Baseball players to continue careers at 4-year schools
PENDLETON — Five Blue Mountain Community College baseball players have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their careers at four-year institutions, the school announced Thursday.
Tate Spivey, a third baseman from Kennewick, and pitchers Chase Labbe and Nathan Pena, both from Meridian, Idaho, have all signed to play at the College of Idaho.
Spivey led the Timberwolves last season in RBI with 30, and tied for the team lead with three home runs. He also led the team with three triples. Spivey graduated earlier this spring from BMCC with his Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree. He was voted Most Inspirational Player by his teammates.
Labbe was the lead-off hitter for both his years as a Timberwolf, and led the team in walks for two seasons in a row, while also being one of the top defensive catchers in the Northwest Athletic Conference(NWAC). Labbe also graduated earlier this spring from BMCC with his AAOT, and received the NWAC Academic Excellence Award.
Pena led the NWAC in appearances on the mound in 2016 and 2017, and led the T-Wolves in ERA this season. He recorded three wins and four saves this last season.
Rodney Scarver, a starting center fielder from Prosser, has signed to play for Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He had two home runs and 13 RBIs this season, and also received the NWAC Academic Excellence Award.
Matt Palmer, a starting outfielder from Palmer, Alaska, has signed to play for Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa. His six doubles tied him for third on the T-Wolves team. He, too, earned an NWAC Academic Excellence Award and graduated earlier this year with his AAOT.
“I’m extremely proud of all of these individuals,” said BMCC coach Brad Baker.“All of them were hard workers, great people, great teammates, and good students at Blue Mountain. We will miss them here, but I am excited for their new opportunities.
Three softball players earn national scholar athlete awards
PENDLETON — Three Blue Mountain softball players have received All-American Scholar Athlete awards from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) — Lauren Cagle, Miah Slater and Brooke Kralman.
All three Timberwolves maintained a GPA of 3.5 or better during the 2016-2017 academic year while also making valuable contributions to the BMCC softball team.
“This is a well-deserved award for these players, especially for being recognized for their excellence in the classroom,” said BMCC coach Steve Richards. “All three put significant time into their studies in addition to the time commitment softball requires. They are setting the standard that our future players can aspire to.”
Cagle, an infielder from Susanville, California, graduated earlier this spring. Slater, a pitcher and infielder from Elgin, and Kralman, an outfielder from Milton-Freewater, will be sophomores in the fall.
Established in 1983, the NFCA is the professional growth organization for fastpitch softball coaches from all competitive levels of play.