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2015 Mudville Pinnacle NW 18U Staff

Manager & Head Coach (Pitching): Kurt Boyd

Associate Head Coach (Outfield): Travis Fox

Associate Head Coach / Educational Placement (Outfield & Pitching): Scott Knight [USA Baseball Coach & Evaluator / WSCA Hall of Fame]

Assistant Coach (Catching / Hitting): CJ Baker

Assistant Manager & Coach (Hitting): Dean Holbrook

Offseason Instruction (Pitching):
Kurt Boyd, 18U Pinnacle Pitching Coach
Matt Boyd, Dunedin Blue Jays / New Hampshire Fisher Cats [Toronto Blue Jays, MiLB - High A / AA / Mudville '09 Alum]
Seafth Howe, Mudville '08 Alum

Offseason Instruction (Hitting):
Brian Potoshnik
Marc Sagmoen

Offseason Conditioning Coach:
Travis Fox, Certified Trainer
Jim McGuire, Certified Trainer
Tim Wells, Certified Trainer

Coaching Philosophy

Mudville is in its 16th year of operations. The 18U program actively seeks players who have a strong desire to advance to the next level of play. These players must have a strong work ethic with a commitment to their team and coaches. Our club's coaching philosophy is to surround these types of players with expert instruction in all facets of the game so they can accomplish their goals. Simply put, this is not about recruiting the highest tier high school players, filling out a line-up card and rolling the ball out to win. Winning with great talent is not hard! The greater challenge is developing the player's ability, increasing performance in the framework of a team structure while playing the game of baseball correctly.

Our coaches are true mentors. We seek coaches with a strong management and teaching skills with at a minimum, professional, collegiate and/or high school experience. Every coach in our organization is required to attend a minimum of 20 coaching clock hours per year. At least one coach on each Mudville team within our organization is a member of the Washington State Coaches Association (WSCA) and/or the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). Membership does have its privileges as our relationships with many of the members enhances networking opportunities, enables dialogue for player references, and more importantly, develops long-term relationships with organizers, coaches and scouts at the highest levels of organized ball.

Coaching Staff Biographies

The Mudville Pinnacle 18U staff is a collaborative, interactive staff that works cohesively with the different skill disciplines while developing players to college or professional ball. At the end of 2014 season, over 80 former Mudville players have had an opportunity to play college or professional ball.

The 2015 team is led by Head Coach and GM Kurt Boyd, assisted by Associate Head Coach Travis Fox (outfield & hitting), Associate Head / Educational Placement Coach Scott Knight (pitching & outfield), Assistant GM / Coach Dean Holbrook (hitting and infield) and CJ Baker (catching & hitting). Coaches Fox, Jim McGuire and Tim Wells leads offseason conditioning. Fall and winter instruction is provided by the staff and several professional coaches and scouts. All coaches are members of the WSCA. Coaches Boyd, Knight, Fox  and Holbrook are members of the national ABCA.

Kurt Boyd, Head Coach/GM

Kurt has over 30 years of coaching and sports management experience He is a long-time member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and the Washington State Coaches Association (WSCA)  At the 2012 ABCA Anaheim Convention, Kurt received his ABCA 25-year Coaching Award for leadership and devotion to baseball.

Kurt has coached high school ball for six years, most recently with Eastside Catholic School of the Seattle 3A Metro League, 2009-2011 As the head coach for two years, he led the Crusaders to a 32-15 record, and a 2011 Metro Mountain Division title and a second place finish in 2010 that featured division rival, O’Dea HS, 2-time defending 3A State Champions Kurt was recognized by the Northwest Baseball Umpires Association as one of the 8 state finalists for the 2011 NBUA High School Coach of the Year Award The 2011 Crusaders finished 2nd by 2/100ths of a point in the WIAA 3A Outstanding Scholastic Team Award Kurt was the pitching coach for the 2009 Crusaders who won the 2009 Metro Mountain Division title and was nationally ranked for the majority of the year Kurt coached three years (2006-2008) at Mercer Island HS, a KingCo 3A school under Doug Williams (2006-07) and Brian Potoshnik (2008) He is a former certified pitching instructor by the National Pitching Association (NPA) instructed by legendary coach Tom House.

Kurt founded the Mudville Youth Baseball Club in 1999 and serves as the coaching director for the club Kurt holds the all-time Mudville coaching record with a .702 winning percentage, coaching Mudville teams to two national championships, three AABC Connie Mack Regional appearances, two AABC Washington State championships and one AABC Washington State 2nd place finish Kurt played baseball throughout his youth, and military career rising through Armed Forces Baseball (US Navy) and into college before knee injuries ended his career in 1980 Kurt turned to competitive softball where he played at the highest national levels of fast and slow-pitch softball for 27 years Kurt is one of the all-time northwest slow-pitch hit leaders (4357) and home run leaders (1106), a 2-time ASA All-America selection and 2-time All-Navy selection In 2001, he was the 25th player to be inducted into the USSSA Washington State Hall of Fame.

Kurt is a graduate of Medford (Oregon) HS and the University of Washington He holds a MS in Construction Management, a BS in Building Construction and a CE Certificate in Sports Management from the UW Graduate Business School.

Travis Fox, Associate Head Coach

Travis joined Mudville Pinnacle as our outfield and hitting coach in late 2011 He is an Assistant Baseball Coach at Shoreline Community College ... Travis coaching experience includes a Head Assistant and Hitting Coach for the Spokane North Stars in 2009-2010 ...Outfield Coach for WSU Summer Skills Camp in 2010 ... and Head Coach for the Spokane Riverhawks Fall Development League in 2010 ... In 2010-2013, was a coaching assistant for Australia's Adelaide ELSA Bite Baseball Club.

