Not only has sophomore Jamie Umbinetti of Edmonds Community College been hitting the cover off of the ball, but he has also shown incredible plate discipline this season. Over his last seven games, he has gone 9-for-15 with eight walks, a home run, five runs batted in and ten runs scored. Umbinetti is hitting .381 with a slow-pitch-like .571 on-base percentage and a robust .556 slugging percentage in 63 at-bats this season. The left-handed slugger will share first base with Gabe Clark this summer, so you can be sure that there will be no shortage of firepower from that position.
Bellevue College’s Zander Clouse has returned to form after a rare bad outing on April 4th. Over the last couple of weeks, the sophomore has thrown a pair of quality starts, giving up only three earned runs on 14 hits over 14 ⅔ innings pitched. Clouse, who will play Division I baseball for Liberty University (Lynchburg, Virginia) in the fall, now sports a 5-2 record with a sparkling 2.17 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 49 ⅔ innings on the hill this season.
First baseman John Naff has continued to swing a hot bat after breaking out of a lengthy slump on March 29th. Over his last 10 games, the Everett Community College sophomore has gone 12-for-34 with six walks, five RBI and four extra-base hits. Although he was only hitting .140 on March 29th, Naff now has a .260 average with one homer and nine RBI in 100 at-bats. He has also walked twice as often as he has struck out this season (18 walks versus only 9 strikeouts), and he’s 9-for-11 in stolen base attempts.
Everett CC’s Curtis Bafus continues to struggle to find some consistency in his freshman season. The 6-7, 230 lb. right hander only gave up three earned runs today against Bellevue College, but he was tagged for 10 hits and two walks in 4 ⅔ innings. A week earlier, Bafus threw 6 ⅔ shutout innings against Shoreline Community College, limiting the Dolphins to only five hits and two walks while striking out four. Bafus has an excellent 2.97 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 33 ⅓ innings on the hill this season in spite of a trio of poor outings.
Freshman pitcher/outfielder Kyle Francis has seen limited playing for Everett CC this month, especially on the mound. Francis has not pitched since April 2nd due to control problems (5.7 BB/9) and a nasty 1.61 WHIP, although he did get seven at-bats this weekend -- his first since March 29th. Over the weekend, Francis went three-for-seven with a walk, a run scored and an RBI. The offensive outburst raised his season numbers to a .244 batting average with no homers and five RBI in 41 at-bats.
Everett CC (12-4) and Edmonds CC (8-2) are currently first and second, respectively, in the NWAC North Region standings. Although the two clubs have yet to meet this year, the Trojans and Tritons will square off four times to close out the regular season on May 9th-10th.