Chris Kissock watched as the Cumberland Bulldogs reliever threw ball four with the bases loaded to give Kissock and the Lewis-Clark State Warriors the AVISTA NAIA World Series.
Yet, it was one of the few times Kissock was watching during the 50th annual tournament.
Kissock pitched in three of the six games the Warriors played, registering two wins as Lewis-Clark won its 14th NAIA title.
The right-hander starter/reliever first worked out of the pen in the opener, then again out of the bullpen to get the win against the top-seeded Embry-Riddle Eagles and then started, beating the 2nd-seeded British Columbia Thunderbirds to put Lewis-Clark into the championship final against Cumberland.
How hard did Kissock work? Well, he was reminding some old timers of Christy Mathewson and Cy Young ... as he threw 246 in five days: 61 pitches in his four-inning, relief outing, 16 pitches as he worked 1 1/3 and 169 as he worked a complete game.
For his efforts at the important time of the year Kissock (sophomore, Fruitvale, BC) won our SLAM! Canadian Baseball College Players of the Week.
The weekly award, however late, recognizes the best of the 717 Canadians who play south of the border.
Kissock beat out the likes RF Phil Carey, of the Winthrop Eagles; LF Jean-Philippe LaPointe (sophomore, Montreal, Que.), of the Bellevue Bruins; RHP Karl Mejlholm, of the Cumberland Bulldogs and Jared Schweitzer (senior, Sherwood Park, Alta.), of the Kansas Jayhawks.
Kissock struck out 11 in three games, while walking six in 14 1/3 innings.
Kissock was one of four Canadians, plus 23 players members of the British Columbia Thunderbirds, to make the national NAIA championship.
How the championship week that was went for Lewis-Clark State:
Kissock pitched four innings of relief -- 61 pitches in all -- as the 3rd-seeded Lewis-Clark was upset 4-3 in the opener to the 6th-seeded Lubbock Christian before 3,920 fans at Harris Field in Lewiston, Id. Kissock allowed one run on four hits. He struck out three. He took over with Lubbock leading 3-0 in the fifth.
Lewis-Clark got into the win column with a 9-3 win over the 10th-seeded Saint Xavier Cougars in front of 2,670 fans.
RP Jeff Duda (junior, Surrey, BC) pitched 3 1/3 innings for the victory as Lewis-Clark State eliminated Concordia-California 17-2 before 5,045 fans. Duda took over in the fourth with an 8-0 lead and had a scoreless outing. He threw 47 pitches allowing two hits and a walk. He fanned four.
Kissock came in to restore order in the eighth -- after Embry-Riddle had scored nine runs in the seventh and eighth -- to tie the score, worked a scoreless ninth and wound up the winner as the Warriors scored in the bottom of the ninth for an 11-10 win in front of 2,940 fans. Kissock walked one hitter of the five he faced. Duda had a rough seventh allowing four runs on four hits and a walk.
Then, pitching on 23 hours rest, Kissock came out of the bullpen to start and pitched a gem as Lewis-Clark eliminated UBC 4-1 in front of 2,730 fans. The game was tied 1-1 in the top of the sixth. Kissock threw a whopping 169 pitches in his nine-inning complete game. He allowed one run on six hits and five walks. He fanned eight.
Lewis-Clark scored twice in the sixth and Cumberland scored in the home half of the final and the score stayed that way until the top of the 11th as the Warriors were crowned champs before 5,480 fans.
On the season ... for the 47-8 Warriors ... Kissock was an impressive 9-2 with a 2.49 ERA. He walked 29 and struck out 74 in 90 1/3 innings. Duda was 4-1 with two saves and a 3.55 ERA. Duda walked 14 and fanned 31 in 45 2/3 innings.
Besides Duda and Kissock, also celebrating in the Warriors championship was assistant coach Gary Picone (Trail, BC). Picone began with the program in 1973 as an outfielder. When his playing career ended, he joined the Warriors' coaching staff, in which he was a member of the first LCSC team to compete in an NAIA World Series (1976). For Picone it was his ninth national championship.
Picone left the Warriors in 1980 to coach in Canada before returning to LCSC in 1983 and acting as the Warriors' pitching coach through 1989. He returned to Canada to run the amateur program in British Columbia for two years before he was hired as LCSC's Athletic Director in 1991.
After nine years as LCSC's AD he headed to Washington State University as the pitching coach from 2000-2002. Picone returned to the Warrior dugout in 2002, as head pitching coach. In 2003, Picone was involved with the Canadian Olympic Team, serving as head coach during international play in Cuba.
