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Jensen pitching well for GHC even if record does not show it

Talk about getting no love. Nick Jensen of Anchorage is actually pitching much better than anybody would expect with a 0-5 record.

The Grays Harbor College starting pitcher has a 3.16 ERA and he has allowed just one earned run in each of his last two starts.

His losing record is a combination of hard luck, little run support and poor defense.

In fact, only 9 of his last 19 runs allowed were earned.

Jensen, of South Legion Post 4 fame, has only 14 strikeouts in 31.1 innings, so he pitches to contact and relies on his defense to make plays behind him.

Nonetheless, his winless record shouldn't overshadow his pitching performance for the NWAC school in Washington.

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

Karnos has a 1.29 ERA over his last 21 innings with Sac State

Even though a winning decision in back-to-back starts wasn’t in the cards, Anchorage’s Max Karnos is still pitching like an ace.

The Sacramento State right-hander has a sparkling 1.29 ERA over his last 21 innings of work, although his record is just 1-0 during that stretch.

He threw seven strong innings in consecutive starts against Cal Poly and North Dakota – both 3-2 wins, but he didn’t factor in the decision.

“What has improved most is my strike percentage and also I’m throwing a lot more first-pitch strikes, which is helping me get ahead of batters early,” he told me.

Karnos, of South Legion Post 4 fame, had a career-high 5 Ks against North Dakota and said he uses his slider more than ever to help get routine outs.

“Lately our defense has been awesome,” he said, “so my confidence that almost anything put into play will be an out has boosted my confidence to throw strikes in any count.”

In six games, including five starts, the 6-foot-4 junior has a 1-1 record and 3.86 ERA in 28 innings.

“I love being a starter because I know what my job is, which is to get to the eighth inning and then hand it off to our bullpen,” Karnos said. “A lot of innings shows that I’m doing my job.”

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

Brown hasn’t allowed a run in the month of March for PLU

Lots of baseball players are superstitious and Garrett Brown of Anchorage is no different. 

Things are going so well for the Pacific Lutheran University right-handed pitcher that he refuses to shave his beard.

Brown hasn’t allowed a run in the month of March, a scoreless streak that extends 15.2 inning over six relief appearances.

Nobody dare talks about the streak, though, in fear of upsetting the baseball gods.

“Baseball is a weird sport like that,” Brown told me. “Only way I won’t perform well is if I do it to myself. If I throw the ball down the middle I’ll get smacked. If I hit spots, and locate, no one will hit me.

“So it’s all up to me – no superstitions involved.”

Brown, of Service Legion Post 28 fame, has a 3-3 record with two saves in 13 games and a 2.25 ERA in 24 innings.

The senior is one of the first options out of the bullpen because of his durability and consistency. Take last weekend’s doubleheader against George Fox when he closed out the game on back-to-back days.

“The trainers at PLU, specifically Aaron Gunther, have been helping me keep my arm healthy as the season goes on,” Brown said. “Throwing back-to-back days is tough, so managing arm tenderness is important. Adrenaline helps minimize the pain a lot, though.”

Brown’s success is based on location, getting ahead in the count and pitching to his defense – a winning formula at any level.

“Our defense is ranked top 5 in the nation right now so I’ve been attaching batters with my fastball,” he said. “I’ve learned that coming out of the pen isn’t as easy as people make it seem. It requires extreme focus as one bad pitch can lose a game.”

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

Osborne knocks in game winner, lifts batting average to .406

Never mind flirting with .400, Sagan Osborne of Anchorage is straight going steady with the benchmark batting average.

The Dickinson State shortstop banged out two more hits today to raise his average to .406 in 27 games this season.

Osborne, of Dimond Legion Post 21 fame, went 2-for-4 and drove in the game-winning run with a two-out RBI single in the fifth inning to key a 3-2 victory over the University of Mary in NAIA baseball action in Bismarck, North Dakota.

He now has 39 hits in 96 at-bats. He came into the game hitting .402.

Osborne leads Dickinson State in batting average, doubles [9] and ranks second with 19 runs and 18 RBIs.

He has struck out just seven times in 108 plate appearances.

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

Ross has turned into a RBI machine for Blue Mountain

When Blue Mountain Community College baseball has ducks on the pond, the team wants Palmer's Ben Ross at the plate.

The right fielder has turned into RBI machine over the four games, driving in six runs, including two more in a 10-0 win over Olympic during NWAC play in Pendleton, Oregon.

Ross, of Wasilla Post 35 fame, went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored.

The sophomore outfielder has a current five-game hitting streak that seen his batting average soar from .158 to a more respectable .242.

He has made good contact over that time, striking out just twice in 24 at-bats.

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

Thompson blasts 12th career HR, most among active Alaskans

A year after hitting more home runs than ever before in a college baseball season, Pacific Lutheran University third baseman Tyler Thompson of Anchorage is threatening to hit even more this year.

The senior slugger clubbed his fourth homer of the NCAA D3 season over the weekend.

He has averaged a home run every six games. Last year, he went yard five times and averaged a bomb every 8.6 games.

