August Summer Baseball Camps
The SVC coaching staff has added two more camps before the end of the summer. Campers can choose from a Prospect Camp for high school aged athletes, or the End of Summer Youth Camp for ages 5-14. For questions please contact Head Baseball Coach Adam Roberts, email@example.com, 360-416-7780.
- Date: August 9th
- Time: 1pm-5pm
- Ages: 13-18
- Location: SVC Dream Field
- Cost: $25
- What to Expect: Each camper will be ran through a series of running, fielding, throwing, hitting, & pitching drill. The SVC coaching staff will evaluate each players skills and be given a hand written scouting grade/evaluation. The camp will end with a scrimmage and live game situations.
- Who should attend: Players interested in playing Varsity HS baseball, summer league, college, or professional baseball.
- Registration: http://collegebaseballcamps.com/svc/info/15384
End of Summer Youth Camp
- Dates: August 12-14
- Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
- Ages: 5-14
- Location: SVC Dream Field
- Cost: $50
- What to Expect: Coaches will be current SVC coaches and players. Campers will learn the fundamentals of throwing, fielding, base-running, and pitching. Coaches will run campers though a series of fundamental and advanced drill depending on skill level. Campers will be taught the rules of the game. Each day will end with live baseball games. Prizes will be given out at the end of each day!
- Who should attend: No matter what your skill level is, every player will benfit. First time baseball players or experienced players are both encouraged to attend.
- Registration: http://collegebaseballcamps.com/svc/info/15385
Upcoming Baseball Camps
The SVC coaching staff is proud to announce three more upcoming camps. We are especially excited about having the WSU Cougars back for a satalite camp which will include coaching from both WSU and SVC coaching staffs.
- Prospect Camp: Monday, May 19th, 4pm, Ages 14-18, $25: Registration
- Youth Summer Baseball Camp: Mon-Wed, June 16-19, 12pm-3pm, Ages 5-12, $50: Registration
- WSU Cougar Satalite Camp: Wed-Thu, July 2-3, $100: Registration
For more info please contact Head Coach Adam Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Skagit Valley Cardinals
FRONT(L-R) Coach Brian Murphy, Coach Casey Mitchell, Head Coach Adam Roberts, Coach Jim ODell, Coach Grady Sodergren
SECOND ROW(L-R) Steve Semler, Jay Leverett, Kurtis Taylor, Trent Anderson, Kyler Howell, Ryan Humphey, Nate Heath, Aaron Peterson, Taylor VanVleck, Charlie Dietrich, Alac Wong, Devin Harke, Zach Beatty, Cody Blount, Kevin Smith
THIRD ROW(L-R) Michael Rodriguez, Shane Servoss, Josh Adams, Rob Hill, Ashton Williamson, Travis Boyd, Isaiah Vaughn, Yusuke Akitoshi, Javier Villanueva, Jake Frost, Jarret Martin, Jens Jensen, Dylan Johnson
BACK ROW(L-R) Jack Rhodes, Colton Kelly, Joe Siegel, Tyler Howlett, Jeff Frost, Nick Moore, Austin Von Herbulis, Matt Jacobsen, Jacob Howard, Zach Cutsforth, Peter Bovenkamp, Max Lind, Ty Amundson
Not in picture: Coach Darren Westergard
Cards Sign Seven to Open 2014 Recruiting Class
The first wave of Cardinals are signed for the 2015-16 season. This group of seven players are a mix of two-way players that can play on all sides of the ball including pitching. "I think this group will be known as a group of hard nosed ball players," said Head Coach Adam Roberts. "Most of these guys can play all over the field and four or five of them could pitch and hit for us. What I like about this group is that they are smart baseball players, hard workers, good students and all have either a power arm, bat or both. It's going to be fun to watch them play!"
Coach Roberts had this to say about his 2015 freshmen.
Shane Hanon, INF, R/R, 6'2"/190, Peninsula High School - Shane can flat out hit. He is a high school short stop that can play other positions. He has a powerful wirey frame and will go as far as his bat takes him. A potential middle of the order bat.
