Jun 18 2007
Seward County Community College was well represented in the first-ever National Junior College Athletic Association Freshman Baseball All-Star Series this past week at USA Baseball Stadium in Millington, Tenn. SCCC freshman left-handed pitcher Christian Kowalchuk and Seward County head coach Galen McSpadden, were both part of the West Teamís two victories and one tie in the three game series last Friday and Saturday. Kowalchuk pitched three innings in the West Teamís 19-8 game-two victory, while McSpadden served as the West pitching coach for the All-Star series. The West Team defeated the East squad 17-12 in the opener, 19-8 in game-two and the two teams tied 3-3 in game-three, after seven complete innings of play.
Kowalchuk, a six-foot lefty from Saskatoon, Canada, pitched the fourth, fifth and sixth innings of game-two. He pitched well in his outing allowing two base hits, one run, and posting a strikeout. Kowalchuk faced just 10 batters, one batter over the minimum, in his three innings of work. Kowalchuk led all West pitchers allowing opposing hitters just a .222 (2-for-9) batting average. Kowalchuk induced a double-play ball to end the sixth inning, where the West team held a 16-2 advantage.
This past season Kowalchuk emerged as one of the top pitchers in the Region VI. He was voted by Jayhawk West head coaches as the Conference Freshman of the Year and he was the only freshman pitcher in the 19 school Jayhawk Conference to be named First Team All-Conference.
Midway through his freshman season he was named the NJCAA Pitcher of the Week, after throwing back-to-back seven inning complete games, tallying a 1.29 earned run average and totaling 15 strikeouts, including a career-best nine strikeouts against Cloud County C.C. Kowalchuk was also awarded the NJCAA Region 6 Gold Glove Award as the top fielding pitcher in the region.
In addition, Kowalchuk was named to the SCCC Athletic Department Honor Roll during both the fall and spring semester this past year.
McSpadden was one of three junior college head coaches named to the West All-Star coaching staff while joining Ray Birmingham (Head Coach) of New Mexico Junior College and Tony Cirelli (Assistant Coach) of Mesa Community College. The East coaching staff also consisted of three junior college coaches which featured Tom Arrington (Head Coach) of San Jacinto College, Rick Hitt (Assistant Coach) of South Florida C.C. and Jeff Willis (Assistant Coach) of Louisiana State University-Eunice.