Son of former Warrior
to play at LCSC next season
Pingree, who was named the Horizon League’s
Newcomer of the Year after hitting .321 for
the University of Illinois-Chicago last
season, will transfer and play his senior
for the Lewis-Clark State College baseball
team, Warrior coach Ed Cheff has announced.
Pingree becomes the second LCSC recruit this
year whose father also played for the
Warriors. Mark Pingree was a standout second
baseman for the Warriors during the late
1970s and was drafted by the New York Mets
in the 21st round of the 1980 draft. Earlier
this year, pitcher Tyler Knigge, whose
father Kent Knigge played at LCSC in the
early 1980s, committed to play for LCSC.
In his first year at University of
Illinois-Chicago, Pingree finished third on
the team in hitting and helped the club to a
35-21 record and the Horizon League
championship. The team also won the
program’s first NCAA regional game, but the
squad finished 1-2 and failed to make its
first NCAA World Series.
Pingree, at 6-foot, 200 pounds, saw most of
his action in left field and as the
designated hitter. He went 54-of-158 with 19
doubles, four home runs and 47 RBI. He also
scored 24 runs and had a .506 slugging
Prior to joining the UIC, Pingree spent two
seasons as an infielder at Everett Community
College in Washington where he earned 2006
All-NWAACC North Region First Team and All-NWAACC
second-team honors. He hit .385 with 32 RBI,
10 doubles, and 36 runs. He also finished
28-of-36 in stolen bases. During his
freshman season, he earned second-team All-NWACC
North Region honors. He hit .310, scored 23
runs, and drove in 20 runs that season.
Pingree grew up in Boise and was a two-year
letterwinner as the starting third baseman
at Timberline High School, where he was a
two-time All-Southern Idaho Conference First
Team selection. He helped the Wolves capture
the Idaho State Class 5A title in 2004 and
played for Team Idaho and Baseball Northwest
Team Idaho that year. He hit .421 as a
senior and .458 as a junior, and set the
school record with 19 doubles in a season.
He also played football and wrestled at
Timberline, and was inducted into the
school’s Hall of Fame.
Pingree is majoring in Psychology.
Pingree joins a program that is coming off
its 15th Avista NAIA World Series title,
including its second straight championship.
A record eight Warriors were selected in
last month’s Major League draft.