a very nice job with the broadcast. Announcer was excellent - a little bit of a homer but not too bad, praising and criticizing  players from both sides appropriately.

The video was very well done. Camera angle is high above the first base dugout which was a little odd but the camera was actively manned and tracked the plays well. Video had occasional buffering problems but in general was clear and definitely much better than the video from L&C. 

Whitman also had a running blog of the game which provided recaps and was well done.

All in all, I would recommend it for anyone who can't make it out to Walla Walla.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: idalogger on March 14, 2011, 02:14:11 pm
Loggers came back from an 8-1 deficit after 2 innings yesterday to win 13-8, scoring the go-ahead runs on a grand slam. Columbia Basin's field is well-maintained, nice place to play a series.

The conference appears to be much more wide open than in previous years, though Linfield still seems to have the inside track on the crown. Pacific's pitching appears tough - still, I was surprised that they took the first 2 from George Fox. And Willamette would seem to be much more of a factor than they have been the past several years.

UPS is in SoCal this week, but there are a couple of good conference matchups, what with Willamette facing George Fox and Pacific in Tacoma to take on PLU.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 15, 2011, 12:04:13 am
Linfield breaks out the brooms in a sweep of Willamette today.  Down 4-3 in the 9th 'Cats tie it up and then takes the win in 10.  Great job 'Cats!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on March 19, 2011, 04:17:40 pm
Watching the Lewis and Clark broadcast today. Much better picture - announcer says they have gotten a high speed connection.

Announcers are also saying that they will be going to a multi camera setup next home series so even more improvements coming soon...
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 21, 2011, 04:05:59 pm
'Cats handle their business vs Whitman and sweep them up with force.  I think Linfield have a land mind series with Whitworth in Spokane this weekend.  The Rats played Linfield tough last year.  If the 'Cats can take care of business they will apply pressure on the other contenders that seem to be knocking each other off. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on March 22, 2011, 11:21:14 pm
When are we going to see Linfield get a video feed?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on March 23, 2011, 10:45:13 pm
When Grace can carry a camera I suppose. A man's got to prioritize.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 24, 2011, 03:38:02 pm
When Grace can carry a camera I suppose. A man's got to prioritize.

Soon enough D O.C.!  I have no idea if Linfield plans on streaming events outside of football (which they have been doing for 4 years).  I haven't heard of any plans to do so either.  I'll let you know if I catch word.  Best of lucks the 'Cats this week.  Don't sleep on Whitworth this weekend!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 03, 2011, 05:26:22 pm
After splitting a double header (is that like kissing your sister?) with UPS on Saturday, LINFIELD has given up m8n hits - but only 1 run, up 9-1; 2 out in the top of 9th.

UPS bases loaded....


Nope. Game over.

Looking forward to listening to the 4 Chapman games in 2 weeks myself.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on April 10, 2011, 11:08:06 pm
If we thought the UPS series against Linfield two weeks ago was huge lets look at the upcoming Chapman series. Both teams are firing on all cylinders and it should be a good one.

Why did Vaughn not start against Lewis and Clark?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 11, 2011, 11:57:26 am
If we thought the UPS series against Linfield two weeks ago was huge lets look at the upcoming Chapman series. Both teams are firing on all cylinders and it should be a good one.

Why did Vaughn not start against Lewis and Clark?

No Idea.  I'll try to get the scoop on that.  Good sweep for the 'Cats and you're 100% right.  HUGE weekend...just wish I could make that trip.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 11, 2011, 05:32:08 pm
I see no audio or live stats for Chapman @ Linfield games . Can someone provide updates via Twitter ??

THANKS
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 12, 2011, 04:10:55 pm
Weather forecast for Chapman @ Linfield for 4 games. I hope Chapman has learned how to play in this type of weather after last years games in the Regionals. Looks like there will be some breaks in the weather to get the games in during decent weather.

Friday Night
Rain likely. Lows 40 to 45. 

Saturday
 Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs 55 to 60. 

Saturday Night
 Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Lows around 40. 

Sunday
 Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs around 55. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 13, 2011, 11:03:11 pm
You can't lull the CATS CDD3, that's the same weather Southern California has had this season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 13, 2011, 11:23:03 pm
You can't lull the CATS CDD3, that's the same weather Southern California has had this season.
Got to get ready for Oregon weather somehow...
http://www.ncaa.com/news/baseball/2011-02-27/chapman-takes-two-despite-rain

Chapman / Linfield Preview

http://chapmanathletics.com/sports/bsb/2010-11/releases/0413
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 15, 2011, 11:28:42 pm
Are you kidding me. Rainout in Oregon today for Chapman/Linfield. Rain did not stop their last meeting last May.

Double header on Saturday another double header (weather permitting) on Sunday. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on April 16, 2011, 09:17:59 pm
Cats and Cougars split today. Linfield had a real chance to tie it in the 9th in the first game but a botched squeeze play ended that.

Chapman's #1 has a great breaking ball that held the bats at bay. Larson looked great. It was a great pitchers duel.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on April 16, 2011, 11:17:02 pm
This four game series between Chapman and Linfield makes me wonder just how much the coaches are willing to show each other seeing as how they have a reasonable chance to meet in the post-season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on April 16, 2011, 11:37:05 pm
Well that was fun today!!! Please forgive the barking - but it has been a long season

Lewis and Clark at 4-27 for the season

George Fox, previously ranked, at 22-9 overall

Game one - Pios get bombed 15-1  by George Fox 

and then the Pios come back to win the second game 6-3....

first time the seniors have ever beaten George Fox...

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on April 17, 2011, 10:55:33 am
This four game series between Chapman and Linfield makes me wonder just how much the coaches are willing to show each other seeing as how they have a reasonable chance to meet in the post-season.

I would think both coaches won't hold back especially Chapman. As a pool B team, Chapman needs these key in region wins to make its case for the post season. Linfield, with two conference series left is still building its resume too. You never know what can happen against Fox and PLU.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: forheavendial4999 on April 17, 2011, 11:44:18 am
This four game series between Chapman and Linfield makes me wonder just how much the coaches are willing to show each other seeing as how they have a reasonable chance to meet in the post-season.

I would think both coaches won't hold back especially Chapman. As a pool B team, Chapman needs these key in region wins to make its case for the post season. Linfield, with two conference series left is still building its resume too. You never know what can happen against Fox and PLU.

No reason to hold back, IMO. This isn't basketball or football where you can add things that people haven't seen. Baseball is about execution and making routine plays; individuals contributing to the team cause, mostly. There are a few plays you can run in baseball, mostly related to bunt defense and pickoffs, but for the most part there's not a lot of surprising or fooling people ... maybe a relief pitcher they haven't seen or something but can't imagine much beyond that. Just MO.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 17, 2011, 01:01:43 pm
I can tell you by watching both programs play for the past 3 years, there is no holding back ever from either team. Chapman's Coach Tereschuk or Linfields Coach Brosius.

This is the huge rivalry in the West for both programs. With only 2 Pool B spots this year, any losses could be fatal for Chapman. Linfield still has tough conference to win and any in region losses could cost a potential Pool C bid if they don't win their conference.

Linfield was the team last May that ended Chapman's streak of going to Appleton and Chapman wants to make sure that will not happen again.  Both have great programs with great players, a commitment to playing baseball the right way.

Both teams take on the personality of their coaches. Chapman's has great pitching and plays the game with a passion. Linfield is the best team in the nation playing small ball. steal bases, bunt runners over, sac flyball in. Both teams can get the timely hits needed to win games.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 17, 2011, 01:05:01 pm
Although there is no reason to hold anything back, Chapman got a boost from the SCIAC with Pomona being out of the race for the conference title.  If Redlands wins the SCIAC I do not see any other SCIAC team getting a Pool C bid, thus making Chapman a better bet for the Pool C if they were not to get a Pool B.  Of course for Chapman it would be best if they just went out and won as many games down the stretch as they can.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 17, 2011, 01:17:25 pm
Although there is no reason to hold anything back, Chapman got a boost from the SCIAC with Pomona being out of the race for the conference title.  If Redlands wins the SCIAC I do not see any other SCIAC team getting a Pool C bid, thus making Chapman a better bet for the Pool C if they were not to get a Pool B.  Of course for Chapman it would be best if they just went out and won as many games down the stretch as they can.
Since Pool B & Pool C are chosen nationally not regionally, is it possible that a Pool B or Pool C come from another region and put into the West Regional. This is from the NCAA

Berths from Pool B and Pool C will be selected on a national basis, using regional selection criteria. There will be
no predetermined regional allocations for Pools B and C.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 17, 2011, 01:30:44 pm
Although there is no reason to hold anything back, Chapman got a boost from the SCIAC with Pomona being out of the race for the conference title.  If Redlands wins the SCIAC I do not see any other SCIAC team getting a Pool C bid, thus making Chapman a better bet for the Pool C if they were not to get a Pool B.  Of course for Chapman it would be best if they just went out and won as many games down the stretch as they can.
Since Pool B & Pool C are chosen nationally not regionally, is it possible that a Pool B or Pool C come from another region and put into the West Regional. This is from the NCAA

Berths from Pool B and Pool C will be selected on a national basis, using regional selection criteria. There will be
no predetermined regional allocations for Pools B and C.

True, I just meant that there will likely be fewer Pool C teams due to the SCIAC and NWC not having a solid 2nd place team.  Of course this all gets thrown out the window if Redlands or Linfield fail to win their respective conferences.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 17, 2011, 05:19:45 pm
Keep practicing your ABC's, fellas, LINFIELD takes the first of a Sunday double-header make-up game 7-1.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 17, 2011, 05:28:41 pm
Linfield playing very good baseball taking last 2 from Chapman...Outpitching and outhitting Chapman in Games 2 & 3 .Game 4 will really tell alot about where Chapman will be at the end of the season...
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 18, 2011, 12:25:06 am
1-3 vs. LINFIELD, that's where.

(oh! this is just too easy)

Ouch!
 
Quote
GAME 2
Trailing 5-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Linfield erupted for 12 runs over the next three innings to take the series win.

A walk from Kyle Chamberlain (Soph., Portland, Ore.) and a single from Eric Evenson (Sr., Corvallis, Ore.) ignited the start of the fifth inning. Two batters later it was Wilson that delivered the clutch hit, blasting a three-run homer to trim the deficit to 5-4.

In the bottom half of the sixth the Wildcats scored all five of their runs with two outs. With Nate McClellan (Fr., Shoreline, Wash.) on third base, Evenson tied the game with a two-out hit. Walks to Smith and Wilson loaded the bases for Bixenman.

With the count 2-0, Bixenman riffled a line shot off the glove of Chapman third baseman Tyler Surnbrock. Bixenman’s shot gave the Wildcats a 7-5 advantage that would swell to 9-5 before the inning was finished.

Wilson put the game away with a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh, giving Linfield a 13-5 lead that would never be threatened.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 18, 2011, 01:01:53 am
The 11's stopped by today and the 'Cats are swinging the bats well and as playing great defense.  HUGE weekend for Linfield and even bigger next weekend.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 18, 2011, 06:51:25 pm
Well that was fun today!!! Please forgive the barking - but it has been a long season

Lewis and Clark at 4-27 for the season

George Fox, previously ranked, at 22-9 overall

Game one - Pios get bombed 15-1  by George Fox  

and then the Pios come back to win the second game 6-3....

first time the seniors have ever beaten George Fox...


Sign of the end times!   ;)    :D
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on April 19, 2011, 02:00:32 pm
Oh definitely a sign of the apocalypse!!!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CAT BAT 22 on April 22, 2011, 09:30:59 pm
Anyone know what happened to Boskovich ? 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Gig Harbor Cat on April 28, 2011, 02:20:53 pm
Another dogpile at Helser Field

Phone it in for the Cats--  Champions again !!!

GHC
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on May 01, 2011, 11:44:45 pm
I believe Boskovich is red shirting but I don't know how he got hurt.

Go Cats, feels just as good beating PLU as it does against Fox. One last great tune up in Lewiston next week before regionals.

BTW...How about Linfield's #1 regional ranking.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on May 01, 2011, 11:48:45 pm
I believe Boskovich is red shirting but I don't know how he got hurt.

Go Cats, feels just as good beating PLU as it does against Fox. One last great tune up in Lewiston next week before regionals.

BTW...How about Linfield's #1 regional ranking.
A whole lot better in football and baseball than in Men's basketball!   ;)   :D   ;D
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 02, 2011, 06:17:47 pm
I believe Boskovich is red shirting but I don't know how he got hurt.

Go Cats, feels just as good beating PLU as it does against Fox. One last great tune up in Lewiston next week before regionals.

BTW...How about Linfield's #1 regional ranking.
A whole lot better in football and baseball than in Men's basketball!   ;)   :D   ;D

Go 'Cats!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 27, 2011, 12:06:34 am
Congratulations to all the NWC baseball players thrown a West-of-the-Rockies All-American bone to gnaw on.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on October 22, 2011, 08:46:28 pm
Tim McCarver mentions Scott Brosius being in retirement in McMinnivillle OR during the bottom of the 2nd inning of Game 3 of the World Series..

No comment on Linfield, or Northwest Conference championship or Regional post-season appearances. ???
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: OshDude on October 24, 2011, 05:55:28 am
Tim McCarver mentions Scott Brosius being in retirement in McMinnivillle OR during the bottom of the 2nd inning of Game 3 of the World Series..

No comment on Linfield, or Northwest Conference championship or Regional post-season appearances. ???
The first two words of your post explains the rest of it. The guy's not very good anymore.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on October 30, 2011, 09:42:20 am
Anymore?  Tim never was....
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: playball on November 23, 2011, 04:56:56 pm
In retirement from professional baseball most likely...
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on November 24, 2011, 09:16:07 am
Chapman plays 14 games with NWC teams in 2012.  :-X

Chapman does not duck anyone. Also plays Kean, and Trinity outside of the SCIAC. Could be the toughest schedule in the nation in 2012. Chapman will need a strong SOS to get a pool C bid since they can not get either a Pool A or Pool B bid in their transition year in the SCIAC conference.

George Fox, Linfield, Pac Lu, Whitman.

2012 Schedule (http://www.chapmanathletics.com/sports/bsb/2011-12/schedule)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on January 02, 2012, 10:53:08 pm
It's January 2nd, that means practice is right around the corner. NWC looks to be strong again this year. Who is going to surprise this year?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on January 14, 2012, 11:09:49 am
Linfields Scott Brosius leads Team USA to Gold Medal
Link to story (http://www.linfield.edu/sports/release.php?id=4256)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on January 17, 2012, 03:16:36 pm
Word is coming out that Linfield will once again be hosting a regional this year!  Can't wait!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on January 26, 2012, 05:35:01 pm
'Cats preseason ranked #4 and I'm looking forward to getting to watch this team in action.  Go 'Cats!

http://www.d3baseball.com/top25/2012/2012week-0 (http://www.d3baseball.com/top25/2012/2012week-0)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on February 01, 2012, 08:08:51 pm
Hello NWC baseball fans:

New D3 Boards member here just introducing myself.  I've now got a son playing in the league, and will be attending a fair amount of games.  I'm looking forward to a great season, and hopefully offering some objective viewpoints and observations on this forum.

For what it's worth, the NWC coaches poll was posted two days ago, I don't think there are any surprises, but it's pre-season, everyone is tied for first, and they'll still be playing the games to decide a winner....

http://www.nwcsports.com/sports/bsb/2011-12/releases/bbpoll
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on February 02, 2012, 01:55:27 pm
Looks like it was unanimous that LC would finish last :(

While the rosters haven't been posted, I've heard they will have more new players than returners - which implies largely a freshman team. Lots of untested and unknowns there.

What ought to be a primary concern is pitching. For LC (and for any D3 team), success always begins with pitching and pitching depth - and most of last year's staff for LC won't be back. Of the six pitchers with more than 20 IP, only two (Gural and Hathaway) are returning.

Well, hopefully Coach Flynn has some jewels in the new players - especially some pitching!!!

Piobark
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 02, 2012, 03:53:23 pm


What ought to be a primary concern is pitching. For LC (and for any D3 team), success always begins with pitching and pitching depth -

This and this. 

The long ball is fun but if you have quality pitching and the defense behind it you're going to battle each weekend.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CA_dreamin on February 03, 2012, 12:28:24 pm
http://www.nwcsports.com/sports/bsb/2011-12/releases/bbpoll

Looks like UPS second place finish last year didn't earn them a lot of respect. Still 16 points behind George Fox.  And 12 behind Pac Lu.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 03, 2012, 12:56:18 pm
CA_dreamin,

UPS does brings back most of their top performers but the Loggers could only manage a 3-6 vs Lin, GFU, and PLU last year.  However, I do find it curious the coaches put Pacific ahead of UPS considering the Loggers swept that series last season. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on February 03, 2012, 01:06:39 pm
CA_dreamin,

UPS does brings back most of their top performers but the Loggers could only manage a 3-6 vs Lin, GFU, and PLU last year.  However, I do find it curious the coaches put Pacific ahead of UPS considering the Loggers swept that series last season.

What happened last season has little do do with will happen this season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 03, 2012, 02:48:39 pm
CA_dreamin,

UPS does brings back most of their top performers but the Loggers could only manage a 3-6 vs Lin, GFU, and PLU last year.  However, I do find it curious the coaches put Pacific ahead of UPS considering the Loggers swept that series last season.

What happened last season has little do do with will happen this season.

Come on..last season's results along with who's coming back on a roster has much to do with how these preseason polls are put together and voted on.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on February 03, 2012, 04:19:21 pm
Not to mention that how a player did the previous year is a strong indicator of how they will do this year.... e.g. if a guy hit .400 with 10 HRs, I would be encouraged to see them returning for another season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on February 03, 2012, 04:34:21 pm
                 2007   2008   2009   2010   2011
Linfield          3   1   3   1   1
Puget Sound   4   6   6   4   2
George Fox          2   2   1   3   3
Pacific (Ore.)   8   4   5   6   3
Whitworth          5   7   7   6   5
Pacific Lutheran   1   3   1   2   5
Willamette           5   5   4   4   7
Whitman          9   9   9   9   8
Lewis & Clark   5   7   8   8   9

Hope the formatting holds up... The above table attempts to show final standings for each year for the last five years. Seems like the prior year is a pretty good predictor of the coming year. Basically if Linfield, George Fox and PLU don't end up as 2 of the top 3, it is a major upset. And if LC or Whitman don't end up in the basement, equally a upset.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on February 03, 2012, 04:41:02 pm
                 2007   2008   2009   2010   2011
Linfield          3   1   3   1   1
Puget Sound   4   6   6   4   2
George Fox          2   2   1   3   3
Pacific (Ore.)   8   4   5   6   3
Whitworth          5   7   7   6   5
Pacific Lutheran   1   3   1   2   5
Willamette           5   5   4   4   7
Whitman          9   9   9   9   8
Lewis & Clark   5   7   8   8   9

Hope the formatting holds up... The above table attempts to show final standings for each year for the last five years. Seems like the prior year is a pretty good predictor of the coming year. Basically if Linfield, George Fox and PLU don't end up as 2 of the top 3, it is a major upset. And if LC or Whitman don't end up in the basement, equally a upset.
Chapman has game with Linfield, George Fox, Pac Lu, and Whitman in 2012.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: idalogger on February 04, 2012, 11:32:19 am
I was surprised that UPS did not get more respect from the coaches; that 3-6 record against the Lutes, Bruins, and Wildcats weighed heavily, I'm sure. However, the Loggers bring back two top starting pitchers, an excellent closer, and eight defensive starters. We shall see. I think Pacific will be a huge factor again, especially if they can get some bats this year. Their pitching is excellent.

UPS starts off in Pasco next weekend. Their non-conference record was not good last year, so I'll be interested as to how they start out. March features a southern California trip and games against Cal Lu and Pomona.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 05, 2012, 07:55:08 pm
the Loggers bring back two top starting pitchers

There is going to be a lot of great game one match-ups this season.  Just hope we can get some good early season weather.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: idalogger on February 06, 2012, 11:49:58 pm
Me too, 11. I came to the Linfield football game this year and tried to find you guys, but never did. Wandered around with my UPS gear, then hid when you guys hung 70 on us. My son was #53, and he actually played well against the Cats, but it was hard to tell.

He's a senior now, so I am hoping for a good season. Glad we have the Cats at home and hoping for a mild spring.

The Loggers start this weekend and it's supposed to be 55 in Pasco and sunny.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 07, 2012, 11:47:01 am
Sorry I missed you...and sorry that you had to hide!   ;D 

I don't think I'll be able to make the UPS/Linfield series but I'm sure Gig Harbor Cat will drive over the bridge and take in a game.  I remember seeing your son during the game...he's a good ball player. 

He had some quotes about the upcoming baseball season in the student paper (towards the bottom):

http://trail.pugetsound.edu/2012/02/spring-sports-outlook-a-look-at-the-sunny-side-of-logger-athletics/ (http://trail.pugetsound.edu/2012/02/spring-sports-outlook-a-look-at-the-sunny-side-of-logger-athletics/)

“I think I can speak for the whole team when I say that this year 2nd place won’t be enough for us,” senior Casey Coberly (Boise, Idaho)  said.

“We don’t want to psyche ourselves out, but we know we can be a pretty darn good team this year. If we get nationally ranked at some point this year that will be gravy on top, but that is not what we are focusing on, our goal is to win conference and we are putting all of our efforts into that goal.” Coberly said.

Last year, the team went 17-17 overall and 15-9 in conference, finishing second overall.

“We are a very good hitting team and are looking to improve on the numbers from last year (which I think we will have no problem doing). We are very deep this year and have great pitching coming back as well,” Coberly said.

The baseball roster this year consists of 34 players, 8 being seniors. “Obviously the 8 seniors are looking forward to this season, it being our last, and the camaraderie on the team is as high as ever,” Coberly said. “I think that the experience and youth provide a perfect mix for the team this year and will help us a lot come crunch time. I am extremely excited and truly blessed to play with such a great and talented group of guys for my final year of collegiate athletics.” The first home game will be Feb. 17 against Concordia.


Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 07, 2012, 01:28:33 pm
Wow...very sad news out of PLU today.

PLU Ace and Draft Prospect Beatty Sidelined by Cancer

http://www.golutes.com/sports/bsb/2011-12/releases/201202069dc4pf (http://www.golutes.com/sports/bsb/2011-12/releases/201202069dc4pf)

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on February 07, 2012, 01:55:26 pm
My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Beatty and his family as well as to the entire PLU team and community. May he have a full recovery.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: idalogger on February 07, 2012, 06:06:33 pm
Oh my gosh. That is awful. Our family will be praying for him as well.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 16, 2012, 02:29:08 pm
'Cats open up today down in Arizona vs. McMurry and then go Claremont, Sul Ross, and wrap up with Cal Lutheran.  Looking forward to seeing how Larson opens up the season and how much impact Zach Boskovich makes in his return to the team.  Go 'Cats!

Here is the Linfield Season Preview: http://www.linfield.edu/sports/outlook.php?sport=bb (http://www.linfield.edu/sports/outlook.php?sport=bb)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 17, 2012, 12:07:42 pm
Good start for the 'Cats.  Larson with 7 solid innings and nice to see Boskovich come back and make an immediate impact.

http://www.linfield.edu/sports/release.php?id=4323 (http://www.linfield.edu/sports/release.php?id=4323)

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 27, 2012, 03:15:08 pm
After 1 week of NWC play:

Linfield (3-0, 6-1)  - Swept up L&C but not before the Pios made the 'Cats earn it in last game of the weekend

Whitworth (0-0, 6-3-1) - After a terrible 1st game, the Rats are playing pretty good baseball to start the year.

Pacific Lutheran (0-0, 5-3) - Have a chance to start NWC off great with Whitman and Willamette to start NWC play.

George Fox    (0-0, 4-8) - Start the year 0-7 against strong competition and have now won 4 out of 5. Going to be in the thick of the NWC race.

Pacific (Ore.) (0-0, 3-7) - Got beat up by the Hawaii DII's.  HUGE weekend coming up as they host Linfield

Puget Sound (0-0, 2-7-1) - Has to be a very disappointing start for UPS in dropping games to Whitworth and Pacific.

Willamette (0-0, 2-7) - Team ERA is 9.22.  There you go.

Whitman (0-0, 0-12) - Whitman has played some very good teams (ECS, Concordia, CLU).  Hasn't translated into wins but props from not shying away from competition.

Lewis & Clark (0-3, 0-11) - The Pios are going to take their lumps but can/should sneak up and grabs some wins this season in NWC play.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on February 27, 2012, 04:25:15 pm
Yes, Whitman has played a bear of a schedule, and have really battled with some high quality squads, but haven't got over the hump with anyone yet.  They have some talent, including some Frosh that are creating impact.  Biggest needs to develop are:

1) Bullpen depth and experience.  Need more zeroes put up by the pen
2) Better situational hitting.  They are getting guys on base, particularly in some late game tight situations, but have not executed consistently and done the little things quite enough to cash in more runs
3) Team leadership.  They are young, and need a few team leaders to emerge to help learn how to win and finish games off when they have a late lead - and how to rally when behind.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: idalogger on February 28, 2012, 09:39:36 am
Well, the Missionaries will get their chance this weekend at home against UPS. I am shocked by how poorly the Loggers have played coming out of the gate. Batting average under .240, poor starting and relief pitching. In just about every phase of the game, they have been struggled. I guess they have walked a lot. :-) This is a team for which we had high expectations. There is still time, but things will have to change quickly.

The conference really appears to be down; maybe it's the competition, but the non-conference record thus far is 25-58. Ouch.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 29, 2012, 11:51:12 pm
Thought you guys (well the only couple of guys who post here) would get a kick out of this.  My father is a long time assistant baseball coach for a large high school in Washington.  This past week has been the program's tryouts and the head coach decides he wants to work with some of the Freshmen infielders on double plays. 

My Dad said he could just see the pucker factor jump up a few points as the "head coach" of the high school program is going to work with these freshmen who are just a day or so into their tryout and are just a bundle of nerves.  The HC turns over to the 1st basemen and says "Get on the bag and I want you to bounce off on contact"  So the first kid is up and the coach hits a can-of-corn two hopper at the kid, he fields it clean, and then sprints over to 1st base, bends down, and BOUNCES the ball off of 1st base!  The HC throws his hands in the air and screams "WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?"  He calls the kid over and ask what happened...."Well coach, you told me to bounce off the bag." 

CLASSIC!!!!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: idalogger on March 05, 2012, 02:12:21 pm
Well, that was one wild weekend. Whitman and Lewis and Clark get their first wins, Pacific takes two of three from Linfield, and Fox and PLU both lose once against teams they should beat. Looks like the conference race is up in the air.

Most interesting weekend coming up - hope the weather holds off just a bit.

Willamette at Linfield - The Cats should recover from their weekend in Forest Grove
Pacific at George Fox  - An important series - Pacific's starting pitching is tough.
Whitman at PLU - perhaps the Missionaries can keep winning? They played very well last weekend.
Whitworth at UPS - Will the Loggers' hitting, pitching ever recover?

Anecdotally, the Whitman student section was awful on Saturday in Walla Walla, shouting player names and making crude remarks from next to the Whitman bench. On Sunday the Missionaries' coach blew a gasket and got himself tossed when the umpires requested that Whitman's bench tone it down. Embarrassing for the college and the team.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 05, 2012, 02:19:16 pm
idalogger,

I think saying it was a wild weekend is spot on.  I could live with Linfield giving up that game to Dittrick to kick off the series but giving up a 3 run lead on Sunday was a bitter pill to swallow.  Just have to forget it and move on.  6 more NWC weekend series so there is plenty of time.  Props to Pacific for battling.

L&C and Willamette both did Linfield and Pacific a favor this weekend which was nice to see.  It's going to be an awesome race this year and like I was thinking there are no gimmies.  Yeah, there are a few "bad" teams but if you don't bring it you can get tripped up any weekend.




Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on March 05, 2012, 02:34:35 pm
The Lewis & Clark squad, for the second year in a row, took one out of three from George Fox, snapping a 0-13 start to the season.

At the beginning of the year I was very concerned about the high percentage of Freshman making up the roster but they seem to be growing up quickly. Last week they put a scare into Linfield, this weekend featured three competitive games against a traditionally strong George Fox.

Pitching is still definitely thin, with just three pitchers providing nearly all of the innings. Michael Ball has made the transition to starter and looked really solid the last two weekends, pitching CGs both weekends and is hitting well. In general, the hitting seems much better that last year with many of the returning players improved and with some of the freshman doing extremely well. Andrew Traver has 4 HRs and is hitting .277 and fellow freshman Kris Brown has a great looking swing in limited (due to injury) ABs.

Bottom line - L&C won't win league this year but I do think they have shown improvement already and are likely to continue to improve as the season goes along - especially since they have the Linfield and Fox series behind them!!!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on March 05, 2012, 03:30:16 pm
Yeah, the report I got was that it got a little ""rowdy" at Borleske Stadium this weekend.  Hopefully the majority of negative stuff was coming out of the bleachers as opposed to the dugout.  Learning how to win also includes learning how to carry yourself.  We'll see how Whitman can carry this over to next week, on the road.  Got my fingers crossed.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 06, 2012, 02:09:06 pm
....and *poof* just like that, this morning never happened.   ;) 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jim Dixon on March 06, 2012, 02:14:15 pm
Poof.  Look for a new feature on D3baseball.com coming out tomorrow: The D3baseball.com Team of the Week. 

It will be similar to the football and basketball sites based on nominations from the previous weeks games.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 06, 2012, 02:20:50 pm
Poof.  Look for a new feature on D3baseball.com coming out tomorrow: The D3baseball.com Team of the Week. 

It will be similar to the football and basketball sites based on nominations from the previous weeks games.

Very nice Jim.  As you saw this morning, looks like you have a willing former poster that might be good to add to your "team of the week" voting body.  Only if I could remember the his name........
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Tarheel0550 on March 22, 2012, 06:43:09 pm
Just spouting off again from the not so cold northeast this year,but does Pac -Lu have a chance to make regionals this year or is thier schedule a little weak?I dont think they can top Linfield , but whats the consensus up thier?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on March 22, 2012, 06:56:42 pm
Just spouting off again from the not so cold northeast this year,but does Pac -Lu have a chance to make regionals this year or is thier schedule a little weak?I dont think they can top Linfield , but whats the consensus up thier?

Win the conference then you get the automatic Pool A bid to the regionals

Dont win the conference and compete with  all the teams that did not get a Pool A bid to get a Pool C bid. Pool C bids are awarded nationally not regionally.  Many good teams stay home because they did not get their Pool A AQ bid from their conference and playing a weak schedule with good winning record could mean you stay home
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on March 22, 2012, 07:04:18 pm
I'm not as versed in the subtleties of Pool B and C qualification, but I'm going to say that most people on these boards that do know such things would probably predict the NWC will only send one team to the playoffs (the conference champion).

However, PLU still has Linfield, Pacific and George Fox left on their schedule, so they could kind of control their destiny.

I saw PLU play a series.  Good hitting lineup, the senior first baseman absolutely crushes the ball.  The senior shortstop showed a great glove, great range and nice arm.  Outfield made some athletic plays, and covered the gaps well.  Two pretty solid catchers.  Their starting pitching looked pretty good, but maybe a notch below Pacific and Linfield across the board on the mound.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Tarheel0550 on March 22, 2012, 07:37:33 pm
Thanks for the insight on the NWC guys,always nice to get an educated guess from the experts lol.I hope your guys weather turns out to be as nice as it has been in the Northeast this year,even though i did just get back from watching the SUNYAC games in Florida this week.Stop in the SUNYAC conference sometime and chat for awhile.Good luck to all the teams.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on March 23, 2012, 01:34:22 pm
Big match-up in Oregon this weekend with Whitworth (5-1) traveling to Linfield (9-3). It should be a battle of strengths as Whitworth's bats match up against the pitching of Linfield. Whitworth comes into the series with a team BA of .302, and Linfield boasts a team ERA of 2.92. This series will give a little bit of clarity on top of the standings for the NWC.

Should be fun!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on March 24, 2012, 11:11:29 am
When you ask about PLU, this article sums it their history nicely - http://plu.prestosports.com/sports/bsb/2009-10/releases/051710ncaa

Bottom line, in both 2009 and 2010, PLU had more than 30 wins - and still didn't get asked to the dance.

Why? Given the limited number of D3 schools in the area, NWC teams tend to have  schedules sprinkled with NAIA and D2 schools, lessening their chances for Pool C brackets. Most schools fly 1000 miles to Southern California or Arizona to squeeze in 4 or 5 solid out of conference games - sometimes going twice - but can't afford to make that trip (both financial and academic concerns) enough times to fully populate their schedule

So they still end up with some non D3 games - which don't count in the evaluation for selection under current rules. Looking at schedules for this year, Linfield has six out of division games including four games against Lewis and Clark State this year, a NAIA powerhouse. Great games, a real challenge, but won't count. PLU has 3 non counting games, Whitworth 7.

Given the history, I'd say win league or you are staying home in the NWC.

P.S. - I'd like to see the rules changed to evaluate all games. If you play and beat a Lewis and Clark State, that shouldn't be discounted.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 25, 2012, 12:38:26 am
Big match-up in Oregon this weekend with Whitworth (5-1) traveling to Linfield (9-3). It should be a battle of strengths as Whitworth's bats match up against the pitching of Linfield. Whitworth comes into the series with a team BA of .302, and Linfield boasts a team ERA of 2.92. This series will give a little bit of clarity on top of the standings for the NWC.

Should be fun!

Well they took turns in beating the tar out of each other today.  I hate using the term "must win" but tomorrow is just that for Linfield, IMO.  Let's GO 'CATS!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on March 25, 2012, 11:31:28 am
I would have looked a lot smarter had I known the baseball boards existed and actually posted it, but I liked the Ramsay hire then and it looks like it might be paying off now. His dad is a major league scout, so finding talent outside of WA should never be an issue. The resources he has available to him on that front are seemingly endless. That being said, he shouldnt have to ever go too far from home to find talent. Eastern Washington has had plenty of talent to sustain a top NWC program for years now,and judging by the roster this year, Ramsay has really gone after Spokane and Tri-City kids hard the last couple of years. I think the fact that he is young is great as far as getting 18-22 year olds excited about playing for him, but I know convincing parents has been the most difficult part.

It's nice to see another program at Whitworth show a lot of promise, even if the only way I can make it through a baseball game is if it's 80 degrees and I have an unlimited supply of beer...
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 25, 2012, 07:17:46 pm
Great series win for Whitworth.  Congrats. The loss puts the 'Cats behind a major 8 ball.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Las Vegas Wildcards on March 25, 2012, 10:54:49 pm
Just noticed today former Linfield star Kelson Brown delivered the game-winning hit for the Pittsburgh Pirates in their win over the Houston Astros in spring training. Brown was a 34th round pick for the Bucs, and has moved up in the organization. He's expected to be promoted to high "A' ball this season with the Bradenton Marauders of the Florida State League.

Normally, I only comment on the football board, but this news today caught my eye.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on April 01, 2012, 01:22:56 pm
and just like that Pacific is sitting pretty at the top.  Whitworth needs to take the final game in the GF series today to stay alive IMO. Sure they'll still be in it as far as W-L are concerned but mentally, for a team who doesn't have a player who's used to being "on top", you can't afford to slide right back to the middle where you've been for so long
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: playball on April 03, 2012, 11:58:45 am
Just noticed today former Linfield star Kelson Brown delivered the game-winning hit for the Pittsburgh Pirates in their win over the Houston Astros in spring training. Brown was a 34th round pick for the Bucs, and has moved up in the organization. He's expected to be promoted to high "A' ball this season with the Bradenton Marauders of the Florida State League.

Normally, I only comment on the football board, but this news today caught my eye.

Kelson made AA this year!!  Congrats to him, deserves it!  Hard worker.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 03, 2012, 03:36:56 pm
Just noticed today former Linfield star Kelson Brown delivered the game-winning hit for the Pittsburgh Pirates in their win over the Houston Astros in spring training. Brown was a 34th round pick for the Bucs, and has moved up in the organization. He's expected to be promoted to high "A' ball this season with the Bradenton Marauders of the Florida State League.

Normally, I only comment on the football board, but this news today caught my eye.

Kelson made AA this year!!  Congrats to him, deserves it!  Hard worker.
I expect him to go a long way. I saw him play several times over a 2 year period. He was a machine hitting gap doubles and one of the best D3 hitters I have seen in past 6 years. I expected his 1st year to be an adjusment to the pitching and wood bats in Pro ball but it seem he has made the adjustment. He could be one the rare few to make to the show in a very short time from D3.

http://www.portlandpitching.com/2012/03/unfinished-story-kelson-brown.html
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 06, 2012, 12:47:03 pm
Big weekend with Pacific out at Whitworth and PLU coming down to Linfield.  The conference race could get blown open or get even tighter headed into the final weekends.  Can't wait to see how it plays out.

***Well I screwed that up.  Pacific is at Whitman so there goes that big weekend.  Linfield vs PLU is still huge for both squads.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on April 06, 2012, 05:34:25 pm
Linfield wins first game vs PLU 11-1. Larson was his usual, efficient self, and the bats came alive. Tim Wilson was a homer shy of the cycle.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on April 06, 2012, 05:43:15 pm
Wildcat11, you're still wrong....Whitman is at Pacific ;)

Pacific takes game one 5-0 behind a CG 3 hitter by Dittrick.  Whitman pitching actually did a pretty nice job, holding a very hot Pacific lineup to 8 hits and 3 earned.

Big, lopsided win by Linfield in game one today versus PLU
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: forheavendial4999 on April 06, 2012, 10:27:29 pm
Unless something wacky happens tomorrow, it seems like it's getting harder for Linfield to win the NWC. If Pacific and Whitworth hold serve tomorrow, Linfield is guaranteed to be out of first place going into their DH at George Fox.

What's the tiebreak? If it's head to head, both Whitworth and Pacific have it over Linfield.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 07, 2012, 02:01:08 am
Whatagame,

Not my day on the boards today.....at all.  Thankfully the 'Cats had a day with a nice sweep of PLU.  Crossing my fingers they can get all three.

forheavendial4999,

Both the Boxers and the Rats have the tiebreak over Linfield so something big is going to have to happen.  Linfield needs to win the remainder of their NWC games (PLU tomorrow and 3 vs GFU) and that is going to be tough enough.  Even if they did that the 'Cats are going to need some big help to get Pacific to 6 NWC losses.

I do like the way Linfield has been playing as of late.  I think that talent is getting on the same page.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: forheavendial4999 on April 07, 2012, 04:44:03 pm

forheavendial4999,

Both the Boxers and the Rats have the tiebreak over Linfield so something big is going to have to happen.  Linfield needs to win the remainder of their NWC games (PLU tomorrow and 3 vs GFU) and that is going to be tough enough.  Even if they did that the 'Cats are going to need some big help to get Pacific to 6 NWC losses.

I do like the way Linfield has been playing as of late.  I think that talent is getting on the same page.

This could definitely happen, but it would probably involve help from Pac Lu and Whitworth which doesn't necessarily help Linfield.

I'm wondering if Linfield is a Pool C team right now or if this is a one-team league at this point -- either Pacific wins impressively and gets the sole bid, or falters, someone else wins, and the Boxers don't have enough D-III wins to make up for 4-5 losses and don't get a bid either.

ETA: With Linfield losing again today, this now looks a more likely scenario. Is there precedent for a team making the regional as a Pool C finishing in the conference behind a team that is not selected?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 08, 2012, 08:38:14 am

forheavendial4999,

Both the Boxers and the Rats have the tiebreak over Linfield so something big is going to have to happen.  Linfield needs to win the remainder of their NWC games (PLU tomorrow and 3 vs GFU) and that is going to be tough enough.  Even if they did that the 'Cats are going to need some big help to get Pacific to 6 NWC losses.

I do like the way Linfield has been playing as of late.  I think that talent is getting on the same page.

This could definitely happen, but it would probably involve help from Pac Lu and Whitworth which doesn't necessarily help Linfield.

I'm wondering if Linfield is a Pool C team right now or if this is a one-team league at this point -- either Pacific wins impressively and gets the sole bid, or falters, someone else wins, and the Boxers don't have enough D-III wins to make up for 4-5 losses and don't get a bid either.

ETA: With Linfield losing again today, this now looks a more likely scenario. Is there precedent for a team making the regional as a Pool C finishing in the conference behind a team that is not selected?
I  believe that it has happened in the NESCAC a few years ago where a team had a much better in-region record and SOS but finished one-game lower in the standings.  The NESCAC does not play nearly as many conference games.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 13, 2012, 05:38:32 pm
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: dahlby on April 14, 2012, 10:28:27 pm
Chapman 6-0 over Linfield in game 1
Linfield 2-1 over Chapman in the 2nd game.