Joe Done, C/1B/RHP, R/R, 6'3"/225, Mt. Si High School - Joe has all the physical tools that you could ask for in a player. He has a power arm and bat but what sets Joe apart from other players is his character. He is guy you want to compete with. He plays the game the right way; hard.
Andrew Moore, C/OF, R/L, 5'10"/175, Monroe High School - Andrew is an offensive catcher who can also play the outfield, he hits left handed and can absolutely fly. He is going to put a lot of pressure on pitchers and defenses with his bat and speed. Andrew is a hard worker and has the potential to hit for power. His brother Ryan, is a former Cardinal baseball player.
Blake Nystrom, OF, L/L, 5'10"/175, Timberline High School - Blake is a an all around ball player with great baseball actions. He can play any OF position, runs well, throws well and can even pitch. Blakes future is at the plate. He has a compact smooth swing and knows how to hit. He is a top of the order hitter with middle of the order power.
Tyrel Panter, INF, R/R, 6'1"/185, Ellensburg High School - Tyrel is an advanced SS that our pitcher will love having behind them. He has a smooth actions and a strong arm. His bat continues to improve and will only get stronger with his big frame. He has a chance to be a power hitting SS.
Brady Bauthues, OF, R/R, 5'11"/165, Ferndale High School - Brady is an aggressive athlete that always plays with 100% effort. As a HS player, Brady plays CF and pitches. Because he pitches he knows how to attack the game. He has sneaky power and speed and playes bigger than he is.
Tyler Givens, INF/C/RHP, R/R, 6'2"/200, Stanwood High School - Tyler is a versital player with raw ability and strength. The thing that impresses me with Tyler is his motivation to improve. He has improved as much as I've seen from the fall of his senior year until spring of his senior year. He is a grinder that can really compete. I can't wait to see what position he is most successful.
Schedule Change: Cardinals Open Season at Home
Originally scheduled to play at Wenatchee this weekend, the Cardinals will instead have opening day in Mount Vernon at the Dream Field. The Cardinals will host Pierce CC in a double header starting at 1pm on Saturday (March 1), then on Sunday (March 2) will travel to Pierce CC (Mt. Tahoma HS) to play a Noon double header.
Cardinals Announce 2014 Baseball Schedule
Skagit Valley College athletics released the 2014 Cardinal baseball schedule. The 38-game regular season schedule features a challenging non-conference schedule that sends the Cards on the road for the first three weekends against 2013 NWAACC tournament participants Pierce, Yakima, and Tacoma. The non-conference schedule is finalized with the first home games of the season on March 22nd versus SW Oregon. The always tough Northern Region schedule will start the weekend of March 29th with Douglas.
"We made this schedule to be challenging to prepare our team for a run at the NWAACC Championships," said head coach Adam Roberts, who enters his second season at the helm of the Cards. "We open up on the road at Wenatchee against the 2013 runner up Pierce Raiders. Then we go to Yakima to play another pair of quality teams in Yakima and Clark. We are really looking forward to going to Lower Columbia to plant the seed that we plan to return to L.C. for the NWAACC tournament. After that we go to Tacoma to face an always tough Titans team. Our fans will also get to see us play quality teams at home for our conference play at our Dream Field."
The Cards will play 14 home games at the Dream Field with hopes of making the top four in the Northern Region to play for a berth into the Northern Division tournament May 16-18. The regular season champion will host the Northern Region tournament and gain an automatic bid to the NWAACC tournament. The Northern Region tournament will also determine a second seed into the NWAACC tournament.
The NWAACC tournament is at Lower Columbia in Longview, WA May 22-26. The top two seeds from each region will decend into Longview for the eight team, double elimination tournament to determine the NWAACC champion.
