Yakima Valley wins 21st Baseball Title
By Tracy Swisher & Spencer Roland , NWAC Sports Information
LONGVIEW— On the final day, 2 region champions squared off to decide the 2016 championship. Yakima Valley Yaks entering the contest at 33-17 (3-1 tournament) and the Everett Trojans coming in at 39-12 (4-1 tournament).
The Trojans elected to start Nick Hoskins who only had 3 non-conference starts on the year while Yakima decided to hand the ball to Chris Petrosie who closed for Isaac Mitchum against Everett in their first meeting on Friday.
Both pitchers looked sharp allowing no runs through the first 3 innings. Both teams would threaten in the 2nd with runners on first and second but could not produce.
In the top of the 4th, Parker Depasquale laced a double by right fielder Bryce Peterson who could not get to it in time to score Kyler Brudwick to make it 1-0 Yakima.
In the top of the 5th, Trojan reliever Christian Jarnigan would get into some trouble loading the bases forcing Levi Lacy to hand the ball to Taylor Shea who started day 2 for EVCC. Connor Anderson connected on a Shea fastball and sent it into left to score Tanner Parker.
Shea rebounded by striking out Karsten Sherman but Brudwick found outfield grass bringing around 2 runs to pad the Yaks' lead to 4-0. Shea quickly stopped the bleeding with a Depasquale fly out to center.
Everett loaded the bases in the 6th with one and benefited on a balk call that plated Andrew Ivelia to cut the lead to 4-1 after 6.
Two runners reached base immediately in the Yaks' 7th and were bunted over into scoring position by pinch hitter Ryan Maley.
Everett went to the pen again bringing in Ryan Monson to face Depasquale who singled in Alec Chaney making it 5-1. Yakima brought in Dakota Weindell to relieve Petrosie and he immediately recorded 2 outs before allowing Jacob Prater to reach on an error and then be driven in by an Andrew Ivelia double down the line in left.
Windell would load the bases after hitting Tanner Arrington in the back but would retire Josh McIntyre on a soft liner to short. 5-2 Yakima Valley.
Monson allowed 2 Yaks batters to reach but was able to get pinch hitter Colin Cinkovich to ground out to 3rd ending the threat. In the bottom of the 8th, Everett would go down in order on 3 fly outs.
In the 9th, Monson used a line drive double play to first to eliminate the only runner to reach base leaving Everett with 3 outs to make a 3-run comeback.
Weindell retired Bryce Steckler for out number 1 on a ground ball to third.
On the very next pitch, Prater would ground out to short. Andrew Ivelia drew a 2 out walk leading to a Bryce Peterson single to left. But Weindell got Arrington to fly out to center giving the Yaks the win and their first championship in the last 33 years with the final score 5-2.
The NWAC Championship trophy was named in honor Bill Faller, the legendary head coach of the Yakima Valley Yaks (then known as the Indians) in 1988. Faller had won 11 titles at Yakima between 1962 ad 1983.
The 2016 Yaks are the first Yakima team to add their name to the trophy since it was named for the NWAC Hall of Famer Bill Faller. The title is the 21st in Yakima's History dating back to 1947, the first year of the Washington State Junior College Athletic Conference (WSJCAC).
NWAC Hall of Famer Chuck "Bo Bo" Brayton also won nine titles as head coach of Yakima Valley.
YVCC head coach Kyle Krustangel, a former star player for Big Bend CC and in his first year at Yakima, was named NWAC Baseball Coach of the Year while sophomore pitcher Chris Petrosie was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player.
Petrosie turned in a dazzling tournament performance with an ERA of 0.69 allowing just one run in 13 innings pitched.
MVP - Chris Petrosie, Yakima Valley
Matt Thompson, Pierce
Lorin Archibald, Lower Columbia
Tanner Parker, Yakima Valley
Gunner Schubert, Pierce
Brandon Smith, Yakima Valley
Tanner Arrington, Everett
Bryce Steckler, Everett
Cody Dykstra, Treasure Valley
Alec Chaney, Yakima Valley
Kasey Bailey, Yakima Valley
Colten Barnes, Pierce
Alex Gray, Everett
Hunter Boyd, Yakima Valley
Kade Kryzsko, Lower Columbia
Isaac Mitchum, Yakima Valley
Dakota Weindell, Yakima Valley
Joe Wainhouse, Bellevue
Tate Budnick, Everett
Coach of the Year Kyle Krustangel with Tournament MVP Chris Petrosie of Yakima Valley.