1999: Lewis-Clark State College Baseball NAIA World Series Championship No. 10
JUPITER, Fla. -- Lewis-Clark
State College's baseball team captured its 10th NAIA World Series championship since 1984
as the Warriors downed Albertson, Idaho, 7-2 Monday, May 31 at Roger Dean Stadium.
The Warriors completed a 57-14
season with the win, their seventh over Albertson in 10 games this season. Albertson
entered the season as the defending national champion.
The Warriors were pushed to an
extra championship game when they were dealt a 2-1 defeat by Albertson on Sunday, May 30.
But in the "if
necessary" championship game, Lewis-Clark State erased an early 2-0 deficit and
scored five times in the sixth inning to take a 7-2 lead. Neither team scored from that
Junior left-hander John
Foster, who beat Albertson four times during the season, picked up the win in relief.
Warriors Ryan Baerlocher,
Clint Cameron, Chad Kline and Jason Ellison were named to the all-tournament team, and
Ellision, L-C's left fielder, was named the tournament's most valuable player. Warrior
coach Ed Cheff was given the Sears Coach of the Year Award following the game.
The top-ranked and top-seeded
Warriors opened tournament play on Tuesday, May 25, after drawing a first-round bye. They
thumped Culver-Stockton, Mo., 14-0 behind a fantastic pitching performance by Cameron. A
six-run first inning got the Warriors off and running.
After a tournament off-day on
Wednesday, LCSC belted Bellevue, Neb., 9-4 in a highly anticipated matchup. The Bruins
entered the game 60-9 but were handed their 10th defeat of the season by the Warriors. One
day later, Bellevue was eliminated by Culver-Stockton.
On Friday, the Warriors
defeated Albertson 7-3 behind Foster's pitching. That left the Warriors as the only
undefeated team in the tournament and set up a battle against Birmingham-Southern, Ala.
In that contest, Baerlocher
shut the Panthers out while striking out 10 in a 3-0 Warrior win. That win, coupled with
Albertson's elimination of Culver-Stockton, set up the championship game between two teams
-- five hours apart -- that traveled a total of 29 hours to south Florida.
Rain intervened before and
during Sunday's game. The game began 1 hour and 1 minute late, at 2:01 Eastern Time, and
was not completed until 7:55 Eastern Time. The Coyotes yielded just one Warrior run in the
game and forced the extra title game with a 2-1 win.
Bright, sunny skies and windy
conditions greeted the teams on Tuesday, and Albertson quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead in
the first inning. The Warriors got on the board in the third and tied the game in the
fourth. Then in the sixth, LCSC plated five to take the lead for good.
Foster, who entered the game
in the fifth, shut the Coyotes down the rest of the way. When Albertson's Erik Remington
bounced out to Warrior second baseman Kurt Koshelnik to end the game, the familiar Warrior
dogpile ensued near the mound.
Pitching was the key for the
Warriors as the staff gave up just five earned runs in 54 innings, an 0.83 ERA over six
The championship was the 10th
for LCSC, and a 1999 banner will join banners from 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990,
1991, 1992 and 1996 on the wall in Warrior Gymnasium.