Langley Blaze Product sets milestone NAIA mark with 21-strikeout performance – also named NSAA Pitcher of the Year
– Bellevue, NE – Bellvue Universty’s (NAIA) Corey Jackson is lighting up the strike zone this season for the Bruins, recently setting an NAIA-high of 21 strikeouts in a game against Waldorf on May 1, the most this season by any NAIA pitcher and the second most in Bellevue program history.
Jackson’s 21-strikeout performance marks the eighth time this season that he has struck out 10 or more batters per game and he now leads all Canadians playing US college baseball in that category, holding down the top three spots, with 21, 18 and 16 strikeouts respectively (see graphic below).
During the regular season, the 5-10. 175lb. right-handed senior has appeared in 17 games for the Bruins, earning a 9-3 record and notching 166 strikeouts in 105 innings of work, with a 2.31 ERA.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Jackson eventually found his way to Abbotsford, BC, where he attended Yale Secondary and played for the Abbotsford Cardinals and then the Langley Blaze of the BC Premier Baseball League, where in his senior year, he pitched to a 5-0 record with a 3.10 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 27 innings of work.
Jackson started his college career at New Mexico Junior College and then Indian Hills Community College before moving on to UNC Greensboro for the 2018-2019 season. At Greensboro Jackson was ranked in the top five of eight major statistical categories in the Southern Conference including wins (1st-7), strikeouts (1st-70), appearances (1st-31), relief appearances (1st-31), innings pitched (3rd-57.2), strikeouts looking (3rd-23), opposing batting average (4th-.230) and earned run average (5th-4.84). He capped off his season there by ranking in the top 65 among NCAA Division I pitchers in WHIP (51st-1.04) and strikeouts per nine innings (64th-10.92).
In the shortened 2019-2020 season, Jackson Made four starts on the mound for the Bruins, pitching to a 1-2 record with a 6.52 ERA in 19.1 innings of work. He struck out a team-high 25 batters for a K/9 rate of 11.64, striking out a season-best nine batters in back-to-back starts against Siena Heights and Michigan-Dearborn. He posted a 2.84 ERA over his final three starts, striking out 24 batters in 19 innings and was named the NSAA Pitcher of the Week on Mar. 9.
Thus far in 2021, Jackson has been named the NSAA Pitcher of the Week on two occasions, has been rewarded with a first team All-NSAA selection and was recently named the NSAA Pitcher of the Year.
Opening their playoffs against Science and Arts on Monday, Jackson continued his domination, throwing a complete game 4-2 victory, giving up the two earned runs on six hits, while striking out 16 in the process.
The Bruins also defeated St. Xavier 8-3 in round one round robin action and next take on Concordia, in the hopes of eventually advancing to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho beginning May 28.
Parksville Royals Deagle and Plant sign with Golden Tide
It’s a nice way to start the season if you can swing it.
Two Parksville Royals will head into their last season in purple with their September college plans all sewn up. Campbell River’s Ryan Deagle and Courtenay’s Thomas Plant have both signed with the Victoria Golden Tide baseball team of the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC).
Head Coach Frank Kaluzniak was quick to praise his players as they enter their final season with the Royals. “Great accomplishment for these guys. They’ve been Royals since day one and have shown tremendous and consistent improvements throughout their tenure with the program. I wish both Thomas and Ryan all the best moving forward. They have been a pleasure to coach.”
Thomas Plant, 6’ 1” and 195 lbs, battled injuries early in 2021 and then showed off an all-around skill set during the season. Plant demonstrated a patient hitting approach with break-out power from the right-side as well as grit and execution on the mound. “I have been training with the Tide this fall/winter and signed to play with them next year,” said Plant. “I want to thank the Parksville Royals as they have helped me become not only the ball player but the person I am today. My goals with the Tide are to bring a championship to Victoria while also getting a good education.”
Signing with the Tide caps off a tremendous 2021 for Campbell River’s Ryan Deagle. Deagle, 6’ 2” and 215 lbs, absolutely mashed at the plate this past season hitting .333/.453/.547. Over the course of the COVID-shortened season and playoffs he drove in a team-leading 22 RBI and hit two home runs to go with 6 doubles and 2 triples. Following the season, the team awarded Ryan the Tyler Phillips Memorial award for outstanding performance. “I wouldn’t be the person or player I am now without the help of coaches Frank, Bruce, Kevin, and Russy. All of my coaches helped promote me to colleges all over North America and always answered my questions. When I left for four months to train with the Golden Tide this past fall, my coaches with the Royals were extremely supportive checking in with me multiple times. Playing with the Royals has been a great experience and I have countless memories of my teammates in so many games and on the road at tournaments,” said Deagle. “The recruiting process with the Tide was easy as I trained with them for 4 months and enjoyed their ways of training and practices. My goal at UVIC is to study sciences and play there for one year and move onto a Division I school on a scholarship.”
“We’re really excited to have Thomas and Ryan join us,” said UVIC head Coach Curtis Pelletier. “We have three coaches who are Royals alum including myself so we believe in what the Parksville program is doing. I’ve had the chance to coach the Biro brothers back in the day as well as Connor Russell. I know the focus on development is strong in Parksville and any chance we can get a Royal on board, we’re ready to jump at that opportunity. Royals alum Ethan Dean has had a great fall for us and we’ll be leaning on him come conference to be a front end guy. Thomas and Ryan spent the fall here in Victoria training alongside the Tide and they have shown extreme work ethic and are ready to compete at the next level.”
