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Eric graduated in 2018 with a B.S. in Economics after a phenomenal four year playing career with Willamette University. Del Prado earned 2nd Team All-NWC 1B honors in 2016 and an Honorable Mention in 2018. Across his entire career, Del Prado amassed 156 hits, including 46 for extra-bases. He collected 122 RBI and homered 13 times while maintaining a .302 career batting average. He currently serves as the Hitting Coach for Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.
Kelly graduated in 2017 with his B.S. in Political Science and minor in Law and Justice Studies after a stellar four year playing career with Whitworth University and Yakima Valley CC. He is pursuing his Master’s degree at Whitworth while serving as a Graduate Assistant Coach. He led Whitworth in appearances and saves in 2016 and 2017 and in ERA in 2017. Fitzpatrick was a starter and captain for two years at YVCC, where he earned his A.A. and Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation. Fitzpatrick played two seasons for the Yakima Valley Pippins of the West Coast League, helping them win the East Division.
Sheldon graduated in 2016 with a B.S. in Economics after a storied four year playing career with Bellevue College and Seattle University. Stober earned 1st Team All-NWAC North DH honors in 2013 and 2nd Team All-NWAC North 2B in 2014 for the Bulldogs. At Seattle U, he was Redhawks' MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 and earned MVP and Offensive Player of the Year honors again in 2016. Stober was ranked the 13th best 2B in the country by D1 Baseball following his senior year.
Mitchell graduated in 2016 with a B.S. in Technical Education after an impressive four year playing career with Big Bend CC and Central Washington University. Darlington earned NWAC All-Eastern Region honors his sophomore year, hitting .356 while stealing a team-high 13 bags. He transferred to Central Washington University to finish his last two seasons of college baseball in the NCAA. Darlington now serves as an Infield Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for Big Bend CC, entering his third year. Last Spring, Darlington helped guide the Vikings to a 31-20 record and their first NWAC Championship berth in 15 years.
Talor graduated in 2016 with a B.S. in Business and Marketing after pitching parts of two seasons at the NCAA Division I level for the Seattle University Redhawks. Coach Okada brings a vibrant energy to the dugout with advanced knowledge of pitching and arm care.
Ryan enters his first year at Yakima Valley College where he serves as the Assistant Recruiting Coordinator, working with outfielders and the pitching staff. Coach Sires previously served two years as an Eisenhower HS Assistant before joining the 16th-ranked Junior College in America, where he previously pitched. Sires managed the 2019 Peninsula Team at the Baseball Northwest Championships this past year. The Yaks have amassed 111 wins in the last 3 years, good for most in the NWAC.
Cameron enters his fourth year at the University of Portland as a RHP for the Pilots while majoring in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Management. Coming off a career junior year, Richman posted a 2.42 ERA in 26 IP while registering 26 strikeouts. Richman held batters to a .194 batting average throwing exclusively out of the sidearm and submarine arm slot, earning an Honorable Mention on the WCC All-Academic Team in 2018. Richman was a part of two West Coast League championship teams for the Corvallis Knights in 2015 and 2016 and won an Expedition League championship with the Western Nebraska Pioneers in 2018.
Sam enters his third year at Marshall University as a RHP while majoring in Criminal Justice with previous stints at both Washington State University and Shoreline CC. Boone posted a 3.68 ERA in 14 2/3 IP while registering 18 strikeouts for the Thundering Herd in 2019, holding batters to a .255 batting average. Boone recorded a 2.82 ERA for the Bend Elks of the West Coast League in 2018 and led the entire NWAC in strikeouts in 2016 with 77 in 62 2/3IP.
JT graduated in 2018 with his B.S. in Biology from Whitworth University. He currently coaches for Whitworth where he was a four-year starter and Team Captain. Phelan collected 140 base-hits in 192 career games for the Pirates including 31 doubles, 87 RBI and 12 home runs. A career .310 hitter, Phelan was also a 2-year starter for the Whitworth football team at outside linebacker where he earned All-Conference honors both as a freshman and sophomore.
Cole graduated in 2018 with a B.S. in Marketing after a four year playing career at Pacific University. Kanazawa earned a All-NWC honorable mention in 2018 as a pitcher. In his senior season, Kanazawa led the Boxer pitching staff as the closer in Appearances (18) and ERA (3.05) in 41.1 innings pitched. He is currently in his first season as the Assistant Pitching Coach at Pacific University.
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