Cardinals to host Prospect & College Baseball Education Camp
Players interested in playing college baseball, specifically at SVC will be evaluated by SVC Coaches on hitting, fielding, pitching & running. Groups will rotate through drills and receive instruction on skills. During the final 20 minutes of camp the Cardinal Coaches will lead an educational Q&A with prospective college athletes and parents about the educational and baseball requirements of playing college baseball in the NCAA, NAIA, & NWAACC.
Date: January 4th, Saturday
Location: Skagit Valley College Field House
To register, go to www.CardinalBaseballEvents.com. For more info contact Head Coach Adam Roberts at email@example.com or 360-416-7780.
Cardinal Hitting Camp
Campers will learn the fundamentals of hitting from SVC coaching staff and players. Players will learn a progression of drills to improve their hand eye coordination and overall hitting ability. Video analysis of each players swing will also be used as a learning tool.
Dates: January 11th, 18th, and 25th.
Location: Skagit Valley College Field House
To register, go to www.CardinalBaseballEvents.com. For more info contact Head Coach Adam Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-416-7780.
Casey Mitchell joins SVC staff
Skagit Valley College baseball has added Casey Mitchell to the coaching staff to work with pitchers. Mitchell, 25, was a 2007 graduate of Olympia High School. After high school, Casey pitched at Spokane Falls C.C. in 2008 and transfered to St. Martin's University in Olympia, where he played until 2011. The following year, Casey joined the Saint's coaching staff while coaching in the Puget Sound Collegiate League and for NW Elite.
"We are excited to add Casey to our staff. He is a young, knowledgeable coach with previous college experience and wants to work at being the best coach he can be." Head Coach Adam Roberts said. Casey will also contribute to recruiting, youth camps, and facilities. "Casey will help our team not only on the mound but also with building the Cardinal brand. He will help recruiting and identifying good players from the South Sound, and help keeping the Dream Field facility top notch. He has experience with both recruiting, camps, and groundskeeping. It's a perfect fit."
The 11th Annual SVC Sports Auction set for November 2nd
The Cardinal Booster Club will be hosting the 11th Annual SVC Sports Auction on November 2nd at 5:00pm in the SVC Dave Duvall Pavilion (gym). Individual tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased on-line HERE. Tickets include two drink tickets and dinner by Big Rock Cafe & Grocery. Proceded will benefit Student-Athlete scholarships and athletic team costs.
Over 350 guests are expected to attend the event. The evening will start at 5:00pm with a social hour, silent auction, followed by dinner and live auction. Current live auction items include a Hawaii deep sea fishing trip, Mexico vacation, Phillies baseball weekend trip, golf packages, puppy, and many more!!! Beer, wine, and cocktails will be served. Dress code is business casual.
In 2012 the event raised over $35,000 and was attended by 300+ elected officials, business owners, local patrons, and team parents and guests.
If you are interested in being a sponsor, table captain, or donating an item, please contact Head Baseball Coach Adam Roberts at email@example.com.
New youth camps open for registration
Cardinal Baseball Events has new youth camps that are open for registration this Fall and Winter. The camps focus will vary from Prospect Camps for future Cardinals to hitting, pitching and catching camps.The camps vary in age from 10 and up and are coached by SVC coaches and players.
For a complete list and to register go to www.CardinalBaseballEvents.com.
Fall schedule set for 2013
This fall will be the second season for Head Coach Adam Roberts and his staff. The 2013 season saw the Cardinals make some imrovements, finishing with a record of 22-20, including a trip to the Northern Conference playoffs where the Cardinals won their first round game versus the eventual NWAACC Champions Everett Trojans.
The 2014 team will be the first with recuits from Coach Roberts and Recruiting Coordinator/Assistant Coach Darren Westergard. "Our staff worked extremely hard on bringing in some of the top talent from around the state." said Roberts, "I like the talent but I love the character of our recruiting class. We targeted talented baseball players with quality character and good students." SVC signed twenty freshman to an NWAACC Letter of Intent.
"I can't wait to see all these young men in a Cardinal uniform. The combination of our incoming freshman and our returning sophomores are going to be a treat to watch compete." said Coach Roberts
Here is the 2013 Fall Schedule. All games are at SVC Dream Field.
