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Rosenberg to play baseball, serve at Coast Guard Academy

Just because his father was a Marine and his sisters are active duty Air Force didn’t mean Michael Rosenberg of Eagle River was destined for a military life.

Then again, that’s exactly what it means.

Rosenberg continued a family tradition after the 18-year-old signed his letter of acceptance of appointment and commitment to play baseball for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut.

“I never felt any pressure as far as them wanting me to join. It’s just the way I was raised,” Rosenberg told me. “The honor of serving in the military, that’s all I’ve wanted to do since I was a little kid.”

The senior all-star first baseman for the Eagle River Wolves won the Gold Glove defensive award in the Cook Inlet Conference last year when he led Eagle River to the ASAA state tournament for the first time in school history.

During the Legion season he was selected to the All-State Team of Excellence for the second straight year. Then he participated with the Alaska Baseball Academy in the Arizona Fall Classic, where he turned heads and held his own to validate his desire to play at the next level.

“It’s a dream come true to serve in military and get to play baseball,” he said. “I’ve been in contact with the baseball coach. Guys from all over the country are coming to this academy and it’s going to be tough because we have to go through Coast Guard basic training. We’re going to build that brotherhood I hear a lot of people talk about.”

Rosenberg is also a star in the classroom, where he carries a 4.12 GPA.

“My dad always told me to give 100 percent,” he said “Not only do I take that advice to school but I take it to the baseball field too. If I’m diving for a ball, if I give it 100 percent, I’m happy with myself. In terms of grades, coaches want players that are going to be responsible to be able keep playing. It shows responsibility."

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director. 

South-Gold takes early lead in Cook Inlet Conference JV

Cook Inlet Conference

JV Standings [through May 4]

Points  Team  Record

16 - South-Gold [4-0]

13 - Dimond [3-1]

11 - Service [2-1-1]

10 - Chugiak [2-2]

10 - Eagle River [2-2]

10 - East [2-2]

10 - South-Black [2-2]

05 - West [0-3-1]

04 - Bartlett [0-4]

Points - 4 Win, 2 Tie, 1 Loss, 0 Forfeit

Undefeated Way continues to be lucky charm for Edmonds

Sitka’s Brian Way was 4-0 as a reliever and now he’s undefeated after two starts.

And Edmonds Community College is 12-0 when he pitches.

There’s no doubt the 6-foot-7, 270-pound freshman has been a lucky charm, but there’s nothing lucky about what he’s done on the mound.

The right hander is 6-0 with a pair of saves and a 1.10 ERA in 12 games.

His strikeout-to-walk ratio is 23-6 in 32.2 innings.

“I just go out there and try to best the guy at the plate by any means, whether that’s coming out of the pen or starting,” Way told me. “I just do all I can to win us games.”

From the start, he showed no fear. He recorded a save in his second college appearance.

“Being raised playing Juneau and Ketchikan in very intense games since I was 11, I think it made me be able to handle the pressure that college baseball has brought to the game,” Way said. 

Edmonds has won 31 of 38 games in the NWAC and have captured the North Region pennant and secured a playoff berth.

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.

Anderson wins, pitches into eighth inning for first time

Centralia College left-hander Austin Anderson of Anchorage picked up his third win in a 6-2 win over Green River during NWAC play in Washington.

The freshman pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in eight starts this season.

He threw 7.1 innings and allowed just three hits and a pair of walks. He struck out three.

Anderson, of East High fame, is 3-4 with a 5.51 ERA. Take away his last start, though, and his ERA is 3.53 since April 10.

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.

Manzer collects career-high 3 RBIs with just one swing

Anchorage's Adam Manzer hit his third home run of the season and set a career-high with 3 RBIs for Sonoma State University in California.

He collected all his RBIs on one swing, a three-run shot in the third inning against Cal State Monterey Bay in NCAA D2 action.

The junior outfielder finished 2-for-4 to raise his batting average to .289 in 24 games. This is his first season with Sonoma State.

Manzer, of West High fame, has driven in 11 runs this season, which ranks second among players with fewer than 100 at-bats.

He missed nearly half the season after suffering two hamstring injuries.

