Pierce heading to South Regional Baseball Playoffs

Pierce College will be playing the NWAC Regional Baseball Playoffs at Titan Field in Eugene, OR. at Lane College. The first game is set for Friday, May 19 vs. Treasure Valley at 2:00 p.m.. The other team in the regional event is host Lane.

Here is the rest of the NWAC Regional Tournament:

G1 – 5/19, 2 pm – Treasure Valley vs Pierce
G2 – 5/20, 12 pm – Winner G1 vs Lane
G3 – 5/20, 4 pm – Loser G1 vs Loser G2 (loser out)
G4 – 5/21, 11 am – Winner G2 vs Winner G3
5/21, 3 pm – “IF” game – If WG3 wins G4, then WG1 plays WG3 again.

Pierce hosted the regional event in 2016 that they won to finish 3rd at the NWAC baseball championships. The Raiders hope to win again this weekend to attend the 2017 NWAC Baseball Championships in Longview, WA. The tournament is set to start on May 25th.

Three Ex-Pierce Raiders in the NAIA Baseball Championships

Colten Barnes (Pitcher at Pierce in 2015, 2016)

Matt Thompson (Catcher at Pierce in 2015, 2016)

Two Lewis-Clark State College (ID) players and a Bellevue University (NE) player will be in playoffs.

May 2, 2017

By Jeff Beha, Athletic Intern
LAKEWOOD, Wa. – Pierce College Raiders continue to send players to four year colleges or universities each year in baseball. Ten players are playing in colleges across the country this year. Three players have reached the opportunity to play in the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round. The 45-team event is scheduled for May 15-18, 2017. The winners will move on to attend the Avista NAIA World Series at Harris Field at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho from May 26th -June 2nd, 2017.
Matt Thompson (Jr. – Maple Valley, WA.) plays catcher and Matt Fish (Sr. – Kalamazoo, MI.) is a pitcher that plays for Lewis-Clark State College (ID). Colten Barnes (Jr. – Port Orchard, WA.) is a hurler that plays for Bellevue University (NE).
Lewis-Clark State College is the two time defending champions and they host the tournament this spring in Lewiston, Idaho. The Warriors have claimed the NAIA national championships 18 times in the past. The team has made the championship as its host and they will not need to play in the NAIA West Playoffs. Bellevue University (NE) will need to earn its opportunity to appear in the Avista NAIA World Series by winning the Bellevue Bracket at Don Roddy Field in Bellevue, Nebraska on May 15-18, 2017.
Fish had a great year on the mound for the Warriors, with a 2.34 E.R.A. and a 6-1 record. Thompson served as the backup catcher and finished hitting .352 in 22 games. Barnes helped lead Bellevue to the playoffs by twice being named North Star Athletic Association Player of the Week. He finished the season at 2.97 E.R.A. and an 8-2 record.
Gunnar Schubert (Jr. – Federal Way, WA.) may still make the playoffs at the NCAA Division 1 level for Gonzaga University. The Zags are 15-6 in conference and 26-16 overall. To make the playoffs, they would have to win the West Coast Conference Tournament in Stockton, California starting May 25, 2017.

Pierce Raiders Softball in an NWAC Playoff Chase

Raiders hoping to make the playoffs in final week.

May 3, 2017

By Jeff Beha, Athletic Intern

Lakewood, WA. – Pierce College Raiders softball team (13-10 in league, 13-14 overall) struggled in a doubleheader on Tuesday at Edmonds C.C. in Edmonds, WA. The Raiders had been on an eight game winning streak prior to losing to Edmonds yesterday. Edmonds lost the first game, 13-11 and then fell in the nightcap to Edmonds, 7-4.