September 21st: 12:30pm DH vs Showtime Baseball
September 28th: Noon DH vs Rijo Athletics
October 5th: Noon DH vs Everett CC
October 19th: Noon DH vs NW Elite
Baseball camps set for fall and winter
Cardinal baseball Head Coach Adam Roberts will be hosting various baseball camps from fall to winter. The camps will be held at SVC. The camp focus will vary from hitting to pitching to catching. Instructors at the camp will be SVC coaches and players. There are also Prospect Camps for those interested in being a future Cardinal.
To view the camps and to register, go to www.cardinalbaseballevents.com. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 416-7780.
SVC Coaches to hold another Prospect Camp
The SVC coaches will be hosting another Prospect Camp for ages 14 and up. The camp will be Saturday, August 24th at 10am at the SVC Dream Field. The cost is $25. To register, go to www.cardinalbaseballevents.com.
Questions, contact Coach Roberts at email@example.com
First team meeting set for the 2013-2014 season
The first team meeting for the 2013-2014 Cardinal baseball team will take place on Monday, September 16th, at 10:00am in the gym (Duvall Pavilion). All student-athletes interested in playing baseball at SVC should attend this mandatory meeting. The meeting will be followed by a fitness evaluation. Dress in athletic clothes (shorts ok) with running shoes. Please bring a copy of your recent Sports Physical and current class schedule.
Baseball related practice/try-outs begin September 17th and will be 6 days per week in the fall on the Dream Field. The time will be announced at the meeting. All players, including walk-ons should attend. Any questions please contact Head Coach Adam Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cardinal coaching staff to hold August Prospect Camp
The Cardinal coaching staff will be hosting a Prospect Camps this summer for high school aged athletes interested in playing baseball at SVC. The camp will be held on Saturday August 17th at 1pm-5pm at the SVC Dream Field.
Campers will go through a Pro-style workout, which includes 60-yd dash, on field batting practice, infield/outfield, and scrimmage. This is a great opportunity for players hoping to make the Cardinal baseball team this year as a walk-on or 2014 high school grads looking to earn a scholarship.
"We have recruited and signed multiple players from our Prospect Camps. Some we offered a Letter of Intent to that day." Said Coach Roberts. "It's a great opportunity for players to show our coaching staff that they are capable of playing college baseball."
The cost is $25 per day. To register, go to www.CardinalBaseballEvents.com.
Cardinals take home hardware with All-Conference awards
Pitching and defense were the strength of the 2013 Cardinals, and they were honored for it. Three Cardinals took home honors for their outstanding play.
Yusuke Akitoshi was named 1st Team All-Conference SS and Gold Glove SS. Steven Leverett was named 1st Team All-Conference Utility. Tanner Olson was named 2nd Team All-Conference Pitcher and Gold Glove Pitcher.
Cardinals beat Everett in opener but lose in North Region Semi-Final
The Cardinals played one of their best games of the year in the opening round of the North Region Tournament. In the opening game, the Cardinals faced the top seeded Everett Trojans. There wasn't much hope for the Cardinals being down 5-0 until the 7th inning. The Cardinals scored once in the 7th inning to make it 5-1. After Head Coach Adam Roberts was ejected for arguing a call, the Cardinals caught fire.
In the top of the 8th, the Cardinals scored 4 times to tie the game. A clutch 2 out bases clearing double by Sean Fitzgerald tied the game. After starting pitcher Tanner Olson retired the Trojans in the bottom of the eighth, Yusuke Akitoshi hit a go ahead solo home run in the top of the 9th to go up 6-5. One run is all Olson would need to finish the game, but not without some drama.
Olson gave up a one out double in the 9th, followed by a ground out and a hit-by-pitch. With runners on first and second and two outs, Everetts Keynan Forch hit a single to right fielder Ryan Humphrey. Humphrey fielded the ball cleanly and threw out the game tieing run to end the game.