Kissock's 9-2 mark led the LCSC staff as did his 90 1/3 innings pitched, which earned him All-Region I honors and honorable mention All America honors. He appeared in a team-high 18 games and started 12. Opposing hitters batted.237 against him.
In 2005, as a freshman at Lewis-Clark, he had the second-best ERA on the team at 1.66 with a 6-1 record. He struck out 42 in 48.2 innings.
In 2004, he played at the Prairie Basbeall Academy.
Combined he is 15-3 with 2.20 ERA in 30 starts at Lewis-Clark. He's walked 39 and struck out 116 in 139 innings.
The final Canadian to go to the plate in 2006 was 3B Kirk Bacsu (junior, Maple Creek, Sask.) of the Evansville Purple Aces. Bacsu was hit by an 0-1 pitch in the eighth as Evansville lost 5-1 to the South Carolina Gameocks in the final of the NCAA Charlottesville Regional.
Canadians who were honored:
LF Mike Alati (senior, Woodbridge, Ont.), of the Niagara Purple Eagles, was named to the America Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Rawlings Northeast Region Team. Alati finished the season with a .374 average, ranking first on the team with 74 hits, 51 RBIs and tied for first with seven homers. He was named to the All-MAAC First Team at the end of the regular season. For his career, the left fielder went .345 at the plate, tied for second on the all-time list, while moving to the No. 1 spot with 224 hits, 156 singles and 331 total bases.
SS Mike Ambrose (senior, St. Thomas, Ont.), of the Charlotte '49ers was named the Atlantic 10 male Scholar-Athletes of the Year in voting conducted among the Conference's directors of athletics. Ambrose ended his collegiate career by being named to the Atlantic 10's All-Conference First Team as a shortstop. In 55 games he batted .366 with two home runs and 51 RBIs. The only two-time A-10 Player of the Week in 2006 placed among the top 12 in 12 hitting categories this season, including batting average (fourth), hits (83, second), RBI (fifth), and triples (six, tied for second). Off the field, he posted a 3.92 grade point average as a psychology major. He earned ESPN the Magazine First Team Academic All-American honors in 2006. He closed his career by posting a 4.00 grade point average over his last two semesters to earn a spot on Charlotte's Chancellor's List. Ambrose was also named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) All-State Team.
RP Brad Ashman (senior, Trail, BC), of the British Columbia Thunderbirds, eared Academic All-Canadian status. Athletes achieving 80% or more in their studies while representing the university in varsity athletics were honoured at the Academic All-Canadian Breakfast held at Sage Bistro on the UBC campus. Ashman is taking science and its his fourth such award.
RF Jonathan Baksh (junior, Mississauga, Ont.), of the Florida Tech Panthers, earned Division II Rawlings/American Coaches Association Second Team All-American. He was 1st Team All-Sunshine State Conference and 1st Team All South Region in 2005 and 2006, and was named the 2005 SSC Baseball Player of the Year. Baksh won the conference batting title this season with a .469 hitting percentage. Baksh finished his junior campaign fifth in the nation in Division II for hitting. He finished the season with 100 hits, 21 doubles, four triples, nine homeruns, a .732 slugging percentage and 18 stolen bases.
OF Steve Baldinelli (sophomore, Niagara Falls, Ont.), of the Mercyhurst North East Saints, earned second team honors. Baldinelli hit .314 with nine doubles, five triples, four homers and 37 RBIs in 35 games.
RHP Craig Bate (freshman, St. Thomas, Ont.), of the Eastern Michigan Eagles, shared Newcomer of the Year award. Bate notched a 2-1 record making 16 appearances with five starts and finished second on the team with a 3.09 ERA. Bate recorded his first-career victory in a relief effort going 3 2/3 innings with a game-high four strikeouts in a 9-3 victory against Concordia-Michigan. He also picked up his second win pitching five scoreless innings of two hit baseball with a career-high five strikeouts in a 2-1 decision over in-state foe Grand Valley State. He finished the season with 27 strikeouts in 32.0 innings of work.
LHP Drew Calanchie (junior, Yorkton, Sask.), of the Valley City Vikings, was named to the NAIA Scholar All-American team. Calanchie had a 4.0 GPA majoring in Business Administration. On the mound, Calanchie worked through injury to throw 50 innings, going 2-6 with one save and a 4.14 ERA.