Manzer's 3 home runs is second Alaska college sluggers. Tyler Thompson of NCAA D3 Pacific Lutheran University and Aaron Miller of NAIA Mayville State each have hit 4 bombs this year.

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.

Miller has career highs in power numbers across the board

Anchorage’s Aaron Miller was good in high school, but he’s become an even better player in college.

The junior left fielder has put it all together for Mayville State University in North Dakota, where he has a .353 batting average in 119 career games with the NAIA school.

“In high school I was a good player but never had the consistency that I have achieved in college,” he told me. “I’ve worked a lot on my mental game to get to that next level in my game, which is why I believe I have had the success I’ve had recently.”

Miller is hardly a one-hit wonder. This guy has been tearing the cover off the ball since he arrived at Mayville State.

But this year has been extra special for the 5-foot-9, 185-pounder as he has career highs in his power numbers across the board – home runs [4], doubles [11], RBIs [37] and slugging percentage [.500].

“The home runs just started coming,” he said. “I’ve always had the power. It just now is starting to translate to games.”

Miller, of Service High fame, is batting .342 in 48 games this year and has hit safely in 23 of the last 25 games. 

“My swing feels great right now I’ve been able to spray the ball to whole field,” he said.

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.

Bynum ties college career-high with 4 RBIs, now w/ 37 in 52G

Scooter Bynum of Fairbanks hit his second career home run and finished with two hits and tied his career high with 4 RBIs as Arizona Western College beat South Mountain College 9-4.

The freshman outfielder lifted his batting average to .302 in 52 games. He played eight games as highs school senior.

Bynum, of Monroe Catholic fame, leads his team with 8 stolen bases while ranking second with 24 walks, 27 runs and 3 triples, and third with 37 RBIs.

Defensively, he told me he has improved his arm strength to make him a better all-around player.

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.

Ibesate caps big week, helps Jamestown extend win streak

Juneau’s Lance Ibesate had quite the week for the University of Jamestown in North Dakota.

The junior second baseman batted .476 [10-for-21] in six games and hit first college home run as the Jimmies pushed their win streak to 13 games.

Ibesate drove in 6 runs this week and now has 22 RBIs for the season.

He is hitting .383 in 40 games and is one of only four Jamestown players to hit for the cycle on the season.

Ibesate leads the team with 44 hits, 3 triples and 18 stolen bases. He is second with 36 runs.

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.

Another outing, another money performance from Karnos

Western Nevada College again turned to Max Karnos of Anchorage out of the bullpen and again he delivered shutout relief.

The sophomore right-handed tossed four goose eggs and earned the winning decision as WNC beat College of Eastern Utah 3-0 in Nevada.

Karnos has been straight money this year.

The 6-foot-4 Alaskan improved to 5-4 and lowered his ERA to 1.81 in 74.1 innings.

Karnos, of South High fame, allowed just two hits and one walk while pitching to contact and trusting his defense to make the plays behind him. He struck out just one batter.

Whatever he’s doing it is working.

Karnos hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 12.1 innings over three appearances. 

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.

Boyer flirts with no-no, settles for 1-hitter for Blue Mountain

A blooper was the only thing that denied Wasilla’s Jonathan Boyer a place among baseball royalty.

The freshman pitcher for Blue Mountain Community College in Washington flirted with a no-no before settling for a 1-hitter in a 13-0 win over Wenatchee Valley during NWAC action.

Boyer carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before he gave up a soft base hit with one out. The 6-foot-t right-hander faced only 24 batters en route to throwing his first college complete game.

“I got a lot of first-pitch outs that they were swinging at, putting into play and getting out,” Boyer told the East Oregonian.

Boyer started the season in the bullpen and this was just his second appearance where he pitched more than one inning.

He was on a pitch count due to an elbow injury, but that didn’t hold him back.

“The last couple of weeks it’s started to feel pretty good and I’ve just let coach put me to work.”

Boyer, of Colony High fame, improved to 2-0 and lowered his ERA to 0.50 in 18 innings. He has allowed one run in the last month.

He hopes his pitching can make the difference down the stretch as Blue Mountain contends for NWAC playoff berth.

“It’s now or never and I think that’s how everyone is feeling about it,” he said. “If we want to have a chance, it’s time to start tightening up and going for it.”

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.

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