The Cardinals ran out of steam and lost to Edmonds (3-0), and Bellevue (6-1) to end the season. The Cardinals finished the season with a 22-20 record, and 12-12 in league.
Cardinals make Northern Region playoffs as 4th seed
The Cardinals finished up the regular season with a record of 21-18, 12-12 in league. That was good for 4th in tough Northern Region and good enough to make the Northern Region playoffs. The Cardinals open up with the Everett Trojans on Thursday May 16th at 7pm at Everett Memorial.
The other two teams to make the regional tournament are Edmonds and Bellevue. Everett won the Northern Region regular season and get an automatic bid into the NWAACC Championships, leaving Skagit, Edmonds, and Bellevue to play for the final birth in the double elimination regional tournament.
The Cardinal relied heavily on solid defense. Three Cardinals finished tops in the North in fielding percentage. Thirdbasemen Sean Fitzgerald did not make an error, centerfielder Jacob Meyer had a .980, short stop Yusuke Akitoshi .971fielding percentage. First baseman Matt Schrotenboer finished tied for second in fielding percentage with .933. Utility player Steven Leverett finished with a 1.0 fielding percentage in left field and a .972 fielding percentage at second base, second best among second basemen.
Offensively, the 2013 Cardinals finished first in North in stolen bases (87), which was second in the NWAACC and second in homeruns (10) and hit-by-pitches (50). Pitching wise, the Cardinals finished sencond in shutouts (8).
Cardinals open season with four game split versus defending champs, Pierce
The 2013 Cardinals opened up the season on the road versus the defending NWAACC Champion, Pierce Raiders. The non-league, four game series, was a good test for the team. The Cardinals ended up splitting the weekend series 2-2.
Saturday's double header saw the Cardinals take both games and start the season off 2-0. Game one wasn't final until the 11th inning with the final score being 6-5. Game one starter, Shimpei Sato pitched seven innings, giving up one unearned run and striking out two.
The Cardinals bats came from behind in the nineth, turning a 1-2 defecit into a 3-2 lead on a Ryan Humphrey double. The Raiders answered back with a solo home run to send the game to extras. In the tenth, a Shane Servoss RBI single and a bases loaded walk to Dylan Boe, gave the Cardinals a two run lead. The Raiders again answered back with two runs of their own to send the game to 11 innings.
That would be the final inning. The Cardinals scored the final run on a bases loaded, two out wild pitch. The Raiders had no answer for pitcher Jackson Rhodes, who closed the game for the Cardinals.
"It was great to see us battle back, and back, and back. It shows what we are capable of." said Coach Roberts, "Our hitters did a great job and so did our pitching. It was an all around team win."
The Cardinals won the second game 4-0, thanks to the pitching of Jens Jensen. Jensen threw a seven inning, complete game shutout, striking out seven. The offense was supplied by first baseman Matt Schrotenboer, contributing two RBI's and a Yuta Kukuchi solo home run.
The Cardinals couldn't hold onto a one run lead and lost 4-1. The Cardinals took a one run lead into the sixth inning, held intact by starting pitcher Nick Rothermel. The Cardinal bats were held in check and didn't have an answer for a three run sixth inning by the Raiders.
The Raiders evened the weekend series in game four, beating the Cardinals 4-2. Starting pitcher for the Cardinals, Shayne Honcoop, pitched 5 strong innings and left with a 2-2 tie. The Cardinal bullpen just couldn't hold on and the bats didn't have an answer for a Raider two run sixth inning.
"We got the key hits and made the key plays on Sasturday. On Sunday, they were the team to get the key plays." said Coach Roberts. "We are never happy with a split, especially when we played so well on Saturday. The good thing is that it is early in the season and we have time to fix our mistakes."
The Cardinals head to Wenatchee this weekend to play a round robin against Okanagan, Everett, and Wenatchee Valley.
