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Baseball Season Preview/Review

2015-16 Season Preview

The Spokane baseball team will see many new faces in the lineup as the season gets underway.  Spokane will have to replace 7 sophomores offensively as well as all four starting pitchers.  It seems like a big hole to fill, however, with a core group of sophomores returning and a strong freshman class Spokane should still be very competitive in the always tough East Region.  

Pitchers
    
Spokane lost all four starting pitchers to graduation and will rely heavily on incoming freshman arms to carry the load.  Six freshman are battling it out for the four starting jobs.  Austin Lee (West Valley HS, Spokane), Kade Woods (Lewiston HS, Lewiston) Jared Smith (University HS, Spokane Valley) Enrique Martinez (Lindbergh HS, Renton), Mitch Guiberson (Highland HS, Pocatello) and Stephen Streltzoff (Mt. Spokane HS, Spokane) will continue to push each other for the starting roles.  All six will throw significant innings this spring.

The lone sophomore on the pitching staff, Alex Rees (Woodinville HS, Bothell), will again come out of the bullpen after last season’s success.  Alex appeared in 10 games throwing 21.1 innings striking out 23 hitters while maintaining a 3.37 era. Ben Castro (Mead HS, Spokane), Austen Jones (Genesee HS, Genesee), Ryan Bryd (Gonzaga Prep, Spokane), Brandon Desjardins (Lord Beaverbrook, Alberta) , along with two-way player Jake Olson (Great Falls HS, Great Falls) are all competing for innings and will be looked at towards the end of games.

Catchers

Redshirt sophomore Kasey Kelly (Medical Lake HS, Medical Lake) is back and healthy after an injury cut his catching duties short last spring.  Kasey continued to play in 2015 as the designated hitter at times, hitting .391 in conference.  Freshman Cory Meyer (Highland HS, Pocatello) will split time with Kasey behind the plate in the preseason.  Cory has the potential to hit in the middle of the order and drive in a lot of runs for the Sasquatch this spring.  Cory has already committed to Washington State University and will join the Cougars in the fall of 2016.  

Infielders

The infielders will be anchored by reigning Eastern Region MVP and 1st team All-NWAC infielder Evan Douglas (Shadle Park HS, Spokane).  Evan had one of the best freshman seasons in Spokane history hitting .343 with 57 hits (12th in the NWAC), 18 doubles (2nd in the NWAC), 2 triples, 8 homeruns (2nd in the NWAC) and 46 RBI (3rd in the NWAC).  His double-play counterpart will be either Jordan Ross (Lake City HS, Coeur d’Alene) or Alex Bowdish (East Valley HS, Spokane) as we get closer to the start of the season.  Both players are very skilled defensively and can hit at the top of the batting order.  Jordan and Alex can play multiple positions and should both see time on Opening Day.  At third base Jason Mustappa (Mount Vernon HS, Mount Vernon) had a good fall and has progressed as the front runner to start on Opening Day.  Garrett Schmerer (University HS, Spokane Valley) has won the job at first base and has the potential to be the leadoff hitter for Spokane this spring.  Garrett is skilled offensively and sees a lot of pitches at the plate.  The infielders’ biggest strength heading into the season is their toughness and ability to make the routine play.  

Outfielders

Tyler Thorson returns for his redshirt sophomore year and will start in right field.  Tyler has emerged as a vocal leader for the Squatch.  The Florence, MT product looks to build upon 2015 in which he hit .267 with 2 homeruns and 12 RBI.  Centerfield looks to be a four-headed race as Zach Day (Rogers HS, Spokane), Bennett Tabaracci (Sentinel HS, Missoula), Alex Bowdish, and CJ Waterman (Wenatchee HS, Wenatchee) are all competing for the starting job.  Zach is coming back from an injury that has kept him out of practice since September.  Bennett Tabaracci is a good defender who can really throw and can provide pop in the middle of the order.  Alex is a versatile player who can play both infield and outfield with a high baseball IQ.  CJ can cover a lot of ground in center field with plus speed and a strong arm.  Three more outfielders are looking to lock down left field as the season nears.  Both Mitchell Cox and Ryan Murkle (Centennial HS, Boise) are offensive threats who should drive in runs.  Two-sport athlete Garrett Hull (Ellensburg HS, Ellensburg) is also in the mix in left field.  He is currently a member of the men’s basketball team who are 25-4 overall and start the NWAC tournament on March 5th.  We look forward to Garrett joining us after the NWAC tournament.

This spring should be an exciting year as we try to improve upon last year’s 28-16 overall record and 16-12 east region record.  Our players have bought into a selfless, team first mentality with toughness, will-power and detail.  It should be exciting and fun to watch.

Go Squatch!