Allen Balmer 2006 NAIA World
Idaho -- Being the son of former National Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American third-baseman
Gary Balmer, it’s been said that Allen Balmer has followed
in his father’s footsteps. This season, however, Balmer has
left a foot print of his own in the history books of
Allen, who also plays third base, helped the Lewis-Clark
State College baseball team capture the title in the 50th
annual Avista NAIA World Series at Lewiston, Idaho last
week. It was Allen’s second national title, a feat never
reached by his father, who was a standout at the Lewiston
college in the early 1980s.
Lewiston, Idaho native, Allen joined LCSC in 2002 as a
freshman. He started all four years and helped the Warriors
to their 14th national championship in 22 years,
a feat unmatched in the NAIA ranks at any sport.
Overall at LCSC, Allen recorded 245 hits, established a
batting average of .341, and averaged less than 12 errors a
season. Although he hit .377 with a team-leading seven home
runs during the regular season this year, it was his NAIA
World Series performance that set him apart from other
players and earned him the title of MVP.
After going 0-for-4 in a first-round defeat to Lubbock
Christian University, Allen smacked 12 hits – including
three doubles – scored six runs, and drove in seven during
the next five games. Allen’s performance earned him a spot
on the All-Tournament Team and the Most Valuable Player
Allen is getting used to such honors. He was a standout
quarterback and third-baseman at Lewiston High School
despite undergoing three knee surgeries. He also played for
the Lewis-Clark Twins American Legion baseball team, which
finished second in the 2002 national tournament.
His love of baseball helped him push through some painful
days with the knees, but he managed to stay healthy during
his college years.
Winning a national title and the MVP award continued a
couple of wild weeks for Allen. On May 22, his fiance Marie
Lauder gave birth to the couple’s first child, Brody, in the
afternoon. That evening, Allen hit a home run dedicated to
his son in a loss to Washington State University.
Four days later, the Warriors suffered a loss in the opening
round of the 10-team double-elimination national tournament.
Allen, however, paved the way to five straight LCSC
loser-out victories and the title as he picked up the
game-winning hit in two of the contests.
His parents never missed a game as his dad is now employed
at the college. The year after Gary finished his
eligibility, LCSC won its first national title. His name
still dots the LCSC record book in several hitting
Because of the circumstances during the final two weeks of
the season, Allen’s accomplishments won’t soon be forgotten
by Warriors fans.