CF Adam Campbell (senior, Surrey, BC), of the British Columbia Thunderbirds, eared Academic All-Canadian status. Athletes achieving 80% or more in their studies while representing the university in varsity athletics were honoured at the Academic All-Canadian Breakfast held at Sage Bistro on the UBC campus. Campbell is taking Human Kinetics.
Chris Head (sophomore, River Ryan, NS), of the Ulster Senators, received an All- American honours. He also earned was Region XV Division II Player of the Year and was a first-team all-star, an all-star team at the regional championship tournament and set a school record for stolen bases. Head led Ulster with a .438 average, including a league-leading 63 base hits in 38 games. He also tied for the league lead with five triples and finished third with 32 RBI. But Head was most impressive on the base paths. He stole 53 bases and was caught just three times in 38 games, breaking the old school record of 37 set in 2004. His 53 swipes were the fourth highest total in the entire Division II, which includes 120 teams playing in 24 regions. The leader had 63 stolen bases but did it in 50 games, 12 more than Head. "He's a tremendous impact player," said coach Ryan Snair, (St. Margaret's Bay, N.S.) his fourth season with the Senators. "He's a guy who was able to take a game over with his defence, or his speed, or his arm. He could change the whole tempo of the game by stealing bases. And he made a big impact with his bat. He hit .438 for us. We started him off in the leadoff hole and he was so productive we moved him to the three-slot. He was as big an impact position player as I've had."
RHP Brock Kjeldgaard (sophomore, London, Ont.), of the Indian Hills Falcons, was named an Academic All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association. Kjeldgaard made the academic list with a grade point average of 3.63. Kjeldgaard finished his two-year career at Indian Hills and immediately signed a professional baseball contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.
2B Kevin Mailloux (sophomore, Windsor Ont.), of the Kellogg Bruins, earned All-Region First Team Honors. earned All-Region XII honors and D2 All-American Team Second Team honors. Mailloux hit .481 and 67 RBIs were fifth in the nation.
OF Temple Macdonald (sophomore, Charlottetown, PEI), of the Campbellsville Tigers, was named to the Honorable Mention All-American Team. In his first season as a Tiger, he finished with an average of .400, which ranks tenth all-time, 11 homeruns (ranks 4th), 62 hits (10th), 15 doubles (5th), and 53 RBI (6th).
RHP Derek McDaid (senior, Barrie, Ont.), of the Charlotte '49ers, was named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) All-State Team. McDaid, an Honorable Mention All-Atlantic 10 pick, made 15 starts while posting a 9-4 record and 2.45 earned run average on the mound. That figure is a school record for pitchers with 100 innings or more. Additionally, McDaid pitched the most innings of anyone in NCAA Division I without giving up a home run. At one point, he pitched five complete games in a row. McDaid was also named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) All-State Team.
OF Brad McElroy (sophomore, London Ont.), of the Kellogg Bruins, earned All-Region XII honors and D2 All-American Team Third Team honors. McElroy was 18th in RBIs with 57.
C Ian Prescott (senior, Barrie, Ont.) of the British Columbia Thunderbirds, eared Academic All-Canadian status. Athletes achieving 80% or more in their studies while representing the university in varsity athletics were honoured at the Academic All-Canadian Breakfast held at Sage Bistro on the UBC campus. Prescott is taking science.
2B Elliot Procyshen (junior, Saskatoon, Sask.), of the Olivet Nazarene Tigers was named NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes by the NAIA. Procyshen, a second-time NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete selection, hit .326 with 47 hits in 144 at-bats. He also had eight doubles, one triple and one home run. Procyshen scored 34 runs, driving in 23. He also appeared in five games on the mound, going 2-2 with two complete games and a 3.72 ERA. He allowed 12 earned runs in 29 innings, striking out 15 batters and walking three.
2B Justin Randall (junior, Sarnia, Ont.), of the Ashland Eagles earned Division II Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association Second Team All-America honours.
Devery Van De Keere (junior, Barrhead, Alta.), of the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns, was selected Newcomer of the Year for first-year non-freshman players in the state by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and voted to the All-Louisiana Team. Van De Keere, led the Cajuns with a .368 average 41 RBIs, nine home runs and a .582 slugging percentage. He had 22 multiple hit and 11 multiple RBI games and played many positions in the field.
1B Christian Winstanley (sophomore, Victoria, BC), of the Central Arizona Vaqueros, earned third team All-American honors.
