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After struggling through a forgettable junior season, Woodland’s Aaron Shoup has found his stride in his final collegiate baseball season at Saint Martin’s University.

As a junior, Shoup was 2-6 with a 10.62 earned run average over 39 innings. This season, he’s 2-4 with a 2.82 ERA and leads the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in five statistical categories, and is among the top 10 in 10 other categories.

He’s ranked atop the GNAC in innings pitched (44 2/3), triples allowed (zero), home runs allowed (zero), batting average allowed with two outs (.146), and batting average allowed with runners on (.155). Shoup is also second in ERA, batting average allowed against right-handers (.200), and runs allowed per game (6.25), and is third in overall batting average allowed (.203). He’s fourth in runs allowed (16) and earned runs allowed (14), fifth in strikeouts (41), and eighth in batting average allowed against left-handers (.217).

In a recent 2-0 loss to Montana State-Billings, Shoup allowed seven hits and struck out 11 through eight innings in taking the loss. The contest, part of a doubleheader which the Saints dropped a 5-4 decision in the nightcap, saw SMU strike out a combined 27 Yellowjackets. That number is the most in a single day in school history.

Davis going to Nationals

Another Woodland grad, Destinee Davis, is going to the NCAA Gymnastics Championships as a member of the Oregon State University gymnastics team, which will be held April 19-20 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Davis, a junior, scored a 9.8 on the vault, and had a 9.75 on the floor exercise as the fourth-seeded Beavers qualified for nationals from the recent Corvallis Regional Final.

This will be Davis’ first appearance at the National Championships, and her path has been daunting. She quit gymnastics as a high school freshman in Vancouver after her father left the family.

“Everything just blew up,” Davis said in a story on the OSU website. “Suddenly, there was no one to take (her younger brother) Deven or me to school.”

Davis and her younger brother transferred to Woodland to live with family friends. But school became difficult, along with facing daily challenges.

“Everyone is all up in your business. … You show up to school and feel like, ‘Hey, yeah. My family is literally falling apart and my life is hell right now. I’m just trying to make it through the day.”

She also returned to workouts and competing at Portland’s Multnomah Athletic Club, where she took advantage of a stable home life while honing her skills. She was invited to walk-on at OSU, and midway through her freshman season was offered a scholarship.

“There were so many people behind the scenes to help me make it happen,” Davis said.

Arcano blazes at WOU

Ex-Lower Columbia College baseball player Blayze Arcano, now a junior at Western Oregon University, has cracked the top 10 in seven statistical categories in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Arcano, who is hitting .326 with 14 RBIs, is ranked third in triples (3), fourth in sacrifice bunts (3), seventh in batting average with two outs (.400), ninth in batting average and batting average with baserunners (.342), and 10th in slugging (.479) and average against right-handed pitching (.328). He’s also 13th against left-handed pitching (.308), and 14th in on-base percentage (.380).

In a recent 11-10 loss to Northwest Nazarene, Arcano hit 2 for 4 with a double. In an 8-0 win over Concordia, he hit 2-2 with a double.

Local foursome solid at Concordia

Ex-Lower Columbia College baseball players Jared Akin, Jake Roes, Todd Reese, and Woodland’s Trevor Huddleston have all been solid contributors this season at Concordia University in Portland.

Akin, a junior right-handed pitcher, is 1-0 with a 5.27 earned run average. Over 14 innings, he’s allowed 13 hits and struck out 14. In a recent 2-1 win over Central Washington University, He pitched two innings of one-hit relief for the victory.

Roes, a senior left-hander, is 1-1 with a 5.19 ERA. In 17 innings, he’s struck out 11 batters. In a 6-2 win over Central Washington, he allowed four hits and struck out three through six innings to claim the victory.

Reese, a senior infielder/right-handed pitcher, has started 17 of 19 games played and is hitting .172 with three RBIs. He went 1-1 in a 14-6 loss to Montana State-Billings.

Huddleston, a senior left-hander/outfielder, has started 27 of 28 games played and is hitting .264 with an RBI. On the mound, he’s 2-2 with a 4.75 ERA, and has allowed 29 hits and struck out 33 in 30 innings. In a 3-2 win over Central Washington, he scattered three hits and struck out six to claim the win. In a 14-6 loss to MSU-Billings, he was 3-4 with an RBI, scored a run and stole a base.

LCC duo playing at USF

Former Lower Columbia College catcher Chase Hodkinson and infielder/pitcher Jordan Barchus are contributing as members of the University of San Francisco baseball team.

Hodkinson, a junior, is hitting .308 with four RBIs. He was 2-4 with an RBI in a 7-3 loss to Nevada, and was 1-1 with an RBI in a 10-0 win over Santa Clara.

Barchus, a senior, is 0-0 with a 13.50 earned run average, allowing seven hits and striking out one through four innings.

Devils’ pair rostered at CSU

A pair of former LCC baseball players, Sam Trend-Beacom and Kyle Sandstrom are rostered as juniors at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, S.C.

Trend-Beacom, a first baseman, is hitting .194 with a home run and five RBIs. In a 7-1 loss to Radford, he as 1-3 with a solo homer. In a 9-6 loss to Radford, Trend-Beacom hit 2-4.

Sandstrom, an outfielder, hasn’t taken an at-bat this season.

L-C State pitching staff has ex-Devils

Ex-LCC pitchers Jeremy Rabauliman and Ryan Kaser are coming out of the bullpen as junior relievers for the Lewis-Clark State College baseball team.

Rabauliman is 0-0 with a 1.50 earned run average. In six innings, he’s allowed five hits and struck out six. In an 11-2 win over Oregon Tech, Rabauliman tossed 1 2/3 innings of no-hit relief with three strikeouts.

Kaser is 1-2 with an 8.59 ERA. He’s allowed 13 hits and struck out three in seven innings. In the victory over Oregon Tech, he appeared in 1 1/3 innings, allowing three hits with a strikeout.

Kelso trio in the Great Plains

Kelso graduates Cody DeRosier, Zak Schueller and Sasha Jabusch are all playing college baseball for schools in Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.

DeRosier, a junior left-handed pitcher at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan., is 1-0 with a 6.17 earned run average. In 12 innings, he’s allowed 10 hits and struck out nine. In an 11-3 win over Central Christian, DeRosier tossed an inning of relief with a strikeout.

Schueller, a junior catcher at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, is hitting .184 with five RBIs. In a 10-5 win over Grand View, he was 2-4 with a double and two RBIs.

Jabusch, a junior left-handed pitcher at Concordia University in Seward, Neb., is 3-2 with a 2.20 ERA. He pitched six innings and allowed three hits with 10 strikeouts for the win in a 10-0 triumph over Hastings, and claimed the victory after pitching 7 2/3 innings and allowing six hits and striking out eight in a 9-1 win over Mount Marty.

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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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