TRACKING THE GRADS: College baseball

Decatur High School graduate Brock Gates is hitting .416 with 12 doubles, seven home runs, 43 RBIs and has scored 39 runs for Pacific Lutheran University.  - Courtesy Pacific Lutheran University
Decatur High School graduate Brock Gates is hitting .416 with 12 doubles, seven home runs, 43 RBIs and has scored 39 runs for Pacific Lutheran University.
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Brock Gates — The Decatur grad has established himself as one of the best Division II baseball players in the United States during his career at Pacific Lutheran University.

Gates is playing his senior season for the Lutes and is having another huge year. Gates is a 6-foot-2, 220-pound first baseman and is leading PLU in every meaningful offensive category.

He is hitting a robust .416 in 34 games and has 12 doubles, seven home runs and 43 RBIs. He also has scored 39 runs and is perfect with seven stolen bases.

Pacific Lutheran is currently 23-11 on the season and 15-6 in the Northwest Conference.

Last year, Gates hit .333 with four home runs and 28 RBIs and was a first-team, All-NWC first baseman. As a sophomore, he hit .391 with eight home runs, 48 RBIs and 44 runs.

Brady Kincannon — The Decatur grad is playing shortstop at Central Washington University during his senior season. Kincannon is hitting .328 and has started all 36 of the Wildcats' games. He has scored a team-leading 35 runs and has 11 doubles, one triple and 23 RBIs.

Central is currently 15-21 on the season and 7-11 in the Great Northwest Conference.

Jeff Brigham — The Thomas Jefferson grad is playing his sophomore season at the University of Washington. The right-handed pitcher has appeared in six games and started two this season. He is 0-0 with a 4.38 ERA in 12 1/3 innings.

Brigham appeared in 23 games last year as a true freshman and was 4-1 with a 4.73 ERA in 51.1 innings.

The Huskies are 20-17 on the season and 609 in the Pac-12 Conference.

Kenny Johnson — The Todd Beamer grad is playing infield at Linfield College in Oregon during his sophomore season.

The switch hitter has started 19 games and is hitting .268 with 12 runs and 13 RBIs. Johnson has one double, one triple and one home run. Linfield is 21-12 on the season.

Alex Bailey — The Decatur grad is playing his junior season at Western Oregon. The left-handed pitcher has appeared in three games for the 27-8 Wolves this year and has a 4.15 ERA. He has struck out seven and walked nine in 4.1 innings.

Shane Elliot — The Federal Way grad is playing outfield at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Elliot has played in 50 games and is hitting .339 with 11 doubles, four triples, a team-leading four home runs and 42 RBIs. He has also scored 48 runs.

Oklahoma Wesleyan is 31-19 on the season and 10-6 in conference play.

Jarett Hardy — The Thomas Jefferson grad transferred to Oklahoma Wesleyan from Pierce College. The first baseman is playing his junior year in Oklahoma. Hardy has played in 44 games and is hitting .333 with nine doubles, two triples and 32 RBIs. He has scored 36 runs.

Mitch McQueen — The Thomas Jefferson grad is a redshirt freshman at Washington State. The right-handed pitcher has made two appearances for the Cougars, throwing 1 2/3 innings and giving up four runs.

Nick Tanielu — The Federal Way grad has yet to play during his freshman year at Washington State after a stellar high school career. The third baseman was a four-time, All-SPSL selection and set the Federal Way home run and RBI records as a sophomore.

Drew Staples — The Jefferson grad is playing his junior year at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville after two years at Pierce College. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound left-handed pitcher has appeared in 10 games this season and has a 7.71 ERA in 28.0 innings. SIUE is 20-20 on the season.

Derek Voigt — The TJ grad is playing at Peru State College in Nebraska. The infielder is hitting .316 with 28 runs, 11 doubles, one home run and 29 RBIs for the Bobcats. The team is 28-15 on the season.

Brian Corliss, TJ Horsfall, Elliot Morris, Austin Weber — The foursome are all playing at Pierce College. Corliss is a sophomore from Todd Beamer and Horsfall, Morris and Weber are all Federal Way grads.

Corliss, an infielder/pitcher, will continue his career at Lewis-Clark State in Idaho in the fall. This season he is hitting .319 with 20 RBIs, five doubles, one home run and 21 runs. On the mound, he is 1-2 with a 6.17 ERA.

Horsfall, a right-handed pitcher, is 5-1 with a 1.98 ERA. He has thrown two shutouts and has 23 strikeouts for Pierce. He has given up just 18 hits in 41 innings this season.

Morris, a left-handed pitcher, has thrown seven innings and is 0-0. He has 10 strikeouts. Weber, a right-handed pitcher, is 1-4 with a 3.67 ERA in seven starts. He has 29 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings.

Pierce is leading the West Region of the NWAACC with a perfect 12-0 league record. They are 18-10 on the season.

Harold Adams and Nick Harteau — Adams, a Jefferson grad, and Harteau, from Federal Way, both are currently playing for Green River CC. Adams, an outfielder, is hitting .175 with one home run, five RIs and six runs for the Gators. Harteau, an outfielder, is hitting .274 with three doubles, four RBIs and 13 runs. Green River is 7-23 on the season.


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