How Canadians fared in tournament play:
RP Andrew Albers (sophomore, North Battleford, Sask.) worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings as top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats beat the 4th-seeded Ball State Cardinals 12-9 before 3,359 fans at the NCAA Regional at the Lexington Regional at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Albers allowed one hit and walked two. He struck out one to pick up his seventh save. Kentucky opened the tourney with a 3-1 loss to Ball State, then beat the 3rd-seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish 10-4. After the win over Ball State, Kentucky was eliminated with a 7-4 loss to the 2nd-seeded Charleston Pioneers. He was one of 17 Canadians to make the 64-team playdowns towards the NCAA World Series. On the season ... for the 44-17 Wildcats ... Albers was 3-3 with seven saves. He had a 5.40 ERA walking 14 and striking out 28 in 30 innings. He appeared in 21 games, making one start.
CF Kevin Campbell (sophomore, Mississauga, Ont.) doubled in a run as the Connors State Cowboys were edged 3-1 by the Walters State Senators in the opener of the 49th Annual NJCAA Div I World Series before 3,725 fans at Sam Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Col. 2B Nick DeSanctis (sophomore, Maple, Ont.) singled. The Temple Leopards eliminated Connors State 11-2 despite a pair of DeSanctis doubles in front of 3,678 fans. Campbell was 1,746 miles away from his home but he felt at home despite the early exit. There were six international players in the tournament, four of the six are Canadians. C Cass Rhynes (sophomore, Cornwall, PEI) and OF Greg Speed (sophomore, Thornhill, Ont.) joined Campbell and DeSanctis as the four Canadian Cowboys in Colorado, The foursome was discovered playing for the Ontario Blue Jays, when the Cowboys played the Jays in the fall of 2005. "I think I've brought my small-ball style," Campbell said. "Being only 150 pounds I have to be efficient at bunting and running down fly balls." Keith said he has been getting players from Canada since 1998. On the season ... for the 42-24 Cobwoys ... Campbell led the Cowboys in batting with a .345 average with four doubles, a home run and seven RBIs. DeSanctis hit .261, with four doubles, a triple and 10 RBIs in 53 games. Rhynes batted .250, with four doubles, a triple, two homers and 15 RBIs. He led the team in hit by a pitch -- 17 times to lead the team. Speed hit .340.
2B Mark Capone (senior, Etobicoke, Ont.) was 3-for-5 and drove in three runs as the 2nd-seeded British Columbia Thunderbirds edged the seventh-seeded Bellevue Bruins 13-11 in the opener of the 50th annual AVISTA NAIA World Series before 1,790 fans at Harris Field in Lewiston, Id. Capone added a double. LHP Shawn Schaefer (sophomore, Pitt Meadows, BC) worked six innings for the victory. Schaefer pitched allowed five runs -- three earned -- on six hits and three walks. He struck out four. RP Brad Ashman (senior, Trail, BC) pitched two scoreless innings allowing two hits and fanning two. 3B Tyler Hughes (senior, Brampton, Ont.), C Steve Bell-Irving (junior, Vancouver, BC) and RF Connor Janes (junior, Vancouver, BC) each had two hits and drove in a run ... one of Janes' hits being a double. CF Adam Campbell (senior, Surrey, BC) had two hits and scored four times, while CF Tyler Willson (junior, Surrey, BC) singled to knock in a pair of runs. C Brendan Kornberger (junior, Port Alberni, BC), PH Richard Smythe (senior, Brampton, Ont.) and PH Brett Murray (senior, Vancouver, BC) each singled and drove in a run. 1B Johnny Yiu (senior, Surrey, BC) and SS Davey Wallace (senior, Toronto, Ont.) each singled. Janes was 4-for-4 with a double, a homer, a stolen bases and six RBIs as UBC pounded the 6th-seeded Lubbock Christian 23-5 before 2,725 fans as the T-Birds moved to 2-0. Doug Grant (junior, Vancouver, BC) pitched six innings allowing three runs -- two earned -- on five hits and a walk. He struck out three. RPs Dave Pasquali (junior, Trail, BC) and Joey Benda (junior, West Vancouver, BC) each pitched a scoreless inning. Yiu was also a four-hit man, going 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI. C Ian Prescott (senior, Barrie, Ont.) homered, singled and drove in four runs. Willson had three hits and drove in two runs, as Bell-Irving had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Hughes had two doubles as Wallace singled and knocked in a pair of runs. Capone had a single and PH Jeff Tobin (senior, Pickering, Ont.) knocked in a run. Then, UBC