Royals Winterball kicks off Jan 9 for players Grade 8 to 12. For more information, go to http://parksvilleroyals.pointstreaksites.com/view/parksvilleroyals/news/news_538180
Froehlich commits to play baseball at NCAA Division I level
Nipawin native commits to play for Northwestern State University in Louisiana.
NIPAWIN — Although Kyle Froehlich is looking forward to the spring baseball season, the Nipawin product has already decided the next step in his post-secondary career.
The son of Cory and Jacalyn Froehlich has committed to play in 2022-23 for Northwestern State University in Louisiana. He will compete on scholarship for the Demons, who play at the NCAA Division I level, the best in U.S. university athletics. The Northwestern State baseball coaches are looking at him as a pitcher and designated hitter. Currently the 6-foot, 175-pound Froehlich is studying at Kansas’ Colby Community College.
“I am looking forward to a higher level of baseball,” Froehlich said. “It’s always been a goal of mine to one day play at a Division 1 school and to be able to say I have achieved that goal is a pretty exciting feeling.”
Northwestern State University has a total enrollment of about 10,735 and a few campuses. Froehlich will attend the Natchitoches campus.
“I went on a visit to Northwestern State and had a great time on my visit so that was a really big part of [my decision],” he said. “I really enjoyed meeting the coaches at Northwestern and I think it will be a great program to help me become a better player.””
Muenster product Logan Hofmann played at Northwestern State before being picked in the 5th round of the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. While they were not teammates, both Hofmann and Froehlich played in what is now called the East Central Red Sox U18 AAA program. The two have chatted about Hofmann’s experience in Louisiana.
“He had some great things to say about the program and his time being a Demon,” Froehlich said. “Knowing someone else had a positive experience at the school helped me decide it was the place I wanted to further my education and baseball career.”
A key to Froehlich’s success on the diamond has been his work ethic. This past summer he played for coach Jason Chatwood and the Sylvan Lake Gulls of the Western Major Baseball League.
“The feeling that I get from Kyle is he just tries to find a way to get better every day,” Chatwood said.
With the Gulls, Froehlich displayed a willingness to do whatever he could to help his team. He started the season playing the first base but, due to injuries to teammates, volunteered to play left and right field. As for Froehlich’s pitching, Chatwood said:
“He was electric on the mound for us. He was kind of our Swiss Army knife. He was our closer a lot of the year in a lot of big situations and then we had him have a couple big time starts when we needed him as well.”
Chatwood said the right-handed pitcher has a very good fastball. The coach praised Froehlich for working on the command of his off-speed pitches so that he could throw them in multiple counts.
“He competes around the zone a lot,” Chatwood said. “He locates the ball very, very well.”
In addition to his diamond prowess, Froehlich impressed as a person in Sylvan Lake.
“He’s just a really good kid … He doesn’t take anything for granted,” Chatwood said. “You can tell he comes from a really solid family and a great household. He really cares about his teammates.”
No matter where Froehlich has played, he has had the strong backing of his parents.
“They have been everything for me in my journey to get to where I am,” he said. “They have spent countless hours coaching me, traveling for my games, and teaching me important lessons that not only pertain to baseball but life as well. The raised me to value hard work, dedication and that it is about the process not the outcome and that is a large reason why I have been able to be successful.”
While Northwestern State is his future, Froehlich is currently enjoying his time at Colby Community College. Studying business management, he has succeeded in the classroom. Froehlich was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Academic First Team with a 4.0 grade point average after his first season. He is looking forward to his college team’s spring season.
“My focus is to help my team win any way I can,” he said. “I feel we have a really strong squad this year and I think we have a chance to do something special.”
Sarnia ballplayer commits to Big Ten school
A Sarnia ballplayer has committed to play the sport and continue his education at a Big Ten school in the U.S.
Dylan O’Rae, a Grade 11 student at Northern high school, will play ball at the University of Illinois.
The 16-year-old shortstop from the Great Lakes Canadians, based out of London, said it’s been a goal of his to compete at the Power Five level.
“And to be able to do that with Illinois and the Big Ten is just a dream come true,” he said. “I plan on getting my business degree from Illinois and working on getting drafted to play some pro-ball, hopefully.”
O’Rae said some of his strengths on the ball diamond include his speed and knowledge of the game, adding that he’s received a lot of help from one of his instructors in particular, former big-leaguer Adam Stern.
“He attended the University of Nebraska and played professionally as well. He’s really helped me develop and become the player I am right now.”
FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS WEBSITE
Dylan O’Rae / INF
5-9 / 160 / L/R
Sarnia, Ontario, Can. / Northern Collegiate High School
- No. 9-ranked prospect in Ontario by Prep Baseball Report
- No. 2-ranked SS in Ontario by Prep Baseball Report
- Member of the Team Canada Junior National Team
- Played summer ball for the Great Lake Canadians
- Hit .550 with 55 hits, 4 HR, 38 RBI, and 20 SB with the Great Lake Canadians in 2021
- CPBL League 2021 All-Star game MVP
- Chose Illinois because “Illinois felt like a great fit for me as a baseball player and student. The culture of the Illinois baseball team was something I really wanted to be a part of.”
- Has plans to become a financial advisor
- Illinois baseball alum Chris Robinson was his summer team coach
- Son of Charlie and Tammy O’Rae
- Committed to Illinois December 2020
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