Milestones in LCSC Baseball History
September 8, 1910--University
of Michigan graduate Guy Chiesman jumped a contract with the Detroit Tigers
to teach math and coach baseball at the Lewiston State Normal School (LCSC’s
name from 1893-1946), a two-year teacher’s college.
Merel Stonebraker’s North Idaho Teachers College (now LCSC) Loggers
“lambasted” Eastern Oregon College 17-2, at Bengal Field, behind the
three-hit, 16-strikeout pitching of Carmen Ulrich. Centerfielder Dwight
Church led the Logger hitters with a 4-for-5 effort, including a
“devastating” grand slam.
the season’s final home game, an enthusiastic crowd (said to be the largest
ever to witness an NICE athletic contest) cheered as the Loggers rolled to a
7-0 victory over the Pacific Coast Conference leading Washington State
Cougars behind Del Owens’ pitching and the hitting of Rollie McNair, Jim
Lambert, and Ken Peterson. In the ninth inning after walking Jud Heathcote,
Owens got his 15th strikeout by fanning Bobo Brayton, and umpire Joe
Miltenberger signaled game’s end.
Idaho College of Education (NICE), now Lewis-Clark State College, swept a
doubleheader from Eastern Oregon by scores of 8-0 and 6-3. The victories on
the final day of the season gave coach Kinzer’s Loggers of NICE an 18-6
win-loss record, the best in the school’s history.
Ramon Hooker, in his sixth and final season at LCSC, took the Warriors to
their first-ever postseason appearance in the NAIA College World Series.
They lost the title game to Lewis University of Lockport, Ill., 16-8.
LCSC Warriors opened the season under new head coach, Ed Cheff, with a 15-0
win over Northwest Nazarene behind the pitching of Terry Hendley and Rod
Gehring, and the hitting of Walt Mason, Sheldon Ireland, Jim Wallace, and
Bob Maurer. Cheff had coached at Lower Columbia College in Longview, WA for
the past five years where he compiled a record of 180-30.
the NAIA World Series in St. Joseph, Mo., the Warriors finished third when
they lost 4-1 to Emporia State, Kan. in a semifinal game.
the second consecutive year, LCSC’s Warriors finished second at the World
Series played in Lubbock, Texas. With the loss to the home team, Lubbock
Christian College, in the title game, the Warriors finished the season with
a 69-7 record. The .908 winning percentage was the highest collegiate record
ever. At a community homecoming picnic in Lewiston after the series, Cheff
said, “Winning the title would have been great this year, but we saved it
Lewiston Morning Tribune headlines read, “Warriors Reign in the Rain. LCSC
Crowned NAIA Baseball Champions.” Before 4,674 fans, the largest baseball
crowd in Lewiston baseball history, the Warriors downed California’s Azusa
Pacific College, 15-2, in the title game, which was delayed two hours by
Warriors won their second consecutive World Series championship with a 10-6
win over Dallas Baptist University before a record-breaking home crowd of
5,121 fans. Series MVP pitcher, Tony Dineen, won three Series games for the
Warriors, including the title game.
September 16-30, 1985--The
Warriors represented the United States in Santo Domingo, Dominican
Republic’s two week Friendship Tournament. The trip was an eye-opening look
at a poverty stricken nation and made the team appreciate living in
a 10-inning thriller at Harris Field, the Warriors lost a heart-breaking 6-5
World Series title game to Grand Canyon, Ariz. before 5,018 fans.
shortstop, Rusty Harris, scores his 103rd run of the season in a 19-9 win
over Washington State at Pullman. By scoring his 103rd run, Harris, a
Lewiston product, broke the NAIA single season mark of 102, which was set by
former Warrior, Gary Balmer, in 1983.
regained its national championship title defeating Emporia State, 11-4, at
Harris Field. Steve Reed got the title game win. Warrior Pat Mackey set NAIA
World Series records with 20 hits and a .741 batting average.