I had the pleasure of meeting some very nice Linfield fans/parents today.
A large group traveled with the team. Very impressive fans, and team!
Good luck to the Wildcats in their quest for a regional spot.

Teams meet again twice on Sunday starting at 10 AM
Hope the weather holds on!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 14, 2012, 11:53:56 pm
Chapman 6-0 over Linfield in game 1
Linfield 2-1 over Chapman in the 2nd game.

I had the pleasure of meeting some very nice Linfield fans/parents today.
A large group traveled with the team. Very impressive fans, and team!
Good luck to the Wildcats in their quest for a regional spot.

Teams meet again twice on Sunday starting at 10 AM
Hope the weather holds on!

Linfield is a first class program. From the coaching staff, players, fans and beautiful stadium, campus in Oregon.

Chapman loses its 10th 1 run game in 2012.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 15, 2012, 12:27:16 am
Chapman 6-0 over Linfield in game 1
Linfield 2-1 over Chapman in the 2nd game.

I had the pleasure of meeting some very nice Linfield fans/parents today.
A large group traveled with the team. Very impressive fans, and team!
Good luck to the Wildcats in their quest for a regional spot.

Teams meet again twice on Sunday starting at 10 AM
Hope the weather holds on!

Very kind words Dahlby.  Coach Bro runs a 1st rate program.  Glad these programs continue to play this series. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: dahlby on April 15, 2012, 10:37:50 pm
Linfield and Chapman split in twinbill today in sunny  Southern California...
Chapman took first game, and Linfield the second in extra innings.
Details and write-up at:

chapmanathletics.com
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 15, 2012, 10:46:20 pm
Linfield and Chapman split in twinbill today in sunny  Southern California...
Chapman took first game, and Linfield the second in extra innings.
Details and write-up at:

chapmanathletics.com
Chapman is now 0-6 in extra inning games in 2012. 12 games they have lost by 2 runs or less. It has been a very difficult year for the Panthers.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on April 16, 2012, 09:33:26 am
Current standings after this weekend. Pacific still in the driver's seat even after dropping 2 to Whitworth. Win and they're in...

Pacific (Ore.)   14-4
Whitworth           13-5
Linfield           15-6
Pacific Lutheran   12-6
George Fox           12-9
Willamette           7-11
Puget Sound   5-13
Whitman           5-16
Lewis & Clark   4-17

The biggest series left will be Pacific v PLU to close out the season. Linfield needs to root for a PLU sweep and hope that Willamette and Whitman can each take a game from Whitworth over the next 2 weeks. The top 3 teams are all still in it. Don't know much about baseball but this is going to be an exciting finish
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: tigerfan_2001 on April 16, 2012, 09:52:38 am
Linfield and Chapman split in twinbill today in sunny  Southern California...
Chapman took first game, and Linfield the second in extra innings.
Details and write-up at:

chapmanathletics.com
Chapman is now 0-6 in extra inning games in 2012. 12 games they have lost by 2 runs or less. It has been a very difficult year for the Panthers.
jeez...that is rough
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: forheavendial4999 on April 16, 2012, 09:57:59 am
Current standings after this weekend. Pacific still in the driver's seat even after dropping 2 to Whitworth. Win and they're in...

Pacific (Ore.)   14-4
Whitworth           13-5
Linfield           15-6
Pacific Lutheran   12-6

The biggest series left will be Pacific v PLU to close out the season. Linfield needs to root for a PLU sweep and hope that Willamette and Whitman can each take a game from Whitworth over the next 2 weeks. The top 3 teams are all still in it. Don't know much about baseball but this is going to be an exciting finish

Linfield still loses any tiebreak against the top 2, right? So Linfield would have to sweep George Fox in that scenario as well? Willamette winning 2 against Whitworth might be more likely than Whitman winning 1.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 16, 2012, 11:55:04 am
Current standings after this weekend. Pacific still in the driver's seat even after dropping 2 to Whitworth. Win and they're in...

Pacific (Ore.)   14-4
Whitworth           13-5
Linfield           15-6
Pacific Lutheran   12-6

The biggest series left will be Pacific v PLU to close out the season. Linfield needs to root for a PLU sweep and hope that Willamette and Whitman can each take a game from Whitworth over the next 2 weeks. The top 3 teams are all still in it. Don't know much about baseball but this is going to be an exciting finish

Linfield still loses any tiebreak against the top 2, right? So Linfield would have to sweep George Fox in that scenario as well? Willamette winning 2 against Whitworth might be more likely than Whitman winning 1.

Correct.  Both Whitworth and Pacific have the tie break.  Linfield has to sweep Fox (tall enough task) and hope to get a lot of help.  Stranger things have happened.  Go 'Cats!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: forheavendial4999 on April 16, 2012, 12:16:03 pm

Correct.  Both Whitworth and Pacific have the tie break.  Linfield has to sweep Fox (tall enough task) and hope to get a lot of help.  Stranger things have happened. Go 'Cats!

Certainly true...
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on April 16, 2012, 12:46:37 pm
With Pacific dropping 2 at Whitworth, that means there is a ton of baseball yet to be played in order to settle the NWC.   Yes, the Pacific/PLU series looks big on 4/28-29, but, Pacific plays Puget Sound this coming weekend.  On paper the series might appear a mis-match, but Puget Sound appears to be playing better baseball the last two weeks, as they took 2 of 3 from Lewis and Clark, but more impressively, taking 2 of 3 from George Fox.  Puget Sound, Willamette and Whitman are teams that the schedule positions as possible "spoilers" the next two weeks.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: idalogger on April 16, 2012, 01:05:08 pm
Strange season for UPS. Absolutely awful stretch when they were swept by Whitworth, PLU, and Linfield. Then, after waking up late in the first game vs. Fox and losing 7-4, they win consecutive 2-1 games against the Bruins, beat Concordia, and win the first two against LC in dramatic fashion, with a walkoff grand slam and a late rally, only to look horrible yesterday in a 13-10 loss. To play with Pacific, the team that beat Fox twice will have to show up. They have played the Tigers tough the past few years, however.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 16, 2012, 01:25:57 pm
A lot of pressure are on teams that haven't been exposed to it before.  Should make for a great ending.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on April 17, 2012, 08:55:02 pm
I agree on your assessment Wildcat, regarding team's experiences responding to pressure.  I made my call a few weeks ago that I thought Pacific would take the conference title, but although they took all three from Whitman two weeks ago, they didn't exactly roll 'em, getting single digits in hits all three games, and winning game three by one run in a game where Whitman committed (6) six errors and handed Pacific several runs!  Then, last weekend, Pacific loses two to Whitworth.  They are in the position now where they need to regain momentum.

I'll stick to my original pick of Pacific, on principle, but I like Linfield's chances a lot more now than I did two weeks ago.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on April 21, 2012, 11:27:41 pm
Pacific almost got a little more breathing room but Whitworth pulled out the second game 7-6 in 10 innings (against Willamette).

Linfield dropped 2 to GF today and officially dropped out of the playoff race.

Tomorrow is big for Whitworth and Pacific. Both need to win their games tomorrow, especially Pacific who has that series against PLU next week. I figured that lack of experience at the top would make for a wild finish...so far it's been a lot of chalk...
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 22, 2012, 12:04:41 am
Linfield dropped 2 to GF today and officially dropped out of the playoff race.

Yeah, hard to see that happen but hope the 'Cats will finish strong over the next few weekends.  Go 'Cats and congrats to the one that represents the NWC at the Regional.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on April 22, 2012, 07:06:16 pm
Whitworth, Pacific and PLU all won today. GF got out the brooms to complete the sweep over Linfield.

For Pacific it's win and they're in. If they even drop 1 game they have to hope Whitman can knock of the Pirates once.

Whitworth needs one more win (against Whitman) than Pacific gets (against PLU) next weekend to finish in first

PLU has to win 2 more games than Whitworth next weekend in order to make the playoffs...they're not officially out of it yet
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on April 24, 2012, 12:26:39 pm
Wow, what a down-to-the-wire finish in the NWC!  Although Pacific indeed controls their destiny, a sweep at PLU is a tall order.  Could Whitman possibly take one from Whitworth, taking a tiny bit of pressure off Pacific?

Objectively, Whitman has some starting pitchers that have shown the ability at times to rise up and hold a team's offense down a bit.  The challenge is that the offense is scoring very few runs, so a number of fairly solid outings have gone to waste. 

Pacific better plan on sweeping....but, who knows, they'll still play the three games in Spokane this weekend, just to make sure....
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 28, 2012, 07:23:50 pm
Game 1  Pac Lu 12, Pacific 3.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on April 28, 2012, 08:05:55 pm
Whitworth wins two 7-4 and 13-2... eliminating PLU.

Pacific loses game one to PLU and is trailing 4-3 in game two after 3 innings.

If Whitworth wins tomorrow or if Pacific loses game two or three, Whitworth wins the NWC, as they have the tiebreaker over Pacific.

I can't recall Whitworth ever playing in the playoffs - they've had a great run this year.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on April 29, 2012, 12:36:15 am
Wow...so far Whitworth has handled the pressure. 1 more win needed tomorrow though which, when you haven't "been there before", can be easier said than done. Regardless of what happens tomorrow, this team has blown everyone's expectations out of the water. Huge congrats to Ramsay and the guys!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on April 29, 2012, 04:33:10 pm
Pac up 7-2 in the 6th

Whitworth leading 3-1 in the 5th
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on April 29, 2012, 06:14:58 pm
Congrats to the Pirates! Whitman comeback came up just short. The Missionaries put up 3 in the 8th to come within 1 run, but Whitworth closed em out, 8-7.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 29, 2012, 07:44:46 pm
Congratulations Whitworth!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: playball on April 29, 2012, 10:35:31 pm
What a wild NWC season!  Congrats to Whitworth on a fine season, and good luck in the playoffs!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 29, 2012, 10:47:19 pm
Congratulations Whitworth on the auto-bid.  The regional games are a blast so any Whitworth fan should try to make it to McMinnville. 

Pacific on the other hand....they had the tougher path this weekend but it has to be bittersweet.  They're celebrating their co-championship hard on twitter (1st part of any title in 32 years so I get that) but they controlled their own destiny headed into this weekend and now are on the outside looking in. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 29, 2012, 11:26:17 pm
The Sunday magic struck again. Whitworth held on for an 8-7 win over visiting Whitman on Sunday, clinching a share of the 2012 Northwest Conference baseball championship and giving the Pirates the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

(http://www.d3baseball.com/images/2012/Whitworth-dogpile350.jpg?max_height=200&max_width=350)

http://www.d3baseball.com/notables/2012/04/NWC2012champs
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on April 30, 2012, 01:25:32 pm
What makes the "Sunday Magic" stat interesting is that with the way the NWC schedule works out, it means the Pirates never lost the 3rd game of an NWC series all season.

WC11,

Does that translate at all to the regional format? I'm admittedly clueless as to how the regional works, but I would assume the schedule would have an impact since your pitching rotation can play a big role.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on April 30, 2012, 01:49:40 pm
Yep, down to the wire, Whitman had the tying run on second in the 9th.  Whitworth should be a great competitor in the regional.  Plus, they pencil to be strong for a couple of years, as most of their core returns.

How about this for another race in the NWC - - - who's Player of the Year between these two guys?

In-Conference Stats

B. Gates (Pac Lu): .449 .538 .704  6 HR  33 RBI  .987 fielding % at 1B

T. Pfeffer (Whitworth):  .426  .482  .812  9 HR  39 RBI

WOW!!! Those are a pair of great seasons! 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on May 03, 2012, 11:48:14 am
Nice write up on Ramsay. 26 year old coach and a starting lineup full of freshman and sophomores...should be the start of another successful sport at Whitworth

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/may/02/blanchette-pirates-coach-ramsay-one-ages/ (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/may/02/blanchette-pirates-coach-ramsay-one-ages/)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 03, 2012, 12:27:36 pm
WC11,

Does that translate at all to the regional format? I'm admittedly clueless as to how the regional works, but I would assume the schedule would have an impact since your pitching rotation can play a big role.

The depth of your bullpen is a huge factor especially if you have to fight your way out of the losers bracket.  There are many more qualified people on this board to answer the question but IMO winning a regional is not only about playing well but also being able to overcome the attrition warfare nature of the weekend.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 03, 2012, 12:30:11 pm
Nice write up on Ramsay. 26 year old coach and a starting lineup full of freshman and sophomores...should be the start of another successful sport at Whitworth

True but let's revisit this next season as the AQ winner in 2013 could easily be Linfield, Pacific, PLU, George Fox, or Whitworth.   
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on May 03, 2012, 02:19:37 pm
Nice write up on Ramsay. 26 year old coach and a starting lineup full of freshman and sophomores...should be the start of another successful sport at Whitworth

True but let's revisit this next season as the AQ winner in 2013 could easily be Linfield, Pacific, PLU, George Fox, or Whitworth.   

Well of course it could be any one of those teams...baseball in the NWC isn't like football., right?

The nice thing is that our baseball team could plummet all the way to last in the conference and it still wouldn't be enough for Linfield to catch Whitworth in the all-sports trophy standings  :o

If only you had winter sports programs...  ;)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 03, 2012, 03:41:15 pm
If only you had winter sports programs...  ;)

Ouch....  We'll keep trying.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 03, 2012, 03:49:23 pm

Well of course it could be any one of those teams...baseball in the NWC isn't like basketball*, right?


*fixed
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on May 05, 2012, 10:47:48 am
All league NWC is now released:

http://www.nwcsports.com/sports/bsb/2011-12/releases/allnwc

Pitcher of the Year: Brian Ranta, George Fox
Player of the Year: Brock Gates, Pacific Lutheran
Coach of the Year:  Dan Ramsay, Whitworth
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 06, 2012, 11:48:16 pm
Congrats 'Cats on finishing up the 2012 season strong.  4 straight over with wins over L&C State (twice), PLU, and blanking Fox. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on May 07, 2012, 09:54:15 am
If the cats could have played like that all season we'd be having a different discussion as the regional rolled into town. Good job though, love seeing NWC teams beat LC State
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 09, 2012, 04:28:50 pm
If the cats could have played like that all season we'd be having a different discussion as the regional rolled into town.

Rat...we might be able to have that conversation now...   ;)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on May 10, 2012, 09:37:41 pm
Bro gonna pull a Maynard and screw someone out of the playoffs because he's on the committee? I.Hate.Maynard

EDIT: looks like he already did. So you can change my above question into a statement of fact...  ::)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Richard Hamstocks on May 10, 2012, 09:48:00 pm
Bro gonna pull a Maynard and screw someone out of the playoffs because he's on the committee? I.Hate.Maynard

EDIT: looks like he already did. So you can change my above question into a statement of fact...  ::)
Easier than coaching your team to a better than 4th place finish.  Sad.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on May 10, 2012, 09:58:20 pm
I have posted the side-by-side comparison of Pomona-Pitzer versus Linfield in the Daily Dose blog concerning the today's regional rankings.

http://www.d3blogs.com/d3baseball/2012/05/10/third-regional-rankings-2/#comment-2226

P-P wins every comparison.

No Linfield fan can justify this!  This is unjust!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on May 10, 2012, 10:01:18 pm
Congrats 'Cats on finishing up the 2012 season strong.  4 straight over with wins over L&C State (twice), PLU, and blanking Fox.
LC State game is not in the Primary Criteria.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on May 10, 2012, 10:09:51 pm
Looks like Primary and Secondary criteria was ignored for Linfield.

It wrong for a 4th  place team to leap frog other West Region teams with better numbers and better season.

I have a lot of respect in past years for Linfields program. They play the game the right way. Good defense, good pitching, small ball and timely hitting. This was not the way they played in 2012. Nor did Chapman and neither deserve to go to regionals this year. Both are great programs in prior years but not this year.

I seen 6 years of D3 baseball regular season, regionals and World Series. This is just wrong wrong wrong

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on May 10, 2012, 10:32:39 pm
I really think it is odd that 3 top NWC conference teams would schedule a weekend of games against each other in a so-called "tournament" after NWC play has been completed, and a champion crowned.  Can you say "let down"?

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on May 12, 2012, 01:04:16 pm
I really think it is odd that 3 top NWC conference teams would schedule a weekend of games against each other in a so-called "tournament" after NWC play has been completed, and a champion crowned.  Can you say "let down"?


How about the NWC have a Conference Tourney to pick Pool A bid. Only 2 conferences do not. NWC and SCIAC. Top 4 go to conference Tourney. Double Elimination 1 plays 4   2 plays 3    1 plays 3 and 2 plays 4
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: LongBallGone on May 12, 2012, 07:49:57 pm
This may have already been addressed, but is Pacific not getting a bid because of their schedule? Out of their 13 non-conference games, 11 were against non-D3 opponents. The other two were against Willamette and Puget Sound (they finished 6th and 7th in the final standings). I understand that costs are in issue when it comes to scheduling in-region opponents from California and Texas, but it seems silly to me that they would use what money they had to take a trip to play 2 non-D3 opponents. Both of which, finished in the bottom half of their conference as well. I realize a large portion of Pacific's roster is from Hawaii, but it seems this is going to end up costing them an at-large bid...
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 14, 2012, 12:10:30 pm
Best of luck Whitworth.  Think you guys have a good shot at making noise this week.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on May 14, 2012, 12:19:44 pm
I really think it is odd that 3 top NWC conference teams would schedule a weekend of games against each other in a so-called "tournament" after NWC play has been completed, and a champion crowned.  Can you say "let down"?


How about the NWC have a Conference Tourney to pick Pool A bid. Only 2 conferences do not. NWC and SCIAC. Top 4 go to conference Tourney. Double Elimination 1 plays 4   2 plays 3    1 plays 3 and 2 plays 4
Some of us thought that Linfield earned their 2008 Pool C bid to the Central Region because they did not incur the 2 losses that losing a double elimination tourney would inflict.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on May 14, 2012, 01:12:54 pm
It would have been a terrible injustice put in Linfield over Pacific or P-P. Hopefully the NCAA will get some analytical help to correct some of their oversights this year. (but I doubt it..)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on May 14, 2012, 02:14:07 pm
I don't know about other conferences, but in the NWC you play a 3 game series against every other team in the conference. The regular season champ deserves the auto bid. I don't see the need for a conference tourney. I think it would hurt more than help.

If the NWC wants another bid, teams have to start going out and playing other DIII teams. Sure that's easier said than done, but bettering your resume to meet NCAA tourney selection criteria isn't some big secret. If you are going to keep DII/NAIA games, schedule them in the first weekend (since a team like Whitworth doesn't get to practice outside consistently until March many years, and losing those games don't really hurt you) and then get in a series or tourney with SCIAC, Texas, WI, MN opponents before conference play really starts. Or modify your conference schedule so that teams are able to get in a non-conference DIII series mid season. That, IMO, will do more to help NWC teams than a conference tourney ever could.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on May 14, 2012, 02:25:55 pm
I don't know about other conferences, but in the NWC you play a 3 game series against every other team in the conference. The regular season champ deserves the auto bid. I don't see the need for a conference tourney. I think it would hurt more than help.

If the NWC wants another bid, teams have to start going out and playing other DIII teams. Sure that's easier said than done, but bettering your resume to meet NCAA tourney selection criteria isn't some big secret. If you are going to keep DII/NAIA games, schedule them in the first weekend (since a team like Whitworth doesn't get to practice outside consistently until March many years, and losing those games don't really hurt you) and then get in a series or tourney with SCIAC, Texas, WI, MN opponents before conference play really starts. Or modify your conference schedule so that teams are able to get in a non-conference DIII series mid season. That, IMO, will do more to help NWC teams than a conference tourney ever could.

The WIAC play a four game series every weekend with each team and their regular season champ does not get the Pool A bid. The bid goes to whomever wins the WIAC tourney. Each conference is free to set it up any way they choose. There are differing schools of thought:
1. Regular season champ is in good shape to earn a bid and the league could get two bids provided a different team wins the tournament and the auto-bid...(see the WIAC and CCIW as traditional examples of this)
2. Your top teams may take up to two additional in-region losses in the post season... yet they should increase their SoS as only the top teams are in it... (teams are sitting around waiting while their in-region competitions' SoS, which is a major component of the selection process, continues to climb and possibly leapfrogs them... )
3. You roll the dice and hope your resume is good enough to make the cut by avoiding additional losses.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on May 14, 2012, 02:35:00 pm
This season at least (my first following the conference closely) each NWC team had a bye week during the conference schedule.  Some teams used the time to travel and play out-of-conference D3 games (Linfield, PLU, Whitman for sure, possibly others?)  They used the bye to play a weekend series in So Cal, however L&C went to Arizona I believe during their Spring Break for a number of mid-week games against I think some Eastern and Mid-West schools, then flew direct back up to the Northwest on a Friday for a weekend NWC series.  They may have played like 8 games in 11 days? 

I also like the season conference champ getting the auto-bid, rather than a tournament as the decider, as it rewards performance over 24 games of conference play. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 14, 2012, 02:40:12 pm
I also like the season conference champ getting the auto-bid, rather than a tournament, as it rewards performance over 24 games of conference play.

100% agree.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on May 14, 2012, 03:17:08 pm
I don't know about other conferences, but in the NWC you play a 3 game series against every other team in the conference. The regular season champ deserves the auto bid. I don't see the need for a conference tourney. I think it would hurt more than help.

If the NWC wants another bid, teams have to start going out and playing other DIII teams. Sure that's easier said than done, but bettering your resume to meet NCAA tourney selection criteria isn't some big secret. If you are going to keep DII/NAIA games, schedule them in the first weekend (since a team like Whitworth doesn't get to practice outside consistently until March many years, and losing those games don't really hurt you) and then get in a series or tourney with SCIAC, Texas, WI, MN opponents before conference play really starts. Or modify your conference schedule so that teams are able to get in a non-conference DIII series mid season. That, IMO, will do more to help NWC teams than a conference tourney ever could.

The WIAC play a four game series every weekend with each team and their regular season champ does not get the Pool A bid. The bid goes to whomever wins the WIAC tourney. Each conference is free to set it up any way they choose. There are differing schools of thought:
1. Regular season champ is in good shape to earn a bid and the league could get two bids provided a different team wins the tournament and the auto-bid...(see the WIAC and CCIW as traditional examples of this)
2. Your top teams may take up to two additional in-region losses in the post season... yet they should increase their SoS as only the top teams are in it... (teams are sitting around waiting while their in-region competitions' SoS, which is a major component of the selection process, continues to climb and possibly leapfrogs them... )
3. You roll the dice and hope your resume is good enough to make the cut by avoiding additional losses.

The problem with your post, in regards to the NWC, is that #1 isn't a strong enough possibility out here (with all of the non-DIII). The regular season champ is not always in good position to get a Pool C. I might think differently if we had 40 in-region games out here...

And most importantly I defer to WC11 for all things NWC baseball (except him trying to justify Linfield getting a Pool C). So if he says no conference tourney then I'm on board with that!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on May 14, 2012, 03:24:24 pm
I understand the issues, but then stop playing the NAIA/NCAA dII schools and either:
1. Make a trip to play some top level d3 teams in the region (or invite them to visit you... a home and home series)
2. Play others in the conference in non-league games...

*There are alternatives to your issues. Every program has issues that they need to overcome and they either overcome them or they become an "also-ran" in the region. Certainly, Pacific chose to play in Hawaii rather than SoCal or Arizona and I'd bet that was much more costly than a trip to south down the coast. Fundraising is part of the job and maybe the job is harder in that region that others, but you know what you are getting into when you take the coaching position at those schools. I currently coach in a program that gives me NO MONEY and we somehow make it work... We laid out what we needed and the cost and got after it raising money to fund it. I am sure that local bsiness would be happy to be a part of the process and help in some way.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on May 14, 2012, 04:09:30 pm
I personally like conference tournaments for a number of reasons.

1.   They are fun.
2.   They get a team more competitive games.
3.   Tournament baseball is very different than in season league games, they are played differently and require a different approach.
4.   They test your teams pitching staff differently than the regular season.
5.   They get you ready for the Real tournament.

If I sat on the NWC throne, I would put in a conf tournament, and I would also figure out a way to take my team down to So Cal and make a pass through the SCIAC every season. I would also try to get to the Ariz tournament if possible. I would also invite some of the SCIAC teams up and try to get them to play a long weekend once the weather gets better.

The Hawaii trip likely cost Pacific a bid in the tournament, and maybe that is OK with them, but I think I would use my travel budget more effectively so I could be playing later in the season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on May 14, 2012, 04:38:33 pm
NWC and the SCIAC are the only ones without a conference tourney. I have heard that maybe the SCIAC is going to a conference tourney in 2013. That would leave the NWC at the only conference without one that gets a automatic Pool A bid.

Conference tourney are like round 1 of the playoffs in my mind. Pitching gets tested with many games in a few days.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on May 14, 2012, 04:40:41 pm
I personally like conference tournaments for a number of reasons.

1.   They are fun.
2.   They get a team more competitive games.
3.   Tournament baseball is very different than in season league games, they are played differently and require a different approach.
4.   They test your teams pitching staff differently than the regular season.
5.   They get you ready for the Real tournament.

If I sat on the NWC throne, I would put in a conf tournament, and I would also figure out a way to take my team down to So Cal and make a pass through the SCIAC every season. I would also try to get to the Ariz tournament if possible. I would also invite some of the SCIAC teams up and try to get them to play a long weekend once the weather gets better.

The Hawaii trip likely cost Pacific a bid in the tournament, and maybe that is OK with them, but I think I would use my travel budget more effectively so I could be playing later in the season.

While I see your points regarding a conference tourney, I really agree 100% with the portion of your statement that I bolded. 

Whitman, lowly Whitman, flew to Arizona this year for the most competitive weekend of competition (played CTX, Cal Lu among others), then they brought in Eastern Connecticut State for 4 games, then they flew to play Chapman during their in-conference bye week.   

For the 2011 season, Whitman's SOS was #2 in the nation according to Boyd's (Chapman was #1). 

If ECSU, Chapman and Cal Lu had enjoyed their typical season's in 2012, Whitman would have probably had a top 5 SOS again this season. This from a program that has really no business at all playing a schedule like this, but, hats off to them for not backing down. 

My point is, if they can do it, everyone else in the conference can do it as well.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on May 14, 2012, 09:25:19 pm
I understand the issues, but then stop playing the NAIA/NCAA dII schools and either:
1. Make a trip to play some top level d3 teams in the region (or invite them to visit you... a home and home series)

Yeah, that's exactly what I said in my first post...
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on May 15, 2012, 05:49:30 am
I personally like conference tournaments for a number of reasons.

1.   They are fun.
2.   They get a team more competitive games.
3.   Tournament baseball is very different than in season league games, they are played differently and require a different approach.
4.   They test your teams pitching staff differently than the regular season.
5.   They get you ready for the Real tournament.

If I sat on the NWC throne, I would put in a conf tournament, and I would also figure out a way to take my team down to So Cal and make a pass through the SCIAC every season. I would also try to get to the Ariz tournament if possible. I would also invite some of the SCIAC teams up and try to get them to play a long weekend once the weather gets better.

The Hawaii trip likely cost Pacific a bid in the tournament, and maybe that is OK with them, but I think I would use my travel budget more effectively so I could be playing later in the season.

While I see your points regarding a conference tourney, I really agree 100% with the portion of your statement that I bolded. 

Whitman, lowly Whitman, flew to Arizona this year for the most competitive weekend of competition (played CTX, Cal Lu among others), then they brought in Eastern Connecticut State for 4 games, then they flew to play Chapman during their in-conference bye week.   

For the 2011 season, Whitman's SOS was #2 in the nation according to Boyd's (Chapman was #1). 

If ECSU, Chapman and Cal Lu had enjoyed their typical season's in 2012, Whitman would have probably had a top 5 SOS again this season. This from a program that has really no business at all playing a schedule like this, but, hats off to them for not backing down. 

My point is, if they can do it, everyone else in the conference can do it as well.
If Whitman can do this, then ANYONE can do this also.

This is a great post. Pacific this year and Pac Lu a few years back are examples of not playing this type of schedule, have a low SOS and missing the tournament. Everyone knows what type of schedule you have to play to boost your SOS and your Pool C bid chances so either play a schedule that boost your SOS or win your Pool A bid outright or stay home with no whining why you did not get a Pool C bid.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on May 15, 2012, 10:22:08 am
Lowly LC also has been upgrading their schedule under their new coach, Tom Flynn.

Previously they often played a 34 or 35 game schedule - with typically 5-6 of those games being mid week games against local NAIA schools.

This year they bumped up the schedule to 40 games, eliminated all of the midweek games other than during spring break, and they made two trips to Arizona to play other D3 schools. They still had 4 NAIA games - but they are early in the season and now represent a much smaller percentage of the games.

I give Coach Flynn a lot of credit for upgrading the schedule as part of his effort to turn this program around.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on May 15, 2012, 11:31:22 am
Agreed on Coach Flynn, he's got Lewis and Clark turning in the right direction.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on May 15, 2012, 03:11:00 pm
The reason that I like the post-season tournament is that it gives the 4th place team, perhaps a young team that is gelling late in the season, a chance to whet their appetite.  They come back the next season even hungrier.

I see three levels in the D-III conferences:

The top tier that is always contending for the title.
The hopeless bottom tier, where nothing has happened and the administration and AD have not blown the whole thing up with 3 sticks of dynamite in hopes of starting over.
The middle rung where the complacent programs and the falling programs and the rising programs are sorting things out.

The 4th place finisher that is getting better has a tangible experience on which to build for the next season.  For the sake of the student-athlete and what we are trying to accomplish in D-III, that is where the life lessons are learned.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on May 15, 2012, 03:41:34 pm
I too see the three tiers - but in the case of the NWC this year, the conference champ Whitworth is one of those regular tier three schools who has come out of nowhere to win.

I'd rather see them win than have the usual Tier 1s win in a short tourney.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on May 15, 2012, 04:14:16 pm
I too see the three tiers - but in the case of the NWC this year, the conference champ Whitworth is one of those regular tier three schools who has come out of nowhere to win.

I'd rather see them win than have the usual Tier 1s win in a short tourney.
Whtiworth or St Johns are my Cinderella picks in the West Region.

Does Catdome root for the NWC and/or for or against the Johnnies?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on May 15, 2012, 04:18:43 pm
I too see the three tiers - but in the case of the NWC this year, the conference champ Whitworth is one of those regular tier three schools who has come out of nowhere to win.

I'd rather see them win than have the usual Tier 1s win in a short tourney.
In 2012 Illinois Wesleyan went into their conference tourney as a 4th place team with a .500 record(20-20).
They won their regonal and went on to win the National Championship. Conference tourney's make this possible.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 15, 2012, 11:56:57 pm
Does Catdome root for the NWC and/or for or against the Johnnies?

I'll be rooting for good baseball.  I actually like the Johnnie fans.  They're boorish, loud, and beyond loyal.  My type of fans and why I enjoy mixing it up with them.

The weather for the remainder of the week and weekend looks OUTSTANDING in the valley.  Mid 60's to low 70's all week and weekend long.

For those reading this that are outside the area there is the McMinnville annual UFO festival starting on Friday in downtown Mac.  It's fun event that gives people an excuse to dress like freaks, eat, drink, and blow off some steam. 

For those that like Music, Thursday night at the College, starting at 5pm, is Linfield's annual Wildstock concert.  Local/college bands will be performing and featuring acclaimed Seattle Based hip-hop artist Macklemore.

If you don't want to hang out with UFO Freaks or listen to college music and hip-hop the Valley is loaded with Wineries so you can go out and get a taste of the great wine coming out of this part of the country.

Enjoy.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on May 27, 2012, 02:06:45 pm
Three outs left, Rats!  Beat CNU!

Make that 7-2 lead hold up and even with 6 errors!

Three Dogpiles!

Accomplished!

They play the loser of the Wheaton MA Cortland State game at noon tomorrow
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on May 27, 2012, 03:40:41 pm
You only get the third dogpile by winning the last game of your season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on May 27, 2012, 03:53:55 pm
You only get the third dogpile by winning the last game of your season.
Yes. Sorry that I did not re-arrange the phrases of that post when I modified the post to reflect the final score.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on May 28, 2012, 01:07:47 pm
Whitworth is down to their last 3 outs, down 5-4... c'mon Rats!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on May 28, 2012, 02:09:26 pm
'Rats showed that they belonged.

I thought that the failure to bunt with 1-on and no out in the 7th inning was critical.  The next batter got a single, which should have scored a runner from 2nd.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on June 01, 2012, 05:01:59 pm
http://www.kxly.com/sports/Future-is-bright-for-Whitworth-baseball-team/-/100918/14408696/-/3kbtdaz/-/index.html (http://www.kxly.com/sports/Future-is-bright-for-Whitworth-baseball-team/-/100918/14408696/-/3kbtdaz/-/index.html)

Ramsay adds, "It would be crazy not to be able to look at what we have and what we've been able to do and see how young we are and that we definitely have a solid foundation of young guys that were consistent contributors all year. We learned that we can win on a national level. We belong there, that Whitworth baseball is going to continue to go to Appleton year in and year out"

Again...congrats to Whitworth on their great season but let's slow down just a little. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on June 01, 2012, 05:18:43 pm
Great job for Whitworth. The West is now a even a tougher Regional. Expect Linfield and Chapman to bounce back. CTX, Trinity are also going to continue to be tough. La Verne shows it can be tough in the SCIAC, Pomona just missed getting to the regional and so did Pac Lu. Expect Redlands to also bounce back....

Maybe be a bit premature for Whitworth to declare dominance in the West. Go to Appleton for a few year like Linfield and Chapman has done and they maybe you can make this statement.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on June 01, 2012, 08:12:40 pm
Great job for Whitworth. The West is now a even a tougher Regional. Expect Linfield and Chapman to bounce back. CTX, Trinity are also going to continue to be tough. La Verne shows it can be tough in the SCIAC, Pomona just missed getting to the regional and so did Pac Lu. Expect Redlands to also bounce back....


Don't forget about Pacific (co-NWC champs 2012) and George Fox in the NWC.....
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on June 03, 2012, 08:19:27 pm
A bit over the top? Sure. But if I'm a head coach talking to any Eastern Washington news outlet I'm gonna say the exact same things. Inspire a little confidence in your players and put that line out there for HS kids who don't know any better to read. Smart IMO.

Plus, who really cares if they're butt hurt over the comment in Tacoma, or Forest Grove, or McMinville, etc? Until next year it ain't about them...   :P
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on June 04, 2012, 12:15:47 am
What will happen in the NWC in 2013?

Will Whitworth, Pacific and Pac Lu be at the top while former NWC powers Linfield and George Fox follow?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on June 04, 2012, 11:55:36 am
A bit early to be making predictions, but I have to hand it to Whitworth they are a young and talented team that will continue to get better. IMO I think their pitching is suspect beyond a couple of arms. I am not sure about the other NW teams but Whitworth is going to be in it for the next couple of years. They have a good core and excellent coaching.

That said, Trinity is going to be a very very good team next year, they only lose one pitcher and one position player and their DH, and everyone else is back one year older and stronger, plus they have probably their strongest recruiting class ever coming in. I saw that Concordia looses a bunch of St’s but not sure if they are impact players or not, so not sure about them.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on September 13, 2012, 01:23:16 pm
Great story in Baseball America posted yesterday.  Looking forward to seeing this guy on the bump this upcoming season, although, based on his stuff, maybe not so much matched-up against my kid...

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/college/on-campus/2012/2614034.html
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bishopleftiesdad on September 14, 2012, 11:46:00 am
Great Article. Glad to see a kid come back. On a side note, I am always peeved when I hear Redshirt when refering to a D3 Player. I could be wrong but I always believed there was no Red Shirting in D3. Yes you can have a medical waiver, but technically it is not a red shirt. Again I could be wrong.

I do not mean to detract from what the player has done, this is more a criticism if the Author. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on September 14, 2012, 11:53:02 am
Hmmm, good question.  I do know that one of the better players from the NWC, Rowan from Willamette, sat out I believe his Soph year due to injury - so yes, it was a medical situation.  He graduated last last May from Willamette with one year of athletic eligibility left and is now attending University of San Francisco (D1) as a grad student, and playing his final year of baseball there.  Whether the situation is technically called a "redshirt" or not, I couldn't say.

I could not imagine many instances where a D3 player would just "red shirt" and graduate in five years, given the tuition at most private D3 institutions.  Likewise, most "medical waivers" probably end-up playing three years, and graduating in four.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on September 14, 2012, 03:03:11 pm
So very glad to see this news - and best of luck to Max.

There is actually no such thing as a red shirt in any NCAA level rule book - it is simply an expression that the public uses.

The rules are different at D1. At this level, once you attend college full time, your clock starts and you have 5 years to play 4 seasons. Thus you will see players who sit out one year - either for medical, athletic or academic reasons - have what is referred to as a red shirt year. It also brings up the idea of gray shirting where a a player does not start college on a full time basis out of high school - going part time so as to have a year in the weight room to get bigger and stronger before starting the clock.

At D2 and D3, the rule is that you have ten full time semesters to play four seasons. So if you go part time or not at all as in the case of the player, then your semester doesn't count.

The reason I am aware of these various rules is that my son did both - went part time for a year out of high school while recovering from a knee injury and then, unfortunately, sat out last year while recovering from Tommy John surgery. So he is now four years post high school having played only two years and attended college only six full time semesters.

From an eligibility point of view (and he and I have had multiple calls with the NCAA and the NAIA to clarify this), it gets really complicated:

At NAIA, D2 or D3, my son could go to school for two more years, 4 full time semesters and play two more seasons as long as he didn't graduate or fulfill all of the requirements for graduation.

My son could also go D1 and play one year - but only if he graduated and attended as a grad student - otherwise he would have to sit out a year. he could play the second year at D1 if he petitioned the NCAA and was awarded a sixth year on the clock.

Which actually brings me back to the original article and one final point - petitions are routinely granted when there is good medical reason for an exception - and certainly, even if Max had used up all ten semesters, testicular cancer would result in another semester being awarded.

Hope this helps clear things up - happy to answer questions.

Piobark

P.S. Just FYI, my son decided to transfer to an NAIA school and play another year there.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bishopleftiesdad on September 15, 2012, 07:58:56 pm
+ 1 piobark. Thanks for clarifying. I appreciate the info.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on September 17, 2012, 04:21:34 pm
So very glad to see this news - and best of luck to Max.

There is actually no such thing as a red shirt in any NCAA level rule book - it is simply an expression that the public uses.

The rules are different at D1. At this level, once you attend college full time, your clock starts and you have 5 years to play 4 seasons. Thus you will see players who sit out one year - either for medical, athletic or academic reasons - have what is referred to as a red shirt year. It also brings up the idea of gray shirting where a a player does not start college on a full time basis out of high school - going part time so as to have a year in the weight room to get bigger and stronger before starting the clock.

At D2 and D3, the rule is that you have ten full time semesters to play four seasons. So if you go part time or not at all as in the case of the player, then your semester doesn't count.

The reason I am aware of these various rules is that my son did both - went part time for a year out of high school while recovering from a knee injury and then, unfortunately, sat out last year while recovering from Tommy John surgery. So he is now four years post high school having played only two years and attended college only six full time semesters.

From an eligibility point of view (and he and I have had multiple calls with the NCAA and the NAIA to clarify this), it gets really complicated:

At NAIA, D2 or D3, my son could go to school for two more years, 4 full time semesters and play two more seasons as long as he didn't graduate or fulfill all of the requirements for graduation.

My son could also go D1 and play one year - but only if he graduated and attended as a grad student - otherwise he would have to sit out a year. he could play the second year at D1 if he petitioned the NCAA and was awarded a sixth year on the clock.

Which actually brings me back to the original article and one final point - petitions are routinely granted when there is good medical reason for an exception - and certainly, even if Max had used up all ten semesters, testicular cancer would result in another semester being awarded.

Hope this helps clear things up - happy to answer questions.

Piobark

P.S. Just FYI, my son decided to transfer to an NAIA school and play another year there.
Thanks for this information. NCAA really makes things more complicated than they have to. They should really have a consistent uniform rules for D1, D2, D3. Make it real easy. You get to play 4 years. You have 5 years to do this. 1st full time semester starts the clock. Eliminate all exceptions. Many times you need a lawyer and more to understand what the NCAA writes. I remember reading the D3 rules on Medical Hardship many times when my son was playing and he was deciding if he should apply for a hardship or not. Anyway he did not and played 4 years over 4 years.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on January 25, 2013, 07:18:13 pm
2013 NWC Coaches Poll

http://www.nwcsports.com/sports/bsb/2012-13/releases/bsbprepoll (http://www.nwcsports.com/sports/bsb/2012-13/releases/bsbprepoll)

1. Whitworth - 6 1st place votes
2. PLU - 3 1st place votes
3. Linfeild
4. Fox
5. Pacific
6. UPS
7. Willamette
8. L&C
9. Whitman

...Should be a great race.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on February 04, 2013, 07:50:17 pm
...should be a great race indeed.  NWC teams start play this week.  I can't argue with the coaches poll, although Pacific might be feeling snubbed.  They return Dittrick on the bump, but take a hit losing Fahey to graduation.

