Went to a football scrimmage and got some baseball news.
Turns out, Kamiakin center fielder Joey Jansen will not be joining his five teammates headed to Wenatchee Valley College.
Jansen, a key cog for the Braves’ fourth-place team this spring who also played quarterback for Kamiakin’s state-runnerup football team, will stay in the Tri-Cities and play for Columbia Basin College and coach Steve Farrington, who also coached Jansen on the Twin City Titans legion team last summer.
Jansen is one of two area players headed to CBC, joining Richland center fielder Zach Rapacz.
It has been a big year so far for Mid-Columbia players headed to play college ball. A quick polling of area coaches and some combing through the NWAACC website’s shows that more than 30 players will continue their playing days past high school.
Among Jansen’s Kamiakin teammates, Garrett Anderson is headed to Seattle U, while Blake Raekes, AJ Griffiths, Justin Berneski, Bryce Drury and Joey Flores are head to WVC, due in no small part to the work of Knights pitching coach Dustin Willis, himself a former Braves star.
Southridge has three Division I players: Spencer O’Neil headed to Oregon, and twins Ty and Bryce Jackson going to Washington State. Oz Bartleson has signed to play at Spokane, and expect AJ Henderson to be playing next season as well.
Six players have signed off Richland’s third-place team: Rapacz, Syd Hall at Big Bend, and four players — Cody Poznanski, Kenton Brunson, Boone Myers and Jarrod Turner — with Walla Walla.
Hanford’s battery of pitcher Dan Scheibe and catcher Chris Synoground will provide juice to Whitworth’s program, and Falcons teammates Garrison Becker and Riley Shintaffer have signed with Centralia.
Walla Walla’s top players are staying put, with Kevin Toon, Conner Holbrook and Drew and Brett Christina headed for the Warriors.
Meanwhile, Moses Lake’s Cameron Alvarado is Gonzaga bound, Mitch Yada to WVC and Nick Dodds to Big Bend. Hermiston’s Jeremy Holden is set for CBC, and Quin Grogan, Stanfield’s hero of the Oregon 2A/1A state championships, is signed with Blue Mountain.
Also, Kennewick’s Tyler Morfin, whose senior season was wiped out by a knee injury, will get a chance to play at Western Nevada College in Carson City, where former CBC assistant coach Jeremy Beard is the pitching coach.
This list is not complete. The NWAACC releases signing lists every two weeks, with the next one set for June 30. Also,