The Raiders got two hits in the first game and Edmonds scored ever inning except the bottom of the third inning. Emily Bishop had four hits in the second game including a double and a triple. Annalies Dahmen had an RBI double for the Raiders. Unfortunately, Edmonds had seven runs and ten hits to win game two.
Despite the battle against Edmonds, Pierce has remained in an NWAC playoff chase. The Raiders who were 5-8 in league, 5-12 overall on April 21st have now made it to 4th place in the difficult North Division.
On Thursday, the Raiders will play a single makeup game against Everett C.C. at Heritage Field in Puyallup. The game has been moved up to 3:00 p.m. to beat an incoming weather system.
Pierce has two ways of making the NWAC Championships that will be held at Dwight Merkel Sports Complex in Spokane, WA from May 19-22, 2017. The easy way is to finish third in the West division. Currently, Bellevue C.C. has a 1 ½ game lead over the Raiders for 3rd place. An additional way to make the playoffs is to finish as one of the seven teams from all divisions that get an invite from the RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) that the NWAC Conference keeps. The Raiders are currently behind Spokane C.C. (.487 RPI) to our .473 RPI.
The softball team has a number of games against teams with upper RPI ratings at this time. The Raiders visits Douglas in a makeup doubleheader on Monday, May 8th at Douglas C.C. (New Westminster, B.C.). Douglas (.596) is currently #2 in the RPI ratings. Bellevue (#7 – RPI .554) and Highline (#12 – RPI .503) would help the Raiders to gain ground in the RPI.
As the regular season gets towards the end of the season, the Raiders have a great chance of making the trip to Spokane for the NWAC Championships.

FREE t-shirts for students at Softball (4/29) and Baseball (4/30).

Students: We would love to have you at our games this weekend. We have great long sleeve Pierce t-shirts available for all students at the game. Games are FREE.

On Saturday, Pierce Softball gets the weekend underway by playing a home doubleheader vs. Olympic C.C. at Wildwood Park in Puyallup. The first game gets underway at 4:00 p.m.. Pierce’s Softball team is 7-8 in league, 7-12 overall.

The Men’s Baseball team hosts Tacoma C.C. at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 30th at Mt. Tahoma H.S. in a doubleheader. Tacoma is currently in first place in the West Division. The Raiders are currently in third place. Pierce’s baseball team is 8-5 in league, 19-8 overall. Pierce lost all four league games to Lower Columbia this weekend. Pierce is ranked #4 in the NWAC poll.

Enjoy early to get some Smokingzee’s BBQ in the left field parking lot for the baseball game. At both games we will be giving out gift cards for winning in game events.

Pierce Baseball working to stay in first place in West Division.

Pierce Baseball has finished the single game part of the league season tied at 4-1 in league. Unfortunately, Lower Columbia and Tacoma are both also 4-1. Pierce has a big set of games this weekend with Green River to help gain ground on the other two teams.

Three teams will make the NWAC Playoffs this year. Whoever wins the West Division will receive an invite to the NWAC Championships in Longview. Finishing second will mean that the team will hosts a playoff tournament at their home school against two other schools. Getting the third seed will mean that the team will travel to another region in the playoffs to try to make the NWAC Championships.

Pierce will play at Mt. Tahoma on Friday, April 14th at 1:00 p.m. vs. the Green River Gators in a doubleheader. On Saturday, Green River will return to Mt. Tahoma to play as the home team on Saturday, April 15th at 1:00 p.m. in another doubleheader. Green River has played at Heritage Field, but is unable to play at the field this weekend.

The Raiders (15-6 overall) are looking forward to home games on Sat., April 22nd at 1:00 p.m. vs. Lower Columbia for a doubleheader. Smoking Zees will be at the game with its BBQ food truck that day.
Students are asked to attend the game because a number of gift certificates will be provided.

Smoking Zees will return on Sunday, April 30th for its annual rivalry game against the Tacoma Titans at 1:00 p.m. Just like at the game on April 22nd, there will be prizes and free Pierce College shirts will be available for students.

Softball Playing Well In North Division

Pierce Raider Softball is playing well this spring, now that the weather has started getting better. The Raiders lost many of their preseason games because of rain cancellations. The only four preseason games that they were able to play were losses to Yakima Valley and Walla Walla.