I think the race between Whitworth, Linfield, GF and PLU will be very, very close.  I predicted on another thread that this season, two NWC teams will make the West Regional - Whitworth and Linfield, but I won't make a conference champion prediction.  I think PLU will/could be right there, they look to be very tough on the mound, but lost a lot of offense to graduation, and a very slick fielding shortstop.  But, I predict Linfield over PLU, as I just don't see Linfield having back-to-back sub-par (for their standards) seasons.  Raking/prepping fields for other squads while hosting the '12 West regional probably did not sit well.  However, maybe it could be Linfield/PLU making the regional.....or Whitworth/PLU.....I'm getting confused.

A factor in this season's race might be how some of the lower half teams have progressed, and can they shake-up the race by rising-up and taking a game here and there from a top-tier team?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on February 05, 2013, 06:45:30 pm
...should be a great race indeed.  NWC teams start play this week.  I can't argue with the coaches poll, although Pacific might be feeling snubbed.  They return Dittrick on the bump, but take a hit losing Fahey to graduation.

I think the race between Whitworth, Linfield, GF and PLU will be very, very close.  I predicted on another thread that this season, two NWC teams will make the West Regional - Whitworth and Linfield, but I won't make a conference champion prediction.  I think PLU will/could be right there, they look to be very tough on the mound, but lost a lot of offense to graduation, and a very slick fielding shortstop.  But, I predict Linfield over PLU, as I just don't see Linfield having back-to-back sub-par (for their standards) seasons.  Raking/prepping fields for other squads while hosting the '12 West regional probably did not sit well.  However, maybe it could be Linfield/PLU making the regional.....or Whitworth/PLU.....I'm getting confused.

A factor in this season's race might be how some of the lower half teams have progressed, and can they shake-up the race by rising-up and taking a game here and there from a top-tier team?

I agree on your assessment on who will make the West Regional.

2 teams from NWC
2 teams from SCIAC
1 team from ASC
1 team from SCAC
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 06, 2013, 12:42:37 pm
I think Linfield will have a large group of live arms but I want to see what they can do with the bats this year.  The NWC is loaded and should be another great race.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 07, 2013, 06:29:07 pm
La Verne shelled Linfield today 6-0. Ugh.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 11, 2013, 12:19:36 pm
Mixed bag for the conference this past weekend.

Fox with a great start at 4-0. Almost 13 runs per game...wow.

PLU and Linfield both with solid starts.  Pacific and Whitworth have to be disappointed in their opening weekend...won't help their at-large bids.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on February 16, 2013, 12:25:51 pm
I never get too excited about early season Whitworth results. The first play of the CLU game was the first time they had played outside. As of a day or two ago there was still snow covering the outfield. Now they get the bottom half of the NWC and a weekend in Texas where they get some ASC and SCAC games. It's an opportunity to gain some confidence and then go into Texas and get some quality d-III wins.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on February 16, 2013, 03:15:37 pm
Yes, regarding Whitworth, I posted a similar thought to the General West Region Discussion forum regarding the slow start and tough eastern Washington weather this year.  Whitworth had a slow start last year, including a huge blowout loss to Pomona-Pitzer to start the year.  Absolutely no reason to believe they won't be right at the top of the standings come end of conference play.

How about G Fox sitting 5 - 0?  They outscored Cal Lu 9 to 1 over the final 4 or so innings of yesterday's game to log a comeback victory.  They are really scoring a ton of runs.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 19, 2013, 05:19:28 pm
Fox came down a little bit from their hot start.  L&C is ultra young and the results show it...yikes.

Going to try to make it out to the CCC/NWC challenge this weekend.  There should be a number of good games this weekend.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 22, 2013, 11:12:36 pm
'Cats took down PLU tonight 3-1 in a non-conference game at Linfield.

http://www.linfield.edu/sports/release.php?id=4820 (http://www.linfield.edu/sports/release.php?id=4820)

Aaron Thomassen (Soph.) moved to 2-0 on the season in only allowing 3 hits in 7 innnings.  Max Beatty took his first loss of the year (2-1).  Good win for Linfield.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 22, 2013, 11:44:12 pm
It is a good sign for Linfield when their #4 (possibly 3) has dominated two games to start the season. The staff will be pretty formidable this year. As long as the offense can continue to get clutch hits, like tonight, they will win a lot of games!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 23, 2013, 11:58:37 pm
It is a good sign for Linfield when their #4 (possibly 3) has dominated two games to start the season. The staff will be pretty formidable this year. As long as the offense can continue to get clutch hits, like tonight, they will win a lot of games!

A very good start for sure.  A team .333 avg is a big improvement so far over last year. Knock of OIT tomorrow and get ready for a big series with Pacific to open up NWC play.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 05, 2013, 12:24:30 pm
Not writing off Whitworth because I'm sure they'll round into shape once NWC play starts but I think it's win the NWC or stay home at this point.

NWC coaches were right about Pacific in their pre-season poll. 

A lot of baseball to be played so I'm not going to toot Linfield's horn too loudly but they look very strong this season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: LongBallGone on March 05, 2013, 03:04:19 pm
I agree wildcat11.

Whitworth's sluggish start isn't helping their case at the end of the year for an at-large bid if they don't win the conference title. I'll cut them a little slack considering their schedule thus far has included a pair of strong teams out of the SCIAC and Texas-Tyler who is deserving of a Top 25 ranking.

Linfield does look strong. Only used 5 (nearly 4) pitchers this weekend in a 3 game series and the starters only allowed 4 earned runs. Team ERA rose from 1.01 to 1.10 (still respectable I'd say  ;D). Offense is cashing in runs a lot more consistently than last year. Lot of season left though.

PLU and Fox can't be written off though. Fox can swing it and PLU has a solid nucleus of 4-5 pitchers that give them a great chance to win games and series.

I'm excited to see how things play out. The depth of this conference has really grown over the last few years. We saw that this weekend as Willamette took one from PLU and the other two games were decided by 1 run each. I think it's safe to say that anyone in this conference is capable of stealing a game here and there (especially after L&C nearly did against Fox).
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 05, 2013, 07:59:01 pm
I think it's safe to say that anyone in this conference is capable of stealing a game here and there (especially after L&C nearly did against Fox).

To me that's going to be the difference between winning the NWC title or not.  Limiting those losses to the lower half of the conference.  The conference has grown and that's a great thing for sure.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on March 10, 2013, 08:01:03 pm
Interesting weekend in the NWC.  It looks like the old days of an easy three game sweep versus the lower tier teams might be over?  Willamette looks very competitive, playing Linfield tight over the weekend, and taking game 3 on Sunday.  Whitman playing PLU very tough, taking game 2, losing game three 1-0, and leading game one into the 7th inning.  UPS took Whitworth into the 16th inning on Sunday, ultimately losing.  Pacific finally capturing their first win of the season, shutting out G. Fox on Sunday.  It's great to see the overall talent leveling a bit across schools.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 11, 2013, 04:44:50 pm
That's accurate...no weekends off.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on March 13, 2013, 01:21:40 pm
Whitworth with pretty predictable early season struggles due to the weather. Until they are much more talented or it stops snowing in Spokane, they will always struggle early in the year. But it does look like it's win the NWC or stay at home for them at this point.

One game may have been ugly but 3-0 is 3-0. @PLU and Linfield at home coming up on consecutive weekends. We'll know real quick if the Pirates can stay on top after last year's run.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on March 14, 2013, 07:05:31 pm
Who is better?

Linfield(12-3)
George Fox(12-5)
Pacific Lutheran(11-5)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on March 14, 2013, 08:17:11 pm
Who is better?

Linfield(12-3)
George Fox(12-5)
Pacific Lutheran(11-5)

Alright Crash, stirring the NWC pot a bit!  This year it has proven pretty difficult thus far to earn a weekend sweep in the NWC conference, as there is more talent across all teams.

Right now, on paper, Linfield looks to be the most balanced team.  PLU has superior pitching, particularly Beatty and Lubking, but is having trouble scoring runs.

I wouldn't leave Whitworth out of the equation just yet.  Whitworth is actually atop the NWC standings, as they had their conference bye-week already, and then swept a scrappy UPS squad.  Whitworth plays at PLU this weekend, then hosts Linfield the following, so that should help shake things out. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Spence on March 14, 2013, 09:06:44 pm
My top 25 has Linfield #1. Played solid competition and won most of the games.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 19, 2013, 07:37:04 pm
Who is better?

Linfield(12-3)
George Fox(12-5)
Pacific Lutheran(11-5)

Too much season left to answer that question and you can add Whitworth to that list.  Their season isn't over and will bring it this weekend vs Linfield up in Spokane.  If the 'Cats take care of business it will be a big hurdle cleared.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on March 23, 2013, 08:59:46 pm
Interesting day today.  UPS takes two from PLU.  UPS is a scrappy squad this year.  Linfield takes two from Whitworth, manhandling them in game two.  Whitman split with GF, winning 3-2 in game one on a on a walk-off hit, then losing game two in the 10th, after relinquishing a 1-0 lead with two outs in the 9th on a run-scoring wild pitch/passed ball. 

No easy days at the park in the NWC this year.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 24, 2013, 12:46:46 am
Interesting day today.  UPS takes two from PLU.  UPS is a scrappy squad this year.  Linfield takes two from Whitworth, manhandling them in game two.  Whitman split with GF, winning 3-2 in game one on a on a walk-off hit, then losing game two in the 10th, after relinquishing a 1-0 lead with two outs in the 9th on a run-scoring wild pitch/passed ball. 

No easy days at the park in the NWC this year.

Yup.  Linfield needs to get that sweep tomorrow.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on March 24, 2013, 11:55:33 am
While not of interest in the league leaders race, LC finally got its first conference win over Willamette... Making it a very interesting weekend for that team.  ;D
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 24, 2013, 05:53:46 pm
With the sweep Linfield still maintains their slight NWC lead at the 1/2 way point and sends Whitworth into a tie for 5th.

We learned that we can win on a national level. We belong there, that Whitworth baseball is going to continue to go to Appleton year in and year out"

Whitworth Head Coach Dan Ramsay (May 31, 2012)

Yup.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on March 24, 2013, 06:49:10 pm
Whitman beats George Fox 7-5 to win the series (Their first NWC series win since last March).

Linfield now has a two game lead over the 2nd place Bruins.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Spence on March 24, 2013, 07:10:08 pm
Interesting day today.  UPS takes two from PLU.  UPS is a scrappy squad this year.  Linfield takes two from Whitworth, manhandling them in game two.  Whitman split with GF, winning 3-2 in game one on a on a walk-off hit, then losing game two in the 10th, after relinquishing a 1-0 lead with two outs in the 9th on a run-scoring wild pitch/passed ball. 

No easy days at the park in the NWC this year.

Yup.  Linfield needs to get that sweep tomorrow.

For me, Linfield is the #1 team at this time by some margin. Playing very very well against a solid schedule.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on March 30, 2013, 12:49:11 pm
Somebody better break it to Brosius this is a football school.  :)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on March 30, 2013, 01:30:44 pm
Somebody better break it to Brosius this is a football school.  :)

Not really...How many times has baseball times have won and headed to the NCAA championship series in Appleton. Seems baseball has been getting deeper more in the playoffs than football has.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on March 30, 2013, 10:39:49 pm
Somebody better break it to Brosius this is a football school.  :)

No offense but the best DIII football teams would be CREAMED by a mid major D1 football team, and the best DIII baseball teams would give most mid major D1 teams a game day in and day out.



Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 31, 2013, 12:40:57 am
Linfield's lead shrinks to a single game as the 'Cats drop one to UPS and Fox sweeps Whitworth (Rats have just fallen off the map this year).  Fox and Linfield both have PLU but I have a feeling the conference title is going to come down to that Linfield/Fox series.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on March 31, 2013, 08:32:04 am
...and I was being facetious having read the NWC basketball board recently.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: playball on March 31, 2013, 08:42:29 am
Somebody better break it to Brosius this is a football school.  :)

He is being sarcastic.  He doesn't like to add much to conversation besides outdated views on Linfield, which in turn, he probably hasn't been on campus in many years.  Its tough to have two cents about anything being so far removed and enjoying the retired life in Orange County.

Now, time for something that will add to the boards.

I am surprised that Whitworth has fallen off this year. However, with a big year they had last year (Overachieved?) They most likely won't see benefits of recruiting from it for a couple years.  Freshmen sometimes make big differences however, not very often.

In breaking news, Linfield pitching finally gave up a homerun.  Usually not a huge deal, but this was a grandslam late in the game (8th inning).  Tough break for Huckins and tough break for Speyer's ERA.  The Linfield-Fox series will decide the conference champion per usual.  I'm glad things are getting back to normal after last years missed playoffs.  Hopefully neither team will overlook their PLU series and Fox needs to watch out for UPS, who seems to be sneakily good some weekends.

As for D3 baseball challenging mid majors, that is completely justifiable.  It owes to how the game is.  One bad pitch, one hop going either way, some pitcher being a little off, or whatever it may be allows for anyone to beat anyone on any given day (However cliche that is, its true!) 

Predictions: Fox will lose one game in each of the next two series and will need to sweep Linfield in the final conference series of the season.  Flashback: Fox was put in this same position a couple of years ago and almost pulled it off save for Linfield figuring it out in the last game.  I love this time of year.

Last thing:Wylie for MVP?  The kid is on fire

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on March 31, 2013, 11:14:04 am
Whitworth definitely didn't get "lucky" last year. Overacheived, yeah it certainly seems like it.

They just aren't getting the production from as many people in the lineup this year and the pitching hasn't been as reliable. They were out of it after the Linfield series, but GF was icing on the proverbial cake.

They have a bunch of winnable games left. Just need to get through the rest of conference play and finish in the top half to maintain whatever confidence this team had heading into this year. Hopefully a steady HC, good recruiting, and a remodeled facility help them to be more consistent so that they can be thrown in with Linfield, GF, and PLU as yearly contenders. Would hate to see them go back to the league cellar-dwellers that they've been in the past.

I guess I'll just have to be content with a 6th straight all-sports trophy  :-\
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 01, 2013, 12:42:56 am
I guess I'll just have to be content with a 6th straight all-sports trophy  :-\

HAHAHAHA. You're a gem, Rat.  :D

D O.C......I'll see you up at the 'Catdome this fall (multiple time) just like I have for years and years.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 01, 2013, 02:13:01 am
I remember slipping on my ass in Whitewater too. :-*
Perhaps the heat of Thousand Oaks blotted that memory out.
I've always got Redlands to fall back on.
But let's get back to baseball...all the Chapman / LINFIELD Regionals I watched years ago down here in Orange always came down to opportunities seized and risks taken. LINFIELD now takes risks. I like that-as a fan.
Do they have the pitching necessary for the Midwest tournament? I expect so. Ranked #1 with 4 losses is a hint.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: playball on April 06, 2013, 08:01:14 pm
Listening to the Linfield/PLU game online and these guys doing the broadcast are quality!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Gig Harbor Cat on April 07, 2013, 09:08:23 am
Watched the Cats beat PLU yesterday afternoon, had em 12-0 until they had one of those innings.  Anyway, they got it done.  I left after the first game, raining pretty hard, AM today and its pouring outside, hope they catch a weather break so they can get it wrapped up.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: playball on April 07, 2013, 05:25:00 pm
Tough break for the cats.  Ran in to a buzz saw in that PLU pitcher today and just couldn't get the bats going today.  Great outing in holding Linfield to only 1 run.  Impressive
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on April 07, 2013, 07:48:56 pm
No shame for Linfield.  Lubking is one of the top, if not the top lefty in the entire West Region.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 08, 2013, 12:26:41 am
No shame for Linfield.  Lubking is one of the top, if not the top lefty in the entire West Region.

Interesting to save Lubking for game 3 of the series.  All three of Linfield losses in NWC play have come during game 3 of each weekend..  We already knew it before but it's all going to come down to the Linfield/Fox series.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on April 08, 2013, 12:39:31 am
How deep is their staff Wildcat come Regionals? Linfield looks solid but always losing game 3 might be troublesome come tournament time.

I guess Whitworth is officially dead now.  :(
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 08, 2013, 11:41:45 am
How deep is their staff Wildcat come Regionals? Linfield looks solid but always losing game 3 might be troublesome come tournament time.

I guess Whitworth is officially dead now.  :(

Brandon ('Cats game 3 starter) does have a solid 2.86 ERA.  I think he's a great 3rd option.  The 'Cats just ran into a great performance yesterday and the pen was blew one the previous weekend (it happens).  Linfield has to take the Fox series before anything else but this weekend should be a good test of the 'Cats pitching depth.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Piobark on April 08, 2013, 04:12:23 pm
No shame for Linfield.  Lubking is one of the top, if not the top lefty in the entire West Region.

Interesting to save Lubking for game 3 of the series.  All three of Linfield losses in NWC play have come during game 3 of each weekend..  We already knew it before but it's all going to come down to the Linfield/Fox series.

LC saved their best for game 3 this week as well - Strombom is by far their best pitcher. They have done this a couple of times. it completely makes sense especially for a weaker team.

Speaking of LC, I can't remember the last time they took two series in a single season - definitely a major accomplishment for the team.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 08, 2013, 05:54:00 pm
Speaking of LC, I can't remember the last time they took two series in a single season - definitely a major accomplishment for the team.

Good for L&C.  Don't think they've hit the double digit win mark for at least 5 seasons and are pretty close right now.

Whitworth...from Appleton to the NWC cellar.  ouch.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on April 08, 2013, 07:13:45 pm
Just hunted down an update from Tacoma, George Fox just won the suspended-from-Saturday-by-darkness/rain Game 2 over Puget Sound.  Postponed Game 3 in-progress now, but no update yet.  G. Fox now 1/2 back in NWC standings, and with another win today, they are tied with Linfield.

Wow what a race!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on April 08, 2013, 09:24:07 pm
George Fox won the last game 16-6. So they are now tied with Linfield. Each team has two series remaining.

George Fox hosts PLU then ends their league play @ Linfield (for the league championship.
Linfield travels down California this week and the hosts Fox before ending their league play at Lewis and Clark.

This thing is going to be great down to the wire.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 09, 2013, 11:25:22 am
Very close race in the NWC

http://www.nwcsports.com/sports/bsb/index

What are the tie breakers?

In past years the NWC has not got a Pool C bid, will this year be different?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 09, 2013, 11:59:04 am
In past years the NWC has not got a Pool C bid, will this year be different?

A few years ago I would say no but over the past year the NWC has received deserved Pool C bids in other sports (Football, Softball, Women's hoops) but as a general rule of thumb if you're depending on a committee to provide you with an at-large bid then be prepared to be disappointed.

Pool A or bust.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: playball on April 09, 2013, 04:23:52 pm
In past years the NWC has not got a Pool C bid, will this year be different?

A few years ago I would say no but over the past year the NWC has received deserved Pool C bids in other sports (Football, Softball, Women's hoops) but as a general rule of thumb if you're depending on a committee to provide you with an at-large bid then be prepared to be disappointed.

Pool A or bust.

That should be the mindset of course, but is there any way one of the teams receive a Pool C bid?  If Linfield doesn't take care of business and somehow slips to 2nd I feel as if their body of work and ranking (I know, not computer but by people and thus not looked at by the selection committee) they would deserve a spot.

Either way, every game from here on out will carry even that much more importance!  Best kind of baseball!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on April 12, 2013, 12:58:06 pm
Big weekend for NWC leaders George Fox and Linfield.

Fox hosts PLU which could have big implications for next weekend's showdown between Fox and Linfield. Fox can make a big statement this weekend if they can sweep PLU, but that will be far easier said than done. I see them running into a similar problem that Linfield faced with not being able to get past both Beatty and Lubking. I predict Fox taking 2 of 3.

Linfield is heading down South to play Pomona and La Verne which could play a big role in determining the West Regional Rankings and Pool C bids. Linfield's pitching depth should finally be tested after this weekend and if they come away winning at least 3 of the 4 then they put themselves in a good position for a Pool C bid (if they don't win the NWC) (IMO).

Hopefully both teams fare well so the championship is decided next weekend @ Linfield! (And so 2 teams from the NWC punch a ticket to Austin)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 15, 2013, 12:06:31 am
Linfield vs Fox for the NWC marbles next weekend. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on April 15, 2013, 12:55:45 am
I now know what it feels like to be a Florida St football fan. So much preseason hope...turned to complete and utter despair  :'(
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 15, 2013, 02:11:33 am
I now know what it feels like to be a Florida St football fan. So much preseason hope...turned to complete and utter despair  :'(

From the penthouse to the outhouse.   :-\
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 18, 2013, 11:26:43 am
Huge baseball weekend at Linfield.  Should be a great crowd with so much on the line.  Can't wait to see how it plays out.  Go 'Cats!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on April 20, 2013, 08:42:39 pm
Has the fat lady sung in the Northwest?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on April 20, 2013, 08:56:17 pm
Yes, " Die Walkure" is done.  Even if Fox wins tomorrow, Lewis and Clark would need to sweep Linfield next week.  Concievably L&C could take a game, but sweep?  No.

Will Fox's resume still earn a Pool C?  I hope  so.....
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 21, 2013, 01:30:33 am
Has the fat lady sung in the Northwest?

Today was a great day to be a Wildcat.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on April 21, 2013, 10:27:17 am
Congrats looking forward to seeing the team in Austin.

From Whitworth's perspective I was thinking "La traviata" would be more appropriate.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 24, 2013, 03:28:45 pm
Not bad for a football school.

<what? You just wake up from a long Spring nap?>

In fact, YES, I DID.   ;D
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 27, 2013, 07:21:02 pm
SAT.
L&C 0
L 4
bottom of the 4th
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 29, 2013, 11:54:34 am
Congrats to the 'Cats on finishing the NWC with a 21-3 record.  Domination.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on May 02, 2013, 12:54:03 am
Now that conference play has wrapped up it's time to honor this year's top performers in the NWC. I took a crack at predicting what the teams may look like, but I wouldn't be surprised if I forgot about someone (my apologies if so).


1st team-
C - Josh Rapacz (George Fox) (.475, 4 HR, 25 RBI, 23 R)
1B - Derek Dixon (George Fox) (.398 AVG, 4 HR, 25 RBI, 24 R)
2B - Tim Wilson (Linfield) (.421 AVG, 2 HR, 32 R, 17 SB)
3B - Jeremy Druffel (Whitworth) (.340 AVG, 14 R, 21 RBI, 1 HR)
SS - Corey VanDomelen (Linfield) (.356 AVG, 24 R, 8 SB)
OF - Kramer Lindell (Linfield) (.402 AVG, 1 HR, 11 2B, 17 RBI)
OF - Jake Wylie (Linfield) (.402 AVG, 43 RBI, 12 2B, 5 HR)
OF - Tyler Pfeffer (Whitworth) (.415 AVG, 20 RBI, 8 2B, 14 R)
OF - Nick Fisher (Linfield) (.337 AVG, 22 RBI, 3 HR, 21 R)
UTL - Lucas Stone (UPS) (3-1, 3 SV, 1.82 ERA, .358 AVG, 11 2B)
DH - Danny Clifford (George Fox)  (.432 AVG, 2 HR, 11 2B, 27 RBI)
SP - Chris Haddeland (Linfield) (8-0, .98 ERA, 5 CG)
SP - Aaron Thomassen (Linfield) (7-0, 1.86 ERA, 44 K)
SP - Matt Delegato (Pacific) (7-1, 1.71 ERA, 5 CG)
SP - Clay Gartner (George Fox) (6-1, 2.25 ERA, 4 CG)
RP - Justin Huckins (Linfield) (2-1, 1.69 ERA, 4 SV)

2nd team-
C - Curtis Wildung (PLU) (.288 AVG, 1 HR)
1B - Guerhard Muelheims (Whitworth) (.393 AVG, 21 R)
2B - Cameron Young (Whitman) (.365 AVG, 1 HR)
3B - Drew Oord (PLU) (.421 AVG, 14 R, 7 2B)
SS - Nick Motsinger (Whitworth) (.267 AVG, 21 R)
OF - Eric Hyun (L&C) (.396 AVG, 17 R)
OF - Walker Olis (Pacific) (.337 AVG, 4 HR)
OF - Tosh Semlacher (WU) (.295 AVG, 4 HR, 18 R)
OF - Michael Arakaki (Pacific) (.391 AVG, 19 R)
UTL - Hunter Gallant (WU) (.337 AVG, 1 HR, 18 RBI)
DH - Kyle Moyes (Whitman) (.261 AVG, 6 HR, 17 RBI)
SP - Trevor Lubking (PLU) (4-3, 2.70 ERA, 68 K)
SP - Max Beatty (PLU) (5-3, 2.95 ERA, 58 K)
SP - Matt Robinson (UPS) (3-5, 2.60 ERA, 44 K)
SP - Spencer Hobson (Whitman) (3-2, 2.36 ERA, 31 K)
RP - Aj Konopaski (PLU) (1-0, 4 SV, 1.20 ERA)

Potential Alternatives-

P - Rob Dittrick (Pacific), Zach Brandon (Linfield), Connor Harris (George Fox), Tom Zarosinski (George Fox)
2B - Danny Jordan (Whitworth)
OF - Timothy Williams (George Fox), Connor Savage (UPS), Charlie Gaff (Pacific)
DH - Clayton Truex (Linfield), Mike Kinkenon (L&C)



And the BIG AWARDS go to.....

Player of the Year - Tim Wilson (Linfield)
Pitcher of the Year - Chris Haddeland (Linfield)
Coach of the Year - Scott Brosius (Linfield)

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on May 02, 2013, 10:12:16 am
Good list NW.  Maybe Wylie for POY?  His offensive numbers are eye-popping.

Brosius will win Coach of Year, I'm sure, but "honorable mentions" are deserved for Coach Swick at Willamette for a surprising 3rd place finish, and 1st year Coach Kinney at Whitman, who has led his squad to their highest win total in decades.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 04, 2013, 03:57:12 pm
4-0 LINFIELD  in the 5th over nolutes on 2 hits  from Lewiston, ID.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 04, 2013, 05:50:44 pm
LINFIELD 7-3



Lewis and Clark State....NAIA school.

Division III is not just using their nice stadium for a pre DIII playoff tournament, L&C State has a baseball history reminiscent of LINFIELD THE STREAK..

Interesting.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 04, 2013, 10:47:39 pm
To what I referred before the L&C St. shellacking....

http://www.lcsc.edu/athletics/baseball/ (http://www.lcsc.edu/athletics/baseball/)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Lancers22 on May 07, 2013, 03:07:28 pm
Official NWC awards in D3 news link. Congratulations to all players given recognition!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: cat_fan_08 on May 12, 2013, 12:20:27 am
So what is the west Regional going to look like this year? I assume it will be one of the toughest again as usual.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 15, 2013, 02:59:26 pm
Yes, toughest.

LINFIELD gets a good start by shutting out Texas Lutheran 2-0.

Personally totally forgot the game was Central time and just checked in now.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 16, 2013, 06:52:34 pm
Pomona home team behind 3-8 going into top of the ninth way down in Texas.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on May 22, 2013, 11:09:52 am
Huge congrats to Tim Wilson, Jake Wylie, and Chris Haddeland; all three were named First Team All-Americans.

Haddeland was named National Pitcher of The Year. (And you get to see the sophomore for two more years!)

The scary thing is Linfield doesn't graduate a single pitcher on their staff, and they return 6 offensive starters (including their 2,3,4,5,6 hitters).

Good luck in the World Series!

(Also, congratulations to Josh Rapacz from Fox. He was also a First Team All-American!)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 22, 2013, 03:33:35 pm
Yes, congrats to all the NWC All Americans selected this year.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on May 22, 2013, 04:02:08 pm
Huge congrats to Tim Wilson, Jake Wylie, and Chris Haddeland; all three were named First Team All-Americans.

Haddeland was named National Pitcher of The Year. (And you get to see the sophomore for two more years!)

The scary thing is Linfield doesn't graduate a single pitcher on their staff, and they return 6 offensive starters (including their 2,3,4,5,6 hitters).

Good luck in the World Series!

(Also, congratulations to Josh Rapacz from Fox. He was also a First Team All-American!)

WOW.....I guess if they stay healthy they can be doing a return trip in 2014 to Appleton.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: playball on May 26, 2013, 12:04:46 am
Linfield doing the NWC proud by whomping Southern Maine today 10-1!  Go Cats!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 26, 2013, 05:19:59 pm
Next!

How many games has LINFIELD played under the lights this year?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 26, 2013, 10:23:09 pm
They can win there too. No problem.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: dahlby on May 26, 2013, 10:47:57 pm
No doubt why LC is ranked #1. Impressive comeback. Now the guys just need to follow thru and
win it all. Good luck, you should be proud of yourselves!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on May 26, 2013, 11:12:08 pm
Come on Linfield.  Two more wins.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 26, 2013, 11:27:22 pm
That was crazy.  Been a great team to follow this season no matter what happens in the next two days.  Go 'Cats!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 27, 2013, 10:26:08 am
'Cat fans who want to wallow on your back in the sunshine before today's game should go to LINFIELD baseball website and watch the video highlights for a more intimate look at the UWSP game.

http://www.linfield.edu/sports/teampage.php?sport=bb (http://www.linfield.edu/sports/teampage.php?sport=bb)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: playball on May 27, 2013, 12:16:04 pm
I'm sad to say this, but Linfield Superfan Arnold "Arnie" Owens passed away yesterday while in Appleton, Wisconsin.   I know I have said some disparaging things about Scott Carnahan on and off here, but yesterday he did one of the most touching things.  He gave the game ball to Arnie's widow who was at the game.  Good on you Carnahan.  R.I.P. Arnie, you will forever be missed by many in the community.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 27, 2013, 05:18:54 pm
Applaud.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: d-train on May 28, 2013, 07:19:21 pm
Congrats Linfield!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: ECSUalum on May 28, 2013, 07:24:20 pm
Congratulations to Scott Brosius and the Linfield College Wildcats on their first National Championship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 28, 2013, 07:27:41 pm
What a ride.  Congrats to the 'Cats on their 1st NCAA National Title and program's 3rd overall National Title (2 NAIA).

Just bursting with pride in being a Wildcat.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on May 28, 2013, 07:28:06 pm
Pretty good for a football school.  ;D
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ron Boerger on May 28, 2013, 07:31:59 pm
Congratulations Linfield ... and my what you bring back next year!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on May 28, 2013, 09:07:28 pm
Congrats to Linfield. Well done!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: badgerwarhawk on May 29, 2013, 11:14:57 am
Congrats Linfield
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on May 29, 2013, 04:21:32 pm
Just going to echo everybody's comments on here and say Congrats Linfield. Job well done on an incredible season! All I can say is it's scary that they are only losing 4 seniors this year and none of which are pitchers. If this team keeps up the hard work there is a pretty good chance we will be seeing them again in Appleton next year for a shot at defending the title.

Kudos Linfield (Tipping my cap to ya)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: voice on May 29, 2013, 05:48:07 pm
Linfield entered the postseason as the odds-on favorite to win the title.  They waded thru an extremely tough Austin, Texas regional and never took their foot off the accelerator up in Appleton.  Living up to the hype is very difficult.  They did it with style and class.  Way to go Wildcats!!!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on January 15, 2014, 06:09:31 pm
Looks like a Puget Sound baseball player made a cameo in this California news report about a Little League Coach suing one of his own players.  1:13 mark.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDOIHBBwfWs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDOIHBBwfWs)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on January 22, 2014, 04:31:19 pm
Opening week is almost here so I think it is time to start heating things up on here after a long and quiet winter!

Conference predictions/outlook:

1. Linfield (42-8) - The defending National Champs are a no-brainer for the preseason top pick, but defending their title will be far from easy. Linfield returns their entire pitching staff that boasted a season ERA of 2.64. Offensively, the biggest change to the team is the loss of All-American Tim Wilson who hit over .400 in all 3 of his seasons at Linfield. The bulk of their lineup returns however which includes All-West performers Nick Fisher and Jake Wylie. The Cats start their season in Arizona and have a 3-game set with Pomona-Pitzer that highlight their non-conference schedule. 2014 has the makings of being another special season for the Wildcat faithful as they pursuit a return trip to Appleton.

2. George Fox (26-12) - I have said it multiple times on here, Fox was good enough to be in attendance at the West Regional last season. Getting swept by Linfield in their last conference series surely didn’t help their argument however. Fox should give Linfield some stable competition thanks to returning All-West Catcher Josh Rapacz and two other solid middle of the lineup hitters in Derek Dixon and Danny Clifford. The pitching staff should be anchored by Tom Zarosinski and Taylor Dunn (former #2 starter who missed last season with an arm injury). They also boast a strong recruiting class mixed with juco players and some standout freshman. Fox’s 2014 schedule opens up in Arizona and includes a 3-game set with Occidental and a single game verse Pomona. Hopefully it works out this year that both Fox and Linfield will be representing the NWC in the West Regional.

3. Pacific Lutheran (22-18) - Coach Loomis has to feel good about some of the key pieces that he brings back from last year’s club. The Lutes were young last year offensively and it definitely showed by their record (and considering the talent they have in their pitching staff). Offensively, they return 1st Team NWC performers Drew Oord and Curtis Wildung as well as Dominick Courcy who missed the last half of the season with an injury. I believe Trevor Lubking is one of the most talented lefties in the country with a FB that sits mid 80’s and I saw it top out at least at 89 last year. He will be the anchor of the staff, but should receive some help from top reliever AJ Konopaski and juniors Collin Nilson and Chris Bishop who both are coming off poor sophomore campaigns. PLU will be in Arizona (will also play Linfield down there -- will we see Lubking vs. Haddeland Round 1??) and also have a trip to California that features Claremont, Pomona, and Cal Lutheran.

4. Willamette (20-20) - As far as I’m concerned I see the 4-8 teams in the NWC as interchangeable. I think history will continue for these teams where they will exchange some blows throughout the year and will occasionally knock off one of the teams on the top. I like Willamette here just because offensively they always find a way to get it done and they return Tosh Semlacher (.304 avg, 7 HR’s) and Hunter Gallant (.365 avg). Coach Swick (a former pitcher at Cal) has had trouble recruiting top arms, but the pitching staff does return Peter Hoffman who had a solid 2013 campaign. Willamette opens up down in Claremont which highlights their non-conference schedule.

5. Whitworth (14-25-1) - I was really surprised by Whitworth’s 2013 campaign following a trip to Appleton. The pitching staff was abysmal aside from Scheibe and the lineup wasn’t nearly as deep as the year before. Tyler Pfeffer and Gerhard Muelheims will need to anchor their lineup again in 2014, but they are going to need a lot more help from the bottom of the order. Scheibe should have another solid year on the mound, but they will need more from Blumenthal and Scourcey if they want to contend for the title. Cory Mack (former pitcher at Seattle Univ.) will be a great addition to the pitching staff along with position player Matt Miller (transfer from OIT). Whitworth will be taking a couple trips down to California to go against Whittier (3), Pomona (3), Cal Lu (1), and Oxy (1). We will find out in February if the Pirates are back to their 2012 form.

6. Whitman (16-22) - I really like the potential of this 2014 Missionary club and guarantee some of the top dogs in the conference are going to get more than they can handle against this team. They only lost 3 seniors from last year’s squad and only one of which saw significant playing time on the mound. Offensively they return Young, Cohen, Moyes, and Buckham to anchor the middle of that lineup. On the mound, Spencer Hobson is turning into one of the premier pitchers in the West Region and Brett Lambert should be a formidable #2 starter if he can stay healthy. The Missionaries open in Arizona before a trip to Texas that features Hendrix, UTD, Schriener, and Hardin-Simmons.

7. Puget Sound (17-23) - The Loggers had a pretty young squad in 2013, but they lose some key pieces of the puzzle in senior pitchers Matt Robinson and Nathan Aguiar. Lucas Stone is an all-league utility player who should be the Loggers leading hitter and ace. Connor Savage and Jeff Walton will also be critical pieces in the lineup. UPS will join Whitman in Texas in the 2nd week of the season.

8. Pacific (17-23) - Pacific loses their ace Rob Dittrick and top hitters Michael Arakaki and Trux French which will all be big shoes to fill. I believe I read  somewhere last year that Matt Delegato (1st team starting pitcher) had an extra year of eligibility that he considered using this year? I’m not sure how accurate that was, but if it’s true then he will give the Boxers a much needed impact starter. Walker Olis returns after a strong freshman campaign and he should be the Boxers top hitter in 14’.

9. Lewis and Clark (9-31) - I envision it being another rough year for the Pioneers who are capable of stealing a few games here and there from some of these teams, but it probably won’t be enough to get them out of the cellar.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on January 22, 2014, 05:02:04 pm
NWBF10,

+1.  Great thoughts and breakdown.  Love the baseball this conference plays.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on January 22, 2014, 09:32:49 pm
I agree about as thorough a summary as you can get. Nice job NWBaseball.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on January 30, 2014, 09:53:24 am
+1!  NWB.  Welcome to the boards for the 2014 season.  Keep those comments coming. We readers from outside the NWC like to hear multiple opinions.  Thx.

My first prediction off the record...

The NWC gets a Pool C bid this year unless the team(s) shoot(s) themselves in the foot, big time!

Off the record, I thought that TLU deserved to get the Pool C bid. They won the regular season title of the 7-team ASC West. They lost to UTT in the ASC "play-in" tourney.

[For years, I lamented how the ASC had enough teams (14 or 15) to qualify for 2 Pool A bids in most sports, but the NCAA changed the rule in the early 2000's to prevent the ASC from doing what the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC, MAC Freedom and MAC Commonwealth Conferences) had done.  As a result, they would have conference tourney that would occasionally eliminate a very good team by inflicting 2 more losses.]
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on January 30, 2014, 12:25:00 pm
Ralph, I would agree with both of those statements.

Fox shot themselves in the foot last season when they were swept by Linfield in their final league series. The Bruins definitely had their opportunities in those meetings as well, but they couldn't capitalize (One game they led 1-0 going into the bottom of the 8th and the other was a 1-1 game that Linfield walked off with in the bottom of the 13th). I do not necessarily believe that Fox deserved the Pool C bid last year, but I do believe they were one of the top teams in the West. Many will probably disagree, but I think Fox was the third best team in the West behind Linfield and Trinity.

Winning the regular season ASC West Title carried a lot of weight to help TLU's resume and they certainly showed that they could compete in the Regional (losing 2-0 to Linfield and 4-3 to Cal Lu). It'll be interesting to see how they fair this coming season in the SCAC.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on February 03, 2014, 11:37:00 am
Some NWC teams already in action as PLU plays a DH against NAIA Concordia today, and Whitman split a DH Saturday against NAIA Corban, losing game one 4 - 1, and winning the second, 10 - 8.  An upbeat start for Whitman, considering Corban went 13 - 6 versus NWC teams last season.  Looking forward to next weekend when pretty much everyone is in action against D3 competition.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 06, 2014, 11:55:01 pm
Hey guys, just wanted to give you a quick link to my blog that I will try to keep updated throughout the year... It pretty much focuses on NWC Baseball.

http://collegeballnw.wordpress.com/

I am planning to release a preseason All-NWC team tomorrow.

Be sure to check in often  :)

Edt: Also, I uploaded the PLU Home Run from their 1-0 victory over the weekend: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Xv44tk-9Zc
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on February 07, 2014, 01:10:42 pm
Looking forward to following your blog this year Westside

Well opening weekend for most of the teams in the NWC is finally here  ;D This first weekend features a number of games between NWC and SCIAC teams so there should be a lot of good headlines through Sunday. Here's a quick and brief preview.

1. Linfield opens their 2014 campaign in Arizona as they pursuit a return trip to Appleton to defend their title. They open up with La Verne who handed the Wildcats a 6-0 loss in this same game last season (only loss Haddeland had all year).

2. George Fox opens with Whittier in Arizona as they look to try and bolster their resume so they aren't left sitting at home for the Regional in May.

3. PLU opens with a good-hitting Redlands squad. It will be interesting to see who gets the nod for them in the opener (Lubking or Mahlum)

4. Whitworth heads south to Cali to start a 3-game set with Pomona-Pitzer and then a single game verse Oxy. Great opportunity for Whitworth to show they can regain their 2012 championship form.