Thompson, of Dimond Post 21 fame, now has 12 career home runs, the most among active college baseball players from Alaska.

He is hitting .264 in 24 games this season – right at his career average.

Thompson’s on-base percentage has skyrocketed to .402 this season thanks to a keen eye in the box. He has earned 12 walks in 99 plate appearances compared to 11 walks to 181 last year.

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

All Way does is win; his teams are 32-4 when he pitches

Never mind Brian Way, his name should be Brian Win because that’s all he does.

The Sitka pitcher tossed six innings for Edmonds Community College in a 4-0 win over Pierce College over the weekend, improving to 2-0 in two starts this year and continuing a winning trend as a college pitcher.

His teams have a 32-4 record when he pitches.

Edmonds has won 15 of 17 NWAC games since 2015 and the Bellingham Bells were victorious in 17 of 19 West Coast League games last summer.

He’s not making token appearances either.

The 6-foot-7 right-hander has posted a 12-2 record with eight saves, meaning his fingerprints were all over 20 of those 32 wins.

Even better, his 1.51 ERA in 83.2 career innings just shows you how dominant the big guy has been.

He also won his final start for Sitka en route to winning a state title.

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

Karnos faces No. 5 LSU, picks up first win vs. South Dakota State

Sacramento State threw transfer Max Karnos of Anchorage to the wolves right off the bat, starting him on the road against Auburn and No. 5 LSU in his first two appearances.

He wouldn’t want it any other way.

Karnos came to Sac State for the chance to face NCAA D1 talent and he got his wish.

“LSU was an unbelievable atmosphere,” he told me. “The fans there were awesome and it is as if you are a big leaguer for the weekend.”

The 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher got hit around a little bit by those two SEC teams before he bounced back in his first home start to beat South Dakota State 4-0.

Karnos, of South Post 4 fame, tossed five clean innings of 2-hit ball.

“It was nice getting the first win out of the way,” he said. “It’s almost as if a little weight is off my shoulders.”

He got sharper as the game went.

“During the first couple of innings all of my pitches were moving like were supposed to but I was just locating them badly,” Karnos said. “I settled in for the last two innings got back to the way I usually pitch.”

It was a different story against Auburn and LSU, which combined to score nine earned runs on 15 hits over seven innings.

It wasn’t his best effort, but he didn’t feel overmatched.

“The hitters there are not much different from guys I face on the West Coast. If anything, they hunt for off-speed more and are more patient at the plate,” Karnos said. “I learned that getting ahead in counts is make-or-break for a pitcher like me.”

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

Osborne stays hot for Dickinson State after 5-month break

Sagan Osborne of Anchorage was hotter than hot last fall for Dickinson State when he banged out two hits or more in seven of 10 games.

Then the winter break came and he didn't play a game for five months.

No matter, Osborne is still hot.

The No. 3 hitter went 4-for-7 with a run and two RBIs in today's doubleheader against the University of Minnesota-Crookston in NAIA action.

The former Dimond Post 21 all-star is now hitting a ridiculous .490 through 12 games with Dickinson State. He has seven RBIs, six runs and four stolen bases.

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

Klein is undefeated after five starts with Lewis & Clark College

When the Juneau Legion Post 25 needed a win last summer the team turned to Nathan Klein.

Nothing has changed in college.

The freshman right-hander is the ace for the Lewis & Clark College pitching staff and he's mowing batters just like he did in Alaska.

Klein has flashed a 3-0 record and 2.86 ERA in five appearances for the NCAA D3 school in Portland, Oregon.

He owns a 16-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 28.1 innings of work.

Klein was the Opening Day starter and threw seven innings of shutout ball. He hasn't lost since, picking up a no-decision in Saturday's start against Linfield.

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

Frost launches first home run as softball player at Stanford

An all-star baseball player in high school, Lauren Frost of Eagle River is making her transition to college softball look easy.

The freshman infielder at Stanford University is hitting .400 in her last four games and socked her first home run the last time she took the field for the NCAA D1 team in California.

She is hitting .286 overall this season, although four of her first eight games she was used only as a pinch hitter.

Since then she has been inserted into the starting lineup and her game has flourished.

Frost, of Eagle River High fame, has delivered a base hit in each of her four starts. She also has three RBIs.

She is playing second base, although she can play shortstop too.  

She has converted 18-of-19 defensive chances and turned a double play.

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

Way pitches Edmonds CC to win in first start of the year

Edmonds Community College pitcher Brian Way of Sitka looked good in his first start of the season.

The 6-foot-7 right-hander struck out seven batters over six innings of work as Edmonds beat Southwestern Oregon Community College 13-2 in NWAC action.

Way scattered five hits and one walk.

He is now 7-2 with a 1.73 ERA in 16 career appearances with Edmonds.

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

Walk-off single by Ibesate keeps Jamestown undefeated

Juneau's Lance Ibesate is the reason the Jamestown University baseball team is still undefeated.

The senior third baseman delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to allow Jamestown to walk off with a 2-1 win over Hastings.

He had struck out two of his three previous at-bats, so you know that felt good.

