The Shoreline Dolphin Baseball team finished the 2014 season and said goodbye to seven strong sophomore players. Shoreline’s Lloyd Edwards, Joshua Fitch, Casey Fithian, Chris Hall, Josh Herrera, Mitch Hoveke and Mike McCormack will retire their Dolphin hats and move forward with their educational and athletic endeavors. All of the seven Dolphin players are looking to continue playing baseball and are currently finding the program and school that is the best fit.
Lloyd Edwards joined the pitching staff as a transfer this season as a right handed pitcher. His season was cut short after suffering an injury against Everett Community College. Relentless to get back on the field Edwards was able to get back on the mound for the Dolphins. He came back for the final two series helping Shoreline to a sweep over Olympic College. Edwards played in eight games as a relief pitcher for Shoreline gaining 11 strike outs.
Edwards will receive a general Associates Degree from Shoreline and look to start a Bachelors in Psychology next year. The highlight of the season for Edwards was the walk off win against Everett. He states, “as a team we came together and beat one of the most difficult tasks in baseball.”
Joshua Fitch was a incredibly versitile player for the Dolphins this season. He continually stepped up when his number was called whether at short stop, 2nd base or from the mound. Fitch pitched in four games for the Dolphins and in his final trip to the mound he was able to hold Olympic and earn the win! As a very reliable relief pitcher Fitch holds a 0.00 earned run average.
At bat Fitch consistently helped the Dolphins. He had 12 hits on the season including eight doubles and was walked 18 times. Fitch scored for the Dolphins 12 times and batted seven runners in, improving his batting average to .291. As a student-athlete with strong academics Fitch looks to transfer to a university where he can continue to play baseball and be challenged academically.
Casey Fithian was the starting catcher for the Dolphins this season playing in 32 games. He had a strong presence behind the plate helping the Shoreline pitching staff to succeed and challenging the base runners.
Fithian came up big for the Dolphins at the plate on the offensive end in many games. Coming up strong against Olympic College to hit three doubles, scoring six runs for Shoreline in their sweep. Earning that sweep over the Rangers was the greatest moment for Fithian this season. He finished the season with a .220 batting average including five doubles and a home run. Next year Fithian looks to transfer and continue playing baseball. He is working towards a degree in construction management engineering.
Chris Hall was a consistent leader on the field at second base for the Dolphins. Hall had 42 put outs and a .966 fielding percentage. Playing in 29 games Hall also served as a strong batter with a .238 batting average. Hall scored eight times for Shoreline and had the third most runners batted in on the team scoring 12.
As a strong infielder and leader on the team he is looking to continue playing baseball and continue his education along with his fellow teammates. Hall has been a strong player for the Dolphins for two years. He continually improved and was a strong contributor on the field.
Josh Herrera was a left handed pitcher on the Shoreline pitching staff this season. He transferred to Shoreline from Olympic College. His favorite moment during the season was getting the starting pitching job and helping the Dolphins to win the sweep against his former teammates.
He pitched in six games for the Dolphins this season and had a 2.70 earned run average over 20 innings of play. Herrera had four strike outs on the season.
Herrera will be graduating from Shoreline with an Associates Degree in arts. He plans transfer to a four year school to play baseball and continue his studies in psychology.
Mitch Hoveke returned to the Dolphins this season after coming off a great freshman year. He continually showed his dedication to the team and strengths on the field as a utility player, playing at 3rd base, 2nd base and even in the outfield for Shoreline.
Hoveke played in 29 games this season and earned a .208 batting average. He consistently made it around the bases scoring 10 runs on the season. Hoveke had a big game in the close win over Olypmic College for Shoreline going two for two leading Shoreline to a 7-6 victory.
Like his teammates Hoveke looks to move on to a four year school to continue playing baseball. He will continue his studies to become a personal trainer or physical therapist.
Mike McCormack returned for the Dolphin pitching staff as a right handed pitcher. He started his sophomore season off with a bang holding a 0.00 earned run average for four games and over 11 innings. McCormack threw 11 strike outs in 23 total innings played. He earned the 3-2 win over Olympic College earning himself the start in the final series against Skagit Valley College.
After finishing his degree at Shoreline McCormack is looking to continue playing baseball and is focusing on his education as he chooses a college.
The Shoreline Athletic Department is so thankful to have had such strong and determined leaders as the seven sophomores this season. Each of these student-athletes continually strives to be the best on and off of the field. Thank you all for a great season! Go Phins!