5. Whitman opens up with Whittier in Arizona. Would love to see the Missionairies come away either .500 or better on the trip.

6. Willamette begins a 4-game series with Claremont. Can help bolster the overall strength of the NWC if WU can have a good showing.

7. UPS has a 3-game series with D2 Saint Martin's starting Saturday.

8. Pacific has a pair of games verse Lewis and Clark and Corban (NAIA) on Sunday

9. L&C has the same schedule as Pacific


Good luck to all!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 07, 2014, 02:01:54 pm
Thanks NWBaseball,

Anyway, here is the link to my preseason NWC Squad: http://collegeballnw.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/preseason-all-northwest-conference-team/

You will recognize a lot of players that were on last year's end of the season team. This conference brought back a lot.

Let me know what you guys think, and where you agree or disagree.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 07, 2014, 05:55:42 pm
Article on Whitman:

http://whitmanpioneer.com/sports/2014/02/06/baseball-looks-to-take-next-step-towards-contention/ (http://whitmanpioneer.com/sports/2014/02/06/baseball-looks-to-take-next-step-towards-contention/)

“We obviously want to win as many games as we possibly can, but we are really focused on taking down Linfield,” said Senior Pitcher Brett Lambert.

.....take a number Brett.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 07, 2014, 06:35:47 pm
Opening day for a lot of teams:

George Fox 13, Whittier 1. Bruins score 12 runs in 6th-8th innings to beat Poets.

Linfield 8, La Verne 7. Linfield blows a 6-run lead, but wins as a bases loaded single ends it in the 9th.

PLU 4, Redlands 3. PLU wins a tight one, stranding the tying run on base.

Good day so far for the NWC.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 07, 2014, 07:53:16 pm
Glad they're getting in games down in Az because it wouldn't be happening up here.

http://instagram.com/p/kIKnRmp6eh/ (http://instagram.com/p/kIKnRmp6eh/)

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on February 07, 2014, 07:57:00 pm
Few other scores from the NWC:

Whitworth is up 12-7 over Pomona (taking advantage of 7 unearned runs) and Willamette is up 16-6 in the 9th over Claremont as well.

Shaping out to be a great first day for the conference
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 08, 2014, 02:34:55 pm
Early morning scores from Arizona:

George Fox beats Redlands 12-1.

Linfield beats PLU 5-2.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on February 09, 2014, 01:29:42 pm
Wah. wah wah, wah.  :-X
Stretch Internet is going to charge me $5.00 to see a baseball game this season.
No thanks. Stretch Internet may not be as big a fish as Target but the less I expose my credit cards information, the better.
Wah!!!!!!  :'(


'CATS!!!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 09, 2014, 01:48:01 pm
Not missing out on much. Linfield is beating Whittier 13-0 in the 5th inning. Not sure if there have been more Linfield extra base hits or Whittier errors...
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on February 09, 2014, 03:47:53 pm
16-0 is a good score.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 10, 2014, 11:48:24 pm
Strong opening weekend of baseball for the NWC. Whitman and Fox put up some huge numbers, and everyone played well.

Here is my NWC Team of The Week: http://collegeballnw.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/northwest-conference-team-of-the-week-1/
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on February 11, 2014, 12:23:55 pm
I was a little surprised the NWC left out Mahlum (PLU) on their list. The freshman was 2-0 with 12.2 IP, 16 K's, and 0 runs last week for the Lutes. It looks like Loomis was able to recruit a solid #2 starter to compliment Lubking this season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on February 11, 2014, 12:53:58 pm
Very successful weekend for the NWC in Arizona.  However, The Arizona Classic is unfortunately not as "classic" as it used to be.  Previous iterations of this event consistently comprised of 4 NWC,  4 SCIAC and 3-4 Texas squads.  This year it dwindled to 4 NWC and only 3 SCIAC, thus each NWC squad had to play a game against against another NWC foe.  I'm sure the NWC coaches would prefer this to not occur in the future.

I would have liked to have seen Emory travel to Arizona last weekend, rather than So Cal...

However, this situation did result in the weekend ending with a tense and wildly entertaining G. Fox/Whitman match up, with Fox prevailing 11-9.  Whitman left the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th, with that inning featuring a Cameron Young blast that was caught above the top of the left-center fence, and a Braff Sac Fly that was caught right at the wall.  Whitman's Braff ended the weekend batting well over .500, with 3 HR and 13 RBI.  He could have easily approached 20 RBI, as he absolutely crushed balls right at people for outs twice with the bases loaded, and narrowly missed 2 more HR on balls caught at the fence.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 11, 2014, 01:01:47 pm
I was a little surprised the NWC left out Mahlum (PLU) on their list. The freshman was 2-0 with 12.2 IP, 16 K's, and 0 runs last week for the Lutes. It looks like Loomis was able to recruit a solid #2 starter to compliment Lubking this season.

I've never put too much stock into the NWC Student-Athlete of the Week awards...I'm not a huge fan of the spread it out process vs actual best performances, IMO.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 13, 2014, 01:33:23 am
Three takeaways from the first weekend in the NWC:

1) Whitman's offense is for real.

2) PLU's pitching performs from start to finish.

3) George Fox's Rapacz brothers were born with bats in their hands.

You can read about my thoughts here: http://collegeballnw.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/around-the-northwest/
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on February 13, 2014, 09:44:20 pm
Ok, weekend baseball coming up for the NWC.  Most teams are playing NAIA schools, however it is a really huge weekend I think for Whitman, as they are in Texas for five games in four days against D3 competition. (UT Dallas, Hendrix, Hardin-Simmons, DH vs. Schreiner)

This will be the second road trip weekend in a row for the team, which given the arduous travel out of Walla Walla, adds to the challenge.  A strong showing I think will kind of solidify their status as a team that really needs to be thought about in the NWC, which if you are a tenured Whitman fan, is quite a statement indeed.

Whitman defeated UT Dallas and Hardin-Simmons last season, so these guys will be ready for redemption.  I don't know anything about Hendrix or Schreiner.

My early observations about this team, a team that seems to be catching some attention and intrigue this season:

They have a potential 1st Team All Conference pitcher in Sr. Brett Lambert.  He just needs to stay healthy, but his stuff was absolutely electric in Arizona last weekend.  It's probably been a long time since you could say this about a Whitman pitcher.

Sr. 2B Cameron Young and Soph SS Ozzy Braff have potential Conference POY talent, Braff has the best opposite field stroke/power I've seen of any player in the conference.

The remainder of the order is solid, lots of experience, some good speed, lots of extra base hit potential, Moyes has as much raw power as anyone in the conference.  Aaron Cohen is potentially a dark horse lights-out weekend starter in conference.

Jr. Catcher Harned has quietly earned a reputation amongst the league coaches I think as one of the better, most athletic backstops in the conference. 

Defensively, the outfield has looked outstanding in terms of reaching the gaps, covering ground, making catches and making good decisions with throws.

The left side of the infield has been a bit rough, but given the brutal weather this winter and limited on-field time for practice, I think it will clean up. (the same thing regarding errors I think happened with Whitworth last weekend)

For conference play, I believe they will have a solid set of three starters, the key will be bullpen performance, but the pieces and talent is there.

The team should really hit though, and lots of people are quietly optimistic that these guys can do some real damage this year, potentially quite a turnaround story for the coaching staff and players that any conference follower I think should applaud.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on February 14, 2014, 12:40:21 am
But....how is their traveling fan base?  8-)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on February 14, 2014, 11:05:37 am
Not to put down travelling and playing games on the road a long way from home, but they are not exactly playing any of the top teams in the region. Hendrix would probably be best of the bunch,  but they have not played yet so not sure how they will be this year, usually a solid program however going into Hendrix is always competitive if they are playing there. If they came in and played TLU, Trinity, UTT, and competed against those teams, then it might be a different story. Chapman came in and lost to all of them, but played very competitive baseball and will be in the mix in the SCIAC IMO.

That said if they come in and blow out those teams then that would be a different story, will be a fun to watch and see how they do, love to see a team that has been down come up and play well but having a winning record against lower level competition won't say too much on how they will compete against the likes of GF and Linfield.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on February 14, 2014, 12:37:24 pm
But....how is their traveling fan base?  8-)

Well, since you asked, I'd describe them as a polite, yet enthusiastic little band of nomads.....
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on February 14, 2014, 08:59:49 pm
Nice comeback victory for the Missionaries today in Texas (7-4 over Hardin-Simmons). Another strong start by Lambert and a solid relief performance by Spilinek. The NWC also had UPS win its season opener today over Hendrix (5-4).

Whitman is down 9-2 verse Texas-Dallas at the moment however. Beyond that, it has been a solid start for the Missionaries and the NWC continues to look strong here in the early going.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on February 16, 2014, 05:45:07 pm
Just saw that Linfield shutout very solid D2 Western Oregon 6-0 today.  WOW!! The most impressive win of the young 2014 D3 season I'd say, as Western Oregon had come in 4-2 on the season, taking 3 out of 4 from 18th ranked Cal State Monterey Bay.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on February 17, 2014, 12:54:23 pm
My top headlines following this past weekends games:

1. Fox is the real deal. Every starter in the lineup is hitting above .300 and the team average is .365. Josh Rapacz is red hot and an easy early favorite for conference and regional player of the year. The pitching staff is being anchored by Clay Gartner (2-0, 1.38 ERA) and Tom Zarosinski (2-0, .60 ERA) who have both been terrific. Last season, they played in the shadows all year of Linfield, but this year things should (need) to be different. I would be really surprised if they don't crack the Top 20 in the next poll (even though those things don't matter anyway right  ::))

2. Linfield is also off to a strong start, but they haven't had quite the same flair that I have seen with Fox. The Cats split yesterday with a typically strong D2 program in Western Oregon. Haddeland has picked up right where he left off last season (1-0, 13 IP, 1 ER). Wylie (.391, 7 RBI, .783 SLG) has been the anchor in the lineup thus far as well. The bulk of Linfield's schedule won't come until late March/early April so unfortunately we still have a long wait to see how the other top contenders in the NWC measure up  :(

3. So far Whitman is off to a decent start in Texas (2-1 with 2 games still today). Hobson has been a real surprise IMO (1-1, 11.57 ERA). In the preseason I was touting this kid as one of the rising lefties in the West region, but he hasn't lived up to that so far (still early though). Lambert, on the other hand, has been very impressive and he gives the Missionaries a legitimate ace to throw out there every weekend. Offensively, there isn't much to dislike about this club here in the early going. Team average is .344 and I believe only 1 starter isn't hitting over .300.

4. Looking ahead, Fox travels to California to start a 3-game set with Oxy and a single game verse Pomona. Whitworth has a 4-game set with the College of Idaho who was embarrassed by Fox this weekend. Linfield, UPS, Willamette and PLU battles 3 non-D3 opponents. L&C and Pacific head to Texas to play 4 games each.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 17, 2014, 07:41:54 pm
Last season, they played in the shadows all year of Linfield, but this year things should (need) to be different.


I don't know if they need to be different from a Linfield point of view.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bishopleftiesdad on February 17, 2014, 08:41:07 pm
Congratulations to Had del and for being named to the golden spikes watch list.
https://www.linfield.edu/sports/release.php?id=5260
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: JahEazy on February 17, 2014, 10:12:54 pm
8. Pacific (17-23) - Pacific loses their ace Rob Dittrick and top hitters Michael Arakaki and Trux French which will all be big shoes to fill. I believe I read  somewhere last year that Matt Delegato (1st team starting pitcher) had an extra year of eligibility that he considered using this year? I’m not sure how accurate that was, but if it’s true then he will give the Boxers a much needed impact starter. Walker Olis returns after a strong freshman campaign and he should be the Boxers top hitter in 14’.

Pacific also lost a freshman starting pitcher from last year in Morton so either they'll be down on pitching, or a whole bunch of new guys will step up and be studs.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 17, 2014, 10:36:40 pm
Congratulations to Had del and for being named to the golden spikes watch list.
https://www.linfield.edu/sports/release.php?id=5260

Very cool deal for Haddeland in being on the only DIII player on the list.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on February 17, 2014, 11:11:20 pm
JahEazy....do you find this board kinder and gentler than the football board?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on February 17, 2014, 11:29:58 pm
Congratulations to Had del and for being named to the golden spikes watch list.
https://www.linfield.edu/sports/release.php?id=5260

Wow, that is as solid as it gets.  Best of luck to the kid throughout the year.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on February 18, 2014, 12:29:45 am
Last season, they played in the shadows all year of Linfield, but this year things should (need) to be different.


I don't know if they need to be different from a Linfield point of view.

I meant in terms of the respect they should (deserve to) receive from the rest of the country. Not just us folks out here in the NW. Very few on the national scene had Fox on their radar last season (even before the sweep by Linfield)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 18, 2014, 06:21:37 pm
Last season, they played in the shadows all year of Linfield, but this year things should (need) to be different.


I don't know if they need to be different from a Linfield point of view.

I meant in terms of the respect they should (deserve to) receive from the rest of the country. Not just us folks out here in the NW. Very few on the national scene had Fox on their radar last season (even before the sweep by Linfield)

I'll agree with that and don't see much resistance for Fox until late March.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 19, 2014, 11:34:03 pm
This is a bit late, but here is my NWC Team of the Week #2: http://collegeballnw.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/northwest-conference-team-of-the-week-2-2/

This next weekend should really get things going in the Northwest. It looks like everyone will be getting in on the action, finally. Obviously, things are still shaking out, but I think there is a pretty clear line between the top and bottom of the conference. It is hard to see anyone challenging Linfield and George Fox for the league title. Whitman's start has been great but their pitching isn't holding up, and I worry how their offense will do against above-average pitching (PLU, Linfield, George Fox). Likewise, I don't think that PLU has the offense to compete with the top two teams.

With that being said, any team can win on any day. Lewis & Clark should've won their first game against Willamette and Linfield's offense got shut out (they were shut out once last year too). This really will be an exciting year in the NWC.

My random off-topic rant of the week: I don't understand how a defending NCAA Champion can fail to have stats or radio or any coverage for their home opener! For shame!

Go Cats!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 20, 2014, 12:34:17 am
This is a bit late, but here is my NWC Team of the Week #2: http://collegeballnw.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/northwest-conference-team-of-the-week-2-2/
Whitman's start has been great but their pitching isn't holding up, and I worry how their offense will do against above-average pitching (PLU, Linfield, George Fox). Likewise, I don't think that PLU has the offense to compete with the top two teams.

I think Whitworth is still going to be a wildcard this season with their bats on the top of the line-up.  I don't think they will be a title contender in the end but their bats could prove to be a problem of a lot of NWC teams....their pitching on the other hand.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jim Dixon on February 21, 2014, 12:45:32 pm
Congratulations to Had del and for being named to the golden spikes watch list.
https://www.linfield.edu/sports/release.php?id=5260

Very cool deal for Haddeland in being on the only DIII player on the list.

It is rare indeed for any D-III player to be included on the Golden Spikes watch list, in any year.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 21, 2014, 05:58:46 pm
Oxy's twitter account is giving updates and Fox is thumping the Tigers early.  7-0 in the 3rd.

https://twitter.com/OxyAthletics/status/436997594909143041 (https://twitter.com/OxyAthletics/status/436997594909143041)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 21, 2014, 07:33:06 pm
Fox won 7-0. Gartner dominated, 8 IP, 0 BB, 9 K, 3 H. They are going to be tough to beat.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 21, 2014, 11:34:29 pm
'Cats lost 6-5 to a below average Corban today 6-5.  Gave up 15 hits today (Thomassen started). Not a great result.  St. Martin's tomorrow and then OIT on Sunday.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on February 22, 2014, 02:27:48 am
Something appears to be different with the water down in McMinnville this year.  ??? Tonight marked the first time since the 2012 season that Linfield lost consecutive games (granted neither loss came against a D3 opponent). Corban is an improved club (primarily offensively), but their pitching tonight made Linfield's bats look silly. Lots of big hacks throughout the lineup and not much to show for them besides major league pop ups. Thomassen also doesn't look quite the same as he did last year. It is still early though and this was only his second start of the spring. I wouldn't be jumping to hit the panic button quite yet, but it would be nice to see Linfield bounce back with a pair of wins in the next couple days and get back on track.

Fox continues to look strong (I feel like we just keep beating a dead horse with these guys). Gartner tosses yet another gem and the Rapacz brothers continue to produce. Maybe we will see a slugfest between them and Pomona on Sunday after the one Pomona had today with Cal Lu (not a score I would expect when both teams are tossing their aces).

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on February 22, 2014, 09:23:17 am
Repeating is always difficult, but even the best teams will lose 8-12 games in a season, that is a solid team and it is early. GF however looks like they are going to be in the mix for the NW Conference, teams are always hungrier when they get left out of the tournament and feel they should have been there. Will be interesting to watch.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 22, 2014, 05:08:59 pm
Linfield bounces back behind the arm of Haddeland to win 6-2 over Division II, St. Martins. Haddeland threw eight innings of no-run baseball to pick up the victory. He has now given up one run and only eight hits in 21 innings.

George Fox squeaked by Occidental 5-4. But Zarosinski went a complete game and struck out 12, giving up zero earned runs... He is now up to 24 innings on the year with one earned run.

The NWC has no shortage of dominant pitching  :D
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 22, 2014, 05:21:45 pm
Something appears to be different with the water down in McMinnville this year.  ???

I'm not worried about dropping back-to-back games.  A win tomorrow and that is just a minor bump in the road as Linfield gears up for NWC play.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 23, 2014, 07:07:41 pm
'Cats get OIT with a 1-0 win today.  4 hit shutout tossed by Brandon (5.0 innings), Stevick (2.0), Manely (1.0), and Miller (1.0) closes.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on February 23, 2014, 08:17:11 pm
This weekend's CCC-NWC Challenge seemed like an odd weekend of baseball.  Lots of very low scores.  Linfield loses to Corban, yet Willamette beats Corban.  OIT beats UPS 2-1, OIT loses to PLU 3-1, then Linfield squeeks by OIT 1-0.  St. Martins loses to everyone, but all the games are close......
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on March 01, 2014, 12:02:47 pm
Conference play gets underway today in the NWC. A few general questons:

Will Whitman's bats stay hot in the conference? They take on Puget Sound, a team that looks to rebound from their rough non-conference schedule.

I think George Fox is the best team in the West right now. Will they take care of business against an upstart Lewis & Clark team that has won three straight?

Will Linfield's offense get back on track? Or will they rely on their pitching to dominate as they play Pacific, another balanced team that has a lot to prove this weekend.

Last, we have PLU and Willamette. Both of these teams have relied on their pitching this season. Will PLU's offense show up and prove that they are a top NWC team? Or will Willamette ride their young arms to a big series victory?

(Whitworth is rained out vs Whittier this weekend)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 01, 2014, 04:42:09 pm
Linfield up 17-3 vs Pac in the 8th of game 1.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 01, 2014, 07:44:55 pm
8-0 Linfield over Pac in the top of 8 of game 2.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 02, 2014, 04:08:00 pm
Today's Linfield/Pac final game has been washed out...says it's rescheduled for tomorrow.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on March 02, 2014, 11:19:23 pm
Traditional powers flexed their muscles in this weekend's conference openers. It appears that tomorrow will be the day they try to get the remaining games played (not sure about Willamette/PLU however).

Fox continued with their current trend of strong starting pitching and red-hot bats. Both starters for GFU went CG's (Gartner was terrific for the 4th straight start and Buckles produced his 2nd straight solid outing as well). Dixon, Rapacz, Clifford, and Israel continue to pace the offense which had 24 hits in Saturday's DH.

Linfield's bats were out in full force up and down the lineup on Saturday as they put up 29 runs in 2 games. Lawson and Fisher were stand outs (among many) for the Wildcats (Fisher especially with about a 420ft. shot off the centerfield batter's eye). Both starters (Haddeland and Brandon) gave the Cats strong starts and the bullpen was nearly perfect aside from one innning in the first game.

Story of the weekend has to be PLU and SP Chris Bishop who produced the Lutes 1st ever 9 inning no-hitter. Kudos to him on another terrific outing (Watched him throw in Arizona a little and the quality of his pitches have improved greatly from last season - Fastball was mid to upper 80's with a good slider to righties and curve to lefties). Lubking was able to battle through some control problems in his start (6 walks) and still finished with a good stat line for the day. The offense broke through in the 2nd game by putting up 10 runs which included Nilson HR (2nd of the day).

UPS was able to take 2 of the 3 against Whitman after getting the series winner this afternoon. UPS was able to keep the Missionary bats quiet in their two wins thanks to a good start from Wagar and a good staff effort today.

Whitworth - No games  :( ...A cancelled trip to So Cal  :o  And here they give us a hard time about the weather up here... ::)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 04, 2014, 07:22:44 pm
Pios knock off Fox today 6-3.

http://lcpioneers.com/sports/bsb/2013-14/releases/20140304kwqw0v#.UxZtVuJy0yM.twitter (http://lcpioneers.com/sports/bsb/2013-14/releases/20140304kwqw0v#.UxZtVuJy0yM.twitter)

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on March 05, 2014, 01:57:44 pm
That is a huge upset for L&C over George Fox. I am not sure which part I am more suprised by; Zarosinski getting hit around (after dominating every start) or the Fox offense only scoring three runs. That was the type of loss that could come back and hurt them a month or so down the road.

I think the first weekend showed that PLU, Linfield, and George Fox will battle all season for the top spot. PLU's pitching has been off the charts, and if their offense shows up like their game two win, they will be tough to beat.

Linfield just continues to roll... They put up 37 runs in 3 games and that was withouth their best hitter in the lineup (Wylie). All three of their starters can be dominant. Haddeland is Haddeland. Brandon looks to have gained some velocity (upper 80's into the 7th) to go with his sterling command. And it looked like Thomassen has started throwing a curve which is just another pitch hitters need to worry about.

I am not sure if Fox has the same depth on the mound as Linfield or PLU, but their offense will keep them in every game they play. I mean, they have double digit hits in every single game this season. And they lead the NWC in: Batting average, Slugging, OBP, Walks, Home Runs, and Triples. Josh Rapacz is hitting .518, Derek Dixon is hitting .474, Danny Clifford is at .382, and they have combined for 8 homers. I really don't think their is a better 3, 4, 5 combo in the country...

Overall, I think the talent in the NWC is extremely up. Puget Sound and Lewis & Clark have already proved that anyone can win on any day. It seemed like just a few years ago that you could always mark a few teams as W's on the schedule.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on March 05, 2014, 10:45:01 pm
The Fox loss to L&C is certainly the biggest upset so far in this young season, but it is funny in some ways how history has a way of repeating itself. Last year Fox came from behind 8-3 in the 9th to beat the Pios, but this season the Bruins had the door closed on them (the year before the Pios beat Fox as well). Trupin did an excellent job of minimizing damage all game against the Bruin bats (aside from 1 inning where the CF decided to launch a throw over 2 cutoff guys into the dugout).

As you said Westside, the overall strength of the NWC has gone up a lot over the last few years and it is becoming common to see one of those "bottom" teams clip one of the front-runners at some point. Happened with both Fox and Linfield (lost to Willamette) last year. That's how this game goes sometimes though. A wrong hop here or an off day there can quickly give an underdog some momentum which can be dangerous.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on March 07, 2014, 09:55:10 am
Any team can lose, no matter how good they are, or who they are playing, it's baseball.

I just looked at GF's schedule and their season (assuming they keep playing the way they have) really boils down to the end. They have 3 vs PLU, and then 5 vs Linfield.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 08, 2014, 05:14:48 pm
Any team can lose, no matter how good they are, or who they are playing, it's baseball.

So true and Willamette going up 4-1 on Linfield in the top of the 8th is just a further example.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on March 15, 2014, 05:09:38 pm
George Fox drops game 1 to Willamette, 8-2. Gartner got knocked around for the first time all year.

Linfield shuts out Whitman, 5-0. Haddeland goes complete game, 1-hitter.

PLU wins 3-1 over Whitworth. Lubking goes complete game, 13 Ks.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on March 15, 2014, 09:13:44 pm
Fox drops another one to Willamette, 11-9. Fox hits 3 bombs, but Willamette pounded out 20 hits. Not sure what happened to their pitching today...

PLU gets shut out by an average Whitworth team, 4-0.

Game of the day. Linfield beats Whitman 13-11 in 11 innings. They were losing 10-1 before storming back.

What a wild day.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on March 16, 2014, 04:51:31 pm
Fox drops another one to Willamette, 11-9. Fox hits 3 bombs, but Willamette pounded out 20 hits. Not sure what happened to their pitching today...

PLU gets shut out by an average Whitworth team, 4-0.

Game of the day. Linfield beats Whitman 13-11 in 11 innings. They were losing 10-1 before storming back.

What a wild day.

I think conference play is a toss-up at times.  These teams become so familiar with each other it makes games closer.  Is Linfield better than Whitman?  Top to bottom, yes, but on any given day a team can beat the other.  The SCIAC is the same way and so are the Texas conferences.  George Fox didn't do themselves any favors by dropping 2 this weekend (currently leading 1-0 in game 3).  With Linfield and PLU still scheduled for them they can either get knocked out of the race or knock someone else out.  That should be a battle at the top of the NWC.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on March 16, 2014, 05:44:05 pm
Yea definitely. Looks like the pitchers showed up on Sunday.

PLU beats Whitworth 1-0. Their only run came on an error in the 9th.

Linfield beats Whitman 2-0. Thommassen dominated from start to finish.

Willamette sweeps George Fox after winning 3-2 in extras. Wow.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 16, 2014, 07:25:14 pm
Willamette sweeps George Fox after winning 3-2 in extras. Wow.

 :o
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jim Dixon on March 18, 2014, 12:58:33 pm
It looks like pitching is a strength in the NWC.  Facing tough pitchers now, will help whomever makes the short trip to McMinnville in May for the regional.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on March 18, 2014, 06:47:41 pm
Yes Jim, so far the pitching has been very tough in the conference.  There are no real big arms that I have seen thus far, nobody like a Max Beatty who was a true 90+ guy at PLU.  Those type of guys are obviously a real anomaly in D3. Just lots of guys with good D3 stuff, who can carve you up.  Haddeland is of course the "master surgeon" right now.  He is just pinpoint.  The Frosh pitcher Mahlum at PLU is a new face that is very impressive, tall kid who really gets a downhill angle.  I never saw Lucero pitch, the LHP from Trinity, but I'm imagining that Lubking from PLU has pretty similar southpaw stuff. He had 102 Ks last season, and he's well on his way to surpassing that figure this season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on March 23, 2014, 11:50:50 am
It looks like Linfield grabbed a little breathing room this weekend. They are now two games up on 2nd place PLU (assuming their suspended game ends in a loss).

I feel for PLU's pitching staff sometimes... They dropped game one to Puget Sound 2-0... in 15 innings. Lubking is a buzzsaw. He finished with 13 K's in 8.1 innings. The freshman Mahlum got knocked around in game two, and Puget Sound is leading 13-6 in a game that was suspended after eight innings.

Linfield's offense is sputtering a bit of late (only scored more than 5 runs once in last 8 games), but their pitching has kept them on top of the conference. Jake Wylie returned for one game this weekend, but you could tell he wasn't 100%.

All of a sudden, Willamette is a team no one wants to face. They have won five straight (including sweeping George Fox) with a great mixture of hitting and pitching. Their games Saturday were won with the bat (22-8) and on the mound (4-1).

After a hot start, Whitman is on the verge of being swept in straight weekends by PLU, Linfield, and George Fox. That's too bad, as I was hoping they would be more competitive.

I still think it is going to come down to the games between Linfield, PLU, and George Fox, but it might be time to start considering Willamette. They already played those three teams, and they should be the favorite in all their series going forward. I could see them finishing the conference 17-7 or so.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 23, 2014, 06:05:34 pm
It takes 12 innings but Linfield sweeps Whitworth with a 3-2 win today.

Quote
Ramsay adds, "It would be crazy not to be able to look at what we have and what we've been able to do and see how young we are and that we definitely have a solid foundation of young guys that were consistent contributors all year. We learned that we can win on a national level. We belong there, that Whitworth baseball is going to continue to go to Appleton year in and year out"

With the loss, Whitworth moves to 3-7 in NWC play this season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on March 23, 2014, 08:08:54 pm
Yes, with the sweep, Linfield further solidifies their lead in the conference.  PLU has a makeup game still against Willamette, a win in that puts them 2 games behind.  G. Fox set further behind dropping today's game to Whitman, 2 - 1.  Willamette is lurking....

Sweeps are very tough to earn in the NWC.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on March 26, 2014, 08:47:23 pm
It takes 12 innings but Linfield sweeps Whitworth with a 3-2 win today.

Quote
Ramsay adds, "It would be crazy not to be able to look at what we have and what we've been able to do and see how young we are and that we definitely have a solid foundation of young guys that were consistent contributors all year. We learned that we can win on a national level. We belong there, that Whitworth baseball is going to continue to go to Appleton year in and year out"

With the loss, Whitworth moves to 3-7 in NWC play this season.

Seriously, what in the world happened to Whitworth?  Two years ago they were in Appleton and now they can't seem to put anything together.  Was the trip to the W.S. a case of a team getting scorching hot at the end of the year or have things just fallen apart?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on March 27, 2014, 12:06:49 pm
It takes 12 innings but Linfield sweeps Whitworth with a 3-2 win today.

Quote
Ramsay adds, "It would be crazy not to be able to look at what we have and what we've been able to do and see how young we are and that we definitely have a solid foundation of young guys that were consistent contributors all year. We learned that we can win on a national level. We belong there, that Whitworth baseball is going to continue to go to Appleton year in and year out"

With the loss, Whitworth moves to 3-7 in NWC play this season.

Seriously, what in the world happened to Whitworth?  Two years ago they were in Appleton and now they can't seem to put anything together.  Was the trip to the W.S. a case of a team getting scorching hot at the end of the year or have things just fallen apart?

That is a great question... If you look at their W.S. team, they were a bunch of really young players. Their 3 starting pitchers were freshman. A majority of those same players are still on the team today. Based off of that, you would think they should be legit right now. I mean... It doesn't help that their best player (Pfeffer) has missed almost the entire season. And their Ace, Scheibe, is just now coming back from an injury (by the way, he was absolutely filthy in his one inning against Linfield last weekend).

I think two years ago was a mixture of Whitworth getting hot at the right time, and the rest of the league being semi-down that year. The league seemed really balanced that season (5 teams went 15-9 or better).

Really though, it is surprising that Whitworth has struggled this badly. I guess I would attribute it to the rest of the league getting better while Whitworth has stayed the same.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on March 27, 2014, 04:45:28 pm
It takes 12 innings but Linfield sweeps Whitworth with a 3-2 win today.

Quote
Ramsay adds, "It would be crazy not to be able to look at what we have and what we've been able to do and see how young we are and that we definitely have a solid foundation of young guys that were consistent contributors all year. We learned that we can win on a national level. We belong there, that Whitworth baseball is going to continue to go to Appleton year in and year out"

With the loss, Whitworth moves to 3-7 in NWC play this season.

Seriously, what in the world happened to Whitworth?  Two years ago they were in Appleton and now they can't seem to put anything together.  Was the trip to the W.S. a case of a team getting scorching hot at the end of the year or have things just fallen apart?

That is a great question... If you look at their W.S. team, they were a bunch of really young players. Their 3 starting pitchers were freshman. A majority of those same players are still on the team today. Based off of that, you would think they should be legit right now. I mean... It doesn't help that their best player (Pfeffer) has missed almost the entire season. And their Ace, Scheibe, is just now coming back from an injury (by the way, he was absolutely filthy in his one inning against Linfield last weekend).

I think two years ago was a mixture of Whitworth getting hot at the right time, and the rest of the league being semi-down that year. The league seemed really balanced that season (5 teams went 15-9 or better).

Really though, it is surprising that Whitworth has struggled this badly. I guess I would attribute it to the rest of the league getting better while Whitworth has stayed the same.

Oh man, I didn't even realize they didn't have their ace or their top hitter.  It's tough to have success when that happens but it seems the program as a whole has really taken a few steps back.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 27, 2014, 05:08:37 pm
It takes 12 innings but Linfield sweeps Whitworth with a 3-2 win today.

Quote
Ramsay adds, "It would be crazy not to be able to look at what we have and what we've been able to do and see how young we are and that we definitely have a solid foundation of young guys that were consistent contributors all year. We learned that we can win on a national level. We belong there, that Whitworth baseball is going to continue to go to Appleton year in and year out"

With the loss, Whitworth moves to 3-7 in NWC play this season.

Seriously, what in the world happened to Whitworth?  Two years ago they were in Appleton and now they can't seem to put anything together.  Was the trip to the W.S. a case of a team getting scorching hot at the end of the year or have things just fallen apart?

That is a great question... If you look at their W.S. team, they were a bunch of really young players. Their 3 starting pitchers were freshman. A majority of those same players are still on the team today. Based off of that, you would think they should be legit right now. I mean... It doesn't help that their best player (Pfeffer) has missed almost the entire season. And their Ace, Scheibe, is just now coming back from an injury (by the way, he was absolutely filthy in his one inning against Linfield last weekend).

I think two years ago was a mixture of Whitworth getting hot at the right time, and the rest of the league being semi-down that year. The league seemed really balanced that season (5 teams went 15-9 or better).

Really though, it is surprising that Whitworth has struggled this badly. I guess I would attribute it to the rest of the league getting better while Whitworth has stayed the same.

Oh man, I didn't even realize they didn't have their ace or their top hitter.  It's tough to have success when that happens but it seems the program as a whole has really taken a few steps back.

I'm just looking forward to dragging that Ramsay's quote out year after year. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on March 27, 2014, 05:17:41 pm
I would just change my screen name.  ;D
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on March 27, 2014, 05:45:11 pm
It takes 12 innings but Linfield sweeps Whitworth with a 3-2 win today.

Quote
Ramsay adds, "It would be crazy not to be able to look at what we have and what we've been able to do and see how young we are and that we definitely have a solid foundation of young guys that were consistent contributors all year. We learned that we can win on a national level. We belong there, that Whitworth baseball is going to continue to go to Appleton year in and year out"

With the loss, Whitworth moves to 3-7 in NWC play this season.

Seriously, what in the world happened to Whitworth?  Two years ago they were in Appleton and now they can't seem to put anything together.  Was the trip to the W.S. a case of a team getting scorching hot at the end of the year or have things just fallen apart?

Even without Scheibe, their team ERA at this point in the 2014 season sits at 4.48 - in 2012, their Appleton year, their team ERA at season's end was 4.52.........so, no big difference in team pitching stats.

The big difference - in 2012 Whitworth's opponents pitched to an ERA of 6.07 - this year, their opponents are pitching to 2.98....

2012 team BA/OBP/SLG = 306/387/406 
2014 team BA/OBP/SLG = 240/333/311

So they really miss Pfeffer, plus, they had Sr. JR Jarrell on the 2012 team, who supplied a power bat.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on March 27, 2014, 09:05:01 pm
I think two years ago was a mixture of Whitworth getting hot at the right time, and the rest of the league being semi-down that year. The league seemed really balanced that season (5 teams went 15-9 or better).

I think Westside hits it on the nose here pretty well. The 2012 Whitworth squad certainly earned their trip to the Regional and then the WS, but I think Ramsay's quote was a bit premature. This team got hot in the right season when the rest of the NWC teams were beating up on one another (seemed to be a down year for the traditional powers in the conference as well). Scheibe broke out as the team's ace in their series against Linfield (may have been the series that started their fire), but he has never had much help from the rest of the staff. Last year's squad sported a 5.17 ERA and this year's 4.54 isn't something to rave about either. If you want to contend for a conference title and put yourself in a position to make a run for the WS then these numbers need to be way better. Occasionally, you will slip through the cracks and catch your breaks like in the 2012 season, but it will take more than that to consistently reach Appleton.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on March 28, 2014, 01:27:52 am
I decided to throw together a NWC mid-season All-League Team. There have been some great players this year, and it is a surprisingly, evenly spread out team. Check it out.

http://collegeballnw.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/nwc-mid-season-all-league-team/
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on March 28, 2014, 08:59:01 am
I would concur with NWBaseball fan. If you look at the SoS for all of the NW teams they are very high due to the quality of the competition in the conference. Given that the Regionals are in the NW I can see two teams getting bids. They just got hot at the right time two years ago.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on March 28, 2014, 11:53:03 am
I decided to throw together a NWC mid-season All-League Team. There have been some great players this year, and it is a surprisingly, evenly spread out team. Check it out.

http://collegeballnw.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/nwc-mid-season-all-league-team/

Great list Westside!  Really nice to see players from 7 out of the 9 conference teams deservedly represented.  Some guys having great years who are not on your list because someone else is just a little better so far include Blankenship and Gartner from Fox, Truex from Linfield.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 28, 2014, 12:56:27 pm
I decided to throw together a NWC mid-season All-League Team. There have been some great players this year, and it is a surprisingly, evenly spread out team. Check it out.

http://collegeballnw.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/nwc-mid-season-all-league-team/

So you have 4 GFU players listed (most in the NWC) and they currently sit in 4th place.   Not saying those guys are more than deserving but baseball is a funny game at times.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on March 28, 2014, 01:05:55 pm
I decided to throw together a NWC mid-season All-League Team. There have been some great players this year, and it is a surprisingly, evenly spread out team. Check it out.

http://collegeballnw.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/nwc-mid-season-all-league-team/

So you have 4 GFU players listed (most in the NWC) and they currently sit in 4th place.   Not saying those guys are more than deserving but baseball is a funny game at times.

I agree it is a funny game. It is crazy how strong Fox's numbers are in everthing besides the W's and L's. They seem to have the same problem Linfield has had of late. They are getting guys on base, they just aren't driving them in. Fortunately for Linfield, their pitching has won them most of the games. Meanwhile, Fox's pitching has slipped just a bit which has led to them dropping a few.

If it is any consolation, I created a 2nd team also (didn't post it), and there are probably 6 Linfield players on that list.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 28, 2014, 02:14:51 pm
If it is any consolation, I created a 2nd team also (didn't post it), and there are probably 6 Linfield players on that list.

Many great players in the NWC.  I'm not too worried about it.  A lot of baseball to be played and a lot of shifting in the standings can happen.  I'm just about those W's and L's, boss!  Always appreciate your breakdowns.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jim Dixon on March 28, 2014, 02:35:17 pm
I watched the press conference after the Whitworth series by Linfield's coach.  Look very much like every press conference that Brosius has had at the world series.  Give me Carthage's Augie Schmidt.  You know you are going to get something he might have to apologize for in the future.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 28, 2014, 02:40:14 pm
I watched the press conference after the Whitworth series by Linfield's coach.  Look very much like every press conference that Brosius has had at the world series.  Give me Carthage's Augie Schmidt.  You know you are going to get something he might have to apologize for in the future.

Typical news guy....rolls their eyes at the "boring" coach speak interview, wants to hear the guy that might say something risky, and then demands an apology when that guy says something offensive.   ;)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on March 28, 2014, 03:00:20 pm
I watched the press conference after the Whitworth series by Linfield's coach.  Look very much like every press conference that Brosius has had at the world series.  Give me Carthage's Augie Schmidt.  You know you are going to get something he might have to apologize for in the future.

Never a dull moment when Augie is around!!!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on March 28, 2014, 03:09:31 pm
I watched the press conference after the Whitworth series by Linfield's coach.  Look very much like every press conference that Brosius has had at the world series.  Give me Carthage's Augie Schmidt.  You know you are going to get something he might have to apologize for in the future.

Typical news guy....rolls their eyes at the "boring" coach speak interview, wants to hear the guy that might say something risky, and then demands an apology when that guy says something offensive.   ;)

... and Jim has always been a supporter of how colorful Augie Schmidt is/has been:)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on March 28, 2014, 03:12:28 pm
I watched the press conference after the Whitworth series by Linfield's coach.  Look very much like every press conference that Brosius has had at the world series.  Give me Carthage's Augie Schmidt.  You know you are going to get something he might have to apologize for in the future.

All of Brosius' interviews tend to follow this pattern. If you are looking for something colorful or even a hint of arrogance you will be surely disappointed. He tends to let that career 74% win percentage and the 3 trips to Appleton do the talking.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: gregger1258 on March 30, 2014, 01:11:02 am
I watched the press conference after the Whitworth series by Linfield's coach.  Look very much like every press conference that Brosius has had at the world series.  Give me Carthage's Augie Schmidt.  You know you are going to get something he might have to apologize for in the future.

All of Brosius' interviews tend to follow this pattern. If you are looking for something colorful or even a hint of arrogance you will be surely disappointed. He tends to let that career 74% win percentage and the 3 trips to Appleton do the talking.