ran into two homeboys, first RHP Karl Mejlholm (junior, Nanaimo, BC), of the 4th-seeded Cumberland Bulldogs beat UBC
10-6 before 2,610 fans. Tobin took the loss pitching 3 1/3 innings. He allowed six runs -- four earned -- on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two. RPs Andrew LaFleur (sophomore, Ancaster, Ont.), two innings, and Benda, one, each had scoreless outings. Yiu led the way at the plate with two hits and an RBI. Bell-Irving and Prescott doubled and knocked in a run, while Hughes and Wallace each plated a run. Janes doubled and Willson singled. Then, UBC ran into Chris Kissock (sophomore, Fruitvale, BC), of the Lewis-Clark State Warriors, and lost 4-1 before 2,734 fans. Schaefer, making his second start, took the loss pitching six innings. He allowed three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and two walks, while striking out three. Ashman allowed the final two innings giving up an unearned runs and striking out two. Wallace doubled and singled, while Hughes singled and knocked in a run. Capone, Bell-Irving and Willson had the other hits. On the season ... for the 49-14 T-Birds, who finished third in the nation ... On the mound ... Schaefer was 12-2 with a 1.93 ERA. He walked 21 and struck out 56 in 107 1/3 innings. Schaefer, a former SLAM! Canadian Player of the Week, made 19 starts. Grant was 11-1 with a 3.33 ERA. He issued 16 walks and struck out 49 in 81 innings. Grant, a former SLAM! Canadian Baseball College Player of the Week, made 14 starts. LaFleur was 6-0 with a 1.45 ERA and one save. He walked 21 and struck out 35 in 43 1/3 innings. LaFleur made 22 appearances, starting once. Tobin was 7-3 with a 2.36 ERA. He walked 22 and fanned 39 in 72 1/3 innings. Tobin pitched in 15 games, 13 of them starts. Dave Pasquali (junior, Trail, BC) had a 3-1 mark with two saves and a 3.07 ERA. He walked 16 and struck out 27 in 41 innings. Pasquali pitched in 23 games, making three starts. Ashman was 4-2 with a 3.71 ERA and one save. He walked nine and struck out 27 in 43 2/3 innings in 27 games. Benda was 0-1 with a 3.98 ERA and six saves. Benda walked 12 and struck out 22 in 20 1/3 innings. He pitched in 24 games. RP Tim Henderson (senior, Victoria, BC) had a 4.05 ERA. He walked eight and struck out 10 in 13 1/3 innings, pitching in 13 games. Jonathan Forest (senior, St. Hubert, Que.) had a 3-1 record and a 4.46 record. He walked 45 and struck out 44 in 38 1/3 innings. He pitched in 15 games, 10 of them starts. Brendan Rolfe (sophomore, Surrey, BC) was 2-2 with a 4.66 ERA. He walked 13 and fanned 19 in 29 innings. Matt Miller (senior, Ottawa, Ont.) was 1-1 with a 6.19 and three saves. Miller walked four and whiffed 13 as he pitched 16 innings in as many games. RP John Stempfle (sophomore, Sherwood Park, Alta.) had a 4.50 ERA. He walked nine and struck out three in eight innings over seven games. RP Alex Hawley (freshman, Mississauga, Ont.) pitched two scoreless innings in his one outing. At the plate ... Bell-Irving hit .379 with 15 doubles, two triples, seven homers and 51 RBIs in 55 games. Yiu hit .378 with 15 doubles, a triple, three homers and 37 RBIs. The former SLAM! Player of the Week played in 56 games. Murray had a .361 mark with six doubles, a homer and 18 RBIs in 34 games. Janes hit .349 with 17 doubles, two triples, 11 homers and 59 RBIs in 57 games. Campell hung 'em up with a .341 mark as he had 11 doubles, three triples, five homers and 41 RBIs in 54 games. Wallace batted .341 with six doubles, a triple and 29 RBIs in 60 games. Capone hit .329 with 16 doubles, four triples, two homers and 42 RBIs in 63 games. Hughes hit .328 with eight doubles, a homer and 32 RBIs in 55 games. Prescott had a .313 average with seven doubles, two homers and 19 RBIs in 33 games. Willson owned a .308 mark with 13 doubles, two homers and 26 RBIs in 56 games. Kornberger finished with a .283 average, with four doubles, six homers and 29 RBIs in 43 games. Tobin batted .281 with four doubles and 13 RBIs in 28 games. Smythe batted .271 with four doubles, a homer and 23 RBIs in 46 games. Jon Syrnyk (freshman. Langley, BC) hit .255. Syrnyk doubled twice, homered and knocked in 11 runs in 31 games. Mike Loizides (junior, Toronto, Ont.) hit .400 with two RBIs in six games. Mike Styrna (sophomore, White Rock, BC) batted .250 in nine games. Matt Chester (sophomore, Winnipeg, Man.) hit .214 with a double and four RBIs in 18 games.
