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Former Lower Columbia College catcher Brennon “Benny” Kaleiwahea is making the most of his senior campaign at Tennessee Tech University.

Kaleiwahea, a Timberline High graduate in Lacey, has started every game for the Golden Eagles and leads the team in batting average (.417), and has a .621 slugging percentage and a .487 on-base percentage while hitting four home runs and driving in 25 runs.

In a recent 26-11 drubbing of Eastern Illinois, he was 3 for 6 with six RBIs including a 3-run homer and a 2-run double. He was 3-4 with a double and three runs scored in a 12-6 win over Austin Peay, and was 4-6 with seven RBIs and three runs scored in a 27-7 pounding of Lipscomb.

Kaleiwahea is ranked sixth among NCAA Division I players in runs per game (1.35), and 23rd in batting average. He also leads the Ohio Valley Conference in batting average, is second in runs scored (35), fifth in hits (43) and on-base percentage, sixth in slugging and ninth in total bases (64).

Feeney shines at Dakota

When given the chance to showcase his abilities, former Kelso and LCC baseball player Trevor Feeney has stepped up and shined at Dakota College in Bottineau, N.D.

A sophomore first/third baseman, Feeney has appeared in 18 games and is hitting .540 with three home runs and 31 RBIs. His plate discipline has been outstanding, recording one strikeout in 62 at-bats.

In a recent 15-12 drubbing off Hibbing College, Feeney hit 3 for 4 with an RBI, and went 2-4 with a double and two RBIs in an 11-3 triumph over the Hannibal-LaGrange College JV.

Feeney is ranked first in the Mon-Dak Athletic Conference in RBIs and doubles (9), second in batting average, and third in home runs. Among NJCAA Division II players nationally, Feeney is third in batting average.

Johnson steps up in record outing

Another former LCC infielder, Toby Johnson, had a career-best day as the Arkansas State baseball team notched its best offensive game in school history in a recent 31-7 pounding of the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

In the game, Johnson, a senior infielder, hit 4 for 6 with two home runs, a triple, scored four runs and collected a career-best six RBIs. In a recent 14-2 drubbing of Louisiana-Lafayette, Johnson was 2-5 with two doubles and three RBIs.

For the season, Johnson has started 21 games and is hitting .267 with three home runs and 20 RBIs.

Robbins to revive Umpqua baseball

The urge to move closer to family is the impetus behind Lewis-Clark State College baseball coach Jeremiah Robbins’ decision to become the head baseball coach at Umpqua College in Roseburg, Ore.

Umpqua is bringing back baseball, which has been dormant at the school since 1985. The RiverHawks will begin playing competitively in the Northwest Athletic Conference South Region in 2019.

“To go back home and be near all of my family is something I could not pass up,” Robbins said in a story on the L-C State website. “This is the only job that would take me away from Lewiston. Anyone who knows me knows how important family is to me.”

Robbins will be at L-C State through the end of the current season, and will have a year to recruit players to Umpqua before the team begins play.

In his sixth season at L-C State, Robbins has led the Warriors to a 232-58 record in his first five campaigns. He guided the Warriors to five Avista NAIA World Series championship games, including title game victories in the last three seasons.

“We are obviously thrilled to welcome Coach Robbins to Umpqua Community College. His coaching success is almost unparalleled and he has excelled at all levels of baseball,” Umpqua athletic director Craig Jackson said in a story on the NWAC website. “… He is an outstanding person as well as a coach, and we are excited to see the impact he and his family have on UCC and our community.”

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Sports Reporter

Rick is a 29-year veteran of The Daily News, and the lead Lower Columbia College athletics reporter. In addition, he tracks former area prep athletes and assists several other beats. He is a Mark Morris grad with a business management degree from LCC.

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