I totally agree....Scott Brocius is a great coach and a very humble guy for all that he has accomplished.  He commands respect by example- not by making a bunch of off the wall statements...
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 31, 2014, 12:57:15 pm
Another sweep for Linfield and the stage is set for a huge series in Mac this weekend vs PLU.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on March 31, 2014, 01:54:37 pm
Another sweep for Linfield and the stage is set for a huge series in Mac this weekend vs PLU.

I would be shocked if Linfield does anything less than a sweep.  PLU has some pretty legit pitching but Linfield's pitching will dominate their hitting.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on April 05, 2014, 03:31:49 pm
Welcome back Jake Wylie! A 2 run bomb off of Lubking gives Linfield the early lead over PLU, 2-0 in the 3rd.

Linfield takes game 1, 3-0.

Haddeland goes complete game shutout with 5 K's. He moves to 7-0 on the year.
Lubking is the tough luck loser going 8 innings and striking out 9.

The win gives Linfield a three game cushion between first and second.



Linfield has a 2-0 lead over PLU in game two. Jake Wylie with his second bomb of the day.
... and Wylie hits his 3rd bomb of the day to give Linfield a comfortable 7-1 lead in the 8th.

This is a huge series win for Linfield.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 05, 2014, 07:53:45 pm
Welcome back Jake Wylie! A 2 run bomb off of Lubking gives Linfield the early lead over PLU, 2-0 in the 3rd.

Linfield takes game 1, 3-0.

Haddeland goes complete game shutout with 5 K's. He moves to 7-0 on the year.
Lubking is the tough luck loser going 8 innings and striking out 9.

The win gives Linfield a three game cushion between first and second.



Linfield has a 2-0 lead over PLU in game two. Jake Wylie with his second bomb of the day.
... and Wylie hits his 3rd bomb of the day to give Linfield a comfortable 7-1 lead in the 8th.

This is a huge series win for Linfield.

Good bat to have back is an understatement!!!!!!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on April 06, 2014, 04:53:26 pm
Turn out the lights the party's over. Linfield is going to be a beast at home in the Regionals. This is one reason I like conf tournaments.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on April 06, 2014, 05:21:43 pm
Linfield finishes the sweep of PLU, 6-1. They opened up the game with five straight hits to score three runs. Nick Fisher added an exclamation point with a bomb late. The pitching staff has given up two runs in the last five games, and 10 runs over their last 10 games.

They move to 17-1 in the NWC and 24-3 overall. Even if they get swept by George Fox, they will stay in 1st place with a home series against Lewis & Clark.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 07, 2014, 11:49:30 am
Turn out the lights the party's over. Linfield is going to be a beast at home in the Regionals. This is one reason I like conf tournaments.

To potentially punish a team that has dominated the conference from start to finish? 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on April 07, 2014, 12:18:03 pm
Sure it happens all of the time all over the country from PAC-12, SEC, all the way down to most D-III conferences. There are ways to reward the top seeds. I don't know this for a fact but I would imagine it is unusual to NOT have a conf tourney. As Spence has pointed out it gives kids (particularly at the DIII level who are playing because they love the game) to have some very meaningful games. Trinity has also dominated their conference and I can't wait to see their conf championship, these are the best games next to the Regionals all year long. Players love it, fans love it, what is to not like about it?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 07, 2014, 01:09:49 pm
what is to not like about it?

Conference tourneys diminish the importance of being the best team in the regular season.  That's a decent reason.

I'd say the same thing if Linfield was the 4th place team in the NWC.  I'm not disputing the fact conference tourneys can be very exciting but it doesn't make them right.  Now excuse me as I go yell at some kids for walking on my grass and tell my neighbor that he's playing that hip hop music too loud. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jim Dixon on April 09, 2014, 01:34:16 pm
Turn out the lights the party's over. Linfield is going to be a beast at home in the Regionals. This is one reason I like conf tournaments.

To potentially punish a team that has dominated the conference from start to finish?

Pool C is designed to give teams with a good season, playoff like.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on April 10, 2014, 04:29:18 am
IMO Conference Tournaments to pick Pool A bids are good things. I view these as Round 1 of the playoffs. It creates chance for a team to continue playing. If the #1 seed does not win, I believe they should go to the top of the Pool C bid list and should get into the regionals with tie breakers being D3 Winning Percentage and SOS.

A #4 seed in a conference tourney has won a National Championship in the past. This would not have been possible without a conference tourney to pick a Pool A bid. I would limit the Conference tournaments top 4 teams in a conference.


Playoffs
Round 1 - Conference Tournaments
Round 2 - Regional Tournaments
Round 3 - NCAA Championship tournament
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on April 11, 2014, 04:52:56 pm
Heading into this weekend's games, Linfield sits in first with 3 wins as their magic number to clinch the conference title and a Pool A bid. Linfield is off from conference play with a non-league 3-game series against Pomona-Pitzer. Despite PP's record, I expect this to be a good series and it will be interesting to see how their lineup stacks up against Linfield's pitching (the numbers on both sides have been solid all year).

Meanwhile, two other conference series will paint a much clearer picture on how the conference standings will likely finish up. Fox travels to PLU and Williamette travels to Whitman. I expect Fox to win the series against PLU and I could see the other series going either way. Losses for Willamette will eliminate them from having any chance at the conference title and Fox needs to at least win the series to keep hopes alive for the Pool C bid (Although I would highly recommend they bring their broomsticks if they want to stay in the hunt).
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on April 13, 2014, 11:10:05 am
It looks like it comes down to Linfield and Willamette for the league title. George Fox is now five games back after dropping a close game to PLU. Willamette continues to roll in conference as they have 11 straight wins. They still need some help as they sit three games back of Linfield (winners of 15 straight games).

Linfield moves to 5-0 against SCIAC teams after manhandling Pomona-Pitzer yesterday. It seems like it is being said every week, but Linfield's team is on an absolute roll. Getting Wylie back has changed the offense (in his last five games, 4 home runs and 14 RBI). Their three starters are all in the conference's top 5 for ERA. And, their defense has the 2nd best fielding percentage in the nation, a healthy .979% clip.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on April 19, 2014, 12:31:30 pm
Should be a good one today between George Fox and Linfield. Linfield has a 3 game lead on Willamette with 4 games to play. A win today, or a Willamette loss would clinch the NWC. George Fox played a perfect game one yesterday, and they will need to do that again if they want to win the series. If they were to win out, Fox would have 29 wins (with four wins over Linfield). Would that be enough to get them a bid?

You probably won't see a better pitching match-up in the nation amongst game three starters:

George Fox's Tom Zarosinski is 6-2 with a 1.30 ERA and 71 K's (2nd in the nation).
Linfield's Aaron Thomassen is 7-1 with a 1.96 ERA and 43 K's and just 9 BB's.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on April 26, 2014, 04:03:07 pm
Linfield beats Lewis & Clark, 2-0.

Haddeland has his most impressive start of the year with a complete game shutout. He only allowed 2 singles, and struck out six while walking none. His third CG shutout of the year.

Linfield wins game two, 9-0. Zach Brandon weathered two rain delays before finishing the day with 7 IP and only 2 hits allowed.

They just keep rolling along. They lowered their team era to: 2.06. And the team batting average is creeping up towards .300 (.295).

On the day, their pitching staff went a combined 18.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 12 K, 0 BB. Pretty impressive.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 28, 2014, 05:57:46 pm
Poor Lewis and Clark...it just kept getting worse for them as that Linfield series went on.  BTW...can't believe how bad Willamette tanked once their shot at the conference title closed.  Wow.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on April 28, 2014, 07:11:12 pm
Poor Lewis and Clark...it just kept getting worse for them as that Linfield series went on.  BTW...can't believe how bad Willamette tanked once their shot at the conference title closed.  Wow.

Yep, for a while there, make no mistake, Willamette was looking pretty solid. 

On another NWC note, although to some it may be a yawner, big props to Coach Kinney and staff, and the players at Whitman for their first winning season since....a long, long time.  20 - 18 - 1 record this season.  Plus, 36 wins over the last two seasons.  This from a program that averaged about 5-8 wins a season for about 20 years, even up to the 2012 season, which was a 5 win season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on May 01, 2014, 11:33:23 pm

On another NWC note, although to some it may be a yawner, big props to Coach Kinney and staff, and the players at Whitman for their first winning season since....a long, long time.  20 - 18 - 1 record this season.  Plus, 36 wins over the last two seasons.  This from a program that averaged about 5-8 wins a season for about 20 years, even up to the 2012 season, which was a 5 win season.

Whatagame, I definitely have to agree with you. As an observer of the NWC, it seems pretty clear that Coach Kinney has changed the culture and mindset surrounding Whitman baseball. I must admit I was surprised with their finish in the league standings, but I think that also indicates something about the depth and quality of the conference. The Missionaries went 3-0 against SCIAC teams down in Arizona (including two who will be competing in the conference tournament) and they were 4-1 on their trip to Texas. I'm not sure if that carries any weight for how the rest of the country (or simply the West) views the conference, but it should. They obviously showed that they could compete against respectable clubs and it will be fun to see this program continue to grow under Kinney's leadership.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 03, 2014, 05:49:44 pm
Linfield knocked off Fox again yesterday with a 5-1 win but dropped the front end of a double header with Lewis & Clark State today 8-0.  Hopefully the 'Cats and get the split.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on May 05, 2014, 01:03:16 pm
NWC All-Conference selections have been posted. Linfield sweeps all the top honors. Brosius is Coach of the Year, Fisher is Player of the Year, and Thomassen is Pitcher of the Year.

First Team

Pos - Name                                                             Class        Hometown / High School

1B – Derek Dixon, George Fox *.................................. Sr         Vancouver, Wash. / Columbia River 

2B – Nathan Suyematsu, Pacific................................ ... So        Tualatin, Ore. / Tualatin       

3B – Hunter Gallant, Willamette %............................... Jr          Rescue, Calif. / Ponderosa   

SS – Corey VanDomelen, Linfield *.............................. Jr          Tigard, Ore. / Tualatin         

C – Josh Rapacz, George Fox *.................................... Sr         West Richland, Wash. / Richland

C – Brad Breier, Willamette %...................................... Jr          Torrance, Calif. / South       

OF – Tosh Semlacher, Willamette %............................. Sr         Gold River, Calif. / Jesuit   

OF – Nick Fisher, Linfield *........................................ Sr         Lake Oswego, Ore. / Lakeridge

OF – Connor Savage, Puget Sound #............................. Jr          Bothell, Wash. / Inglemoor

OF – Alec Beal, Pacific Lutheran............................... ... Sr         Olympia, Wash. / Timberline

SP – Chris Haddeland, Linfield *................................... Jr          McMinnville, Ore. / McMinnville

SP – Clay Gartner, George Fox #.................................. Sr         Clovis, Calif. / Clovis East 

SP – Trevor Lubking, Pacific Lutheran *........................ Jr          Buckley, Wash. / White River           

SP – Aaron Thomassen, Linfield *................................ Jr          Seattle, Wash. / Nathan Hale

RP – AJ Konopaski, Pacific Lutheran *......................... Jr          Port Angeles, Wash. / Port Angeles   

UT – Aaron Cohen, Whitman #.................................... Sr         Juneau, Alaska / Juneau-Douglas

DH – Ty Wyatt, Willamette............................. ............ Fr         Keizer, Ore. / McNary         

 
Second Team

Pos - Name                                                             Class        Hometown / High School

1B – Clayton Truex, Linfield............................... ......... Sr         Kirkland, Wash. / Lake Washington               

2B – Chris Zerio, Puget Sound.................................. ... So        Pleasanton, Calif. / Foothill

3B – Nathan Backes, Puget Sound................................. So        Seattle, Wash. / Bishop Blanchet

SS – Ozzy Braff, Whitman................................ ........... So        Palo Alto, Calif. / Palo Alto

C – Jake Wylie, Linfield *........................................... Sr         Eagle, Idaho / Bishop Kelly 

C – Nick Funyak, Puget Sound.................................. .. So        Billings, Montana / Billings West

OF – Zach Rapacz, George Fox.................................... Jr          West Richland, Wash. / Richland       

OF – Matt Zeller, George Fox %.................................. Sr         Milwaukie, Ore. / Rex Putnam                     

OF – Jeff Walton, Puget Sound.................................. .. Sr         Carmichael, Calif. / Del Campo

OF – Kramer Lindell, Linfield *.................................... Sr         West Linn, Ore. / West Linn

SP – Derrick Mahlum, Pacific Lutheran......................... Fr         Mill Creek, Wash. / Archbishop Murphy       

SP – Ian Buckles, George Fox %.................................. Jr          Kent, Wash. / Kentridge

SP – Zach Brandon, Linfield............................... .......... Sr         Cottage Grove, Ore. / Marist

SP – Colin McCusker, Pacific................................ ...... Jr          Olympia, Wash. / Timberline

RP – Jackson Watt, Willamette............................. ....... So        Rocklin, Calif. / Whitney     

UT – Lucas Stone, Puget Sound *................................. Sr         Ashland, Ore. / Ashland

DH – Danny Clifford, George Fox *.............................. Sr         Canby, Ore. / Canby

 
Honorable Mention

Pos / Name                                                             Class        Hometown / High School

1B – Tiras Koon, Willamette............................. ........... Jr          Honolulu, Hawaii  Iolani School

2B – Derek Blankenship, George Fox............................. Jr          Baker City, Ore. / Baker       

2B – Cameron Young, Whitman #................................ Sr         Wenatchee, Wash. / Wenatchee         

3B – Eric Lawson, Linfield............................... ........... So        Mill Creek, Wash. / Archbishop Murphy       

3B – Tommy Massari, Lewis & Clark........................... Fr         Palmdale, Calif. / Quartz Hill

SS – Zac Israel, George Fox.................................... ..... Sr         Lake Stevens, Wash. / Lake Stevens   

SS – Nick Motsinger, Whitworth %.............................. Jr          Spokane, Wash. / University

SS – Tommy Kawamura, Willamette............................. Sr         Renton, Wash. / Lindbergh   

C – Josh Davis, Whitworth %...................................... Jr          Thousand Oaks, Calif. / Oaks Christian         

C – Maclean Harned, Whitman................................ ..... Jr          Seattle, Wash. / Seattle Prep

OF – Walker Olis, Pacific #......................................... So        Burlington, Wash. / Burlington Edison           

OF – Brandon Chinn, Willamette %.............................. Sr         Salem, Ore. / Sprague

OF – Jimmy Madden, Whitman................................ .... Sr         Huntington Beach, Calif. / Edison

OF – Collin Nilson, Pacific Lutheran............................ Jr          Milton, Wash. / Fife

OF – Jo Carroll, Linfield............................... .............. Jr          Bend, Ore. / Mountain View

SP – Chris Bishop, Pacific Lutheran.............................. Jr          Rochester, Wash. / Rochester

SP – Spencer Ansett, Whitworth.............................. ..... Jr          Spokane, Wash. / Ferris       

SP – Cory Mack, Whitworth.............................. .......... Jr          Spokane, Wash. / Central Valley       

SP – Tom Zarosinski, George Fox %............................ Jr          Lake Oswego, Ore. / Lake Oswego     

SP – Peter Hoffman, Willamette #................................ Jr          Hayden, Idaho / Lake City

SP – Steve Wagar, Puget Sound.................................. . Jr          Yakama, Wash. / West Valley

SP – Brett Lambert, Whitman................................ ...... Sr         Dayton, Wash.  / Dayton     

RP – Taylor Isadore, Whitworth.............................. ...... Sr         Leavenworth, Wash. / Cascade           

RP – Connor Harris, George Fox.................................. Sr         Sandy, Ore. / Sandy

RP – Sterling Spilinek, Whitman................................ . Sr         Douglas, Wyo. / Douglas     

RP – Zach Manley, Linfield............................... .......... Sr         Coburg, Ore. / Sheldon       

RP – Cody Walker, Linfield............................... .......... So        Hood River, Ore. / Hood River Valley

DH – Thomas Wakem, Whitworth.............................. .. Jr          Spokane, Wash. / University

UT – Corey Davis, Lewis & Clark................................ Sr         Piedmont, Calif. / Piedmon
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on May 05, 2014, 01:07:36 pm
Not bad when Linfield's game three starter wins that award.

The regional is going to be stacked again, but Linfield has to feel good with home field and a pitching staff that was unreal this year (2.16 Team ERA).

A quick look at the guys most likely to throw in the Regional (and I expect some other guys will need to step up):

Starters:
Chris Haddeland: 10-1, 1.08 ERA, 100 IP, 74 K.
Zach Brandon: 7-1, 1.87 ERA, 72.1 IP, 41 K.
Aaron Thomassen: 9-1, 1.92 ERA, 75 IP, 51 K.

Relievers:
Zach Manley: 2-0, 1 SV, 1.19 ERA, 22.2 IP, 19 K.
Joe Stevick: 0-2, 1 SV, 3.18 ERA, 22.2 IP, 13 K.
Cody Walker: 2-0, 3 SV, 1.20 ERA, 15 IP, 14 K.
Justin Huckins: 1-0, 2.84 ERA, 6.1 IP, 6 K.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: tigerfan_2001 on May 05, 2014, 02:32:42 pm
someone that follows Linfield help me out...how did Haddeland not win Pitcher of the Year? 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on May 05, 2014, 02:45:26 pm
I am guessing they go by conference statistics, since it is the conference award. If you compare the two in league games:

Haddeland: 6-1, 1.41 ERA, 64 IP, 44 K, 15 BB.
Thomassen: 7-0, 1.15 ERA, 55 IP, 42 K, 5 BB.

So Thomassen was certainly deserving.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: tigerfan_2001 on May 05, 2014, 03:56:45 pm
I am guessing they go by conference statistics, since it is the conference award. If you compare the two in league games:

Haddeland: 6-1, 1.41 ERA, 64 IP, 44 K, 15 BB.
Thomassen: 7-0, 1.15 ERA, 55 IP, 42 K, 5 BB.

So Thomassen was certainly deserving.
that makes sense.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on May 12, 2014, 12:43:01 pm
Safe to say that Fox is probably at home wishing their Christmas present came early this year: a conference tournament. Yet another case of an NWC team staying home because they could not claim the regular season title. I really thought that their two wins over Linfield would punch them a ticket, but it is understandable that a 3rd place finish in conference and too many losses to teams they should have beat is enough to keep them out of the playoffs.

On the bright side, a conference tournament will finally be imposed next season. Also, if they get bored sitting at home they could always take that quick drive 25 minutes southwest and watch the Regional in person ;D
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 12, 2014, 01:05:53 pm
Safe to say that Fox is probably at home wishing their Christmas present came early this year: a conference tournament.

Or they could have played better in conference play.   ;)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on May 12, 2014, 11:54:49 pm
Linfield has a cool little documentary thing going on about their baseball team. It has a few highlights but it mostly lets you get to know the players and stuff. It is worth the few minutes to check out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBQAotITPhQ
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on May 19, 2014, 12:46:17 pm
Congrats to Linfield's Chris Haddeland (Jr.) as a repeat winner of West Region Pitcher of the Year. He is joined on the first team West Region by teammates; Jake Wylie (Sr.), Nick Fisher (Sr.), and Aaron Thomassen (Jr.).

Haddeland and Wylie were both first team West Region last year, while Fisher and Thomassen were both second team.

Congrats again.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on December 23, 2014, 02:27:44 pm
2015 is just around the corner!

I am taking a look at Linfield's schedule and it looks legit. Figured I would break it down real quick.

They open the year with UT-Dallas and La Verne in Arizona. These are two teams that are usually competitive, so it is a nice start to the season but it is their mid-year Arizona trip that is extremely enticing (more on that to come!).

One disappointment is Linfield plays PLU in the first NWC series of the year... I think these are the two best teams in the league and they both have legit pitching staffs. It is too bad they will play in February when it will likely be cold and wet. Expect some 2-1, 3-0 type games.

Now, onto the juicy part of the schedule. If it is official; Linfield plays St. Thomas, Cal-Lu, and Wesleyan down in Arizona. All four of these teams made it to the regional last year, with Linfield and St. Thomas going to the WS (St. Thomas dominated Linfield in the opening game). They also play NAIA Marian.

I love that they were able to get these out of region teams to come to Arizona. I wish this happened more often. It isn't often a team from Oregon gets to play teams from Minnesota, Connecticut, Indiana, in the same weekend. And legit teams at that! As fun as it is seeing West Region teams play each other every season in non-conference, this will be a breath of fresh air!

The season is wrapped up with the inaugural NWC conference tournament, April 24th through the 26th. I love that this adds extra games against top opponents. The next weekend marks the end of the season as Linfield plays some non-conference games against PLU, George Fox and Puget Sound. No doubt trying to boost that SOS a little bit more.

Looks like a great year. Roll 'Cats.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on December 23, 2014, 06:38:41 pm
Thank goodness for that.

I see that George Fox is starting out the season in TX. They will also get to play some solid competition out of the gate. Two against Concordia and one vs Centenary, and Trinity. Should be a good SOS to start out.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on December 23, 2014, 07:32:19 pm
2015 is just around the corner!

I am taking a look at Linfield's schedule and it looks legit. Figured I would break it down real quick.

They open the year with UT-Dallas and La Verne in Arizona. These are two teams that are usually competitive, so it is a nice start to the season but it is their mid-year Arizona trip that is extremely enticing (more on that to come!).

One disappointment is Linfield plays PLU in the first NWC series of the year... I think these are the two best teams in the league and they both have legit pitching staffs. It is too bad they will play in February when it will likely be cold and wet. Expect some 2-1, 3-0 type games.

Now, onto the juicy part of the schedule. If it is official; Linfield plays St. Thomas, Cal-Lu, and Wesleyan down in Arizona. All four of these teams made it to the regional last year, with Linfield and St. Thomas going to the WS (St. Thomas dominated Linfield in the opening game). They also play NAIA Marian.

I love that they were able to get these out of region teams to come to Arizona. I wish this happened more often. It isn't often a team from Oregon gets to play teams from Minnesota, Connecticut, Indiana, in the same weekend. And legit teams at that! As fun as it is seeing West Region teams play each other every season in non-conference, this will be a breath of fresh air!

The season is wrapped up with the inaugural NWC conference tournament, April 24th through the 26th. I love that this adds extra games against top opponents. The next weekend marks the end of the season as Linfield plays some non-conference games against PLU, George Fox and Puget Sound. No doubt trying to boost that SOS a little bit more.

Looks like a great year. Roll 'Cats.

The AZ games are great for everyone.  I'm not even sure if they will continue the games up in Phoenix but the Tucson games bring teams from all over the place.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on December 24, 2014, 12:50:12 am
Thank goodness for that.

I see that George Fox is starting out the season in TX. They will also get to play some solid competition out of the gate. Two against Concordia and one vs Centenary, and Trinity. Should be a good SOS to start out.
GFU has a great Texas Schedule.  Where are they playing Centenary and Trinity?


Okay, found it.  (TLU got lights in Spring 2014.)

http://athletics.georgefox.edu/sports/bsb/2014-15/schedule
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on December 26, 2014, 08:25:24 pm
As much as it pains me to say it, I think Willamette will be a serious factor, and is positioned to be a serious threat to take the NWC title.  Linfield has the great 1-2 punch of starting pitchers coming back, but has lost some high-level secondary guys on the bump to graduation, and they need to replace virtually all of their offense.  PLU had no offense last season, and Lubking is in pro ball.  The Bearcats return basically everyone from a very competitive '14 season team, who were in the mix until the final two weeks when they fell apart after being eliminated.

Willamette won't have the pitching of PLU and Linfield, but, only need to replace Semlacher from an offense that raked last year, and they return their top starters and closer, again, not a WU fan, but I think they'll be legit.....
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on December 27, 2014, 05:20:20 pm
As much as it pains me to say it, I think Willamette will be a serious factor, and is positioned to be a serious threat to take the NWC title.  Linfield has the great 1-2 punch of starting pitchers coming back, but has lost some high-level secondary guys on the bump to graduation, and they need to replace virtually all of their offense.  PLU had no offense last season, and Lubking is in pro ball.  The Bearcats return basically everyone from a very competitive '14 season team, who were in the mix until the final two weeks when they fell apart after being eliminated.

Willamette won't have the pitching of PLU and Linfield, but, only need to replace Semlacher from an offense that raked last year, and they return their top starters and closer, again, not a WU fan, but I think they'll be legit.....

I agree Willamette will be good, but I still think they are the 3rd best team.

Linfield only lost two pitchers that had more than 10 total innings last year. For all intents and purposes, their staff will be even better than last year (or the year before). They do lose a lot offensively, but the cupboards definitely aren't bare. They still return 4 starters and they have a D1 transfer that should come in and start immediately. Their defense should be a lot better as well. And everyone knows pitching and defense wins championships.

PLU took second in the league last year in spite of having the worst offense in the conference. But they were so young; they only had one senior starting last year. I expect their offense to take a huge leap this year. Lubking was amazing, but they still have Bishop (who no-hit Willamette lat year) and Mahlum. Mahlum might have the best pure stuff in the West region this year. He is absolutely filthy and only a sophomore.

Until Willamette proves they can hang with the "big boys" of the NWC, I can't put them as a favorite. I think these three teams will battle for the top spot, but at the end of the day pitching is what, I think, matters the most...

Linfield - 2.27 ERA
PLU - 2.76 ERA
Willamette - 4.62 ERA
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on December 28, 2014, 08:27:15 pm
Willamette is a dangerous team with that offense, but I can't imagine them finishing in the top 2 for the NWC this spring. Linfield and George Fox should still be the favorites despite both losing some significant pieces to graduation. Linfield's rotation will remain strong with Haddeland and Thomassen returning, but their offense will need some new faces to step up (especially after losing their 3-6 hitters). Fox may have lost the most from the 2014 season, but Coach Hunter routinely puts out a solid starting lineup and they also return some strong arms on the mound. As Westside pointed out, Willamette needs a more consistent (and talented) rotation if they expect to contend for the title.

My prediction for 2015 is as follows: Linfield, Fox, PLU, Willamette, Whitworth, UPS, Whitman, Pacific, L&C.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bishopleftiesdad on January 16, 2015, 02:40:07 pm
Clayton Truex formerly of Linfield will continue his Baseball career in the Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League. He will be playing for the Oregon City Mud Turtles

http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/player.html?playerid=743594&seasonid=29081

http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/team_roster.html?teamid=85812&seasonid=29081
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on January 16, 2015, 05:13:51 pm
Congrats, kid can hit.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on January 16, 2015, 07:02:24 pm
As stated a number of times..the 'Cats season will come down to how well they swing it. Looking forward to another great year in the NWC.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on January 19, 2015, 02:16:55 pm
Clayton Truex formerly of Linfield will continue his Baseball career in the Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League. He will be playing for the Oregon City Mud Turtles

http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/player.html?playerid=743594&seasonid=29081

http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/team_roster.html?teamid=85812&seasonid=29081

Congrats to Clayton. His signing now makes it 3 Wildcats from last year's squad playing professional ball (Lindell and Fisher are both playing overseas in Australia). It won't be an easy task to replace these 3, along with Wylie, as each were a part of that "Murderer's Row" middle of the order that the Cats presented last year. Over 50% of the RBI's last season were collected by this group so it appears that this year's squad will really need to rely on good execution and small ball if they plan on making another deep playoff run.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on January 23, 2015, 04:51:12 pm
The more I check out teams, the more I think Puget Sound could make some noise this year. On paper, they could be solid. They lost 9  games by 2 runs or less last year, and were a couple unfortunate breaks from finishing better. I mean, they finished ahead of Willamette and swept them head to head last year.

Looking at their roster, they return pretty much everyone besides Stone (who was legit). They return Savage and Backes who both had great years last year, and are as good as any hitters in the conference. They also return 2 of their 3 starters. If they can find a third guy, they could make some noise.

If they can survive their first 8 games (Cal Lu, Pomona, and Linfield face them in non-league); I think they have a chance to finish top 4 again and possibly top 3.

My way too early top 5:
1. Linfield
2. PLU
3. Willamette
4. Puget Sound
5. George Fox

It is still hard to say since so many teams haven't updated their roster pages yet. Fox has a few guys that were seniors with junior eligibility, so I have no idea if they are back or not.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on January 24, 2015, 10:00:20 am
Wow, so what happened to Whitworth, who two oops three years ago went to the CWS and seemed like they were on a path to challenge Linfield?

I suspect GF will be better than you forecast, but I really don't know. Don't they have a number of returning pitchers?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on January 24, 2015, 11:17:45 am
Fox is hard to peg, especially without knowing their updated roster. They lost their #1 and top reliever, but they return their #2 and #3 pitchers. So they don't lose much there. Zarosinski, the Oregon State transfer, is as good as any D3 pitcher in the nation. I just worry about their offense.

They could need to replace 7 starters from last year. But three of them were seniors with junior eligibility... so no clue if they come back. I just think it will hurt losing Rapacz, Dixon, and Clifford. Those three have been the middle of their order for three straight seasons. It is asking a lot.

I have a ton of faith in their coaching staff though, and I wouldn't be surprised if they finish anywhere in the top 5. Also, no idea if they brought in any transfers.

Whitworth is a different animal...

It is hard to get solid information on the eastern Washington teams since they are quite secluded. I know they don't lose much and they return all their pitching. I think their season could rely on Scheibe being back to his dominant form. He was one of the biggest reasons Whitworth won the West Regional his freshman year (2-0, 13.1 scoreless in the regional). Overall, I think they are trending up in the NWC. Their new field/facilities should help with recruiting . And they still have a few players that played important roles on their CWS team.

I think Whitworth got a bit unlucky with their schedule and they just couldn't quite recover, last year. Granted, Scheibe and Pfeffer (their two best players) were hurt. They started the conference 2-1 before losing to PLU 3-1 and 1-0. The next week they took on Linfield and lost 4-2, 2-1, and 3-2. All of a sudden they were 3-6 and that's tough to come back from.

Overall, I think we will see improvement from most of the teams in NWC. Linfield, Fox, and Whitman are the only teams that I think lost more than they gained since last  year.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on January 24, 2015, 02:08:48 pm
In response to Fox's 2015 roster, it appears that Zeller and Blankenship are gone so that means Fox will be without their top 5 hitters from last year's squad (simply based off of average). Zarosinski will need to carry the load and hopefully Taylor Dunn is able to regain his old form after spending the last couple seasons suffering and recovering from Tommy John. I think Fox is going to need to rely heavily on their pitching staff if they expect to contend in the NWC. They also have a pair of freshmen arms that could be serviceable this spring. I'm not sure if there are any transfers in the mix either.

The link below will take you to the 2015 roster:
http://athletics.georgefox.edu/sports/bsb/2014-15/roster
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on January 25, 2015, 05:46:49 pm
Overall, I think we will see improvement from most of the teams in NWC. Linfield, Fox, and Whitman are the only teams that I think lost more than they gained since last  year.

Yes, I would say it is hard to say any team in the NWC lost more depth than Whitman.  11 graduating seniors - and two 3-2 Engineering grads.  They only return their starting C, 3B and one starting pitcher.  Additionally, SS O. Braff, who would have to have been on anyone's short list as a pre-season Conference POY candidate transferred to a California D1, where I suspect he'll be a starting MIF this season...It will be interesting to see how the recent upswing in the program has impacted the quality of recruiting, as they have a lot of new Frosh, and need to re-load. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on January 25, 2015, 06:08:32 pm
Not that it matters, but he will not be able to play at a D1 as he will have to have a year in residence. You can go D1-D3 without a sit out year but have to sit out going D3-D1. Sounds like they lost a lot.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bishopleftiesdad on January 25, 2015, 06:13:43 pm
There are situations that you can go d3-d1 with out a sit out, but I do not know if he qualifies.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on January 25, 2015, 06:23:34 pm
Not that it matters, but he will not be able to play at a D1 as he will have to have a year in residence. You can go D1-D3 without a sit out year but have to sit out going D3-D1. Sounds like they lost a lot.

He's listed on the active 2015 roster, shown as a Junior (he transferred from Whitman after his Soph season) - so I'm assuming he's playing without a sit-out year.  He can really play, was the starting 2B in the California Collegiate League All Star game this past summer.  Really good kid also, although a tough loss for the team, the Whitman family only wishes him the best of success.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on January 25, 2015, 07:11:56 pm
2015 D3baseball.com Top 25, preseason

Records from 2014, Previous rankings from final 2014 D3baseball.com Top 25
#    School (1st votes)    Rec    Pts    Prev.
1    UW-Whitewater (22)    44-7    620    1
2    St. Thomas (3)    39-9    564    3
3    Emory    38-13    556    2
4    Linfield    37-9    527    6
5    Cortland State    36-10    501    5
6    Salisbury    37-9    446    7
7    Southern Maine    37-15    391    4
8    Webster    37-7    375    9
9    Concordia-Chicago    39-7    350    10
10    Cal Lutheran    36-10    345    14

http://www.d3baseball.com/top25/2015/2015-week-0 (http://www.d3baseball.com/top25/2015/2015-week-0)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on January 30, 2015, 08:47:40 pm
I'm sure teams are not complaining about the weather they've been catching this past week.  Only a few more days now...
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 05, 2015, 05:01:27 pm
Anyone know the deal with Willamette's Matt Jepsen? He isn't listed on their roster this year and was just a freshman last year.

That is a huge loss to the Bearcats. Their pitching was already below average, and I believe he was their best pitcher last year (lead the team in ERA and wins). I know he is from the SoCal area, and he had a great summer down there... I wouldn't be surprised if he transferred. I just can't find any info on him.

Oh yea, and the season starts tomorrow. So ready.  8-)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on February 06, 2015, 12:40:34 pm
What a beautiful day for baseball! ;D

Score Update:
Linfield 6-0 over UTD
Fox 2-1 over CTX
PLU 5-4 over La Verne in bottom of 5
CLU 7-0 over Whitworth in top 6
Pomona-Pitzer 3-2 over UPS in top 6
WU 5-1 over Claremont in top 4
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 06, 2015, 01:17:51 pm
Anyone know the deal with Willamette's Matt Jepsen? He isn't listed on their roster this year and was just a freshman last year.


His incomplete profile is there but they left him off the roster list.

http://www.willamette.edu/athletics/teams/baseball/roster/athletes/jepsen.php (http://www.willamette.edu/athletics/teams/baseball/roster/athletes/jepsen.php)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bishopleftiesdad on February 06, 2015, 01:38:44 pm
Anybody know how Linfield did against Dallas today?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 06, 2015, 01:56:41 pm
Anybody know how Linfield did against Dallas today?

Linfield is up 6-0 going to the 9th.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bishopleftiesdad on February 06, 2015, 02:02:31 pm
Thanks I could not find live stats or video.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on February 06, 2015, 02:32:48 pm
Final Score:

Linfield 6-0 over UTD

Haddeland goes 7 IP (threw 61 pitches) and Stevick closes out the final 2 frames. Offensive standouts include Carroll with a pair of 3B's and Laboda with 3 RBI's.

Fox also beat CTX 2-1 behind a solid start from Buckles. Both teams decided to hold off using their aces.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 06, 2015, 02:38:27 pm
That's a great start for the NWC.

Huge win for Fox, beating the pre-season #1 in the ASC. Neither team really hit the ball well, but Buckles looked really good on the mound. Fox's D looked quite good (even with their errors). Looks like Mott moved over to SS this year, and he made a ridiculous play late that probably saved a run.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on February 06, 2015, 10:04:43 pm
Great first day for the NWC. Wins by Fox, Linfield, PLU, WU, and UPS. Whitworth was the only team to lose (to CLU). Fox is just about to wrap up the day verse Centenary. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for the NWC during their out of conference contests.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on February 07, 2015, 05:40:19 pm
Update from AZ:

Linfield sweeps La Verne 12-5 and 10-7 on the day. There were a number of contributors on the offensive side. Nice to see this kind of run production early on in the season, especially after losing your 2-5 hitters.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on February 08, 2015, 11:43:12 am
Saw the TU/GF game, a bit messy on both sides, but GF looks pretty solid. Once their pitching comes around and defense tightens up they should be competitive in the NWest.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on February 08, 2015, 08:58:57 pm
The first weekend of the season is in the books. On the weekend, NWC teams went 16-12 and were led by Linfield (4-0), Willamette (4-0), and PLU (3-1). Here's how the NWC stacked up against its opposition:

5-1 vs. ASC
10-8 vs. SCIAC
1-1 vs. SCAC
0-2 vs. non D3 opponent

There was a surplus in offensive numbers from most teams, which may be attributed to the SoCal/Texas heat, new seams, pitcher's arm strength still increasing, etc...Either way, a lot of positives from the weekend and I think it's going to be interesting to see how things shakeout in the NW as the season rolls along.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on February 08, 2015, 09:57:44 pm
GF split with Concordia, lost a good game to TU and beat a Centenary which they should. All games looked like they were competitive and could have gone either way. Maybe not what the team wanted, but it was a good idea for the program to venture out. Should really help them in early season play. We're kind of sick of Linfield so go give them a run in the NWest. Not sure about the back end of their rotation, but it is really early in the season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 10, 2015, 03:22:34 pm
Congrats again to Chris Haddeland. For the 2nd straight year, he is on the only D3 player listed on the Golden Spikes Award list. Been quite a career to this point, and he still has his senior season to look forward to. Haddeland was awarded the NWC pitcher of the week to start of the season after his seven inning shutout in Arizona.

And congrats to Linfield So. Ben Andrews for his first NWC player of the week award. He has big shoes to fill in the middle of that order, but he started out strong. Andrews hit .500 (9-for-18), scored seven runs and had 10 RBI over four games.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on February 11, 2015, 01:22:38 am
The first weekend of the season is in the books. On the weekend, NWC teams went 16-12 and were led by Linfield (4-0), Willamette (4-0), and PLU (3-1). Here's how the NWC stacked up against its opposition:

5-1 vs. ASC
10-8 vs. SCIAC
1-1 vs. SCAC
0-2 vs. non D3 opponent

There was a surplus in offensive numbers from most teams, which may be attributed to the SoCal/Texas heat, new seams, pitcher's arm strength still increasing, etc...Either way, a lot of positives from the weekend and I think it's going to be interesting to see how things shakeout in the NW as the season rolls along.
Linfield is the team to beat in the West. Until someone shows they can match Linfield, i expect them to win the NWC conference tourney, win the West Regional and return to the D3 Championships series. One of the top programs in the West and in D3 with their outstanding coaching and players for the last several years.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 16, 2015, 12:10:13 pm
Not sure what to make of Willamette at this point. They are 7-0 but they have played two of the worst teams in the West region.

They swept CMS (who is easily the worst team in the SCIAC barring Cal Tech...) and they beat Lewis & Clark (the worst team in the NWC) three times by 1 run.

Their non-conference schedule really should see them going 13-0 or 12-1 against D3 teams as they take on Pacific and Occidental later in the year in non-league.

You never know which teams will get hot, but, after two weeks, I expect the conference to come down to Linfield and PLU.

And wouldn't you know... Linfield hosts PLU to open up NWC play this next weekend. Gotta love the big games in February  :-\
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on February 16, 2015, 01:08:26 pm
I noticed that Mahlum has not pitched for PLU yet this season, hopefully for him/them this is not a serious injury issue.  If he is not on the hill, I think that gives a distinct advantage to Linfield next weekend.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 16, 2015, 01:36:38 pm
I noticed that Mahlum has not pitched for PLU yet this season, hopefully for him/them this is not a serious injury issue.  If he is not on the hill, I think that gives a distinct advantage to Linfield next weekend.

From what I heard, he had some arm problems this summer and they haven't really healed. As far as I know, he is out for the foreseeable future/possibly the whole season.

On top of that Konopaski hasn't thrown since the first game of the year, and that includes multiple games that had a save opportunity. No idea if he is hurt or if they are just getting other arms looks... Still, their pitching staff has really stepped up without these two guys going.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 22, 2015, 05:41:48 pm
PLU takes the series over Linfield.  'Cats had the lead today but couldn't extended it and PLU chipped away until they put nail into the 'Cats in the top of the 9th. Lots of baseball left but the 'Cats are going to have their work cut out this season.

Go 'Cats!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on February 22, 2015, 07:48:54 pm
Tough weekend for the Cats :( Kudos to PLU for coming out and being competitive for all three games this weekend. As Wildcat mentioned, there is a lot of baseball still to be played and, as Westside has pointed out, PLU is a top contender in the NW.

Fox and Willamette both take care of business against two teams they should (and did) sweep. After one weekend of play, they take the top spots in the NWC followed by PLU.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on February 24, 2015, 08:22:08 pm
Saw that Willamette, rightfully so, got a little ORV love in the latest D3 Top 25.  I don't remember them getting any ORV recognition last season while they were making some noise?