RF Phil Carey (freshman, London, Ont.) had a pair of hits and knocked in a run as the 24th-ranked, 2nd-seeded Winthrop Eagles knocked off the 3rd-seeded UNC Wilmington Seahawks 14-2 in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regionals before 1,215 fans as Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, NC. The 6th-ranked, top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels knocked off Winthrop 14-4 in front of 2,915 fans. Carey singled and drove in a run in a 5-3 win over Wilmington in front of 1,858 fans. North Carolina beat Winthrop 14-2 in the final in front of 2,857 spectators. On the season ... for the 46-18 Eagles ... Carey hit .324 with eight doubles, three triples, seven homers and 45 RBIs in 53 games.
C Joel Collins (sophomore, Richmond Hill, Ont.) homered, singled and drove in a two runs as the 3rd-seeded South Alabama Jaguars were eliminated from the NCAA Regionals in an 18-11 loss to the 17th-ranked, 2nd-seeded Tulane Green Wave before 4,359 fans at Swayze Field in Oxford, Miss. South Alabama opened with a 7-1 win over Tulane before 4,623 fans. Collins doubled, singled and knocked in a run in a 9-7 loss to the seventh-ranked top-seeded Ole Miss Rebels before 7,479 fans. On the season ... for the 38-21 Jags ... Collins hit .299 with 13 doubles, six homers and 32 RBIs in 59 games. Collins started 58 games and threw out 30 runners. He fielded .994 and stole six bags. INF Michael Cart (junior, King City, Ont.) batted .239 with two doubles, a homer and 18 RBIs in 48 games.
LF Jean-Philippe LaPointe (sophomore, Montreal, Que.) hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning as the 7th-seeded Bellevue Bruins opened the 50th annual AVISTA NAIA World Series with a 6-3 win over 10th-seeded St. Xavier Cougars before 1,180 fans at Harris Field in Lewiston, Id. Bellevue led 3-1 at the time. Lapointe went 3-for-5 with an RBI in a 13-11 loss to the 2nd-seeded British Columbia Thunderbirds in front of 1,790 fans. Lapointe had two more hits and knocked in a run as Bellevue was eliminated in a 7-6 loss to 5th-seeded Auburn-Montgomery Senators in front of 635 fans. On the season ... for the 41-19 Bruins ... LaPointe hit .369 with 17 doubles, a triple, six homers and 56 RBIs in 58 games.
DH Matt McGraw (junior, Burlington, Ont.) homered and knocked in three runs as the 4th-seeded Maine Black Bears were eliminated from the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional by a 21-19 score against the 3rd-seeded UNC-Wilmington xxx before 1,351 fans at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, NC. McGraw had two hits in a 15-7 loss to the 6th-ranked, top-seeded North Carolina Seahawks in the opener in front of 1,815 fans. RP Scott Robinson (senior, Ajax, Ont.) was touched for five runs -- four earned on four hits and two walks in 1/3 of an inning. On the season ... for the 35-22-1 Black Bears ... McGraw hit .333 with 12 doubles, two triples, five homers and 39 RBIs in 54 games. Robinson was 8-3 with a 5.83 ERA. He walked 29 and fanned 68 in 80 1/3 innings. Robinson worked in 21 games, making 10 starts.
RHP Karl Mejlholm (junior, Nanaimo, BC) beat his home province to move the 4th-seeded Cumberland Bulldogs to 3-0 at the 50th annual AVISTA NAIA World Series at Lewis-Clark State College's Harris Field in Lewiston, Id. Mejlholm pitched seven inning allowing in a 10-6 win over the 2nd-seeded British Columbia Thunderbirds. Mejlholm allowed six runs on six hits and six walks. He struck out four. He left with a 9-6 lead. Cumberland opened by beating 5th-seeded Auburn Montgomery Senators 7-1. The Bulldogs moved to 2-0 with a 7-2 win against the top-seeded Embry-Riddle Eagles. After Mejlholm's win, Cumberland lost 6-5 to 6th-seeded Lubbock Christian. Then, Cumberland avenged that loss with a 12-1 win over Lubbock Christian to move into the final. Not only did they move into the final ... the game moved into extras where the Lewis-Clark Warriors won a 14th national title on a bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning. On the season ... for the 51-18 Bulldogs ... Mejlholm was 10-3 with a 4.82 ERA. He pitched 80 1/3 innings in 16 games.