Cardinals to host High School Prospect Camp
The Cardinals coaching staff will be hosting an open Prospect Camp to all high school athletes. The camp is scheduled for Sunday, March 24th from 1pm-5pm. The cost is $25 and includes a personal scouting report from the SVC coaches. Athletes who are interested can register at www.CardinalBaseballEvents.com.
Cardinals announce first recruiting class for 2014
The recruiting season opened up on January 15th and the Cardinals were ready. Since then, 14 high school seniors have signed NWAACC letters of intent to play at SVC for the 2014 season. Head Coach Adam Roberts and Recruiting Coordinator Darren Westergard have been working hard recruiting and are happy with their first recruiting class.
"This is the first group of guys that we have signed and I couldn't be happier. We signed quality players but also quality students and most importantly, quality people. Our coaching staff has been working hard at recruiting and is confident it will payoff.” Said Roberts, “When you watch these guys play, you will see hard working, competitive and tough players. That's the kind of team we are trying to build. These guys are motivated to win and move on. That's our goal as a program and these guys are on-board."
Congratulations to the following future Cardinals!!! Coach Roberts had this to say about his recruits.
Robert Hill, 6'0"/180 lbs, RHP, Lake Washington HS. Robert is hidden gem in the NW. He recently moved to Washington from Utah and kind of flew under the radar. He throws a sneaky fastball in the mid 80's and has good off-speed pitches to compliment. He has a closer mentality but could just as easily be a starter.
Jay Leverett, 5'10"/165, INF, Sultan HS. Jay is my favorite kind of player. He is a competitive young man who is not afraid of contact. His dad is a coach and his brother, Steven, plays for us now. Jay is a middle infielder but can play anywhere. He can handle the bat and hit the ball with authority. He is a top of the order kind of hitter.
Ryan Harris, RHP, 6'3"/180, Puyallup HS. Ryan is a big game pitcher who wants the ball and knows how to win. He started in the state championship game as a junior and pitched well enough to win. He throws in the mid 80's and his untapped potential is scary.
Jacob Howard, RHP, 6'3"/190, Puyallup HS. Jacob is the type of pitcher that hitters don't like to face. He throws hard and hides the ball well. This makes his breaking ball that much tougher to hit. I can't wait to see Jacob throw for us because I don't think he knows how good he is.
Jarrett Martin, C, 6'0"/175, West Valley HS (Yakima). Jarrett is a switch hitting catcher that is as tough as it gets. He's a competitive young man who wants to be in the game. Our pitchers are going to love throwing to him.
Josh Adams, C, 5'11/180, Fife HS. Josh is a strong defensive catcher that knows how to handle different pitchers. He is smart and confident in his ability. What I love most of all about Josh is that he is extremely coachable. He's going to be competing for a starting spot.
Tyler Howlett, RHP, 6'6"/240, La Conner HS. Tyler is a big, athletic, hard throwing RHP that works hard. He is a good athlete that is still recovering from a broken ankle. It's going to be fun to watch him when he gets back into shape. We are excited that Tyler decided to play for his hometown college.
Austin Von Herbulis, RHP/INF, 6'7"/220, Burlington-Edison HS. Austin is 3 sport high school athlete that may also play basketball for SVC and has offers to play college football. Austin's has a bright future that could be either on the mound or the infield. He has power at the plate and a fluid arm motion.
Taylor Van Vleck, RHP/OF, 6'0"/170, East Valley HS (Spokane). Taylor is a winner and he plays hard all the time. He is a strike thrower on the mound and knows how to compete in the field. He is going to make everyone around him better.
Nick Moore, RHP, 6’3”/170, Graham-Kapowsin HS. Nick is a big presence on the mound with a lot of potential. He has a smooth athletic motion and is only going to get better. He is a hard worker and will be competing for innings either as a starter or reliever.
Colton Kelly, OF, 6’0/170, Moses Lake HS. Colton is an exceptionally athletic outfielder who can run, throw, and play defense. He is contact hitter with the ability to hit for power. Once Colton finds his power swing he’s going to be a force. I look for Colton to be competing for a starting job in center field.