Although they are 10 - 0, I see some early red flags.  Ty Wyatt, easily the guy in their lineup who really strikes fear has not played yet this season, due to injury I assume?  That, and no Jepsen is a blow.

Additionally, although they swept L&C in a three game "non-conference - in-conference" series, the three games were very, very close.  Then, against an extremely young Whitman team, they needed two bottom of the 9th-inning rallies, mainly fed by walks from a young, frosh Whitman bullpen to send games into extras.

Against the three quality NWC conference starters that Willamette has faced so far this year (Strombom from L&C, and the two guys from Whitman) Willamette was held to 4 total runs (3 earned) and a .148 batting average over three games and 23 innings. 

I was surprised by PLU's offense against Linfield, they obviously seem to be more of a threat at the plate this year and some new faces are throwing the ball very well to help make up for the loss of Mahlum to injury.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jim Dixon on February 25, 2015, 04:27:18 pm
Not sure what to make of Willamette at this point. They are 7-0 but they have played two of the worst teams in the West region.

I love early season long win streaks, especially by teams that have not gotten the national attention.  The first step in upgrading your team is to consistently beat the teams that you should beat and the Bear Cats are doing this so far.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 26, 2015, 12:07:14 pm
That's a good point Jim. I just feel like these early season wins are going to take a toll on the SOS at the end of the season. And we all know how important that is. Their 10-0 record has come at the expense of teams that are a combined 2-25 right now... I know they are a solid squad (heck, they are in my top 25), I just wish they would've built off last years team and challenged themselves more.

Anyway, we are on to week 2 of NWC play:

Pacific vs. PLU: I think PLU wins all three game of this series. Pacific has been underwhelming and this is PLU's home opener. PLU looks to be building something pretty special right now. 5 of their starters are just sophomores, so they could be good for quite a while.
Linfield vs. Puget Sound: Linfield's offense sputtered a bit last weekend, but I see them sweeping this weekend. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if they dropped two, but I think their pitching bounces back and the young offense should get better each weekend.
Whitworth vs. Whitman: Whitworth is starting to look like they will make some noise this year. I think they will take all three from Whitman. I really hope Scheibe is back to his old self, because he is a legitimate ace. His 14.73 K/9 is ridiculous at this point.
Willamette vs. George Fox: I am taking Fox to win two. This is another tossup, but they are so scrappy and I am never surprised when they win. If Willamette wins this series, they will get a big boost in my eyes.

I wanted to quickly acknowledge a handful of guys that are off to hot starts (yes, there are more I didn't mention):

Will Thompson (Whitman): In 2 starts; 15IP, 16K, two earned runs (1.20 ERA). Unfortunately he has no decisions on the year, as the offense just hasn't supported him.
Dan Scheibe (Whitworth): Scheibe is 2-0 to start the year while giving up just one run in 11 innings (0.82 ERA) The most impressive part is his 18 strikeouts to just two walks.
Chris Haddeland (Linfield): What's new. He has allowed just one earned run in his first 23.2 innings (0.38 ERA) He has 16 strikeouts to one walk, and he has allowed just one extra base hit.

Connor Savage (UPS): The leadoff man has a cool .500 batting average and he has scored 17 runs already. He has a ridiculous .560 OBP to go with two doubles, a triple, and a home run.
Eric Lawson (Linfield): Lawson has done it all. A .465 batting average, 16R, 15RBI, 11 extra base hits (he had just 7 all last season), and he leads the conference with six stolen bases.
Josh Davis (Whitworth): His three homeruns in just seven games puts him on pace for a monster year. It doesn't hurt that he is batting .429. Eight of his 12 hits have gone for extra bases (.964 slugging).
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 28, 2015, 05:32:02 pm
Linfield and UPS in the top of 13 now...tied at 6
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 28, 2015, 09:30:00 pm
'Cats pull it out and Willamette continues to impress
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on February 28, 2015, 09:30:22 pm
Today's Recap

Linfield survives in a 15 inning barn burner against UPS. Thanks to the 9th inning heroics of Jo Carroll, the Cats were able to extend the game into extras where the bullpen answered the call by going 8 innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 BB's and just 1 run. Tough loss for a pesky UPS squad. I like Linfield in a sweep tomorrow, but losing one would not be a major surprise, especially if we keep leaving so many runners stranded on base and in scoring position. Linfield's bullpen is in much better shape than UPS' so I give the Cats the advantage tomorrow.

Willamette made a big statement by sweeping Fox this afternoon thanks to a pair of brilliant pitching performances. Pitching has always been the Bearcats' Achilles heel, but performances like today will make them a major threat for the remainder of the regular season and into the NWC tournament. Fox's offense just doesn't have the firepower that it contained last season. My preseason projection of them finishing 2nd is faltering quickly.

Whitworth sweeps (and hammers) Whitman on the road today. Scheibe's numbers after today stands at 18 IP, 28 K's, and an ERA of 1.00. Not too shabby to say the least. Upending the Pirates in game 1 of the series is going to be a tough challenge for every NWC team this season. If the Pirates can squeeze into the postseason tournament, don't be surprised if they clip whoever they face in the first round as long as Scheibe continues sizzling.

PLU splits with Pacific (I'm not too surprised by this except I would have thought that Pacific takes the 1st game and not the 2nd). Pacific can be competitive and steal a game here and there, but I expect PLU to take the series tomorrow.

Lewis and Clark is swept by Simpson University (NAIA in CA). Yawn...
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on March 01, 2015, 05:15:20 pm
Nice "bounce-back" dat by a few schools.

1. Whitman takes game 3 after giving up 29 to Whitworth yesterday.  Not sure if it is better for Whitman's confidence or a shot to Whitworth's?

2. PLU is absolutely pasting Pacific after splitting yesterday.

3. UPS spanks Linfield after dropping a heartbreaker yesterday.

4.  George Fox in a battle with Willamette after getting swept yesterday.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on March 01, 2015, 07:04:33 pm
It certainly appears to be some tectonic shifts going on in the NWest this season. It will be interesting to watch over the next month to see what happens. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on March 01, 2015, 07:07:16 pm
Nice "bounce-back" dat by a few schools.

3. UPS spanks Linfield after dropping a heartbreaker yesterday.

4.  George Fox in a battle with Willamette after getting swept yesterday.

Willamette finally drops a game and Fox gets a much needed conference win in terms of playoff implications and just for the sake of their morale.

Linfield's morale took a big hit today by being completely dominated by UPS in the first game. Two weeks in a row that the #2 starter, and returning All-American, gets hit around. I really thought Thomassen would have a bounce-back performance today, but something must be in the water up there in Tacoma. Game 3 is knotted up at 4-4 in the 6th. Hopefully, the Cats can grind out this last game today and feel a sense of relief knowing they won't face either Tacoma school until the NWC tournament (this kind of play isn't going to get it done).
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 01, 2015, 07:34:42 pm
Ugh....still early but the nwc returns so far have not been good.

Go 'Cats!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on March 01, 2015, 08:59:53 pm
Decided to do some digging...this is the first time since 2009 Linfield has "lost" back to back NWC series. I use quotations because they technically went 2-2 and 1-3 in those series back in 2009 (back when NWC teams played 32 game conference regular season schedules). Their last "true" back to back conference series' losses were in 2006 when they fell 1-2 against, coincidentally, PLU and UPS...

Appears there may be a changing of the guard in the West...Too soon to count them out, but the Cats have a lot of work to do for the remainder of the season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on March 08, 2015, 06:24:18 pm
Wow! Really log jammed in the NWC, and series sweeps thus far are precious commodities, no matter the match-up. Gotta love it, and huge kudos to Lewis and Clark, and in particular their pitching staff for battling for two competitive,low scoring games yesterday, then getting the win today vs. Linfield.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on March 09, 2015, 10:32:27 am
Wow! Really log jammed in the NWC, and series sweeps thus far are precious commodities, no matter the match-up. Gotta love it, and huge kudos to Lewis and Clark, and in particular their pitching staff for battling for two competitive,low scoring games yesterday, then getting the win today vs. Linfield.

I know it's still early (kind of) but Linfield really needs to start sweeping teams.  They cannot afford to lose many more games if they plan on making the conference tournament.  Let the rest of the NWC beat up on each other while they sweep is really the only way they climb the standings.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 09, 2015, 12:54:24 pm
I know it's still early (kind of) but Linfield really needs to start sweeping teams.  They cannot afford to lose many more games if they plan on making the conference tournament.  Let the rest of the NWC beat up on each other while they sweep is really the only way they climb the standings.

Pretty much spot on..
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on March 12, 2015, 12:56:27 pm
Looks like we got the top 4 teams facing off against each other this weekend. Should be some good games.

Willamette (6-3) vs. Puget Sound (7-2)
Whitworth (4-2) vs. PLU (6-3)

Puget Sound is hitting a ridiculous .380 in league games this year... let's see if they can keep it up.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on March 13, 2015, 07:29:33 pm
Looks like we got the top 4 teams facing off against each other this weekend. Should be some good games.

Willamette (6-3) vs. Puget Sound (7-2)
Whitworth (4-2) vs. PLU (6-3)



Who would've thought no Linfield and no George Fox in this discussion after 3 weekends of conference play ???
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on March 14, 2015, 11:04:41 pm
PLU loses today verse Whitworth so they finish the weekend 2-1. The Lutes are now 8-4 in conference play and sitting in 2nd place at the halfway point of the NWC season. Coach Loomis deserves a lot of credit for producing yet another formidable pitching staff (2.64 ERA) and doing so without one of their key starters in Mahlum (and All-American closer Konopaski who has missed some weekends due to arm issues).

UPS took down Willamette in Game 1 of their doubleheader and maintained their NWC lead. The freshman Rowan-Kennedy got the win on the mound for the Loggers and after a hot start the Bearcats have lost 4 of their last 5.

Linfield got 2 much needed wins today over quality opponents in Concordia-Chicago and Cal Lutheran. It was nice to see the bats finally come alive and cash in some runs in the first contest. The 7-5 win over Cal Lu also makes me feel a little bit better after the Cats poor start to league play. Hopefully Linfield can keep the momentum rolling against Wesleyan tomorrow before returning to NWC action next weekend. Taking 3 out of 4 (the loss being an extra inning affair against #2 St. Thomas) against some good competition should build the Cats' confidence back up to where it needs to be.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Wildcat17 on March 16, 2015, 02:24:34 pm
PLU loses today verse Whitworth so they finish the weekend 2-1. The Lutes are now 8-4 in conference play and sitting in 2nd place at the halfway point of the NWC season. Coach Loomis deserves a lot of credit for producing yet another formidable pitching staff (2.64 ERA) and doing so without one of their key starters in Mahlum (and All-American closer Konopaski who has missed some weekends due to arm issues).

UPS took down Willamette in Game 1 of their doubleheader and maintained their NWC lead. The freshman Rowan-Kennedy got the win on the mound for the Loggers and after a hot start the Bearcats have lost 4 of their last 5.

Linfield got 2 much needed wins today over quality opponents in Concordia-Chicago and Cal Lutheran. It was nice to see the bats finally come alive and cash in some runs in the first contest. The 7-5 win over Cal Lu also makes me feel a little bit better after the Cats poor start to league play. Hopefully Linfield can keep the momentum rolling against Wesleyan tomorrow before returning to NWC action next weekend. Taking 3 out of 4 (the loss being an extra inning affair against #2 St. Thomas) against some good competition should build the Cats' confidence back up to where it needs to be.

As an update to the weekend games, Linfield finished 3-1 for the weekend in Tucson, with wins over # 5 ranked Cal Lu (7-5 in 11 innings), over #13 Concordia-Chicago (13-7) and Wesleyan (6-2 in 9 innings), and the sole loss to #2 ranked St Thomas coming 4-3 in 11 innings.  There was a lot of good pitching and some clutch hitting, especially by the Cats 4 and 5 hitters, Andrews and Carroll.  It looks like most of the NWC Sunday games were rained out, so it will make it interesting when Linfield returns to conference play next week against Pacific.  Linfield is on 5 conference losses, and there are now four league teams on four losses.  A sweep against Pacific puts Linfield right back in the league race, and the weekend's results in Arizona should boost the kids' confidence. 

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on March 16, 2015, 02:37:29 pm
Will UPS and Willamette make up the rained out games?  It shows as canceled on the UPS site but those games could be huge in the overall standings.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Wildcat17 on March 16, 2015, 05:03:49 pm
Will UPS and Willamette make up the rained out games?  It shows as canceled on the UPS site but those games could be huge in the overall standings.

Whitman and George Fox are making up their game from Sunday.  Whitman is currently up 3-2 with 2 outs in the 8th.  Not sure about UPS and Willamette, but they should since the games are so critical in a close league race. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on March 16, 2015, 08:25:15 pm
Yeah there is no way those two Willamette/UPS games aren't played. I'm really surprised they weren't just played today, just as Lewis and Clark/Pacific and George Fox/Whitman did today to complete their weekend series.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on March 18, 2015, 08:17:12 pm
Hello. I stumbled across this board awhile ago and finally decided to join the conversation about the NWC.  I've been watching UPS for the last two years, so I've seen most of the conference teams play.

As for last weekend's UPS-Willamette rainout games - there was no way the field would have been playable on Monday. That field drains poorly and it was inundated with water. So playing on Monday was not an option. Also, WU is into midterms this week and that may have factored into the decision on whether to try and play on Monday.

I know this board has a lot of love for Linfield, but after seeing them 4 times this year, I don't share that perspective.  Its defense is up and down, and outside of 2 or 3 hitters, the offense has sputtered. And the pitching was average.

This should be the year another team claims the conference title.  Don't know who it will be, but it should be a really fun post-season tournament.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Wildcat17 on March 20, 2015, 04:31:45 pm
Hello. I stumbled across this board awhile ago and finally decided to join the conversation about the NWC.  I've been watching UPS for the last two years, so I've seen most of the conference teams play.

As for last weekend's UPS-Willamette rainout games - there was no way the field would have been playable on Monday. That field drains poorly and it was inundated with water. So playing on Monday was not an option. Also, WU is into midterms this week and that may have factored into the decision on whether to try and play on Monday.

I know this board has a lot of love for Linfield, but after seeing them 4 times this year, I don't share that perspective.  Its defense is up and down, and outside of 2 or 3 hitters, the offense has sputtered. And the pitching was average.

This should be the year another team claims the conference title.  Don't know who it will be, but it should be a really fun post-season tournament.


I agree that Linfield did not play well in the UPS series at Tacoma, but remember this is a relatively young team with quite a few sophomores and freshman making major contributions.  They started off conference play with series against PLU and UPS, two of the tougher teams.  As the AZ results indicate, they do have quite a bit of ability on the team.

UPS is 2-2 on the season against Linfield, with one of the losses out of conference.  Also, UPS just lost the midweek out of conference game to PLU, and has four more games against PLU remaining.  When the dust settles for the conference tournament, I suspect Linfield will be in the midst of the hunt.  As you say, it should make for an interesting tournament. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on March 21, 2015, 07:31:08 pm
Welcome Wildcat17 and WestisBest. It's nice to have a fresh set of eyes and some new perspectives on NWC play.

The gap between NWC teams at the top has shrunk after the series' openers this afternoon. UPS falls to Whitworth's Scheibe and trail 10-2 in the 5th in the 2nd game. PLU falls to Whitman in Game 1, but lead 6-1 late in Game 2. Linfield's Haddeland goes CG against Pacific for a Cat victory in Game 1, but the teams are knotted up at 3 in Game 2. Willamette should sweep this afternoon barring a collapse in Game 2, which they lead 5-0 late.

I'm having deja vu of 2012 when Whitworth claimed the conference title with 5 losses, but this year the conference champ is likely to have 6 or 7. So much for a 2nd NWC team cracking the playoffs with a Pool C bid....I guess I'm just going to stick with my previous prediction that Linfield comes away with the Pool A after the NWC tourney ;D But realistically, the Pool A from the NWC is completely wide-open this year.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on March 22, 2015, 12:31:02 am
Today's Complete Recap:

Whitworth sweeps UPS
Linfield sweeps Pacific
PLU and Whitman split
Willamette sweeps L&C
Fox is 0-3 on the road against Chapman

1 1/2 GB is the difference between the top teams (Willamette and UPS) and the 6th place team (Linfield) in the standings. This last month before the conference tourney is going to be a wild one.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 22, 2015, 06:23:26 pm
Game 3 once again..... :-[

Gotta get it done down the stretch.  Go 'Cats!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on March 22, 2015, 07:29:21 pm
Linfield's offense is just so inconsistent... two extra base hits in a three games series against a team with a 5+ ERA...
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on March 22, 2015, 08:12:13 pm
Cats hitting .252 as a team and the bullpen has a 4.42 ERA in league play...not championship-quality numbers. On the bright side, we are still in the mix :o

On a different note, the conference player of the year award is wide-open as well. Favorites here at the halfway point should include:

Josh Davis (Whitworth) - .447 avg, 3 HR's, 12 RBI's
Zach Rapacz (Fox) - .426 avg, 3 HR's, 14 RBI's
Conor Savage (UPS) - .418 avg, 10 RBI's, 18 runs
Tiras Koon (Willamette) - .395 avg, 4 HR's, 10 RBI's

Pitcher of the Year-

Garret Brown (PLU) - 3-0, 1.27 ERA, 10.55 K/G
Dan Scheibe (Whitworth) - 3-1, 2.60 ERA, 9.76 K/G
Chris Haddeland (Linfield) - 3-0, 2.25 ERA, 2 CG's, 6.47 K/G
Taylor Dunn (Fox) - 1-0, 1.59 ERA, 2 CG's, 7.31 K/G
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on March 23, 2015, 12:48:30 pm
4 weeks left and it promises to be a wild ride to the finish line. It's kinda hard to figure out which of the six teams currently bunched atop the conference will make the postseason tourney. Based on what I've seen so far, here are my thoughts.

1. Linfield is not very good.  Call them young. Call them inexperienced.  But I them average. They lost to Pacific and Lewis & Clark after all.  Big series next weekend against Willamette.
2. PLU has very good pitching.  The offense is pretty good as well.  This team seems like the most balanced of the group and, for my money, is most likely to emerge as the regular season champ and host the tourney.
3.  UPS is still a mystery.  Whitworth shut down their offense and the pitching was decidedly sub-par.  I think the offense hit a bump in the road and will return. But the pitching is the key to the Loggers' postseason hopes.
4.  Whitworth seems to be playing consistent baseball.  Hitting it well, pitching it well and they seem to be getting more confident each weekend.
5.  Willamette has been unimpressive so far. Of the teams they've played this year, only PLU has a winning record.  The other 5 teams? A combined 30-81.  Their schedule is backloaded with the better teams and that's where we'll see if the Bearcats are a contender or pretender.
6.  George Fox I haven't seen this year so I can't offer an opinion. Looking at their stats, the offense is very much middle of the road, while the pitching looks to be average,  They lost 2 of 3 to both Whitworth and Willamette.  Crucial series this weekend vs. PLU

So, based on those observations, I'm guessing that PLU and Whitworth are good bets for the tourney, with the other four teams fighting for the last two spots.   
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on March 23, 2015, 12:58:59 pm
Fan10, I like your list of potential award candidates, and I'd add these comments.

For POY, any of the three PLU starters could emerge and claim the award. All are solid and all have very good conference numbers - Rossman, Brown and Bishop.

As for hitters, I think this is a race between Davis, Savage and Rapacz; although Condreay of Whitworth could also be a viable candidate before too long. What I like about Condreay and Savage is that between them, they only have 3 strikeouts in conference play.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 28, 2015, 07:35:45 pm
Great Saturday sweep for Linfield today vs Willamette.  Now let's see if the 'Cats can come out of their game 3 blues tomorrow.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on March 28, 2015, 10:12:38 pm
How about Puget Sound today? Walk off inside-the-park, two-run home run to win game one against Whitman. They follow it up with an extra inning, walk off solo bomb in the second game. Clutch.

Whitworth all of a sudden the front runner... They still have Willamette and Linfield on the schedule, but they look pretty solid.

Tomorrow is a big day, as is every day going forward.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on March 31, 2015, 03:15:37 pm
We still don't know what to make of the league race with three weekends left. But, here's what we do know:

Whitworth controls its own destiny. With remaining series against Linfield and Willamette sandwiched around a series vs. Pacific, the Pirates will play a major factor in determining who the final 4 teams are for the conference tourney. But, because they lost the series against PLU, Whitworth doesn't have much margin for error if it wants to host the tournament. If it finishes in a tie with PLU atop the conference, presumably PLU would host based on its series win.

Actually, PLU may be in the best position to claim the conference crown.  It has won every series to date and has only UPS and L&C remaining. The way the season has gone, all those series victories may be the difference between hosting the tournament and travelling somewhere. But, even though PLU is playing well right now, they cannot afford a letdown; they are only one loss out of the no. 5 spot.

If Puget Sound makes it to the tournament, it will have earned its way in. The Loggers finish with George Fox and PLU, with a mid-week doubleheader against Willamette in between the two series.  Those are the make up games from the rain out two weeks ago.  Like Whitworth, UPS will play a significant role in determining the tournament participants - even if the Loggers aren't one of the final 4.

Linfield and George Fox are on the outside looking in right now, and both control their own fates.  But, neither can afford to drop a game in each remaining series and hope to reach postseason play. These two teams finish conference play against one another and it's possible - even likely - that for one of those teams to reach the tournament, it'll need to sweep that series.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on April 03, 2015, 12:19:41 pm
Weekend Preview/Predictions:

Whitworth vs. Linfield (Cats take 2 of 3) - Critical weekend for Linfield as a series loss will likely pull the plug on their postseason chances. Game 1 will feature IMO the top conference pitcher of the year candidates in Scheibe and Haddeland. I think the Cats sweep this afternoon, but the game 3 woes will continue. I don't see either team getting a full sweep this weekend.

Pacific vs. Willamette (Bearcats take 2 of 3) - Pacific is a feisty group that is more than capable of stealing a game against Willamette. The Bearcats will need to win the series to keep their postseason hopes alive, especially considering they won't hold the tiebreaker over Linfield following their series loss last weekend.

UPS vs. Fox (Fox takes 2 of 3) - This series was a complete toss up. You have UPS who is 2-6 in their last 8 games and Fox is 3-7 over their last 10 games. I like Fox's starting pitching, but UPS boasts the top offense in the NWC statistically. I'm biased towards pitching and defense so Fox got the nod from me.

Whitman vs. L&C (Whitman sweeps) - I wouldn't be surprised if the Pios snag a game, but Whitman appears to be playing well of late following a win and two close losses to UPS. Last place cellar on the line, sorry Pios, but this will likely not be your year to make it out of there (Pios have finished last in conference every year since 2010).

PLU off
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on April 03, 2015, 03:53:15 pm
Ok, can't stand it; I've got to weigh in with my weekend predictions.

Whitworth takes 2 from linfield. The Pirates are playing with confidence and linfield has been too inconsistent.

I don't believe I'm pacific. Willamette takes all 3.

Loggers have a much better offense than Bruins. And fox's pitching doesn't awe me. UPS takes 2 of 3.

Whitman is playing solid ball right now. But because they've traveled this weekend, I don't think they sweep. Missionaries win 2 of 3.

Regardless of these predictions, the conference race will still be very exciting these last 3 weeks.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on April 03, 2015, 04:57:10 pm
Linfield takes game one over Whitworth, 4-0. Haddeland goes complete game; seven strikeouts, no walks, just four singles allowed.

Haddeland now has complete game shutouts against Whitworth, PLU, and Willamette (the top 3 teams in the standings). Not bad.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on April 03, 2015, 05:52:07 pm
Linfield takes game one over Whitworth, 4-0. Haddeland goes complete game; seven strikeouts, no walks, just four singles allowed.

Haddeland now has complete game shutouts against Whitworth, PLU, and Willamette (the top 3 teams in the standings). Not bad.

Haddeland's performance this afternoon should push him back to the top of the NWC Pitcher of the Year conversation. 6 starts, 4 CG's, 5-0 record, 1.44 ERA, and a 35:4 K/BB ratio. His only competition will come from Rossman and Bishop from PLU and the fact that Linfield is sitting in 5th place, but still 2 weeks left of conference play for that to change.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 03, 2015, 06:40:14 pm
'Cats now up 7-0 on Whitworth in game two in the top of the 7th.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on April 03, 2015, 06:43:14 pm
Unbelievable. McMinnville and newberg are only 12 miles apart and Fox-UPS in game 1 rain delay top of first
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on April 03, 2015, 06:47:40 pm
Unbelievable. McMinnville and newberg are only 12 miles apart and Fox-UPS in game 1 rain delay top of first

Linfield is playing in Spokane in case you thought they were in McMinnville this weekend.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on April 03, 2015, 06:55:02 pm
HAHAHA well that explains the fast pace of the whit/linfield games!!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on April 03, 2015, 07:12:26 pm
Thomassen follows up with his own complete game shutout, Cats win 9-0. And the conference race is even more muddled now!

Huge day for the two senior pitchers.

Haddeland:9 IP, 7 K, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 H
Thomassen: 9 IP, 9 K, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 H
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 03, 2015, 07:14:51 pm
Thomassen follows up with his own complete game shutout, Cats win 9-0. And the conference race is even more muddled now!

Huge day for the two senior pitchers.

Haddeland:9 IP, 7 K, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 H
Thomassen: 9 IP, 9 K, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 H

0 Errors as well.  When the 'Cats are on their game..... :o
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 04, 2015, 05:43:37 pm
Huge sweep for the 'Cats over Whitworth. Puts Linfield right back into the mix.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on April 07, 2015, 11:54:08 am
It's a good thing I don't make a living predicting college baseball games! Or, for that matter, the NCAA basketball tournament. I'd be broke and on the streets.

I half-heartedly tried to figure out some scenarios based on the final two weekends of the season, but it is still far too complicated. But, here's what I do know:  PLU is still the odds-on favorite to win the regular season title and host the tournament. That's based on their remaining series at UPS and hosting Lewis & Clark. Linfield is hot on the Lutes' heels and Whitworth is still very much alive for the conference title.

If, and this is a huge assumption, PLU sweeps L&C, and Linfield sweeps Whitman, the Lutes and Wildcats will still be separated by one game with series against UPS and George Fox, respectively, to determine the league title.  But, if the two teams finish in a tie, PLU holds the tie-breaker edge, having taken 2 of 3 from Linfield earlier this season. Same goes for a tie between PLU and Whitworth, which has remaining series against Pacific and Willamette. If, the Pirates can sweep Pacific to stay close, they too, lose a tie breaker to PLU.

What that means is that if PLU takes care of business in its last series vs. L&C and can take 2 of 3 from UPS this weekend, it should host the tournament - regardless of what Linfield and Whitworth do.

Wow, looking back at this post, there sure are a lot of "ifs"!  Guess that really does capture this season in the NWC.

Oh, and UPS and Willamette play 2 today.  A split or sweep in either direction will not eliminate either team; although  a sweep by one or the other will certainly make it difficult for the loser to climb back into a post-season tournament spot. Not impossible, but unlikely.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on April 07, 2015, 11:58:19 am
I really like the post-season tournament as the vehicle for determining the NWC representative to the playoffs. Yes, some folks will say the tourney devalues the regular-season somewhat. But, for my money, I love the fact that with three weeks left in the regular season 7 teams still have a shot at the 4-team tournament. That creates a lot of excitement among the teams and really makes the final games worthwhile.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Wildcat17 on April 07, 2015, 04:04:26 pm
Speaking of the upcoming championship, does anyone know the format the NWC will use?  Is it a straightforward loser out 4v1, 3v2 single game format, or a round robin of some sort?   
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on April 07, 2015, 05:06:02 pm
I imagine the tourney will be double elimination.

Game 1: 4 vs. 1
Game 2: 3 vs. 2
Game 3: Loser of G1 vs. Loser of G2.
Game 4: Winner of G1 vs. Winner of G2.
Game 5: Winner of G3 vs. Loser of G4.
Game 6: Winner of G5 vs. Winner of G4.
Game 7 (if necessary): Winner of G6 vs. Loser of G6.

And that's all she wrote.

That could also be completely wrong  8-)

My early seeding prediction:
1) PLU
2) Linfield
3) Puget Sound
4) Whitworth
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on April 07, 2015, 05:10:25 pm
I thought I read or saw somewhere that the format is double elimination, like Westside has set out.

As an aside, UPS leads Willamette 16-2 in the top of the 7th of game 1.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on April 08, 2015, 05:23:40 pm
Lunch time is a great time to pencil out "what ifs."  With only 2 weekends of the regular season left, the possibilities have shrunk a bit.  Yesterday's UPS sweep of Willamette helped - sort of.

I couldn't create a scenario where Willamette can snag the no. 4 spot in the conference, so I think the Bearcats have been eliminated from postseason consideration. But, I did put together a series of outcomes that lets Pacific, yes Pacific, sneak into that last playoff spot. But, Pacific ends the season with series against Whitworth and at Whitman. Although the Boxers have stepped up their game recently, for them to have a chance at the no. 4 spot. they have to sweep both series and a couple of other teams have to sweep. I think all those sweeps actually happening is too much to expect: possible, yes; probable, no. So, while there are technically still 6 teams in the hunt for 4 playoff spots, realistically, it's probably just 5.

The league focus this weekend should be on Tacoma where UPS and PLU square off. Because PLU finishes the season with last-place Lewis & Clark, the Lutes can essentially secure the top seed in the playoffs by going 2-1 against the Loggers.  But, if UPS takes 2 of 3, the door is left open for either Whitworth or Linfield to win out and claim the top spot.  By my reckoning, PLU, UPS, Linfield, Whitworth and George Fox all have mathematical shots at winning the regular season title.

I know I've said predicting isn't my thing, but this is too much fun, so I'll try it again.

● No. 1 seed - PLU.  PLU can lose 1 or 2 games and still have a very good chance of earning this spot. So, because it has the greatest margin for error, it seems most likely to end up in this spot.
● No. 2 seed - Linfield.  It holds the tiebreaker against Whitworth and has a series against Whitman in which it should take all 3 games.  Then the series finale against George Fox. One win in that series guarantees the Wildcats a top 4 finish and I think they'll get that one win and then some.
● No. 3 seed - Whitworth. Not convinced the Pirates can get it back together after getting spanked by Linfield. Plus they finish with Willamette and Pacific.  I have no idea whether Willamette will show up after seeing the last season collapse. I'm guessing not. Pacific could surprise the Pirates, but I'm thinking that with so much to play for, Whitworth will take at least 2 from Pacific.
● No. 4 seed - UPS.  Up until yesterday, I'd have gone with George Fox here.  But, the Loggers have some fight and their offense seems to be reviving just in time.If they take 2 from PLU, they are in.  They can even get here with 1 win.  But, the really trick part of this pick is that George Fox holds the tie breaker with the Loggers.

I've based my picks on the notion that Linfield, PLU and George Fox sweep their series against the two weakest teams in the conference. Given the way this season has gone, that may be the worst assumption of this entire exercise!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 12, 2015, 09:22:34 pm
2nd sweep in a row for the 'Cats. Linfield has now won 13 of their last 15. Should be a great environment for the Fox series. Still a chance to at least grab a share of the NWC title.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on April 13, 2015, 01:29:30 pm
The tournament is still not set. How in the world does Fox lose to L&C?

Although there is still one weekend of play remaining, it is almost guaranteed the tournament will be held at PLU.  The Lutes lead Linfield by one game, but hold the tie-breaker. And, I cannot see the Lutes losing 2 games to L&C next weekend.  The post-season tournament will be in Tacoma.

Loggers got pasted by PLU, but with L&C's win over George Fox, UPS still has a heartbeat. A Linfield sweep of George Fox next weekend will give UPS the no. 4 seed in the tournament. One win by George Fox locks up a playoff spot.

I have now seen all the teams play and PLU is the best team in the conference this season. Its pitching is the best in the conference, its offense is surprisingly diverse and they are playing with a lot of confidence. The team is well-coached and is playing with veteran confidence.  I've seen Linfield play 4 times and am not sold on the bottom half of its lineup, nor its no. 3 starter or bullpen. Too inconsistent.  Whitworth was rolling earlier, but seems to have lost something on offense the last three weeks.

And it probably won't make much difference whether George Fox or UPS reaches the tournament. Both will likely make quick exits. The Bruins are weak offensively, while the Loggers don't have enough pitching to run though the tournament.

PLU is the team to beat.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 13, 2015, 01:44:39 pm
PLU is the team to beat.

This means that Linfield, Whitworth, or Fox will win the AQ.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on April 13, 2015, 02:12:28 pm
Heh, heh, heh.  Nope, that means Linfield, Whitworth, Fox/UPS had better play better than they have thus far to beat PLU.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on April 13, 2015, 02:36:38 pm
The tournament is still not set. How in the world does Fox lose to L&C?


PLU is the team to beat.

The L&C lefty who stymied Fox is the same guy who tossed a CG victory against Linfield......

I must agree with your assessment of PLU, however, Linfield does seem to be on a hot streak right now, playing very solid ball.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on April 13, 2015, 03:19:14 pm
Sorry, but until Linfield is knocked out, they are the team to beat.

No one has been dominant this season and it really is anyone's tournament to win.

If everything stays the same, we will get:

PLU vs. George Fox
Linfield vs. Whitworth

Those are some great matchups:
Buckles vs. Bishop: Both of which dominated the other team in their first meeting.
Haddeland vs. Scheibe: The two best pitchers in the conference.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on April 13, 2015, 04:34:04 pm
Just because Linfield has a strong tradition doesn't make it the team to beat. Tradition does not make a team a favorite - the players and coaches in each particular season do. And this year, Linfield is not the best team in the conference. Granted, no team has been a run-away train, but only one team has won every series - PLU.  That's a pretty solid body of work. And, to say that despite that strong effort, Linfield is still the team to beat, is disrespectful to the players and coaches at PLU who have gotten the job done when no other team in the conference can say the same thing.

So, no, Linfield is not the team to beat.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on April 13, 2015, 04:54:54 pm
How in the world does Fox lose to L&C?


Last time I checked they played baseball...Stranger things have happened and will happen in this game (especially for those played in the NWC).

Going into the postseason tournament it's difficult to assign 1 team as the favorite. PLU has been the most consistent team in the NWC all season, but Linfield is the hottest team in the league right now (although I'm not sure how long their #2 starter will be out after having an emergency appendectomy on Saturday...hopefully he is able to make a speedy return). I also would be careful putting so much stock in PLU's conference series win over Linfield considering it will have occurred over 2 months ago by the time the tournament rolls around...2 months is a lot of time for a team with Linfield's track history and a large sum of seniors to get things figured out...Just my thoughts.

Whitworth is dangerous in the sense that Scheibe has the talent to shutout whoever their 1st round game is against (likely Linfield). And Fox has been battle tested all year thanks to their non-conference schedule and their pitching is more than capable of keeping the Lutes' bats at bay (assuming that would be the 1st round matchup).

I never thought I would say this, but I am actually looking forward to the postseason tournament.  :o Should make for a great and exciting weekend.  8-)

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on April 13, 2015, 05:14:56 pm
Just because Linfield has a strong tradition doesn't make it the team to beat. Tradition does not make a team a favorite - the players and coaches in each particular season do.

I didn't say anything about tradition. I was basing it more off the fact they have a core number of players that have won playoff games, they are the hottest team in the conference, they have the reigning NWC pitcher of the year, and they have the top pitcher in the conference this year.

And this year, Linfield is not the best team in the conference. Granted, no team has been a run-away train, but only one team has won every series - PLU.

In the same vein, PLU has only swept one series this year. So does that mean they can't finish the job? Or that they aren't consistent? The entire conference is muddled, it is a new season starting next week.

That's a pretty solid body of work. And, to say that despite that strong effort, Linfield is still the team to beat, is disrespectful to the players and coaches at PLU who have gotten the job done when no other team in the conference can say the same thing.

No disrespect at all. PLU is a great program and I think they are having a great season. And I know if you ask Coach Loomis, he would still say Linfield is the team to beat. If Mahlum isn't hurt, they run away with the conference title. Yet, having a one game conference lead is a very slim margin to say they are the only team getting the job done.

So, no, Linfield is not the team to beat.

It takes a lot to replace six starters off a back-to-back World Series team. It is expected that Linfield would take a while to get their team rolling. I wasn't surprised at all that they lost to PLU, as PLU has improved a lot since last year. I just think that Linfield's pitching and defense is still better and their playoff experience will pay dividends.

We just have to agree to disagree then, I guess  :-*

With that being said, I think that PLU and Linfield can both make the Regional if they keep winning. They should both reach 30 wins.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on April 19, 2015, 12:26:01 pm
3 spots settled, one to go.

PLU will host the post-season tourney next week, Linfield will be the No. 2 seed and Whitworth, the No. 3 seed.  The fourth seed? As the old TV Guide schedule used to show: TBD

If George Fox can pull out a win today, they get the No. 4 spot. If they lose, the 4 seed goes to Puget Sound. In a very interesting strategic move, the Bruins did not throw their ace, Ian Buckles, yesterday; presumably to save him for today's make-or-break game.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on April 19, 2015, 06:44:58 pm
Fox came ready to play and earned the no. 4 seed.  Next week's tournament should be a lot of fun. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 19, 2015, 10:22:07 pm
Next week's tournament should be a lot of fun.

100% agree!  Congrats to those four that playing for that AQ next weekend.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on April 22, 2015, 06:44:00 pm
Pitcher of the Year.

The postseason tournament will likely be a showcase for the pitcher of the year candidates because I think all of the real contenders are on the four teams playing this weekend. I saw all of them in person this year, except Scheibe of Whitworth, and here are my picks, based on the first-hand eye-ball test and the conference stats.

1. Bishop (PLU).
2. Scheibe (Whitworth)
3. Buckles (Fox)
4. Haddeland (Linfield)
5. Rossman (PLU)

Like I said, these are based on my in-person observations.  Looking at the conference stats, these 5 pitchers have very similar numbers.  Scheibe is the runaway leader in strikeouts and Haddeland has 4 complete games, but other than those two stats, it's pretty even. Haddeland is coming on strong at the end of the season, and may have momentum with the coaches who actually choose this award.  But, I would have no qualms if any of these 5 wins the honor.

And, it would be fitting if one of these pitchers had a lights out performance this weekend to snatch the award.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on April 22, 2015, 06:57:19 pm
Player of the Year

Unlike the pitcher of the year candidates, there aren't a bunch of closely-matched candidates for the player of the year honor.  The viable candidates, in my eyes, are Koon (Willamette), Rapacz (Fox), Packard (PLU) and VanDomelen (Linfield), with Savage (UPS) a long-shot.

If you look at the conference numbers alone, Koon seems to have the strongest case: top 10 in HR(1st), RBI(1), OBP(1), SLG(1) and BA(5).  Plus he's only struck out 10 times and boasts a fielding percentage of .983.  Those are outstanding numbers.

Rapacz has had a good year, but his 22 strikeouts is too many for my taste. He is top 10 in most of the major categories, including HR, RBI, BA, OBP and SLG.  A very good year.

Packard has been consistent and a bit under the radar.  He hits in the heart of the PLU lineup and has very good numbers as well. They're just not quite as good as Koon and Rapacz.

VanDomelen has come on strong the last half of the season, but aside from hits and RBI, isn't in the top 10 in any of the major categories. Again, a good year.

It seems like the award is Koon's.  He won't be playing in the postseason tournament, so the door is open for one of the others to have a stellar weekend and make the vote interesting. But, given the body of work of all the players, it seems like Koon is a good bet for this year's player of the year.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on April 22, 2015, 07:51:19 pm
WestisBest:

I'm certain the All Conference and POY/PiOY awards will be determined from only the pre-conference tournament stats, in other words, only from the 24 conference games.  That way, players who had outstanding seasons for teams who did not make the tournament are not penalized.

Haddeland will be Pitcher of the Year, probably unanimously, most IP, most CG and lowest ERA by .2 points.  Maislin from Whitman actually had one of the best performances this season.  Take away one freak 2/3 of a 9th inning against George Fox and he pitched to a 1.2 ERA.  Scheibe, Maislin, Rossman and Haddeland had the best stuff that I saw this season.

I think Tiras Koon is runaway POY winner.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on April 22, 2015, 08:18:03 pm
Whatagame, good point: postseason tourney shouldn't effect postseason honors.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on April 23, 2015, 10:26:17 am
http://golutes.com/sports/bsb/2015nwcbaseballtournament

There is the link if you want to follow the NWC Tournament. PLU does a great job covering. Should be a fun weekend, I am planning to head there for the Saturday games.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: SoCalSoxFan on April 23, 2015, 12:49:29 pm
http://golutes.com/sports/bsb/2015nwcbaseballtournament

There is the link if you want to follow the NWC Tournament. PLU does a great job covering. Should be a fun weekend, I am planning to head there for the Saturday games.

