Big Bend baseball

Big Bend Community College saw nine student-athletes make commitments to continue their baseball careers at four-year colleges and universities this week. Those who signed are picture (Back Row left to right) Kaleb Whitlock, New Mexico Highlands University; Parker Stohr, Mayville State University; Josh Kalstrom, Oregon Tech; and Nathan Ball, William Penn University. (Front row left to right) Colin Tate, Marian University; Jacob Lundin, University of Northwestern Ohio; Justin DeHoog, New Mexico Highlands University; and Auggie Francis, New Mexico Highlands University. Not pictured Seth Reisbeck.

MOSES LAKE – Nine Big Bend Community College baseball players have signed Letters of Intent to continue their careers at four-year colleges and universities.

The student-athletes were honored during a signing ceremony this week at the Peter D. DeVries Athletic Center.

New Vikings head coach Jameson Lange, who takes over after Pete Doumit retired after last season, said he expects all nine to excel both on the field and in the classroom.

“These are all exceptional young men,” Lange said. “They have great character and understand the importance of excelling in the classroom as well as on the playing field. I fully expect that these guys will not only succeed at the next level, but also in life.”

Big Bend baseball finished the season with a 25-17 record, 13-5 in the Northwest Athletic Conference East region.

Justin DeHoog, OF, Ephrata, Wash. — New Mexico Highlands University

DeHoog hit .270 this season and scored 21 runs while driving in 27. He had 34 hits including five doubles, two triples, and three home runs. Mainly in leftfield, DeHoog was solid defensively, playing 219.1 innings with 49 putouts with just one error

Auggie Francis, OF, Meridian, Idaho — New Mexico Highlands University

Francis hit .304, scored 39 runs and added 31 RBIs. He had 45 hits including 13 doubles, 6 triples and led the team in home runs with six. Francis was also a First Team East Region NWAC All-Conference outfield selection.

Kaleb Whitlock, P, Filer, Idaho — New Mexico Highlands University

Whitlock made 13 appearances on the mound this season with one start. He totaled 22.1 innings and picked up three wins and one save for Big Bend, finishing the season with a 3-0 record and 23 strikeouts.

Parker Stohr, P, Yakima, Wash. — Mayville State University

Stohr made nine appearances and picked up five starts this season for the Vikings and finished with a 2-2 record overall and a 2.80 ERA. He struck out 26 hitters in 35.1 innings of work.

Jacob Lundin, P, Snohomish, Wash. — University of Northwestern Ohio

Lundin made 16 appearances, including two starts, and boasted a 1.43 ERA in 37.2 innings of work. He finished the season with a 2-0 record while striking out 33 hitters and giving up just six earned runs. Lundin also had one save to his credit.

Josh Kalstrom, 1B, Ephrata, Wash. — Oregon Tech

Kalstrom was solid at the plate in 2017 hitting .348 in 161 at-bats. He picked up 56 hits, including seven doubles and four home runs and drove in 39 runs on the season. At first base, Kalstrom boasted a .984 fielding percentage making just two errors in 125 innings, recorded 118 putouts, and had five assists. Josh was also selected to the NWAC Eastern Region’s All-Conference Second Team as an infielder.

Nathan Ball, C, Moses Lake, Wash. — William Penn University

Ball caught 158.2 innings behind the plate this season for the Vikings and committed just a single error with 115 putouts and 12 assists.  At the plate, he hit .291 with 79 official at-bats. Ball picked up 23 hits including one double, two triples, and two home runs to go with 15 RBIs.

Seth Reisbeck, 3B, Meridian, Wash. — William Penn University

Reisbeck batted .331 in 130 at-bats. He picked up 43 hits that included seven doubles, a triple, and two home runs. He struck out just 10 times and scored 26 runs. Seth played 306.2 innings at third base and had a .895 fielding percentage with 59 assists and 35 putouts.

Colin Tate, P, Puyallup, Wash. — Marian University

Tate saw limited action this season for Big Bend making just three appearances and striking out one hitter.

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