Max Parker, RHP, 6’0/210, West Vancouver Secondary School. Max has a big strong frame to pitch with. He will improve quickly once he is learns how to prepare his mind and body to pitch in college. He is good person and is very coachable. Max is very raw and will make big jumps once he learns a routine.
Javier Villanueva, RHP, 6’1”/180, Heritage HS. Javier is a kid who has big time potential on the mound and he just started pitching. He has been an infielder growing up in Idaho and moved to Vancouver (WA) and began to pitch. He is a mid-80’s thrower and is committed to improving. We look for Javier to compete for a starting role on the mound.
Nate Reisnour, INF/P, 5'11"/180, Burlington-Edison HS.
Like Cardinal Baseball on Facebook
Cardinal baseball is now on Facebook. Fans of the team can get updates on everything SVC Baseball like scores, youth camps, alumni events, recruiting info, advertising opportunities, just name a few. You can also contact the coaches and players as they will have access to the page.
Go to www.facebook.com/svcbaseball
Cardinal Baseball Events has a website
The Cardinal Baseball coaches and players will be holding a series of camps for players of all ages. The website, www.CardinalBaseballEvents.com will allow campers to register and pay online for youth camps. The Winter and Spring camp schedules have been announced and are accepting campers. The camps are designed to help prepare young ballplayers for their upcoming season.
In addition, Cardinal Baseball Events will be hosting a FREE camp for all ages and a Prospect Camp for high school aged ball player interested in playing college baseball. The Summer will be full of tournaments that will be held on the Dream Field. Summer camps will also be added
For more information, follow the website.
The Skagit Valley College Cardinals are entering their 59th season and their first under new Head Coach Adam Roberts. The Cardinals play a 42 game regular season which includes 24 league games in the challenging NWAACC North Conference. The Cardinals kick off the season against the reigning NWAACC champions Peirce College Raiders. The Cards' then hit the road to Wenatchee, Columbia Basin, and Walla Walla.
"This is a tough schedule from the begining. We open up against Pierce on the road and stay on the road. I'm excited to see how we come together as a team," said Head Coach Adam Roberts. "It's going to be a good test leading into our competitive conference schedule. We play in the North, which is what I believe to be the best region in the NWAACC. "
Before entering into the league schedule, the Cards' host Thompsons River and the inagural Alumni Softball softball game/event on March 23rd. Skagit will then play home and away double headers against their Northern Division rivals, including a non-league home stand versus Centralia College on April 6th and 7th. The Cards' finish the season at home against Bellevue College on May 12th.
The top four teams from the division will make the Northern Region Playoffs from May 17th-19th. The top two teams from the North will get a birth into the NWAACC Tournament in Longview from May 23rd-27th.
Cardinal Baseball Camps announce Winter Schedule
Head Baseball Coach Adam Roberts will be hosting Advanced Pitching & Hitting Camps this December. Camps will be held in the Field House at SVC behind the DuVall Gym. The cost is $25 each day. The age group is 13-18 year olds. Pitching Camp is December 1st, 8th, & 15th from 10am-noon. Hitting Camp is December 20th-22nd. To register, e-mail Adam Roberts at email@example.com or call (360) 416-7780.
Cardinals complete Fall Ball with a 4-2-1 record
The Cardinals finished the 2012 fall season with a 4-2-1 record. The coaching staff was happy with the fall as it gave them a chance to evaluate the fall roster and create a winning atmosphere. "As a new coach I had to get to know the players and they had to get to know me. I was happy with how hard the players and coaching staff worked. We have a solid core of players that want to win. I can't wait for spring to see who steps up into key roles." said Coach Roberts.
They also had a chance to scout and recruit for upcoming season, as they played against high school all-star teams NW Elite, Seattle Mariners Scout Team and the St. Louis Cardinals Scout Team. Games were also played against NWAACC North rivals Edmonds CC & Bellevue CC.