Westside,

Enjoy your weekend.  I'm looking forward to reading updates and see who does well for NWC.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on April 24, 2015, 10:32:52 am
Thanks SoCalSox.

Regional rankings are released and the NWC is sitting pretty. PLU is #1 and Linfield is #2. I assume as long as they don't get blown out, they should both be locks for the regional... It will be very interesting to see what happens if George Fox of Whitworth wins the NWC though...

Best of luck to PLU, Linfield, Whitworth, and George Fox this weekend. I am going out on a limb here  ( :P) and saying PLU wins the inaugural NWC tournament.


Rank   Institution   In-Division win-loss pct   Overall WL Pct                           
1   Pacific Lutheran   23-7-0 ( 0.767)   26-9-0 ( 0.743)                           
2   Linfield   25-9-0 ( 0.735)   27-10-0 ( 0.730)                           
3   Texas-Tyler   25-9-0 ( 0.735)   26-10-0 ( 0.722)                           
4   Concordia (TX)   25-8-0 ( 0.758)   25-8-0 ( 0.758)                           
5   Cal Lutheran   25-10-0 ( 0.714)   25-10-0 ( 0.714)                           
6   Pomona-Pitzer   25-10-0 ( 0.714)   25-10-0 ( 0.714)   
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 24, 2015, 12:49:41 pm
That's is great news for the NWC and PLU/Linfield. Both are very deserving.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on April 24, 2015, 12:51:31 pm
The rankings of PLU and Linfield are a positive reflection of the overall strength of the NWC this season and that's good to see.  It also significantly improves the odds of two NWC teams receiving bids.

It seems to me that if both PLU and Linfield are playing on Sunday, they'll both receive bids - the winner getting the automatic bid, with the loser getting a Pool C bid.  Where it gets really murky is if you consider the scenarios in which either Whitworth or George Fox win the postseason tournament.  Then it will become a question of how much Pool C bid consideration is given to PLU (the regular-season champ) or Linfield (the last-season hot streak). Of course, a second bid might not even happen. But, looking at the regional rankings, you'd have to think the chances are good for two bids this year.  Interesting to ponder.

I'm also predicting PLU wins the tournament.  Strong pitching and home-field advantage are two big factors.

In any event, the first day's games should be very competitive given all 4 teams should throw very good pitchers.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on April 24, 2015, 09:35:01 pm
Scheibe = Beast
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on April 24, 2015, 09:37:19 pm
Scheibe = Beast

 :o Majors kudos to Scheibe this afternoon.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 24, 2015, 09:41:25 pm
Scheibe = Beast

 :o Majors kudos to Scheibe this afternoon.

Just gotta tip my cap to that effort. Damn....
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 24, 2015, 11:47:51 pm
Wow, that is impressive. Nothing you can do, if you are Linfield, but tip your cap. The best thing for a team like Linfield (if they go 0-2) is there are more games next weekend.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on April 25, 2015, 03:04:22 pm
Nice bounce back this morning by the Cats. Complete game shutout for Thomassen (his 3rd straight CG) after missing the last 2 weekends. It's nice to have him back.

Cats await loser of Whitworth/PLU now...my guess is they get a rematch with the Pirates this evening. PLU still the favorite thanks to their pitching depth and surge in offense of late.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on April 25, 2015, 06:29:53 pm

Cats await loser of Whitworth/PLU now...my guess is they get a rematch with the Pirates this evening. PLU still the favorite thanks to their pitching depth and surge in offense of late.

HA! I'm as good at picking these games as I am at bowl games and March Madness ::)

Another strong pitching performance from Whitworth this time by the lefty Ansett. Whitworth can really shake things up in the NWC and the West with a victory tomorrow... :o
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 25, 2015, 09:08:19 pm
'Cats and Lutes all tied up at 6 in the 8th inning.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on April 25, 2015, 10:56:11 pm
Well it looks like I will be a PLU fan tomorrow  :-\...A Whitworth victory tomorrow would likely be the nail in the coffin for the Cats' playoff chances. 4 errors and 9 walks is not a playoff-caliber performance.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on April 26, 2015, 04:17:15 pm
Whitworth puts a 4 spot on PLU in the first inning.

A Whitworth win would completely change the West Region outlook.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 26, 2015, 05:06:36 pm
Whitworth puts a 4 spot on PLU in the first inning.

A Whitworth win would completely change the West Region outlook.

Agreed.  I would figure it ends up something like this (not seeded this way, just numbered):

1. Whitworth
2. PLU
3. SCAC Winner
4. ASC Winner
5. SCIAC Winner
6. Pool C possible from the SCIAC or ASC or neither gets a pool C and they fly someone in.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on April 26, 2015, 10:55:43 pm
The best thing for a team like Linfield (if they go 0-2) is there are more games next weekend.

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Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 26, 2015, 11:29:44 pm
The best thing for a team like Linfield (if they go 0-2) is there are more games next weekend.

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Yep, I think that goes out the window with Whitworth winning the NWC Tourney.  Unless PLU loses their next 3 and Linfield wins out, I don't see any way Whitworth and PLU aren't the only 2 that go to regionals.  One thing I do know, anyone facing Whitworth in game 1 is in for a tough assignment.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 27, 2015, 09:07:47 am
The best thing for a team like Linfield (if they go 0-2) is there are more games next weekend.

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Yep, I think that goes out the window with Whitworth winning the NWC Tourney.  Unless PLU loses their next 3 and Linfield wins out, I don't see any way Whitworth and PLU aren't the only 2 that go to regionals.  One thing I do know, anyone facing Whitworth in game 1 is in for a tough assignment.

Agreed...this weekend was one of the reasons i'm against the conference tourney. All of the work of the season gone is a puff of smoke this weekend.

However, i also saw the other side of the coin with Linfield softball being the 4 seed in the nwc tournament and winning the auto bid by taking the tourney.

Good luck to both Whitworth and PLU
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on April 27, 2015, 12:01:44 pm
I agree Linfield is likely done. But if there is ever a year that the NWC is shown some love, it is this year. The NWC has sent a team to the CWS for three straight years, so their national resume is solid. They have three teams that are deserving to make the regional. It seems crazy that Linfield would all of a sudden not be a regional team after beating Fox, then losing 2-0 and 7-6 to two teams that will make the regional.

I agree they won't send 3 NWC teams to the West Region, but I think there is still an outside chance that Linfield could get shipped off to another regional. And we know it can be done. Just last year, UW-Steven's Point was shipped to the West Region and they were the 3rd team from the WIAC to make a regional.

So there is still a sliver of hope, albeit a very small sliver.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on April 27, 2015, 12:10:23 pm
It's funny, the outcome of the tournament is exactly why I'm in favor of the tournament.

If this was a season in which one team clearly separated itself from the rest of the conference, I'd probably feel differently.  But this year, there was really not too much to separate Whitworth, PLU or Linfield.  Whitworth was the hot team at the right time. Linfield wasn't good enough when it mattered.

It'll be instructive to see how the NCAA tournament committee views PLU and Linfield. Now that the NWC has the postseason tourney to determine the automatic qualifier, when it comes to assessing a second conference bid, will the NCAA give more weight to the regular-season conference champion (PLU)? Or will it give more weight to a team's out-of-conference record (Linfield)? If neither PLU nor Linfield get a Pool C bid, it'll be clear evidence the NCAA places an undo value on the postseason tournament.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 27, 2015, 12:14:30 pm
will the NCAA give more weight to the regular-season conference champion (PLU)? Or will it give more weight to a team's out-of-conference record (Linfield)? If neither PLU nor Linfield get a Pool C bid, it'll be clear evidence the NCAA places an undo value on the postseason tournament.

I think the NCAA will put more weight on PLU's head-to-head advantage and regular season title.  If they take a 2nd NWC team, it will be PLU.  Like Westside said...there is still an outside chance Linfield gets in and shipped to a different region but I'm not holding my breath.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on April 27, 2015, 12:20:10 pm
I saw another string of posts that referred to postseason conference tournaments as sub-regionals. That's an apt way to look at these tournaments. The only sure way to advance to the regional is to win the sub-regional - the conference tournament.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on April 27, 2015, 12:22:54 pm
An interesting side note: PLU and Linfield play one more time; next Saturday in PLU"s season-ending tournament.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on April 27, 2015, 03:09:09 pm
I think the NWC could have done a better job scheduling the tournament this season.  They could have started conference play one week later, or given every team a second bye-week, then, the tournament would have been next weekend.  The way it stands now, Whitworth has to cool their jets, not playing another game until the Regional starts, kind of a long break.

This would have also given teams more opportunity to schedule/travel for games with out-of-conference teams (particularly since virtually no West Region teams will travel up to the NWC to play.....)

It also would have alleviated the current situation where teams like Linfield, UPS, PLU, Fox, Pacific and Willamette are playing essentially meaningless games against each other next weekend, after everything has been settled already.

I see "essentially meaningless" because I'm guessing the selection committee won't be really putting much stock into anything that occurs in these upcoming games.....?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 27, 2015, 03:30:59 pm
What I would love to see is the SCIAC get rid of the Round-Robin games at the end of the year and give everyone the opportunity to travel to the PNW or have the PNW travel to CA.  I realize more NWC teams travel to CA early in the year so a return trip might be nice.  Maybe host a SCIAC/NWC crossover weekend before each conference goes back to play their conference tournament.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on April 27, 2015, 03:47:24 pm
What I would love to see is the SCIAC get rid of the Round-Robin games at the end of the year and give everyone the opportunity to travel to the PNW or have the PNW travel to CA.  I realize more NWC teams travel to CA early in the year so a return trip might be nice.  Maybe host a SCIAC/NWC crossover weekend before each conference goes back to play their conference tournament.

Now you're talking!!!  Great concept.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on April 27, 2015, 06:38:30 pm
I agree the scheduling of the postseason tournament was a little screwy. Hopefully the league will revise the timeframe next year. I, too, would like to see it played the last weekend of the season.

And, I second Parkman's idea. I love the idea of a SCIAC/NWC weekend up in the northwest later in the season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 27, 2015, 07:45:25 pm
Obviously not everyone would be willing to travel, but teams could go to Oregon and face Linfield, George Fox, Pacific, Lewis and Clark and Willamette all in the same area.  Same with Seattle with PLU and UPS and even Tacoma with Whitworth and Whitman pretty close.

The NWC schools are more than willing to travel with some of them even flying twice a year to CA, TX and AZ.  I wish the SCIAC would do the same.  Whittier went to TX this year, Chapman usually goes to TX each year.  Cal Lu goes to AZ, as does La Verne.  Heck, even Oxy went to Oregon this year.  I just don't see why more don't/won't travel.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: ludawg6 on April 28, 2015, 09:43:01 am
OK... I am a SCIAC fan but since I live in the PNW I have a different, yet fragmented opinion to a few things...
1) Jack - PLU and UPS are in Tacoma, Whitworth is in Spokane, Whitman is in Walla Walla (about 90+ minutes apart from each other)
2) Rea$on$ why the $CIAC doe$n't come north for a late $ea$on $erie$??? E$pecially after the rain $quall$ la$t Friday during the fir$t PLU/GFU game... would not be a good bang for their buck...
3) I was at the PLU/GFU and PLU/Whitworth games and I have a few observations...
    a) PLU didn't come as advertised
    b) Whitworth was quite impressive and scrappy enough to make a little noise in a regional
    c) the PLU/Linfield game this coming weekend should be for "all the marbles" as far as who could maybe get the Pool C bid.

Good Luck to all who make it to Texas in a few weeks, but, in my opinion, only Whitworth deserves to go...
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: tony_baldwin on April 28, 2015, 09:57:38 am
Obviously not everyone would be willing to travel, but teams could go to Oregon and face Linfield, George Fox, Pacific, Lewis and Clark and Willamette all in the same area.  Same with Seattle with PLU and UPS and even Tacoma with Whitworth and Whitman pretty close.

The NWC schools are more than willing to travel with some of them even flying twice a year to CA, TX and AZ.  I wish the SCIAC would do the same.  Whittier went to TX this year, Chapman usually goes to TX each year.  Cal Lu goes to AZ, as does La Verne.  Heck, even Oxy went to Oregon this year.  I just don't see why more don't/won't travel.

George Fox also came to Texas to start the year.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on April 28, 2015, 02:03:27 pm
1) Jack - PLU and UPS are in Tacoma, Whitworth is in Spokane, Whitman is in Walla Walla (about 90+ minutes apart from each other)
2) Rea$on$ why the $CIAC doe$n't come north for a late $ea$on $erie$??? E$pecially after the rain $quall$ la$t Friday during the fir$t PLU/GFU game... would not be a good bang for their buck...

To add...

Spokane to Tacoma is about a 5 hours bus ride, as is Walla Walla to Tacoma. Spokane to Walla Walla is about 3.

From a weather standpoint you would be pretty safe playing in Spokane or Walla Walla (most people not from the PNW assume the whole state has weather like Seattle). It wouldn't cost much more flying into spokane from socal (compared to Seatac), but a trip to Walla Walla would require the above mentioned bus ride or a more expensive flight into the Tri-Cities and then an hour bus trip.

At Whitworth we flew to socal upwards of 3 times a year for football games. A school who wants to travel can, even at the d3 level. But I'm sure it's a little easier for a football team to come up with money having 100+ tuition paying athletes.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Teddy_Ballgame on April 28, 2015, 02:26:24 pm
OK... I am a SCIAC fan but since I live in the PNW I have a different, yet fragmented opinion to a few things...
1) Jack - PLU and UPS are in Tacoma, Whitworth is in Spokane, Whitman is in Walla Walla (about 90+ minutes apart from each other)
2) Rea$on$ why the $CIAC doe$n't come north for a late $ea$on $erie$??? E$pecially after the rain $quall$ la$t Friday during the fir$t PLU/GFU game... would not be a good bang for their buck...

This is exactly it. I'll speak only from my experience at Pomona- though I'm sure other SCIAC schools may be in similar positions- but we were only budgeted only ONE out-of-state trip every two years.

The problem, I expect, is that ADs in So Cal don't see a reason to spend more on a travel budget when teams have shown they are more than willing to come out to the LA area to get games in with very little chance of weather issues at the beginning of the year. The SCIAC- and the West generally- is then hurt by middling SOS numbers, but I don't think that level of nuance is enough for an AD to break the bank on another trip.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 28, 2015, 03:32:55 pm
OK... I am a SCIAC fan but since I live in the PNW I have a different, yet fragmented opinion to a few things...
1) Jack - PLU and UPS are in Tacoma, Whitworth is in Spokane, Whitman is in Walla Walla (about 90+ minutes apart from each other)
2) Rea$on$ why the $CIAC doe$n't come north for a late $ea$on $erie$??? E$pecially after the rain $quall$ la$t Friday during the fir$t PLU/GFU game... would not be a good bang for their buck...
3) I was at the PLU/GFU and PLU/Whitworth games and I have a few observations...
    a) PLU didn't come as advertised
    b) Whitworth was quite impressive and scrappy enough to make a little noise in a regional
    c) the PLU/Linfield game this coming weekend should be for "all the marbles" as far as who could maybe get the Pool C bid.

Good Luck to all who make it to Texas in a few weeks, but, in my opinion, only Whitworth deserves to go...

Sorry, you are correct, it is Tacoma.  Although Walla Walla and Spokane are that far away, I was thinking 2 teams could go to Eastern WA and get 2 games against each school, just as any number of schools could go to Oregon and get multiple games against different schools.  Two schools could go to Seattle Tacoma and get 2 games each against PLU and UPS. 

The idea of not having the $$$ seems crazy to me when the SCIAC schools are all $40k+ a year to attend.  I know there is a lot more to it but I really wish the minds that matter would put their heads together to get a better relationship between the West Region Schools.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on April 28, 2015, 03:54:02 pm
One other head scratcher with the money factor for SCIAC schools is that none of them has to travel overnight for league games. I believe, and please correct me if I misspeak, but all of the league games are played within driving distance. Thus, lodging and a large portion of meal money is not needed for conference games.  Those savings could easily be rerouted into the baseball budget for an additional weekend trip to the northwest.

In the NWC, Whitworth (Spokane), Whitman (Walla Walla), PLU and UPS (Tacoma) all make two-night overnight trips to play away games.  That's a significant expense. Yet, each of those teams also made out-of-state trips to get in non-conference games.  In fact, Whitworth and UPS made two out-of-state trips.

I saw a list a couple of weeks ago with all the schools now charging more than $60,000 per year to attend. Each of the Claremont-Scrips-Mudd-Pomona-Pitzer schools made the list.  I can't imagine it'd be difficult to find a few more dollars to send some of those schools up north for a weekend.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Teddy_Ballgame on April 28, 2015, 07:40:29 pm
One other head scratcher with the money factor for SCIAC schools is that none of them has to travel overnight for league games. I believe, and please correct me if I misspeak, but all of the league games are played within driving distance. Thus, lodging and a large portion of meal money is not needed for conference games.  Those savings could easily be rerouted into the baseball budget for an additional weekend trip to the northwest.

In the NWC, Whitworth (Spokane), Whitman (Walla Walla), PLU and UPS (Tacoma) all make two-night overnight trips to play away games.  That's a significant expense. Yet, each of those teams also made out-of-state trips to get in non-conference games.  In fact, Whitworth and UPS made two out-of-state trips.

I saw a list a couple of weeks ago with all the schools now charging more than $60,000 per year to attend. Each of the Claremont-Scrips-Mudd-Pomona-Pitzer schools made the list.  I can't imagine it'd be difficult to find a few more dollars to send some of those schools up north for a weekend.

Oh it's absolutely absurd. The schools cost a bajillion dollars to attend, but athletics are not a high priority. For one thing, only Pomona- and not Pitzer- contributes funds to the athletic budget. I don't know, but I'm guessing there might be a similar arrangement with CMC and Mudd/Scripps. Further complicating matters, a good chunk of the PP coaches are actually professors who teach PE classes- so I'm not even positive their salaries come out of the athletic budget.

You're also correct that there are no lodging concerns in SCIAC. The longest drive is Cal Lu to Redlands which, on a rough day, can take 2+ hours. Everything else is under an hour and some much less (like the literal walk from Pomona to CMC). However, I think the ADs and powers that be at the various schools don't see this as savings because they were never costs to begin with.

These schools are a lot more concerned with their academics, and so long as all of their teams can put together a full schedule I don't think they care much about making it an ideal schedule.

I would be really interested to see how the athletic budgets break down between SCIAC schools and NWC schools. The NWC, in my limited knowledge, seems very competitive nationally in most sports and has some top rate facilities. How much more are they putting into their programs (it seems like a lot) and why in the hell are SCIAC schools, presumably, putting in so much less?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on April 28, 2015, 08:15:29 pm
In terms of baseball, I really think the travel issue is driven by necessity.  Teams clamor to travel to Southern California to play, so why travel. Kind of a shame for the players, because I think traveling with your teammates is part of the quintessential college athletics experience.  Its a big part of how great memories are made. 

In the past four seasons, Whitworth, who is a two-time regional participant and a WS participant during those four years, has hosted 0 (zero) out-of-conference D3 teams at their home field.  Given their accomplishments, which are only surpassed by Linfield over the past four years in the entire West Region, they certainly qualify as a worthy destination and opponent. Not to mention Spokane is a tremendous destination, what a contrast from that dismal Texas landscape, for instance.

Whitman, with one of the nicer little stadiums around, particularly from a fan perspective, has hosted one out-of-conference opponent, in 2012 (Eastern Connecticut State) and that series was because of special circumstances.

Without looking, I'm sure Willamette, UPS, Pacific etc. have probably hosted zero or next to zero out-of-conference teams over the past many seasons.  Linfield, PLU and Fox, the creme of the NWC crop, are lucky if they get to host one series a year.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Mr. Ypsi on April 28, 2015, 08:41:18 pm
Yeah, but the vast majority of OOC travel games are in February or early March.  Can the NWC teams offer the same weather assurances as SoCal, Texas (shudder! ;), or eastern destinations in the Old Dixie?  Other OOC games are midweek affairs during conference play, and are thus of necessity rather local.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on May 01, 2015, 04:48:12 pm
In terms of baseball, I really think the travel issue is driven by necessity.  Teams clamor to travel to Southern California to play, so why travel. Kind of a shame for the players, because I think traveling with your teammates is part of the quintessential college athletics experience.  Its a big part of how great memories are made. 

In the past four seasons, Whitworth, who is a two-time regional participant and a WS participant during those four years, has hosted 0 (zero) out-of-conference D3 teams at their home field.  Given their accomplishments, which are only surpassed by Linfield over the past four years in the entire West Region, they certainly qualify as a worthy destination and opponent. Not to mention Spokane is a tremendous destination, what a contrast from that dismal Texas landscape, for instance.

Whitman, with one of the nicer little stadiums around, particularly from a fan perspective, has hosted one out-of-conference opponent, in 2012 (Eastern Connecticut State) and that series was because of special circumstances.

Without looking, I'm sure Willamette, UPS, Pacific etc. have probably hosted zero or next to zero out-of-conference teams over the past many seasons.  Linfield, PLU and Fox, the creme of the NWC crop, are lucky if they get to host one series a year.
A personal invitation to come to Tyler... The city is beautiful in spring, with roses and azaleas.

Now Abilene?  The sunsets in winter are unsurpassed, but that is another story...
(I personally get claustrophobic if I cannot see the horizon 30 miles in the distance.   ;)  )
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bishopleftiesdad on May 04, 2015, 09:31:04 pm
I hadn't heard of this until now, so if I missed this I apologize.  I skimmed the coaching carousel on d3baseball.com as well and did not see it. Whitworth posted the head coaching position.
http://abca.org/jobs/college_head_coaches

Edit to add this:
http://www.whitworthpirates.com/sports/bsb/2014-15/releases/20150421aowghw

I found this on Whitworths website. So this is old news.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on May 04, 2015, 09:52:25 pm
Yea, it is a kinda cool story.

Their current head coach, Ramsay, has accepted a position at Washington State University, effective as soon as the season ends...

So he keeps on coaching as long as they keep winning! D1 will have to wait.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on May 05, 2015, 03:00:52 pm
My end of the season notes and observations:

Quick congratulations to Tiras Koon and Chris Haddeland for being named Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. And congrats to PLU's Coach Loomis for being named Coach of the Year.

Willamette's Koon actually finished the season as a triple crown winner. As he led the conference in average (.402), home runs (12), and runs batted in (45). What a way to end a great career. Not really sure what happened to Willamette, but I expect them to bounce back next year.

What a career for Linfield's Haddeland (not saying it is over yet). I believe he is now the Linfield career leader in ERA, wins, strikeouts, innings, groundouts, and shutouts. And that doesn't really do justice to how dominant his last three seasons. Truly one of the all-time NWC, and West Region, greats.



While Haddeland is totally deserving of his award, Dan Scheibe of Whitworth stole the show this year. Scheibe was actually the pitching triple crown winner as he led the conference in wins (9), ERA (1.55) and strikeouts (100).

In regards to Whitworth, my early preview in January stated: "I think their season could rely on Scheibe being back to his dominant form. He was one of the biggest reasons Whitworth won the West Regional his freshman year (2-0, 13.1 scoreless in the regional). "

This looks like one of the keys, once again to Whitworth getting back to the regional. Scheibe's no hitter against Linfield was a huge difference maker and I believe the rest of the team fed off of that win as they rolled through the NWC tournament. And I truly think that Scheibe will be the best pitcher at the Regional. He is on another level right now.



I wrote in December: "PLU took second in the league last year in spite of having the worst offense in the conference. But they were so young; they only had one senior starting last year. I expect their offense to take a huge leap this year. "

Well, this was pretty spot on. PLU's offense carried them to the league title. Honestly, it is hard to wrap my head around the improvement that PLU made. And they did it all without Mahlum, the kid who will be their ace the next two seasons.

Seriously...

PLU 2014: .246 BA, 13 HR, 2 3B, 52 2B, .319 SLG %, .327 OB%, 24 SB
PLU 2015: .301 BA, 20 HR, 13 3B, 87 2B, .420 SLG %, .387 OB%, 31 SB

It is amazing what another year of experience and working can do.



Six teams finished with a .500 or better winning percentage in league this year. It was so balanced. I really think the competitiveness in the NWC is on the rise. There will be a lot of great players returning to the conference next season as well. the All-Conference team is littered with underclassmen. At the same time, I still think the bottom teams have a ways to go before they reach the upper echelon.



My way, way, way too early preseason rankings for next season  :P

1. PLU
2. Linfield
3. Puget Sound
4. Whitworth
5. Pacific
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 23, 2015, 11:49:14 pm
Bro is stepping down as HC for the 'Cats to pursue other coaching opportunities. Carny will re-assume the duties as HC.  Thanks you to Scott for everything he's done for the 'Cats!

http://www.linfield.edu/sports/release.html?id=5928&sport=bb (http://www.linfield.edu/sports/release.html?id=5928&sport=bb)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on May 26, 2015, 01:30:05 pm
Bro is stepping down as HC for the 'Cats to pursue other coaching opportunities. Carny will re-assume the duties as HC.  Thanks you to Scott for everything he's done for the 'Cats!

http://www.linfield.edu/sports/release.html?id=5928&sport=bb (http://www.linfield.edu/sports/release.html?id=5928&sport=bb)

Bittersweet news out of McMinnville this weekend. Bro has been the face of Linfield baseball for the past 8 years and his leadership will be greatly missed.  I look forward to cheering on whichever MLB team is lucky enough to bring him aboard their staff and it won't be long before Bro is back in a MLB dugout.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on May 26, 2015, 01:34:30 pm
Bro is stepping down as HC for the 'Cats to pursue other coaching opportunities. Carny will re-assume the duties as HC.  Thanks you to Scott for everything he's done for the 'Cats!

http://www.linfield.edu/sports/release.html?id=5928&sport=bb (http://www.linfield.edu/sports/release.html?id=5928&sport=bb)

Bittersweet news out of McMinnville this weekend. Bro has been the face of Linfield baseball for the past 8 years and his leadership will be greatly missed. It was an honor to play for him. I look forward to cheering on whichever MLB team is lucky enough to bring him aboard their staff and it won't be long before Bro is back in a MLB dugout.

Does that mean you know he is going the professional route and not college?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on May 26, 2015, 02:23:28 pm
Bro is stepping down as HC for the 'Cats to pursue other coaching opportunities. Carny will re-assume the duties as HC.  Thanks you to Scott for everything he's done for the 'Cats!

http://www.linfield.edu/sports/release.html?id=5928&sport=bb (http://www.linfield.edu/sports/release.html?id=5928&sport=bb)

Bittersweet news out of McMinnville this weekend. Bro has been the face of Linfield baseball for the past 8 years and his leadership will be greatly missed. It was an honor to play for him. I look forward to cheering on whichever MLB team is lucky enough to bring him aboard their staff and it won't be long before Bro is back in a MLB dugout.

Does that mean you know he is going the professional route and not college?

My guess is professional. Word has always been that he is interested in returning to the bigs. Scouts I have spoke to say he is on a number of teams radar and last season he was in the mix with the Dbacks, but it's always been speculated that he wouldn't leave Linfield until his son graduated so nothing transpired there.

Either way...wherever he goes the team or program that he coaches will benefit greatly.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on May 26, 2015, 03:49:45 pm
It makes sense to know he is being courted by a lot of places.  How about Washington State?  Gets to stay in the PNW and have his own D1 program?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 26, 2015, 04:46:25 pm
Folks at U of Portland are saying he may take over there but i just don't see him leaving Linfield for that job....i would be very surprised if that happened.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: infielddad on May 26, 2015, 04:57:26 pm
Washington State opened up today.  Just a coincidence?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 26, 2015, 05:15:42 pm
From the Press-Release:

“Scott  Brosius is not only a great baseball coach, he's also a great human being,” Hellie said. “We are very fortunate that he has worked at Linfield for more than a decade and will always be grateful for how he's changed the lives of our students, faculty, staff and alumni. We are proud that he graduated from Linfield and know that even as he looks to re-enter a career in the Major Leagues, he will remain a Wildcat in his heart.”

May not mean anything but just pointing it out.....

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on May 26, 2015, 05:21:37 pm
I wouldn't discount any D1 jobs, but I would think it would need to be a very appealing situation for Brosius to consider them. I have a hard time seeing that with Portland and Wash St. I would be very surprised if he chose a D1 program over a Major League position considering all the interest he has received over the last few years. I just can't see him leaving a school, program, and town that he loves for just any D1 program...
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on May 26, 2015, 05:23:19 pm
From the Press-Release:

“Scott  Brosius is not only a great baseball coach, he's also a great human being,” Hellie said. “We are very fortunate that he has worked at Linfield for more than a decade and will always be grateful for how he's changed the lives of our students, faculty, staff and alumni. We are proud that he graduated from Linfield and know that even as he looks to re-enter a career in the Major Leagues, he will remain a Wildcat in his heart.”

May not mean anything but just pointing it out.....

Dang, I didn't see that.  The only thing that stood out to me is the mention of a new coaching challenge.  Thanks for pointing it out.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on May 26, 2015, 05:54:26 pm
I just can't see him leaving a school, program, and town that he loves for just any D1 program...

Bingo.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: pumkinattack on June 02, 2015, 03:09:51 pm
Hi all, I have a nephew that's heading to Linfield in a few months and will be playing baseball there.  Was hoping to see if anyone could help give me a lay of the land around campus so I can get some gift cards (thinking like restaurants, stores that the students utilize nearby regularly) or any other ideas for his HS graduation gift (and belated 18th bday gift).  Should I go ahead and shave his head and buy him a too too and/or leotard in advance of coming hazing on the team?  Any advice or feedback is greatly appreciated. 

Probably won't post much here since I gave up the FB one over the idiocy in my region, but look forward to following and lurking on here.  Saw the letter from Coach Brosius recently and unless he's selling a story he was quite clear he was leaving Linfield to pursue an MLB gig, not DI, but I guess you don't know until you know. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on June 02, 2015, 11:24:09 pm
punkin, "welcome to the Northwest Conference board".  +1!

We fans in the West really enjoy the camaraderie.  This is a kinder gentler part of the country.

There is lots of cross-posting between "Texas" and the West Region schools in both baseball and football.

We are glad to have you here.

Become active. Baseball kicks off starts throwing out the first pitches January each year.!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: playball on June 03, 2015, 02:02:44 am
Congrats on having a Cat in the family!  Albertsons/Safeway, Dutch Bros, and Alfs are all good gift cards to get him.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on June 03, 2015, 01:58:02 pm
Agreed - welcome. As far as stuff close to the campus, we pretty much walked to Albertson's for all our grocery needs. So that is generally safe. Alf's or Jake's Deli are super walkable from campus too.

Other local places that are popular amongst college kids would be: Sandwich Express, 3rd Street Pizza, Thai Country, Wild Wood Cafe, Crescent Cafe, Muchas Gracias...

Really McMinnville is overwhelmed with quality and fairly cheap places... Hard to go wrong with a bunch of options.

Welcome to the Wildcat family! Your nephew should really love it. The team is generally pretty easy going, as I haven't really seen any hazing or anything like that... but who knows :) Hope he is ready to compete as there is always room for newbies to make a difference. Being an upperclassmen is no sure thing.

Go Cats.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on June 03, 2015, 10:12:14 pm
I've heard rumblings that PLU's head coach is one of the few being considered for the vacant head job at University of Portland. It will be interesting to see if anything goes down. It would be crazy if both him and Brosius left in the same offseason.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on June 04, 2015, 12:40:20 am
This went under the radar up at Whitworth (unless it was already discussed)

http://www.whitworthpirates.com/sports/bsb/2014-15/releases/201505273gght9 (http://www.whitworthpirates.com/sports/bsb/2014-15/releases/201505273gght9)



Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on June 10, 2015, 08:33:35 pm
I've heard rumblings that PLU's head coach is one of the few being considered for the vacant head job at University of Portland. It will be interesting to see if anything goes down. It would be crazy if both him and Brosius left in the same offseason.

Rumors were true

http://www.baseballamerica.com/college/portland-hires-loomis-coach/

Congrats to Coach Loomis. This is a big loss to the PLU program.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on October 11, 2015, 11:31:25 am
I see that Linfield has a non-league series against Webster (of Missouri) in California this year. I am loving the scheduling the Wildcats have done the last few years with some great teams from across the country. As fun as the West Region is, it gets a little repetitive playing the same teams year after year.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bishopleftiesdad on October 16, 2015, 10:50:42 am
Plus Webster has one of the neatest Mascots in Athletics. Gotta love the Gorlocks. It is a really quality program though.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 02, 2016, 12:51:56 pm
We made it to opening week! This should be one of the more open seasons that I can remember. I think a lot of teams are in the running to make the NWC tournament.

My pre-season rankings would be:

1) PLU
2) Linfield
3) UPS
4) Willamette

Which means that it will be nowhere near this at the end of the season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bishopleftiesdad on February 02, 2016, 01:25:02 pm
What about George Fox, Where do you see them ending up? I do not follow the west oo closely, but I thought Historically they were usually pretty good. I know that the NWC tournament is relatively new, so there is no real history to pull form for that.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 02, 2016, 01:51:57 pm
What about George Fox, Where do you see them ending up? I do not follow the west oo closely, but I thought Historically they were usually pretty good. I know that the NWC tournament is relatively new, so there is no real history to pull form for that.

It's hard to say... Their offense should be a lot better. They were very young last year and had only one senior, although he was their best player.

But they have to replace almost their entire staff. 41 of their 42 starts last year were from guys that were seniors. And they weren't that good last year, on top of that. So it seems like a long shot for them this year, but their program should still be middle of the pack.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 02, 2016, 03:11:38 pm
Big preview of PLU.

http://www.golutes.com/sports/bsb/2015-16/releases/20160201u2hpc7 (http://www.golutes.com/sports/bsb/2015-16/releases/20160201u2hpc7)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on February 03, 2016, 04:44:18 pm
We've finally reached one of my favorite weeks of the year! I've been stoked for the season to start and to see how the NWC shapes out this year. Similar to Westside, I'll take a stab at NWC predictions and likely look foolish come April, but this is more fun than work  ;D

Conference predictions:
1. Pacific Lutheran - Great depth in all facets of the game although I am curious to see how they play without Coach Loomis at the helm

2. Linfield - Lost 2 of the best starting pitchers in program history and a variety of other key contributors, but I've heard good things about the development of certain guys and there's some new faces in the program who could contribute right away. The post-Brosius era has officially begun.

3. Willamette - Lost quite a bit of production offensively, but I like their pitching staff more than UPS' and I'm a sucker for a quality pitching staff. Not to mention for whatever reason the Bearcats always make it a difficult weekend for the guys in the other dugout. We should have an early indication of how they stack up with PLU and Linfield on the slate this weekend.
 
4. Puget Sound - Should be formidable offensively and I would hope they can improve on their lackluster 4.73 ERA from last season.

5. Whitworth - Fairly young last season offensively, but the starting rotation has been completely wiped clean (38 of the 43 games were started by seniors). Too many unknowns on the mound to predict them any higher.

6. George Fox - I'll admit every year I show love to the Bruin program and expect them to be contenders, but they've fallen short of those expectations the last couple seasons. Not going to lie I really wanted to put them up in the top 4, but until they start producing on the field I will settle for them being in the bottom half of the NWC. Too many questions on the mound IMO.

7. Pacific - Haven't shown enough to move up toward the top half of the league, but they have key pieces returning in the heart of their lineup. Plus they are well coached (2 Linfield alumni)  ;)

8. Whitman - Can't do a whole lot worse than last season, but unfortunately it ain't going to be much prettier for the 2016 club.

9. Lewis & Clark - I know nothing about this team...plus I need to get back to work!  ::)

Let the fun begin! :D
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bishopleftiesdad on February 03, 2016, 06:38:49 pm
I know the coach at Lewis and Clark, used to coach in the NCAC, at Wabash. He recruited most of the class that went to regionals for the first time a few years ago.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on February 04, 2016, 02:57:18 pm
Really looking forward to the 2016 season and I'm sure the excitement level is high for all the NWC teams.

I've looked at the D3 preview and the NWC coaches poll for the predictions for the upcoming season and some I agree with, others, not so much.  But, that's why this time of the year is so fun!

What I do agree with is the choice of PLU as the favorite. The Lutes are deep and fundamentally solid.  Plus, they only lose 2 position players; though they do have to replace Bishop and Konopaski.  To me, the Lutes are the clear favorite.

After two full years watching all of these teams, I believe there will be a noticeable drop-off from PLU to the next tier. And that next tier seems, to me, to include Linfield and UPS.  There are a lot of leadership changes the Wildcats must absorb and implement this year.  Most importantly, Linfield has to run out some new starting pitching and replace a catcher, shortstop and cleanup hitter.  Those are some big holes to fill and expecting newcomers to step in and pick up where Haddeland, Thomassen, VanDomelen, Laboda and Jo Carroll left off is asking a lot.

UPS will hit and score runs, but the key to its success will turn on pitching.  Maier is very good, but the Loggers need to find two good, not just average, starters to compete with PLU and Linfield.  It would be a great story for Anthony Brady to come back from two Tommy John surgeries to be a dependable starter.  Don't know if that's in the cards, but for the kid's sake I hope so.  The bullpen is deeper than last year, which should help as the season wears on.

Getting past these two teams into the next tier really seems to be a crapshoot.  The NWC coaches gave Willamette and Whitworth each a first place vote, but I'm not sure what to think of either. I do, however, believe Ty Wyatt from Willamette may be a contender for player of the year honors. He was the all-NWC DH his freshman year, but sat out all of last year with an injury. He's healthy and played summer ball in the West Coast League.  If Whitworth can replace its pitching staff, they could be among the four post-season tournament teams.

George Fox, Pacific and Whitman could all end up from 5-8 in the conference.  I'm optimistic about Whitman. They played 17 freshmen last year and they showed some promise. If they can continue to improve, I believe they'll make some noise this year and could rise to the middle of the pack. If that happens, I could see them pushing for a top 4 spot in 2017.

Last year was a very competitive year and the post-season tournament gave many teams playoff hopes right up through the last weekend of regular-season play. I don't think this year will be any different, with the possible exception of PLU clamping onto the top spot early and leaving everyone else to battle for the remaining three spots.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Sluggerdad on February 04, 2016, 05:38:19 pm
Withworth opens against Cal Lu tomorrow.  That should be an interesting test for both teams.  Cal Lu is loaded with returning position players. They too have to replace some pitching.   But they are on a mission this year.  They feel like they underachieved last year.  Should be a good game.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on February 04, 2016, 06:09:09 pm
I'll make the trek to McMinnville and Hillsboro this weekend to see UPS, G.Fox, Linfield, Pacific and L&C.

Given how wet it's been in the PNW so far, I imagine all the teams will be a bit rusty (pun intended!).  I don't know how many times Fox, L&C and UPS have actually been able to get out on a baseball diamond to practice/scrimmage.  Those teams all play on grass fields.

Old-time baseball wisdom says pitchers are ahead of hitters early in the season, but with all of these teams trying to find dependability on the mound, that adage could be tested this weekend.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on February 05, 2016, 08:50:49 pm
Good win for Whitworth over Cal lu 8-2

Especially considering the slow starts they seem to have many years that I have to imagine is in large part due to weather not letting them get outside to practice more than a few days every Jamuary.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on February 05, 2016, 09:48:44 pm
Good win for Whitworth over Cal lu 8-2

Especially considering the slow starts they seem to have many years that I have to imagine is in large part due to weather not letting them get outside to practice more than a few days every Jamuary.

Gotta be excited to see a freshman go out and dominate a good hitting team on opening day.  I see a 4-0 weekend for Whitworth.

And how about PLU dropping 2 out of the gate.  Shocked to see that happen.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on February 06, 2016, 05:32:54 pm
Great to get baseball started for the season. A lot of good analysis on the NWC on this thread already, and I also agree that PLU is the strongest team, and should be the class of the conference (despite yesterday's results) A wild card in D3 is of course previously unknown Frosh who present as impact players, and we have seen a number of standout starts by Frosh pitchers already. Notably, Willamette has rolled-out back-to-back high quality starts from two Frosh pitchers, and a Whitworth Frosh shut down Cal Lu. Possibly there were even more? I think George Fox has a chance to really swing it this year. At this point, I really see it being an absolute dog fight between Fox, UPS, Willamette, Linfield and Whitworth for the remaining 3 tournament slots, but I'll go PLU, Willamette, UPS and Linfield.

