Former Warriors use their experience at LCSC
to help them succeed in medical school
and Sennett Pierce weren’t classmates or
best friends joined at the hip growing up,
but the two have remained teammates long
beyond their playing days.
The two were
born a year apart, but became acquainted
with each other during Babe Ruth baseball in
Lewiston. They were teammates at Lewiston
High School and then again with the
Lewis-Clark Twins American Legion program.
Heitman graduated from LHS in 1997, and
Pierce graduated a year later.
paths were different, both ended up playing
baseball at Lewis-Clark State College.
Pierce, an infielder, came to LCSC out of
high school, while Heitman red-shirted a
year and then played a year at Taft Junior
College before pitching at LCSC for three
seasons—starting in 2002.
The two former
Warriors agree that being a member of the
LCSC baseball team prepared them to handle
any situation that arises in their
lives—both of which, even outside of
baseball, are still connected.
currently in medical school at Des Moines
University in Iowa. Heitman is in his fourth
and final year, and will graduate at the end
of this month. He’ll be moving to Lacey,
Wash., and will intern at the Madigan Army
Medical Center at Fort Lewis.
(shown left in a photo from 2000) is at the
other end of the spectrum, wrapping up his
first year. After graduating from LCSC with
a degree in Human Biology, Pierce worked at
Pathologist’s Regional Laboratory at St.
Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston
for two years before entering medical
his former teammate with helping make the
choice of where to attend. “He and I are a
lot alike and I talked with him about the
school,” Pierce says. “Had he not gone
there, I doubt I would have, but I went on
his recommendation. I trusted his opinion
and I had chance to visit the place—and he
was dead on.”
Pierce said the
low cost of living and the fact that Des
Moines reminds him a lot of Boise, where he
was born and spent his early childhood,
played strong roles in his decision.
medical school has been his goal since high
school. “I was always good at taking test in
college and memorizing science and stuff
like that… I enjoy academic challenges so I
thought I would just go for it and see where
I end up.”
So far, it’s
been what he has expected—a lot of long
hours studying and reading. However, he also
adds, that it has been exciting to look back
and see what he has learned during the
Perhaps one of
the more challenging aspects of attending
Des Moines University is its affect on his
personal life. His wife, Rachel, stayed in
Lewiston during the school year to complete
her master’s in Social Work through a Boise
State University program offered at LCSC.
Rachel went through the program’s graduation
ceremony during the first weekend of May,
which Pierce came home to attend. Rachel
will be moving to Des Moines at the end of
May. “Being apart made it a little extra
challenging this year, but in a way it was
good for both of us because we had a lot of
time devoted to studying and we didn’t feel
like we neglected each other. If we had to
be apart, this was the ideal year.”
As far as his
future practice is concerned, Pierce says he
would like to specialize on the ear, nose
and throat area, but that this preference
might change over time. He also plans to
move back to Lewiston once he finishes
He gives credit
to the LCSC baseball program and coach Ed
Cheff for helping him reach his goals. He
contends that playing for the Warriors
prepared him for life challenges because it
taught him to work hard and how to get to a
new level of self discipline—and this level
he now applies to his studies.
“I think about
those days and my teammates probably a
couple of times a week,” Pierce says. “It’s
fun to see the players that I played with
and against having success. Jason [Ellison]
is in Seattle, and I played against Jeff
Francis and Jason Bay. I have a lot of fond
memories of LCSC.”
(shown left in a photo from 2000) also
enjoys recollecting on his days as a
Warrior, “There are a lot of things that
come to mind,” he says. “Probably the best
memories are just having the World Series
come back to Lewiston and playing in front
of the hometown crowd.
Used mainly as a relief pitcher, Heitman, in
his three years, compiled an overall record
of 10-2. He earned a degree in Kinesiology
in 2002, and then took a year off, before
starting medical school.
of interest is OBGYN. He is on a four-year
military scholarship to attend medical
school and must give four years of service
to the military after his residency.
recently spent a couple of weeks in Lewiston
and will return this summer for he and his
wife, Aimee’s, ten year high school reunion.
The couple have three children, Ayden, who
will be six in June, Mesya, who is three,
and Lauryn who will turn one this month.
Having saved up
his time off to spend it this month with the
family before beginning his internship,
Heitman has enjoyed some free time during
the month of May. “I’ve had some time to
relax and enjoy things because it will get
really busy again with the internship and
He says he sees
Pierce on occasion during rotations, and the
two remain in touch despite their different
Heitman says he looks back regularly on his
LCSC days and sees them both as a memorable
and valuable experience.
coach Cheff you learn so much about life—not
just baseball. You learn how to meet
challenges. It was great to learn from him.
My time there is definitely a good memory.”