Cardinal's 2015 Season Recap
The Skagit Valley College baseball team saw their season come to an end after falling short in their last series with Douglas. This year marks the first time in three years the Cardinals have not made the playoffs. The Cardinals finished with a 16-23 overall record and went 8-16 in conference play.
Three SVC baseball players received post season accolades for their performance on the field:
Charlie Dietrich - First Team All Region - Infielder
Ashton Williamson - Second Team All Region - Designated Hitter
Andrew Moore - Second Team All Region - Outfielder
Two SVC baseball players were announced to the 2015 All-Academic Team for their performance in the classroom:
Charlie Dietrich - Shortstop
Robert Hill - RHP
Several Sophomores have already made commitments to 4-year schools:
Jacob Howard - RHP - University of Northern Colorado (Div. I)
Robert Hill - RHP - Westmont College (NAIA)
Ashton Williamson - C - Northern State University (Div. II)
Zach Beatty - INF - Northern State University (Div. II)
This year also marks the first time the Cardinals have awarded a player with the Brad 'Chaka' Conn "Heart and Hustle Award" in memory of the late Coach Conn. Brad played and coached at Skagit Valley College and most recently was the head coach at Sedro-Woolley High School. He is also a member of the Washington State Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. The award will be given annually to the SVC baseball player who "demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and embodies excellence on the field." This years recipient:
2015 Heart and Hustle Award - Charlie Dietrich
The Cardinal baseball program had the opportunity to be a part of several community service projects over the course of the year and we look forward to another year of partnership with the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club! Thank you to everyone that helped support the Cardinals on and off the field!
Cardinal Challenge: Everything Matters
SVC Fall Ball took a different shape this year in the form of the Cardinal Challenge. The motto was "Everything Matters". The team was split into two evenly matched teams called the Farmers and the Loggers. These teams competed for 2 months in five categories; academics, community service, fund-raising, strength/conditioning, and scrimmages. The winning team got enjoy "It Pays to be a Winner Day".
Highlighting the Cardinal Challenge was the Fall World Series, a five game series played at the Dream Field. It was won by the Loggers in the bottom of the 10th inning in game 5 on a walk off single. Click here to see the ending. When "It Pays to be a Winner Day" finally came, each team met at the bottom of Little Mountain Hill. The Farmers were announced as the winner and got to drive to the top (seen here wearing their championship T-shirts) The Logger would required to run to the top and back for the 4 mile trek. After that, the teams were reunited as the Cardinals again and enjoyed a catered BBQ dinner.
Fall practice to open September 15th with two new coaches
Cardinal baseball will begin the journey for the 2015 season on September 15th with the start of fall practice. Coach Roberts is entering his 3rd season as the head coach and is hoping to build on back to back playoff appearances in his first two seasons. The first week of practice will see two-a-day practices until school starts on September 22nd. The fall will also see four scrimmage dates where the Cardinals will scrimmage area HS All-Star teams.
To help continue the momentum Coach Roberts has added two new coaches to the staff. Coach Dusty Hess takes over hitting coach duties and will work with infielders and recruiting. Coach Hess has spent the previous seven seasons coaching D-I, D-II, and high school, most recently at Northeastern State University in Kansas. Also joining the staff is catching coach Bryce VanderArk. Coach VanderArk returns to coaching after a leg injury ended his successful playing career at Edmonds Community College in 2001. Since his playing career ended Coach VanderArk helped with local youth athletes and established himself as a successful local businessman.
The fall roster of 42 will include 20 returners and 22 freshmen. Coach Roberts is excited about the freshfaces and believes that the coaching additions will bring a refreshing positive energy to the team, "I look at Coach Hess and Coach VanderArk as coaches that bring a lot of knowledge and energy to the team. They both work great with young athletes and take pride in developing talent. Coach Hess brings a great coaching pedigree and philosophy that is similar to mine. He is a tireless worker and has a lot fresh ideas that we will help us. He has worked along side many great coaches already in his coaching career. I have known Bryce for a long time and know what kind of player he was. I have a lot of respect for the intensity and grit he showed as a player and am impressed with his people skills. The players are going to love both of these guys, they are great baseball people and human beings."