Regarding Westisbest's thoughts on Whitman, they did play tougher last year than their record indicated, losing I think upwards of 12 games by one run? Maislin should once again be one of the elite pitchers in conference, and I would look for Heywood to have a 1st Team, potential POY season offensively. The offensive and pitching depth just won't be there again. They graduated a starter last year who gave them nearly 140 IP of 3.7 ERA work over the previous two seasons, and Maislin and Heywood are now Seniors, and they just need to stockpile more good players and build depth at all class levels, Frosh to Senior so that there aren't big holes in the lineup when guys graduate - look at what happened last season after graduating a huge class of talent in '14. it's going to take continued recruiting and an influx of real athletic guys like they had in the '14 graduating class in order to recapture the momentum they had built during the 13 and 14 seasons.

Looking forward to a great season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on February 06, 2016, 06:22:56 pm
Whitworth takes game 1 against Whittier 6-2, leading game 2 4-3 in the 3rd
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on February 06, 2016, 06:37:56 pm
Whitworth takes game 1 against Whittier 6-2, leading game 2 4-3 in the 3rd

NWC picking up with business as usual, laying the wood to the SCIAC
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on February 06, 2016, 08:16:16 pm
Final of game 2 Whitworth wins 20-4
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Mr. Ypsi on February 06, 2016, 08:19:45 pm
Good grief!  MLB pitchers and catchers haven't even reported to camp yet, and you guys are already playing real games!

Those of us in the midwest and east are extremely jealous! ;D
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 06, 2016, 11:18:17 pm
Good win for Whitworth over Cal lu 8-2

Especially considering the slow starts they seem to have many years that I have to imagine is in large part due to weather not letting them get outside to practice more than a few days every Jamuary.

Gotta be excited to see a freshman go out and dominate a good hitting team on opening day.  I see a 4-0 weekend for Whitworth.

And how about PLU dropping 2 out of the gate.  Shocked to see that happen.

I saw Kingma (Whit's Frosh pitcher) throw at the Washington High School State Finals last year and when I found out he was going to Whitworth I just shook my head. Kid is a heck of pitcher and going to be a stud for the Rats for the next four years.

'Cats with a strong opening day in downing UPS and Willamette!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on February 07, 2016, 07:25:27 pm
Whitworth completes the CA sweep with 9-7 win over Whittier
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 07, 2016, 10:26:13 pm
Linfield starts the season 4-0, giving up only two runs in the four games.

Linfield's 4 starters this weekend: 23 IP, 0 R, 24 K, 5 BB.

That's a pretty nice start to the season, I would say.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on February 07, 2016, 10:34:54 pm
Linfield starts the season 4-0, giving up only two runs in the four games.

Linfield's 4 starters this weekend: 23 IP, 0 R, 24 K, 5 BB.

That's a pretty nice start to the season, I would say.

Great opening weekend for the Cats! I questioned the pitching staff leading into the season, but I hope this weekend was a preview of what's to come.

Rough weekend for the Lutes, but hopefully they bounce back next weekend in AZ against a couple SCIAC opponents.

Speaking of SCIAC, good to see Whitworth roll through their opening weekend down in CA.

Exciting opening weekend overall for the NWC! :)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 07, 2016, 11:56:37 pm
Linfield starts the season 4-0, giving up only two runs in the four games.

Linfield's 4 starters this weekend: 23 IP, 0 R, 24 K, 5 BB.

That's a pretty nice start to the season, I would say.

Really good start of the year for the 'Cats!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on February 08, 2016, 02:01:43 pm
I watched 5 NWC teams play this weekend. Here are my opening weekend takes:

G.Fox - Offense is improved, but pitching was underwhelming, particularly relief pitching. The Bruins have a transfer shortstop from OSU who looks to be a prime addition to the team.
UPS - Pitching question marks coming into the season and this weekend did nothing to indicate this year will be different than last year.  Offense struggled and failed to come up with timely hits.
Linfield - Offense looks like it can be better than last year. Defense looks more solid that last year.
L&C - Still weak offensively.  Defensively there could be some challenges.
Pacific - Night and day difference between 2015 and 2016 teams.  Bigger, stronger and much better athletes than a year ago.

Surprises: Pacific's offense was impressive. A number of JC transfers are playing and they have significantly upgraded the Boxer hitting attack. Also, several players stepped up who played on the Pacific J.V. team last year.  Proof positive that getting that extra experience can pay dividends as a player progresses through his college career. Kloke, a JC transfer outfielder and Wright, a player who got JV time last year, really hit the ball well.

The Logger offense sputtered.They looked to be hitting their stride after putting 5 runs on the board against L&C, but went silent the rest of the way.  And the only dominant pitcher they faced was Neely from Linfield.  The the other pitchers were average, but UPS couldn't find its groove.

Not sure there is a connection, but the teams that looked the most impressive and who were offensively farther along were Linfield and Pacific - the only two teams that play or have regular access to a turf baseball field.  The others looked less than sharp at the plate, on the bases and in the field. Of course, it was only the first weekend of baseball, so things will undoubtedly change as the season progresses.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 08, 2016, 02:12:45 pm
Linfield starts the season 4-0, giving up only two runs in the four games.

Linfield's 4 starters this weekend: 23 IP, 0 R, 24 K, 5 BB.

That's a pretty nice start to the season, I would say.

Really good start of the year for the 'Cats!

Agreed. You ever planning to do some more video of the baseball games? I still love to go back and watch your highlights from the 2010 (I think) games.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 09, 2016, 12:26:08 pm
Maybe...just depends on my schedule and availability.  I did enjoy doing the baseball videos.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 12, 2016, 12:14:19 pm
Should be another good weekend of baseball for the NWC. The teams in Texas and Arizona should have particularly challenging weekends.

George Fox faces #3 Emory, #11 Rhodes, Concordia (TX) and Pomona-Pitzer. All four of those teams could be regional teams, so this will be a great weekend to test themselves.

Pacific also plays Emory and Rhodes; plus two Texas teams.

Whitworth faces off against Emory and Concordia (TX) as well as two other Texas teams.

Linfield and PLU have double headers against Redlands and La Verne. Both of those teams should compete in the SCIAC this season.

Hoping the NWC represents well in the last weekend before conference games.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on February 13, 2016, 04:05:36 pm
Whitworth beat #3 Emory in the bottom of the 10th, 8-7. Pirates look like they will offer a little stiffer competition in the NWC than most thought.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on February 13, 2016, 09:13:33 pm
Whitworth beats UMHB 8-6

Pirates are 7-0 on the season. Off to a great start this year.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on February 14, 2016, 03:15:53 pm
And the TX sweep is complete. Whitworth beats Concordia (TX) 7-4. Now 8-0 on the season.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Purple Heys on February 15, 2016, 03:44:26 pm
And the TX sweep is complete. Whitworth beats Concordia (TX) 7-4. Now 8-0 on the season.

I said this...

"Whitworth is a pretty darn good team - maybe as good as we will see all year.  Their hitters were disciplined, hit deep into counts, and hit it hard through most of the lineup.  They hit remarkably well with 2 strikes..."

I think a few other folks found that out this past weekend.  I would not be surprised to see them break into the T25 soon. I expect they start receiving votes for sure.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 17, 2016, 04:21:04 pm
NWC play opens up this weekend. Everyone is playing except for Whitworth.

Pacific vs. George Fox - Both teams have pitcher poorly and Pacific won their first head-to-head matchup. I am going with Fox winning the series simply because they are the home team...

Lewis & Clark vs. Puget Sound - Puget Sound should sweep. Their offense has sputtered this year but L&C still has a ways to go.

Linfield vs. Pacific Lutheran - Two weeks ago I would've said PLU here, but Linfield's new staff has looked good and PLU hasn't quite gelled like I thought they would after last year's deep run. I'll be at this series so I am hoping to get a better feel for these two teams.

Willamette vs. Whitman- Whitman went 0-3 against Lewis & Clark in non-league... so that should be telling. Willamette ought to run away with this even though their offense hasn't been great.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on February 17, 2016, 07:09:04 pm
Weekend Predictions:

Fox over Pacific (2-1) - Despite a loss in the first weekend against the Boxers, I think Fox will rebound this week in conference play. I like Fox's starting pitchers more and the Boxers had a rough time scoring runs last weekend in AZ (aside from their final game).

UPS over L&C (3-0) - I'm impressed the Pios have swept (3-0) Whitman thus far, but at the same time that's not saying too much. UPS has played some stronger competition in the first couple weeks so I give them the advantage in this one.

Willamette over Whitman (2-1) - The 1-3 trip in So Cal last weekend for the Bearcats worries me. As Westside said, they should run away with this series, but it is difficult to sweep teams in conference play. I think the Missionaries steal one at some point.

Linfield over PLU (2-1) - It's a bit of a shame that these two frontrunners meet up so early in the season, but it also makes for some exciting baseball in February. I think Linfield's ace (Neely) rebounds from a rough start in AZ and I like the Wildcat pitching staff more overall right now (at least until Mahlum is back for the Lutes).

Side note - Kudos to Whitworth on an impressive start to the season! I was worried about their pitching staff heading into the spring, but their offense has carried the load thus far and they've found a way to win some close ball games (especially against some quality competition).

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on February 18, 2016, 01:23:01 pm
Took the week off and really didn't pay much attention to last weekend's games, but I'm ready to get back into it this weekend. A couple of thoughts.

While I still think PLU will be alright, it looks like the transition from Loomis to Soete has not been seamless. Nothing against Soete, but sometimes even an internal coaching hire creates enough change to impact the outcome on the field.  The PLU-Linfield series should be terrific.  I don't think either team will sweep, which suggests a 2-1 series win merely gives the winner an early leg-up in conference. Both teams will be in it to the end.

I said it two weeks ago and I'll say it again, I was very impressed with Pacific's offense.  Don't know what happened down in Texas, but the Boxer team I watched could really swing the bat.  And Fox's pitchers were very middling from what I saw.  This series could tip either direction, but I do not believe there will be a sweep.

UPS is still uneven on offense, but the Pios present an opportunity for the Loggers to find their groove.  UPS pitched better last week against a good NAIA opponent.  And L&C lacks athleticism and pitching.  While I agree with NWBaseballFan that it's difficult to sweep in conference play, this series presents a better than average chance for a sweep by the Loggers.

Still not sold on Willamette, but Whitman hasn't done anything yet to make me believe it's taken a step forward with its young team.  Being at home could really help Whitman. But that may only mean one win.

So, with all of that said, I like Linfield to take 2 from PLU; Pacific to take 2 from Fox, UPS to sweep L&C; and Willamette to go 2-1 vs. Whitman.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 22, 2016, 02:42:54 pm
Well the opening weekend went exactly as expected in the NWC.  ::)

Lewis & Clark takes the series over UPS...
Whitman takes the series over Willamette...
George Fox thumped Pacific...

Just like we all thought.  :-[

The Linfield and PLU series wasn't too surprising, as I thought it could be a coin flip and it pretty much was. Clutch hitting seemed to be the difference. Linfield got guys on base but rarely drove them in, while PLU always seemed to come up with a big hit. I still think these are the two best teams in the conference.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on February 22, 2016, 04:25:01 pm
Leading into this weekend I really believed that the teams in the NWC were organized into 3 noticeable tiers. PLU and Linfield in Tier 1. Fox, Whitworth, Pacific, UPS, and Willamette in Tier 2. L&C and Whitman in Tier 3.

After the first weekend of conference action, I'm inclined to think it's a two-tier league with PLU and Linfield still ahead of the pack, but everybody else is piled together in a total cluster.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on February 22, 2016, 05:43:15 pm
Yep, just like we predicted! :D :D

And while I had initially foreseen three tiers, I'm taking a full step back to square one and going to say, I'll wait another weekend or two before rubbing that crystal ball again.

Watched some of the UPS-L&C series this weekend.  Something of a head scratcher from the offensive perspective.  It was L&C who consistently came up with the clutch hits with runners in scoring position and not UPS. The Pioneers had a pretty decent offensive approach throughout their lineup and it paid off. Tip of  the hat to L&C.

UPS on the other hand was inconsistent again offensively.  It couldn't string hits together and it didn't generate big innings. Also, the Logger pitching appears to be average, giving up too many 2-strike and 2-out hits. Or maybe those were the result of a better Pioneer hitting approach? Either way, Lewis & Clark won the little battles and the result was a 2-1 series win.

As I mentioned, I'm not about to try and predict things yet. But, what I will say is right now it's not PLU or Linfield who should scare the rest of the league, it's Whitworth.  They are a team very few have seen in person, they had a bye this week and play Whitman next weekend.  The Pirates won't be on this side of the Cascades until March and by then they could be sitting 11-0.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 22, 2016, 06:14:44 pm
As I mentioned, I'm not about to try and predict things yet. But, what I will say is right now it's not PLU or Linfield who should scare the rest of the league, it's Whitworth.  They are a team very few have seen in person, they had a bye this week and play Whitman next weekend.  The Pirates won't be on this side of the Cascades until March and by then they could be sitting 11-0.

Whitworth has started out hot, and they are good but I doubt they scare the rest of the league more than PLU or Linfield. Their defense had the most errors in the conference over first two weeks (17 in 8 games). That is huge in this conference where pitching and defense pretty much always wins. Their #1 is pretty good but I don't think he would crack either of PLU's or Linfield's starting three. I admit I don't know much about their bullpen, but it has never been a strong suit. Their offense is good, but it is still a downgrade from last year's team. Meanwhile Linfield and PLU's offenses are better than last year.

With that being said, I think they are one of the three best teams in the conference. And their pitching and defense will likely improve as the season goes along.

To me, PLU is in the driver seat right now. They are the only team in the conference that can trot out a #1 that could shut down any team in the country when he is on, and they follow that up with two above-average lefties.

Like it really matters, Fox will probably just get hot and win the conference this year.  8-)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on February 26, 2016, 10:47:28 am
Well after my abysmal 1-3 record last weekend in predicting series outcomes, I've decided I need to redeem myself. As those of you who read these posts regularly have already noticed, take my predictions with a grain of salt (or a glass of Jack).  ;D

Predictions-

Whitworth over Whitman (3-0) - The split last weekend with Willamette shows that the Missionaries are better than previously expected, but I don't see the Pirates laying an egg this weekend.

Fox over Willamette (2-1) - The Bruins handled Pacific pretty easily last weekend and the Bearcats showed the opposite in a series loss to Whitman. Realistically this series could go either way, but I'll give Fox the slight edge in a weekend battle that will likely feature a fair amount of crooked numbers on the scoreboard.

PLU over Pacific (3-0) - Pacific is more than capable of stealing a game from the Lutes this weekend, but it appears the Lutes are starting to turn the boat in the right direction after a series win against Linfield. Lutes should cruise, but wouldn't be surprised if Pacific snags a game.

Linfield over UPS (3-0) - Sorry WestIsBest, I'm hoping the Cats come out with a vengeance after a tough series loss on the other side of Tacoma. I'd imagine the Loggers are thinking the same thing after a brutal loss to L&C so (yet again) I wouldn't be surprised if the Loggers claim one in this series and if each game was close.

L&C - I'm hoping the Pios continue their winning ways in a trip down south against Bates and Whittier. (That statement isn't something I'm used to hearing and doesn't exactly roll off the tongue ???).
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on February 26, 2016, 01:07:54 pm
You gotta call 'em as you see 'em NWBaseballFan10.  But, no offense, I am hoping that your track record for predicting games continues with the Linfield-UPS series!  ;D ;D

And speaking of track records, mine is terrible.  So, I won't even try to predict this week's games.

I don't expect many surprises between Whitworth and Whitman.  The only question is whether the week off has given the Pirates a little rust. 

Haven't been impressed with Willamette in the three years I've been watching the NWC and nothing has changed this year to alter my impression of that team. GF didn't look like anything special when I watched them earlier this season, but it appears they have begun to pitch pretty well which should hold them in good stead against the Bearcats.

Don't know what to make of Pacific.  They really looked good the first weekend of the season, but since then it looks like the Boxer pitching has failed to match the offensive potential.  I do believe the Boxers can make some headway against the PLU pitching. Whether that happens or not . . . . . . . . . .

I agree that PLU seems to be rounding into form.  Will that continue? Or will this weekend be a bit of a letdown following the Linfield series?

UPS continues to mystify.  Pitching should be better that it's shown. Offense returns too many good bats to sputter as much as it has thus far.  UPS cannot wait any longer to find its stride. Dropping 2 to L&C last weekend leaves the team with little margin for error moving forward.

Linfield?  They looked good opening weekend, but I'm not sure how good they really are. I'll see for myself this weekend.  Should be fun.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on February 26, 2016, 05:13:08 pm
I see that Lewis and Clark beat up on Bates today, it's good to see some real progress early this season for the program, I like Coach Flynn.  Whitman taking 2/3 from Willamette really turned my earlier thoughts on this year's squad.  They won games without big performances from their seniors. (who will get it going)

They look to have some quality Frosh bats and a couple Frosh arms that have delivered results in relief roles.  I predict they take a game from Whitworth this weekend in Spokane, which will be big for them to keep momentum rolling.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on February 29, 2016, 09:31:36 am
What are we to make of the NWC?  PLU sure seems to be struggling to find what kind of team they are after getting swept over the weekend.  I'm not entirely sold on the NWC as a whole but plenty of season left.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 29, 2016, 12:00:17 pm
Based on what I have seen this first few weeks, I think the NWC, as a whole, is improved. I think that the top end teams may still be very good, but the rest of the pack is improving a lot. I can't remember the last time when I legitimately thought 5 or 6 teams could win this conference. Of course, it remains to be seen how Whitworth is against the higher level teams. But they are obviously in the driver seat after the first two weeks.

I don't really understand PLU. Across the board, they are a better team than last year. Yet their team BA has dropped 50 points at this point. I mean, Pacific has a team ERA of nearly 6.00 and they shut PLU down.

I think, across the board, there are also less dominant pitchers right now in the NWC; so everyone has a chance to compete in any given game.

Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Purple Heys on March 01, 2016, 04:05:04 pm
My first hand read on Whitworth is that they are very good.  Predominantly because the entire lineup can hit and they will score runs.  They play smart baseball and (at least against us) seem to have a knack for hitting with 2 strikes and/or 2 outs - getting that extra run.  This is important because what I saw of their pitching was not nearly as impressive as their hitting.  We did not see the #1 starter, but the remaining staff was basically good enough.  They will not be easy to beat.  Not that they can't be beat but you better come prepared not to make a mistake because they jump on that and it can get out of hand in a hurry.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on March 01, 2016, 05:37:27 pm
I'm not sure the conference "as a whole" is improved.  The weaker teams don't appear to be as weak as last year, but the top teams don't seem to be nearly as strong as last year - Whitworth excluded.  That suggests a more average, as opposed to a stronger, league. Now, there is certainly plenty of time for a couple of teams to get hot and lift the rest of the conference up, but right now, it looks like a lot of flawed or sputtering teams trying to figure things out.

My take on the UPS-Linfield series?  UPS is not as good as expected and neither is Linfield.   UPS has been ineffective scoring runs with runners in scoring position. It gets runners on, but then the offense stalls.  Naturally that puts a lot of pressure on the pitching staff to be really good and so far, it hasn't been. It sounds like the reverse of the Whitworth team this season.

And if Linfield can't bunt, it drops the series. It too, struggled to come up with key hits and their lineup is solid, but not great.  Their pitching was fine, but nothing more.  A couple of the relievers were good, but a couple more were so-so. Neely looked very good three weeks ago against the Loggers, but got knocked around pretty good this weekend.

The Wildcats are the sputtering team, while UPS is a flawed team.  And UPS had better find some offensive consistency soon or it could be in a hole too deep to climb out of.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on March 05, 2016, 07:37:07 pm
Whitworth bats cooled off and the starting pitching got knocked around. Fitzpatrick only made it 1 inning after giving up 6 in game 1. He only pitched slightly better against Whitman in his previous outing. If that's what you are gonna get out of any of your top 3, Whitworth is gonna have to hit the piss out of the ball every game.

GF 6-3
GF 5-4
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Purple Heys on March 08, 2016, 03:50:16 pm
Then L&C takes a bite out of Whitworth...and Linfield?

When I watched Whittier run roughshod over the Pios - and those games were not close, 6 late runs in Game 2 made that "respectable" - both would have been mercy rule wins within SCIAC; there is no way I would have believed that L&C could hold Whitworth to 2 runs, let alone win.  Ditto vs. Linfield.

I still maintain Whitworth is one of the better hitting teams you will see.  But they seem to have been exposed.  I felt they were tough to beat but not unbeatable.  The NWC looks to be wide open to whoever can get hot and sustain it...or at least get in and get hot at the right time.  Of course that's true most anywhere.

So here you have my bold prediction:  One team is gonna win the NWC.   ;D  (I'm making that same prediction for the SCIAC)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on March 12, 2016, 11:03:44 pm
Whitworth split with PLU today, 5-6, 3-1
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on March 13, 2016, 06:37:14 pm
Whitworth takes the series from PLU with a 7-3 win today.

Without checking, Bucs should stay on top of the conference for another week.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on March 13, 2016, 06:57:38 pm
Whitworth takes the series from PLU with a 7-3 win today.

Without checking, Bucs should stay on top of the conference for another week.

A lot of high expectations from PLU and Linfield going into the year and both have been very underwhelming. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on March 13, 2016, 11:18:36 pm
Expectations from PLU and Linfield going into the year and both have been very underwhelming.

The whole West Coast has been underwhelming this spring  :(
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: WestisBest on March 14, 2016, 05:07:22 pm
I've now watched, UPS, Lewis & Clark, Linfield, Pacific, George Fox and Willamette and I can say the overall quality of baseball among those teams is lower than it was in each of the last three seasons. If you want to quibble, yes, L&C is better than it has been. But, overall, I have not seen anything that leads me to believe the NWC will get more than its champion into the regional tournament.

And, looking at the standings today, not one team is a lock to make the NWC post-season tournament and not one team is definitely out.

I'll be headed to Tacoma this weekend and I'll get a first-hand look at Whitworth.  I'm anxious to see what the Pirates look like.  Last year UPS went to Spokane on a roll and got waxed. At the very least, I'm hoping for dry baseball.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 20, 2016, 02:50:53 pm
Linfield swept by the Boxers.... Yikes. Just have to learn and grow from it.  Go 'Cats!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on March 23, 2016, 08:09:52 am
Gives you more time to work on football highlight tapes at least  :-\
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on March 25, 2016, 01:59:44 pm
Gives you more time to work on football highlight tapes at least  :-\
LOL +1!   ;D
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on March 25, 2016, 04:48:21 pm
Pacific's offense has been playing out of their mind for the last month or so. They are up 10-0 on Pomona-Pitzer... in the first inning. They almost batted around twice. They have put up double digit runs in 8 of their last 9 games, and they have won 8 straight. At this point, Walker Olis is the runaway player of the year in the conference (possibly West Region?) in my opinion. It's been impressive to see him take his game a new level each season.



Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Sluggerdad on March 25, 2016, 07:29:54 pm
Pacific won 25-7.
Wow!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 25, 2016, 10:43:16 pm
Gives you more time to work on football highlight tapes at least  :-\

+1
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on March 26, 2016, 12:26:04 am
Gives you more time to work on football highlight tapes at least  :-\
LOL +1!   ;D
No offense but watching D3 football is like watching paint dry. Enjoy.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on March 26, 2016, 06:49:52 pm
Gives you more time to work on football highlight tapes at least  :-\
LOL +1!   ;D
No offense but watching D3 football is like watching paint dry. Enjoy.
Yeah, the paint on a canvas by Monet or Van Gogh.  :)
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on April 15, 2016, 03:18:42 pm
We have a fairly interesting final week in the NWC. There are still four teams (I guess 5 if you include Willamette) that are vying for the last three spots.

Whitworth 15-6
George Fox 13-8
PLU 13-8
Pacific 12-9
Linfield 12-9

Whitworth is sitting pretty. They have a two game lead, and they will host unless they end up getting swept or they tie with George Fox (or Linfield).

Whitworth, PLU, and Pacific should sweep their weekend series... So realistically it will come down to George Fox and Linfield and their series against each other. If either team sweeps, they are in. But there has been so much parity this season, that I think a 2-1 series win is safe to predict.

I think the three most likely scenarios are the following:

Possible scenario (Linfield wins their series, no upsets):
#1 Whitworth 18-6
#2 PLU 16-8
#3 Pacific 15-9
#4 Linfield 14-10

Possible scenario (George Fox wins their series, no upsets):
#1 Whitworth 18-6
#2 PLU 16-8
#3 George Fox 15-9
#4 Pacific 15-9

Possible scenario (Linfield wins their series, Pacific upset):
#1 Whitworth 18-6
#2 PLU 16-8
#3 George Fox 14-10
#4 Pacific 14-10
* Linfield 14-10 (loses three-way tiebreaker.)

Of course everything goes bonkers if there are some upsets (as this season has been happy to offer us). I say let chaos reign!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: (509)Rat on April 17, 2016, 11:55:26 pm
Conference tourney is set

#1 Whitworth v #4 Pacific
#2 PLU v #3 George Fox
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on April 18, 2016, 10:44:12 am
I realize the conference tournament is new, but how long has it been since Linfield was not in the mix in the NWC?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on April 18, 2016, 10:51:06 am
Linfield finished 5th in the NWC in 2012. Whitworth was co-champs that year with Pacific, but Whitworth received the Pool A bid and Pacific was left home.

Tough break yesterday for the Cats, but unfortunately that's what happens when you don't take care of business during conference play. The pitching staff has been "Jekyll and Hyde" for most of the season, but fortunately they only will lose 2 guys to graduation (80% of the innings thrown this year are going to be returners).
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on April 18, 2016, 12:07:23 pm
Based off of conference games, here are my choices for the all-NWC team.

Player of the Year: Walker Olis (Pacific)
Pitcher of the Year: Dustin Wells (George Fox)
Coach of the Year: Dan Ramsay (Whitworth)

C: Andrew Reichenbach (George Fox)
1B: Ben Andrews (Linfield)
2B: Chris Zerio (Puget Sound)
3B: Joseph Zimmer (Whitman)
SS: Adrian Vela (Whitman)
OF: Walker Olis (Pacific)
OF: Kurtis Kloke (Pacific)
OF: Jeremy Druffel (Whitworth)
UT: ???
DH: Jordan McGowan (Whitworth)
SP: Hugh Smith (Whitworth)
SP: Dustin Wells (George Fox)
SP: Cory Nelson (PLU)
SP: Paul Wolfram (Pacific)
RP: Garrett Brown (PLU)


I really have no idea who is going to win the NWC tournament. No one has a shut down pitching staff... so it really is just whichever team can score runs. I guess Whitworth is the favorite, but really anyone has a chance.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 23, 2016, 07:16:42 pm
PLU drops Whitworth 7-3 and is in good shape in the NWC Tourney.  Whit worth has to win 3 straight to get the auto-bid.  I think Whitworth is still in good shape for a Pool C bid, unless they drop their next game and lose all 3 next week.  I still say they are in, but crazy things have happened.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on April 24, 2016, 09:40:45 pm
Nicely done for PLU, as they say it's not how you play during the season, but at the end. The games next week mean a lot more to Whitworth now.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 25, 2016, 11:05:22 am
Is there any concern for the way Whitworth has played in the past few weeks after having such a hot start?
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on April 26, 2016, 06:35:00 pm
Okay okay, I'll give myself a pat on the back for guessing the all-NWC 100% (other than putting Zimmer at utility to have Lawson at 3B). I imagine that's more of a seniority thing since Lawson is a senior and Zimmer a sophomore. Anyway, congrats to Olis and Wells. It wouldn't surprise me if Olis is a first team all American. His numbers are silly.

http://nwcsports.com/sports/bsb/2015-16/releases/All-NWC-BASE16
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Just_Some_Guy on April 27, 2016, 10:50:31 am
It wouldn't surprise me if Olis is a first team all American. His numbers are silly.


For reference:

Player               avg    gp-gs     ab      r     h    2b    3b    hr    rbi    tb    slg%    bb    hbp    so    gdp    ob%    sf    sh    sb-att    po    a    e    fld%
Olis, Walker     .435    39-39    147    56    64    12    1    11    45    111    .755    43    1    21    1    .565    0    0    27-28    97    6    1    .990

Yes, yes indeed.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 02, 2017, 11:40:41 am
Happy 2017!

Super bummed that the NWC Preseason tournament was cancelled this weekend due to weather... but the season still starts today!

Pacific @ George Fox (on their new field!).

Should be another great season...

I got the conference coming down to Whitworth and Linfield, as I think they have the best guys on the mound.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: 108 Stitches on February 02, 2017, 01:40:05 pm
What about PLU? They were in the regional and if I recall they get most of their kids back.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on February 02, 2017, 03:40:27 pm
They return a lot of their offense, but their pitching is a huge question mark. They lost 3 of their 4 starters from last year, and pretty much their only go-to reliever (Brown, who had 29 appearances)... and their pitching staff wasn't that good last year with those guys. So I guess if they find some people to give them solid innings, they will have a great shot. I just don't know enough about their staff to assume.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 02, 2017, 06:31:15 pm
Looking forward to it!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on February 03, 2017, 02:32:26 pm
Keep an eye on Willamette, also.  They start today in So Cal.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on February 10, 2017, 10:41:31 am
Not a very good start for George Fox....sucks to see a program that was one of the top in the West fall so far down.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Wildcat17 on February 11, 2017, 03:36:23 am
Definitely has been a tough weekend for George Fox in Arizona.  Hopefully they can get the season turned around.

Linfield got off to a good start today in the late game, holding on for a tight 2-1 win over Cal Lu.  Both sides played pretty well considering it was their first game of the season, though there were definitely a few rough edges to work out.  Cason Cunningham pitched 5 1/3 scoreless, and Matt Strang came in to finish it.  Cal Lu mounted a challenge in the 9th but Strang induced a flyball to center to end it with runners on second and third.  If the rest of Linfield's pitching matches up to this effort, and the offense starts clicking a bit better, this could be a return to good things for the program.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 19, 2017, 12:04:04 am
Ugh....
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bishopleftiesdad on February 19, 2017, 12:48:45 am
Ugh....
Sorry to hear it.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on February 20, 2017, 12:14:10 pm
Ugh....

 ;D
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: NWBaseballFan10 on February 20, 2017, 01:15:18 pm
Disappointing opening weekend in conference play for the Cats. :-[ Tough to see the bullpen lose it following Cunningham's gem for the first 6 innings in Game 2.

The pitching staff has struggled mightily with command early on here in 2016 (very unusual for a Carnahan pitching staff). Through 7 games, the staff is allowing 5.57 BB/Games, which is a big increase from previous years (3.17 BB/Game in 2016, 2.91 BB/Game in 2015, 2.56 BB/Game in 2014, and 2.34 BB/Game in 2013). Command has been a hallmark of Carney's pitching staffs over the years so I expect this issue to be resolved, but hopefully we see an improvement soon before the Cats give away more conference games.


Ugh....
Sorry to hear it.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 21, 2017, 11:25:01 am
Ugh....

 ;D

Bearcat Press...back from the dead.  Good to see you're still kicking around, congrats on the series win.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on February 21, 2017, 12:26:06 pm
Ugh....

 ;D

Bearcat Press...back from the dead.  Good to see you're still kicking around, congrats on the series win.

Haha, thanks.  Definitely still kicking around, just with a lot less time to post nowadays.  Willamette football and basketball have been pretty rough the last few years, so a series win over Linfield (for the first time since 2003!) was definitely a nice way to start the NWC baseball season.  Hoping for a competitive conference race this year!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 21, 2017, 05:20:01 pm
Ugh....

 ;D

Bearcat Press...back from the dead.  Good to see you're still kicking around, congrats on the series win.

Haha, thanks.  Definitely still kicking around, just with a lot less time to post nowadays.  Willamette football and basketball have been pretty rough the last few years, so a series win over Linfield (for the first time since 2003!) was definitely a nice way to start the NWC baseball season.  Hoping for a competitive conference race this year!

Yeah, the talent level has eroded at Willamette in FB and BSK over the past few years. Curious to see what impact a new AD will bring to Salem.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on February 27, 2017, 11:49:39 am
Good sweep for the 'Cats (they needed it).  But what in the blue blazes happened to George Fox this year? Talk about falling off a cliff.  Not a good way to break in their new turf field either.

Bearcats continue to play good ball with another series win over Pacific. Blues over Rats in the first two games before game 3 was postponed. And the Lutes were able to ease their way into NWC play this year with UPS and L&C.

Big series at Linfield next week between the 'Cats and Lutes!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on February 27, 2017, 12:40:09 pm
Good sweep for the 'Cats (they needed it).  But what in the blue blazes happened to George Fox this year? Talk about falling off a cliff.  Not a good way to break in their new turf field either.

Bearcats continue to play good ball with another series win over Pacific. Blues over Rats in the first two games before game 3 was postponed. And the Lutes were able to ease their way into NWC play this year with UPS and L&C.

Big series at Linfield next week between the 'Cats and Lutes!

Including a no-hitter by Eric Ma who is a freshman carrying a 3-0 record and .86 ERA.  Pretty amazing to see him do that to a great hitting team in Whitworth.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on February 27, 2017, 01:21:43 pm
Another series win for Willamette against a team picked ahead of them in the preseason poll, and under tough circumstances too -- John Lewis Field was unplayable, so the Bearcats had to play their first "home" series of the year at two separate locations over 25 miles away from campus (Santiam Christian High School and Linfield).

Big, big test coming up this weekend at Whitworth.  Willamette played the Bucs in a nonconference game at Wilsonville High School earlier this month and got pounded 15-4.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 06, 2017, 02:30:21 pm
'Cat drop the series to the Lutes.  :-[

Willamette continues to roll. Whitworth is 0-5 in conference play?

Lots of baseball still to play but PLU/Willamette are the early leaders in the clubhouse.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on March 06, 2017, 07:56:33 pm
I checked the live stats on the second game of the Willamette/Whitworth doubleheader on Saturday, saw the Pirates leading 8-1 heading to the bottom of the eighth, and figured that a split was a good result against the preseason favorite.  What a crazy game!

I'm not sure if the weather is going to cooperate, but if it does, it'll be really interesting to see how this very young Bearcats team plays as favorites at home against a sneaky-good Whitman squad that has the NWC's second-best team ERA.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Whatagame on March 06, 2017, 08:32:35 pm
Bearcat, I think next weekend's series is super important for Whitman.  They can't be dismissed right now as a non-contender for a seat at the NWC tournament, but a poor weekend at Salem will be a problem.  It looks like Whitman has a solid set of weekend starting pitchers.  The team may lack some of the offensive firepower and pitching velocity of the '14 team, but more overall depth, which combined with a NWC that seems down in terms of talent (no Haddeland, Scheibe, Lubking, Wilson, Pfeffer etc.-type guys or juggernaut teams) I think kind of throws it wide open. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jim Dixon on March 08, 2017, 10:43:19 am
The biggest surprise this season for me is Whitworth starting 0-5 in conference. 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on March 15, 2017, 01:14:29 pm
I'm not sure how they're doing it, but these Bearcats just keep winning.  One walk-off would have been special, but back-to-back walk offs to win a key NWC series was unreal.  Whitman's pitching staff is no joke, and if the Blues' offense can just put together 3-4 runs per game, that might be enough to get them into the NWC tournament.

Willamette heads down to SCIAC country this week for four games against CMS, CLU, and Oxy. I think the biggest NWC series of the weekend will be PLU making the trip over the mountains to Whitworth.  George Fox has struggled, but I still think it was a big deal for the Pirates to get a road sweep last weekend.  If they can take 2 or 3 from the Lutes, they're right back in the race.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on March 16, 2017, 04:36:49 pm
I'm not sure how they're doing it, but these Bearcats just keep winning.  One walk-off would have been special, but back-to-back walk offs to win a key NWC series was unreal.  Whitman's pitching staff is no joke, and if the Blues' offense can just put together 3-4 runs per game, that might be enough to get them into the NWC tournament.

Willamette heads down to SCIAC country this week for four games against CMS, CLU, and Oxy. I think the biggest NWC series of the weekend will be PLU making the trip over the mountains to Whitworth.  George Fox has struggled, but I still think it was a big deal for the Pirates to get a road sweep last weekend.  If they can take 2 or 3 from the Lutes, they're right back in the race.

Some teams, some years, just find a way to win baseball games and it looks like this Willamette team is one of those. 

I don't know if Linfield and UPS will ever find a way to finish their series but the 'Cats need to get that sweep this weekend of L&C to stay right in the middle of it.  Feels like the NWC standings could take wild swings over the 2nd half of NWC play.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on March 23, 2017, 09:06:43 am
I'm not sure how they're doing it, but these Bearcats just keep winning.  One walk-off would have been special, but back-to-back walk offs to win a key NWC series was unreal.  Whitman's pitching staff is no joke, and if the Blues' offense can just put together 3-4 runs per game, that might be enough to get them into the NWC tournament.

Willamette heads down to SCIAC country this week for four games against CMS, CLU, and Oxy. I think the biggest NWC series of the weekend will be PLU making the trip over the mountains to Whitworth.  George Fox has struggled, but I still think it was a big deal for the Pirates to get a road sweep last weekend.  If they can take 2 or 3 from the Lutes, they're right back in the race.

Couple of tough losses for Willamette down in CA last weekend.  Could have very easily been a 4-0 weekend.

What is going on with Whitworth?  Did they over-perform last year or are they under-performing this year?  Correct me if I am wrong but it's pretty much the same squad?  The hole they have dud themselves is deep and getting deeper.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on March 25, 2017, 03:34:46 pm
DO.C. gets a home game against Chapman nearby the house today.
On my way.
Will try not to be obnoxious from the stands.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Bearcat Press on April 03, 2017, 11:31:41 am
I thought Willamette's pitching was exposed by George Fox last weekend, so of course they responded with a really impressive three-game sweep of #17 PLU -- including winning game three on a walk-off balk in the 10th inning.  This was the first series that Willamette has played at John Lewis Field all season.

It's become pretty clear this year that anybody in the NWC can lose to anybody else on any given day, which makes the title race between Willamette (13-5), PLU (15-6), and Linfield (12-5) even more exciting.  The Bearcats have UPS (away) and L&C (home), PLU has George Fox (home), and Linfield has Whitworth (home) and Whitman (away).  And Willamette owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over both PLU and Linfield.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 08, 2017, 11:13:54 pm
BCP....will NEVER be able to see the Lewis name on anything without jumping to 1968 rubber match basketball game at LINFIELD's homer gym.

We may have educated you on these pages before, but let me explain again.
Lewis was the engine behind a move to have LINFIELD forfeit the 1967 football season, take away 2 wrestlers first place league finish, all teams become ineligible for post season NAIA activity.

SUPPOSEDLY, there was a fellow who was going to go to Willamette but jumped to LINFIELD where he played JV football. Lewis accused LINFIELD of meddling with student aid.

When he walked into the LINFIELD gym towards finding a seat, hundreds of students began chanting, "Lewis! Lewis! Why'd you screw us!?"over and over.
He never sat. He turned heel and left.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Westside on April 10, 2017, 10:54:20 am
Linfield picked up a huge sweep over Whitworth (what happened to them??), while Willamette and PLU both dropped a game.

Linfield pitching has taken it to another level in conference, as their starters have the #1, 3, and 4 ERAs in the league.

The conference race will come down to the final weekend, which is always exciting.

Linfield       15-5
Willamette  15-6
PLU            17-7
Whitman    11-10
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 10, 2017, 12:46:17 pm
Linfield picked up a huge sweep over Whitworth (what happened to them??), while Willamette and PLU both dropped a game.


Bought into their own twitter hype? 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 15, 2017, 10:24:44 pm
Congrats to the 'Cats on winning the NWC championship.  I don't know if there were very many people after the 2nd weekend of NWC play that saw this coming but Linfield put it all together and went 16-3 down the stretch and 13-0 in NWC play since their loss at UPS on March 12th.  Masterful job by the 'Cats and the conference tourney at Linfield should be fantastic!  Go 'Cats! 
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: D O.C. on April 16, 2017, 01:29:25 am
And all I got to see was the Chapman loss.
Congrats 'CATS!
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: wildcat11 on April 16, 2017, 11:28:21 am
Crap news for Linfield (via Linfield baseball Instagram): The Linfield Baseball Family is thinking about senior CF Scott Hilpert today, who suffered a leg fracture in last night's NWC clinching game. Scotty has been a huge part of this team's success, and he is a class act on and off the field. We love you Scotty!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BS80ZUzgC9J/ (https://www.instagram.com/p/BS80ZUzgC9J/)

Massive loss for the 'Cats.  Feel terrible for Hilpert.
Title: Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 16, 2017, 12:12:07 pm
Crap news for Lin