Since the “rainy season”, the Raiders have played much better softball. Pierce is now 5-2 in league, 5-6 overall. The Raiders defeated the weekend games with Highline C.C. in Des Moines, WA..

Emily Bishop (So./Tahoma H.S (Maple Valley, WA) has been a big part of the early success. She is hitting .500 overall, but her seven walks have also given her a great on base percentage. She is also hitting .545 in league games.

As a pitcher, Bailee Bradley (So./Hoquiam H.S (Hoquiam, WA) has started the year with a 3-1 record and a 4.67 ERA in her 27.1 innings.

Pierce softball has a big upcoming weekend starting on Friday, April 14th at 4:00 p.m. doubleheader at Heritage Field (Puyallup) vs. Bellevue. Saturday, the team will play at Wildwood Park (Puyallup) vs. Douglas C.C. in a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader.

Women’s Raider Softball team back to business.

The Raiders Softball team has had more rain than necessary this spring. The team has had eleven games rained out. Pierce is ready for some more sun.

Pierce saw their Feb. 25-26th games rained out at the Pre-Season Tournament due to snow. They also lost games on the road against Wenatchee Valley, Big Bend, and Clackamas due to rain. They also lost league games to Douglas (2), Shoreline (2), and Everett (1).

With the sun back, the team gets underway on Sat., April 1st at Olympic College in Bremerton for a doubleheader at 1:00 p.m.. The league season is already underway after having had a single game vs. Everett that they won on Monday, March 20th, 15-11.

Pierce will be back home on Tuesday, April 4th vs. Edmonds at Heritage Field in Puyallup for a 4:00 p.m. doubleheader. The softball team will also head to Douglas for a makeup doubleheader on Thursday, April 6th in Surrey, B.C..

The Raiders have joined the North Division this year. Pierce must finish in the top three to make the NWAC playoffs. They can also make the playoffs using the RPI to make the final roster of the playoffs grid.

Baseball Raiders start league season.

Pierce College’s baseball team starts its league season on Saturday, April 1st vs. Green River C.C. at Mt. Tahoma H.S.. The game starts at 1:00 p.m. The games early in the league season are just single games. Five of these games start the league season before they are followed by doubleheaders at both the home and away sites.

Pierce College is ranked #2 overall in the NWAC Poll. The Raiders had a great preseason going 12-4 overall. Pierce is hoping to have a great 2017 season after finishing 2nd in the West Division last year and finishing in 3rd place in the NWAC Tournament in Longview, WA.

Green River is 0-12 after the preseason. Although they are off to a slow start, the West Division has always been a real battle each spring. Lower Columbia (11-4) was last year’s West Division champion. Tacoma (7-8) finished third behind the Raiders, making the NWAC playoffs.

NWAC Men’s Basketball Selection Show on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Pierce Raider Men’s Basketball team will be heading to the NWAC Championships starting Thurs., March 9th in Everett, WA. The team will find out which team it will play in the sweet 16 game during the selection show on Sunday, March 6th at 3:00 p.m..

The Raiders ended up as the #2 seed from the West Division, so they will likely play a #3 seed from one of the other regions in the selection show.

The show can be found at You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaOggW93LBo

Pierce Baseball Opens Home Season!

Pierce College got its 2017 season underway last night at soggy Bellevue College at Courter’s Field. The Raiders ended up starting the season at 1-1 after splitting the doubleheader. The Raiders won the first game, 10-3 before losing the second game, 7-5. Leif Strom, sophomore from Puyallup H.S., got the win in the first game.

The Raiders will end up starting the 2017 season at home on Saturday, March 4th at 11 a.m. at Mt. Tahoma H.S.. The game is a doubleheader vs. the Bellevue Bulldogs.

Pierce will be playing the next weekend in Coos Bay, OR vs. S.W. Oregon for two doubleheaders the weekend of March 11th and 12th, 2017.

Pierce will end up starting its 2017 league season at home vs. Green River on Sat., April 1st.