2B Justin Randall (junior, Sarnia, Ont.) had three hits and knocked in three runs as the 6th-seeded Ashland Eagles opened the 39th annual Division II Tournament in a 14-4 win against 12-seeded Franklin Pierce before 512 fans at Paterson Field in Montgomery, Ala. Randall had a double and two singles. The 5th-seeded Chico State Wildcats took 4 1/2 hours to edge Ashland 8-4 in 13 innings before 805 fans. Randall had a pair of hits and knocked in a run as Franklin Pierce eliminated Ashland 7-2 before 503 fans. On the season ... for the 47-17 Eagles ... Randall hit .416 with 20 doubles, two triples, two homers and 65 RBIs in 63 games. 1B Ron Oneson (junior, London, Ont.) batted .293 with seven doubles, a triple and four homers in 53 games.
RP Etienne Ratte-Delorme (senior, St. Hubert, Que.) pitched two superb innings as 4th-seeded Saint Louis Billikens lost the opener of the Fullerton Regional 6-1 to the top-seeded Cal-State Fullerton Titans in front of 2,760 fans at Goodwin Field in Fullerton, Calif. Ratte-Delorme allowed an unearned run on a walk. Ratte-Delorme retired the final two outs in a 19-12 Saint Louis loss to the 3rd-seeded San Diego Toreros in front of 1,446 fans. RP Brock Hewitt (junior, Toronto, Ont.) pitched 2 2/3 innings allowing two runs on five hits. Hewitt came on in the fifth with Saint Louis losing 10-8. On the season ... for the 32-29 Billikens ... Hewitt was 3-6 with a 5.64 ERA. He walked 28 and struck out 40 in 75 innings. Hewitt worked in 17 games, 12 of them starts. Ratte-Delorme was 2-1 with a 4.11 ERA. He walked 13 and struck out 14 in 35 innings. He appeared in 20 games.
2B Daniel Rieder (junior, Chilliwack, BC) -for-5 and was a triple shy of the cycle as the 4th-seeded Texas-Arlington Mavericks lost the opener of the NCAA Austin Regional 9-1 to the top-seeded Texas Longhorns in front of 4,933 fans at Disch-Falk Field in Austin, Tx. Rieder hit a solo homer, a double and a single. Rieder singled and drove in a run in a 6-5 loss to the 2nd-seeded North Carolina State Wolfpack in front of 4,138 fans. On the season ... for the 29-36 Mavs ... Rieder hit .318 with 13 doubles and four homers, while knocking in 34 runs in 64 runs.
1B Jared Schweitzer (senior, Sherwood Park, Alta.) homered, singled twice and drove in two runs as the 22nd-ranked, 2nd-seeded Kansas Jayhawks lost 9-5 to the 25th-ranked, 3rd-seeded Hawaii Rainbows in the semi-final of the NCAA Div. I Corvallis Regional in front of 743 fans at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Ore. Schweitzer opened with a 4-for-5 day hitting for the cycle as Kansas knocked off Hawaii 8-6 in front of 1,012 fans. Schweitzer tripled in the first, single in the third, doubled in the fourth and hit his ninth home run of the season in the sixth. Schweitzer's homer broke a 5-5 tie and completed KU's comeback after trailing 5-0 after 2 1/2 innings. Schweitzer became the first Kansas player to hit for the cycle since Jeff Niemeier on May 3, 1993. The top-seeded Oregon State Beavers, the eventual NCAA World Series champs, beat Kansas 11-3 in front of 2,962 fans. On the season ... for the 43-25 Jayhawks ... Schweitzer hit .369 with 14 doubles, a triple, 11 homers and 41 RBIs in 63 games.
