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1965-66 Baseball Team

1965-66 CCS Baseball teamThe first baseball team at SCC started in 1965-66, was coached by Jack Bafus, and consisted of only 13 players, 12 of which were freshmen with one sophomore. They finished with a 31-6 record and a .838 winning percentage, best in CCS baseball's 45+ year history. They won the first Eastern Region championship by beating Yakima 6-1 in a tiebreaker and advanced to the WACC State Championship Tournament in Centralia. After winning three games they lost 9-8 in 12 innings to Everett to claim second place. Seven members of the team later played at four-year colleges in the Northwest. Six members also played basketball and four were members of the CCS Hall of Fame WACC Championship Basketball team coached by Hank Coplen. First baseman Bob Burrows was named the MVP of the WAACC Tournament while hitting over .600 in the tournament and was later drafted by the Kansas City Royals. Shortstop Gary Archer led the team in hitting and anchored the defense. Third baseman Mike Parkins, second baseman Larry Heinz, outfielders Mike Moffat and Chuck Holley, and pitcher/outfielder Gary Chaffins were all named All-State. Pitcher Don Matson and outfielder Dale Callahan were named to the All-Region Team. Larry McClenny (drafted by the New York Yankees) and Al Cohenour held down the other pitching positions. Bob Hert and John Staley were the catchers.

1986-87 Baseball Team

1986-87 CCS Baseball teamThe 1987 baseball team won Spokane’s first NWAACC Championship. Coached by Keith Snyder who was named NWAACC Coach of the Year for his effort, this team won 13 of their final 16 games of the season, including three on the final day of the NWAACC Tournament. Spokane was led by six players hitting over .300 for the tournament, including outfielder Steve Camyn who hit a home run in each of those final three tournament games.  Camyn was named Tournament MVP and was one of four Sasquatch named to the All-Tournament Team including catcher Dave Rypien, infielder Paul Reyes, and pitcher Doug Hayden. Spokane beat Lower Columbia 9-3 in the championship game. First baseman Chris Bugni and pitcher Bob Wells, who went on to a nine-year major league career, are in the CCS Hall of Fame. The Sasquatch sent 11 players on to four-year college programs. Other team members were Jim Francis, Jeff Akers, Paul Struck, Craig Canfield, Eric Russell, Paul Bidinger, Joel Petch, Jeff Witruk, Eric Eilmes, Tony Ruhl, Chris Broyles, Joseph Ranney, Troy Minder, Mark Johansen, Brian Reid, Todd Ledbetter, Kevin Wasson and Jim Guenther.

1988-89 Baseball Team

1988-89 CCS Baseball teamThe Sasquatch won the 1989 NWAACC Championship for the school's second title in three years. During the tournament, they outscored their opponents 51-16 and beat Edmonds 12-1 in the championship game to finish the season 35-8. Three players, tourney MVP Joe Leibrech, John Burke and Jon Schuh made the All-Tournament team. Spokane also had nine players named to the Eastern Region All-Star team and 16 players later went on to play baseball at the four-year level. Other team members were Tom Altenberger, Tod Byers, Mike Call, Bill Cook, Dave Densley, Dennis Doidge, Paul Fievez, Darren Goehner, Jim Johnson, Erick Jonson, Dave Keller, J.D. Klein, John Mays, Blaine McNeil, Stacy Ruegsegger, Ken Russell, John Sheley, Mike Stueben, Tyler Sutherland, Rick Talerico, Rod Taylor, Todd Turner, Jim Woods, Assistant Coach Hal DeBerry, Assistant Coach Tim Rypien and Head Coach Keith Snyder.