Warriors won their fourth NAIA World Series at Harris Field by defeating
Grand Canyon, 9-3.
the NAIA World Series championship game at Harris Field, the Warriors
defended their title by downing the College of St. Francis, Ill., 5-2, for a
“3-peat”. Warrior catcher, John NesSmith, was named the Series MVP.
coach, Ed Cheff, was named NAIA Coach of the Decade by Collegiate Baseball
magazine. In the 10-year period, Cheff’s Warriors compiled a 513-146 (.778)
Mark Rasmussen and Greg Umfleet, hit sixth inning home runs to lead LCSC to
a 9-4 victory over the Senators of Auburn University-Montgomery, in the
World Series title game in Lewiston. Rasmussen was selected the Series MVP.
senior right-hander, Joe Misa, blanked Oral Roberts University, 7-0, before
a standing room only crowd of 5,400 in the final World Series game played at
Lewiston’s Harris Field. The Series would move to Des Moines, Iowa, the
Warriors proved they didn’t need the home field advantage to win another
World Series as they downed Mary Hardin-Baylor of Texas, 14-4, in Des
Moines. It was the first Series played outside of Lewiston since 1984.
tough 8-7 loss to Bellevue College eliminated the Warriors from World Series
action. LCSC finished in fourth place, while Bellevue went on to claim the
coach, Ed Cheff, captured his 1,000th career win with a doubleheader sweep
over Central Washington. He became only the third coach in NAIA history to
win 1,000 baseball games.
Warriors reclaimed the NAIA throne by thrashing St. Ambrose University 9-0
in Sioux City, Iowa. Freshman Matt Randel picked up the complete game
shutout victory. Troy Silva earned Series MVP accolades.
is named as the host institution for the NAIA World Series beginning in the
three years to the day they won their last NAIA World Series championship,
the Warriors did it again, this time defeating defending NAIA World Series
champion Albertson College, 7-2, in Jupiter, Fla. Jason Ellison was named
the World Series MVP.
November 21, 1999--Former
Warriors Marvin Benard and Chad Miltenberger, were honored at the Warriors’
Ring Banquet Ceremony. Benard, a San Francisco Giant, and Miltenberger, a
longtime assistant coach at LCSC and now head coach at Walla Walla Community
College, had their jerseys retired in a special presentation.
World Series returns to Lewiston, Idaho.
State College wins the NAIA World Series for the 11th time and second year
in a row. The Warriors defeat Dallas Baptist, 10-1, as World Series MVP, Wes
Hutchison, closed out the last two innings.
May 28, 2001--LCSC
right-hander, Collin Perschon, strikes out a World Series record
seven-straight batters against Bellevue. He would go on to fan 16 in the
game, leading the Warriors to a 7-2 win.
State makes it a perfect dozen by taking a 12th NAIA National Championship
when downing number one ranked Oklahoma City, 12-8, in the final game of
the tournament. LCSC’s Andy Torres broke Series records by throwing 19
innings and 282 pitches during the tournament, earning him Series MVP.
May 31, 2003--Lucky
State College won their 13th NAIA National title, defeating No. 1
Oklahoma City 7-5 in the championship game LCSC is the third team in the
history of the World Series to beat the same team on consecutive nights to
win the title, LC’s Marc Kaiser won the series MVP after a complete-game
performance in the title game…Kaiser, who went 2-0 with an ERA of 3.93,
struck out 21 while only walking two batters in 18.3 innings.
Fuller captured the consecutive game hitting record, where he recorded a hit
in 30 straight games…the record was held by John McAninch with 27 total, set
Dyche set the single season batting average record by hitting an even .500.
The old mark was set by Chad Miltenberger in 1983, when he hit .482.
– With LCSC’s 4-1 win over British Columbia, LCSC coach Ed Cheff picked up
his 1,500th victory at the school to become the first coach to win 1,500
games at the NAIA level and just the fourth overall to accomplish the feat.
– Jose Castenon drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the top of the
11th inning to force in the winning run as Lewis-Clark State College claimed
its 14th national baseball title by defeating Cumberland University 5-4.
After losing its tournament opener, LCSC won five straight to claim the