RP Drew Taylor (senior, Toronto, Ont.) pitched a solid 6 1/3 innings in his final game as the 3rd-seeded Michigan Wolverines dropped the opener of the NCAA Atlanta Regional to the 2nd-seeded Vanderbilt Commodores 5-2 before 910 fans at Russ Chandler Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. Taylor took over in the second with Michigan down 3-1. He allowed two runs on four hits. He fanned four. Michigan then beat the 4th-seeded Stetson Hatters 11-1 before being eliminated in a 5-4 loss to Vanderbilt. On the season ... for the 43-21 Wolverines ... Taylor was 6-4 with a 4.94 ERA. Taylor walked 10 and struck out 31 in 62 innings. He appeared in 15 games, making nine starts. RP Mike Wilson (freshman, Pickering, Ont.) had a 7.71 ERA in eight games. Wilson walked five and struck out eight in seven innings.
Brian Temko (junior, Toronto, Ont.) hit .189 for the Houston Cougars. The 11-ranked, 2nd-seeded Cougars were edged 2-1 by the 30th-ranked, 3rd-seeded Wichita State Shockers in the NCAA Regional at Dale Mitchell Park in Norman, Oak. Houston was then eliminated in an 8-6 decision by the 13th-ranked, top-seeded Oklahoma Sooners. The 2nd-seeded Houston lost to the top-seeded Rice Owls 11-5 in the final of the Conference-USA Tournament before 3,732 fans at Reckling Park in Houston, Tx. Houston opened with 9-1 win over the 7th-ranked Marhsall Thundering Herd. Then, Houston scored a 7-1 win over the East Carolina Pirates and beat the 3rd-seeded Tulane Green Wave 6-0. Temko had four doubles, a homer and four RBIs in 19 games.
LF Kern Watts (junior, Brampton, Ont.) had a pair of singles and drove in a run for the 29th-ranked Evansville Purple Aces in 10-6 win over Lehigh at the NCAA Charlottesville Regional at Davenport Field in Charlottesville, Va. 3B Kirk Bacsu (junior, Maple Creek, Sask.) and Watts each singled in the opener, a 4-2 loss to South Carolina Gamecocks. Watts knocked had three hits and drove in a pair of runs as Evansville knocked off South Carolina 15-5. Bacsu singled and drove in a run as Evansville put up a 12-spot in the third inning. South Carolina then eliminated Evansville 5-1 in the final as Bacsu had a pair of hits, including a double. LHP Kai Tuomi (junior, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) took the loss pitching 2 1/3 innings. Tuomi allowed three runs on four hits and a walk. A former SLAM! Canadian College Player of the Week. he struck out a pair. On the season ... for the 43-22 Purple Aces ... Watts hit .306 with 10 doubles, three triples, two homers and 41 RBIs, while stealing 14 bases in 63 games. Bacsu batted .281 with 12 doubles, two triples, three homers and 32 RBIs in 62 games. On the mound ... Tuomi was 6-2 with a 3.95 ERA. He walked 10 and struck out 36 in 54 2/3 inning. Tuomi appeared in 20 games, making six starts.
C Jeff Werhun (senior, St. Albert, Alta.) hit .231 for the California Irvine Anteaters. The 3rd-seeded Cal-Irvine lost the opener of the NCAA Div I Malibu Regional opener 3-2 to the 2nd-seeded UCLA Bruins at Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu, Calif. The Anteaters were eliminated in 5-4, 14-inning loss to the 4th-seeded Missouri Tigers. On the season ... for the 36-24 Anteasters ... Werhun doubled and had four RBIs in 22 games.
And how Canadians fared in Week 18:
2B Jason Chatwood (freshman, Innisfail, Alta.) hit .408 for the Colby Trojans. On the season ... for the 30-27 Trojans ... Chatwood had a school-record 89 hits, including 18 doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 37 RBIs in 57 games. Chatwood had a bit of bat control ... he didn't strike out all season. DH Marshall MacDonald (freshman, Red Deer, Alta.) hit .320 with four doubles, five homers and 21 RBIs in 47 games. INF Byron Whitford (freshman, Red Deer, Alta.) hit .291 with two doubles and 19 RBIs in 37 games. On the mound ... RHP Josh Turner (freshman, Spruce Grove, Alta.) was 4-3 with a 3.12 ERA. Turner walked 25 and struck out 33 in 42 2/3 innings. Turner made eight starts. RP Mike O'Dwyer (freshman, Innisfail, Alta.) was 0-1 with a 9.33 ERA. He walked 14 and struck out seven in nine innings. He pitched in five games, making three starts.
Finally: This wraps up the 2006 Player of the Week.