Mills puts on show as LCSC
wins 15th national title
– Third baseman Beau Mills enjoyed a
remarkable day by hitting three home runs
and driving in eight runs to help the
Lewis-Clark State College baseball team to
its 15th Avista NAIA World Series title by
defeating Spring Arbor University 9-2 at
LCSC’s Harris Field on Thursday night.
Mills, who was named the NAIA’s Player of
the Year earlier in the day, also earned the
tournament’s MVP award after hitting .444 in
the Warriors’ five games and driving in 10
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior, who is
expected to be taken in the first round of
the Major League Draft next week, also set
the NAIA single-season home run mark at 38,
snapping the old mark of 37 held by Mike
Maggers of Mary Hardin-Baylor, who
accomplished the feat in 1992.
Mills hit a three-run blast in the first
inning and a grand-slam homer in the fourth,
both off of Spring Arbor starter Colin
O'Connell (6-1). He added a solo shot in the
sixth inning for his third three-home run
game of the season.
“It feels amazing,” Mills said after the
game while signing autographs. “It all
happened so fast out there. I got lucky
today but it feels great, especially to have
this happen in this great city and before
these great fans.”
The victory helped LCSC (58-5) repeat as
NAIA champions and give coach Ed Cheff his
15th title in his 31-year career. The 15
titles are by far and away the most in NAIA
baseball as Grand Canyon is second with four
It was the Warriors’ fifth title in the
2000s and the 19th time in the last 26 years
the program has played in the national
Mills wasn’t the only hero on the night.
Senior right-handed pitcher Mike Miller held
Spring Arbor (48-5) in check on four hits
through seven innings. The Cougars did put
up two runs in the eighth, but Miller
finished with six strikeouts over eight
innings. Brian Parker pitched the ninth and
allowed one hit, but struck out two.
(Mills watches his first of three home-runs
sail over rightfield)
“I knew if I could get in a groove then we’d
have a good chance to win the game,” Miller
said. “I told myself, every moment was a
The Warriors wasted little time in taking
control of the game. Mark Thompson doubled
down the right-field line on O’Connell’s
first pitch and Brent Wyatt followed with a
single. O’Connell then worked the count to
2-2 on Mills before the slugger hit the ball
out to the deepest part of center field to
tie the single-season home run mark.
With a man on first and two outs in the
fourth, Thompson was hit by a pitch and
Wyatt singled to right to load the bases.
This time, Mills took the first offering
from O’Connell and put it over the
right-field wall and put LCSC ahead 7-0.
LCSC put up single runs in the fifth and
sixth inning for a 9-0 lead. With one out,
Kyle Greene singled and went to second on a
wild pitch. After Zach Evangelho singled
Greene to third, Thompson hit an RBI single
In the sixth, Mills led off the inning with
a towering solo home run to right field. It
marked the second time this season Mills
tied the school record for most RBI in a
game with eight.
“I’ve never played with anyone like him –
never even seen anyone like him,” Miller
said of Mills.
Spring Arbor, which lost to LCSC 7-0 earlier
in the tournament on Matt Fitts’ two-hitter,
finally broke a string of 16 consecutive
scoreless innings against the Warrior
pitching staff with the two runs in the
eighth. Lucas Rider started the rally with a
double, and with two outs, Jon Schaible
singled him to third. Jesse Bachman followed
with a two-run double to left-center, but
Bradley Baker grounded out to end the
Thompson, Wyatt and Mills, the Warriors Nos.
1-3 hitters, finished 7-for-11 in the game
with nine RBI and seven runs scored.
Thompson was 2-for-2 with two runs scored
and an RBI, while Wyatt was 2-for-5 with two
runs scored. Evangelho finished 4-for-4 with
a run scored, while Ikaika Lester was
Schaible went 3-for-4 with a run scored to
pace Spring Arbor, which placed second
baseman Jesse Bachman and pitcher Brad
Hinkle on the All-Tournament Team.
Mills was joined on the All-Tournament Team
by teammates Lester as the fifth infielder,
Jessie Mier as catcher, Jesse Roehl in the
outfield, and Morgan and Fitts as pitchers.
Mills also helped LCSC sweep the individual
awards. Evangelho won the NAIA Charles
Hustle Award, while Mark Thompson, LCSC’s
shortstop, won the Golden Glove Award.
The second-place finish is the best in
program history for Spring Arbor, which was
making its fourth appearance in the Series.
In its three previous appearances, Spring
Arbor went 1-6.
Here is the 2007 Avista NAIA World Series
First base – Michael Crabtree, Houston
Second base – Jesse Bachman, Spring Arbor.
Third base – Beau Mills, Lewis-Clark State
Shortstop – Chris Getz, Lindenwood.
Fifth infielder – Ikaika Lester, Lewis-Clark
Catcher – Travis McConnell, Lindenwood.
Catcher – Jessie Mier, Lewis-Clark State.
Outfielder – Blake Busson, Bellevue.
Outfielder – Ryan Majewski, Houston Baptist.
Outfielder – Greg Gossett, Houston Baptist
Outfielder – Jesse Roehl, Lewis-Clark State
Designated hitter – Scott Raterman,
Pitcher – Nick Love, Bellevue
Pitcher – Brad Hinkle, Spring Arbor.
Pitcher – Will Morgan, Lewis-Clark State.
Pitcher – Matt Fitts, Lewis-Clark State.
Charles Hustle Award – Zach Evangelho,
Golden Glove Award – Mark Thompson,
MVP – Beau Mills, Lewis-Clark State.
Hank Burbridge Champion of Character Player
– Michael Crabtree, Houston Baptist.
Hank Burbridge Champion of Character Team –