It was the first game of a doubleheader, with Jamestown carrying that momentum to a 3-0 win in Game 2.

The NAIA team from North Dakota is 12-0 on the season.

Ibesate is hitting .343 in 10 games with 12 runs and 8 RBIs.

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

Manzer raises batting average 80 points after epic day

Have a day Adam Manzer.

The Sonoma State left fielder from Anchorage enjoyed the greatest day of his college baseball career, going 5-for-9 with 6 RBIs in Saturday's doubleheader.

The senior capped his day with a bases-clearing triple in the eighth inning to put the finishing touches on an 11-3 win over Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Manzer went 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs in the Game 2 win.

In Game 1, he went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.

The former West all-star catcher raised his batting average from .176 to .256 with his delightful day at the plate.

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

Thompson goes big fly for first time this year, No. 9 for career

Anchorage's Tyler Thompson of Pacific Lutheran University launched his first home run of the college season.

The senior third baseman went yard in a 7-2 loss to Linfield.

He has three extra-base hits and 10 runs in 11 games. He just had his 5-game hitting streak snapped.

Thompson has 9 home runs and 60 RBIs in 92 career games. 

Last year he jacked a career-best five homers.

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

Brown picks up saves in back-to-back appearances for PLU

Senior pitcher Garrett Brown of Anchorage picked up his second save of the season for Pacific Lutheran after closing out a 5-4 win over the University of Redlands in Washington.

Brown threw 2.1 perfect innings to lower his ERA to 3.18 over five appearances.

The former Service star picked off a runner at first base with two outs in the seventh and the tying run on third base.

He then threw consecutive 1-2-3 innings in the eighth and ninth.

It was the second save in as many appearances for Brown, who last season moved into the bullpen after two years at catcher.

Closing out games seems to be the right fit for the crafty right-hander.

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

Bynum bashes home run in Arizona Western win

It doesn't matter where you put Scooter Bynum of Fairbanks in the lineup the guy gets it done.

Last week he was hitting leadoff. Now he's in the No. 2 hole.

Bynum went 4-for-5 with a double, home run and 3 RBIs as Arizona Western beat Western Nevada 9-5 in JC baseball action.

The sophomore center fielder doubled in a pair of runs and later scored in the third inning.

In the sixth he launched his first homer of the season, a solo shot.

Bynum, of Monroe Catholic High fame, is hitting .289 with 7 RBIs and 6 runs in 10 games.

The promising playmaker was an 18th round draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2014 MLB Draft but opted to go to school.

Last season as a freshman he hit .314 in 54 games.

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

Kornegay picks up first win in Pacific Lutheran uniform

Transfer Kyle Kornegay of Anchorage picked up the first win of the season for Pacific Lutheran University.

It was also his first win in his new uniform.

The former Dimond High pitcher threw 3.1 innings of hitless relief in a 3-1 victory over Pacific.

Kornegay allowed a run on three walks and a hit batsman.

He transferred from Pierce College, where he pitched 49 innings over two seasons.

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

Bynum has 3 RBIs to highlight 9-8 win for Arizona Western

Scooter Bynum of Fairbanks drove in three runs from the leadoff spot as Arizona Western College beat Colorado Northwestern 9-8.

The sophomore center fielder finished 2-for-5 with a double for his team's only extra-base hit.

Bynum lined a two-run double in the sixth inning and then added an RBI single in the eighth inning.

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

Winter College Coaches Clinic starts Friday, Jan. 15

Join Everett Community College head coach Levi Lacey and his staff for this high paced, informative camp next week in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley.  

Get in-depth instruction in all aspects of the game, detailed practice and lesson plans, and information for youth coaches and parents for four days, starting a week from today.

Everett CC has won nearly 100 games over the last 3 seasons and the team captured the NWAACC title in 2013.

"We will challenge our campers to become better players." Lacey said.  "The delivery of our information is what sets us apart from other camps.  We want the athlete to understand information as well as execute the information physically."

This is the eighth year Lacey and Co. have come to Alaska.

Normally the camp is held four days in Anchorage, but this year it’s taking the show on the road to the Menard Center in Wasilla.

Here is the daily schedule for both camps.

Anchorage, The Dome

Jan. 15-16-17

Group A*: Service, West, Dimond, East

Group B*: South, Bartlett, Eagle River, Chugiak

Group C: 9-13 Year Olds

*All other High Schools may attend Group A or Group B

Fri. Jan 15: Group A & B 4:00pm-5:45pm

                    Group C 6:00pm-7:45pm

Sat. Jan 16: Group A & B 3:30pm-5:00pm

                     Group C 5:00pm-7:30pm

Sun. Jan 17: Group A 9:00am-11:00am

                      Group B 11:00am-1:00pm

                      Group C   6:00pm-8:00pm

Wasilla, Menard Center

Jan. 18

Group A*: Houston, Redington, Wasilla

Group B*: Colony, Palmer

Group C: 9-13 Year Olds

*All other High Schools may attend Group A or Group B

Mon. Jan 18: Group A 10:00am-12:30pm

                      Group B 12:45pm-3:15pm

                      Group C   3:30pm-6:00pm

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