The Cardinals won both games versus NW Elite, split a double header versus the Mariners, tied with the Cardinals Scout Team, rained out versus Bellevue CC, and split a double header versus Edmonds CC.
Now that Fall Ball is complete, the Cardinal players will move their focus to the weight room, batting cage, and classroom. "It's time to put our heads down and get to work. We need to make sure that academics are our first priority." said Coach Roberts.
Fall 2012 Baseball Outlook
Baseball at Skagit Valley College has started a new year with many new faces on the field. No face is more noticeable than that of new Head Coach Adam Roberts. With all of the energy a new coach brings, the Cardinals are expecting to have a great fall ball season and hope to carry that energy into another trip to the playoffs next spring.
Coach Roberts played in the NWAACC as well as at the University of Hawaii. Roberts played on 2 NWAACC title teams and was an integral part of a very successful University of Hawaii team. Winning is everyone’s dream, but knowing how to prepare to win will give Coach Roberts an edge when the season rolls around.
The Cardinals have the biggest returning class of sophomores in recent memory at 17 and this will give the Cards an advantage in the experience column. Pitcher Peter Irvin, who was drafted in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft by the Baltimore Orioles, has decided to return to the Dream Field to refine his craft and continue to pursue his dream of professional baseball. The Cardinal outfielders will be led by Jake Meyers and Jay Stout, both of whom were invited to the NWAACC Sophomore Showcase All-Star game this fall. Tanner Olson, after a very solid freshman season, will be expected to be the inning eater on the staff this season. Returning Captain Chase Myers will be holding down first base and anchoring the infield this year. Other notable returning sophomores are Steven Leverett (U), Lucas Nornes (P), Shayne Honcoop (P), Colin McBride (U), Shimpei Sato (P), Nick Rothermel (P) and Jeff Apigo (IF). In addition, Eric Thorvilson will return to the mound after a medical red-shirt season last year and looks to contribute significantly.
Incoming freshman that will be asked to contribute right away are Yusuke Akitoshi (ss), from Tokyo, Japan; Kurtis Taylor (LHP) from Okotoks, Alberta; Jens Jensen (1B) Davis HS in Yakima; Jace Waters(IF) Timberline HS in Boise, ID; Blake Wilson(P), Inglemoor HS in Bothell; Mark Woods(IF), Bothell HS and Jake Frost (C/U), Ferndale HS
Much to the delight of the Cardinal coaching staff, some key contributors on the 2012 Mt. Vernon HS baseball team (#1 ranked 3A team in the state); have decided to start their college baseball careers at Skagit Valley College as well. Shane Servoss and Sean Fitzgerald will be expected to compete for jobs in the middle of the Cardinal defense and Jordan Eliason (p) will be in the mix for innings in the spring.
Overall the Cardinal Coaches feel they should compete for a division championship in the toughest division in the NWAACC. “Defense, good pitching and timely hitting is what I will preach to the players during the fall” said Coach Roberts. “If we can do those 3 things well every day, we will be in every game this spring. The only way those things happen though, will be to have an intense fall practice schedule.” “I can’t wait to get started.”
Follow the team this spring, at the dream field, on their journey to an NWAACC Championship.
Story written by Jim O’Dell
Peter Irvin Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles
It was another good day for the Cardinal Baseball program as freshman Peter Irvin, a 6 foot 7 left-handed pitcher out of Redmond High School, was selected in the 36th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft by the Baltimore Orioles.
Peter will be in communication with the Orioles and determine what the immediate future holds. His options include signing a professional contract, returning to Skagit Valley College for one more year, or moving on to a four-year school for at least the next two years.
Cardinal Gets a Call-Up
Skagit Baseball Alum Ryan Verdugo Headed to the Royals
Left-handed pitcher Ryan Verdugo, who played for Skagit Valley College in 2006 and 2007 was called up on June 5th, 2012 by the Kanas City Royals. Verdugo, who played 1-year at Louisiana State University following his time at Skagit, will join the KC bullpen. Verdugo was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2008 and was traded to the Royals this past off-season.