Travis played at Western Oregon University under Head Coach Jeremiah Robbins ... Named the 2009 Great Northwest Athletic Conference MVP with a .363 season average while leading the GNAC in hits with 65 ... He also finished second in runs scored (41), third in doubles (13) and stolen bases (13) ... Fox a standout at Colville High School (Colville, WA) was an excellent centerfielder as he recorded a .979 fielding percentage and seven outfield assists in 2009 ... Played independent professional ball in 2010.

Dean Holbrook, Assistant Coach/GM

Dean is an original Mudville coach joining the club in 2000 ... Has over 22 years of coaching experience ... Dean is an active member of the Washington State Coaches Association (WSCA) and the national American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) ... He coached high school ball for six years, five at Mercer Island High School and one year at Eastside Catholic as the Head Assistant Coach, leading the Crusaders to a 2011 3A Metro Mountain Division Championship ... Dean's specialty is in infield play and hitting, a protege of hitting and infield expert Bill Stubbs.

Scott Knight, Associate Head & Educational Placement Coach

Biography posting to follow soon.

CJ Baker, Assistant Coach

Biography posting to follow soon.

Mudville Pinnacle NW History

Mudville Pinnacle Baseball 18U is the club's flagship team. and has been in existence since 2007. The team is comprised of 18-16U players who attend various high schools throughout the greater Metro Seattle-Eastside area and the State of Washington.

Mudville Pinnacle teams have won three National Championships; most recently at the 2014 CABA West National Championships in Union City, CA. Mudville Pinnacle won the 2009 Connie Mack Washington State Championship, Connie Mack Washington State Championship finalist in 2013, and has appeared in three Connie Mack Western Regional tournaments in 2009 (Hayward, CA), 2010 (Seattle, WA) and 2012 (Seattle, WA).

The 2015 team is represented by players from greater Puget Sound region, North and Central Washington State. The team will compete in CABA and AABC Connie Mack national and local league play, with 8-9 different regional tournaments. Our off-season program (September 2014 (abbreviated Fall Ball), November 2014 - February 2015) is in preparation for the 2015 HS and summer select seasons.

Mudville Pinnacle Team History

The 2014 team was highlighted by ... bio to follow.

The 2013 team  ... bio to follow.

The 2012 team represented players from the KingCo 4A, 3A, 2A, Metro, SPSL, Seamount, Wesco and Emerald City Leagues.  Four players reported to their respective college programs for fall ball in September 2012 including Kyle Jaske (Gonzaga), Pat Hoeper (Clark College), Daniel Altchech (Pacific Lutheran University) and Peter Johnson (US Air Force Academy). Five other former Mudville players, including 2011 stand outs Jeff Bohling (Gonzaga) and Braden Wolgamott (Columbia Basin CC) reported to college programs in the West Coast, NWACC and Northwest Conferences. The 2012 team finished with a 31-38 record, competing in 24 one-run games and 35 games with a run differential of 3 runs or less.

The 2011 team consists primarily of players from the Metro 3A and KingCo 3A/4A high school leagues. The team finished with a 29-27-1 (10-7) record in 8 different regional tournaments, Connie Mack (AABC, WSBL) league play and the Babe Ruth State Tournament. The team competed in the Wood Bat Connie Mack Washington State Baseball League in preparation for the 2012 required BBCOR bat restrictions. Seven players reported to their respective college program for fall ball in September 2011 including Luke Simpson (Gonzaga University), Evan Gray (Lewis & Clark College), MacLean Harned (Whitman College) and Evan Thompson (Occidental College). RHP/1B Nat Townsend reported to Azusa Pacific, RHP Sam Lattimer reported to Santa Barbara Community College and Infielder Jamie Hall is playing varsity golf at the University of Hawaii. SS Jeff Bohling signed a National Letter of Intent to Gonzaga University for the 2013 season.

The 2010 team consisted of the last member of the original Mudville team formed in 1999, Troy Colyer. The team finished with a 33-23 record in 2010, with a combined total of 134 victories in the past three years. The 2010 team placed seventh at the Connie Mack Regional in Seattle, its second straight Connie Mack Regional appearance. The 2010 team did appear at the 2010 CABA Wood Bat Nationals in Lincoln, NB but inclement weather cancelled the event. Mudville played three exhibition games in Nebraska finishing 1-1-1.

Twelve players from the 2010 team advanced to college ball and three former Mudville players were drafted in the 2010 MLB First Year Player Draft in June. The 2010 squad had two National Letters of Intent signees; Sam Lindquist (Stanford University) and Peter Summerville (Santa Clara University). Long-time Mudville infielder Troy Colyer (University of Washington) and RHP Mason Haugen (Edmonds Community College) attended local programs. Several other 2010 alum reported to out-of-state schools including LHP Andrew Villeneuve (Linfield College), Infielder Jacob Oster (Faulkner University/Chemeteka Community College) and Outfielder Brennen Steinbaugh (Columbia Basin Community College). Two outfield standouts Garrett DeGallier (now at Tacoma CC) and Nick Moyer (now at Cal Pol SLO playing football) reported to Gonzaga University. Two other infielders reported to Yakima Community College including 1B/LHP Steve Leighton (now at Shoreline CC) and 1B Dan McMillan.

The 2009 team had four of the original members from the first original Mudville team formed in 1999. The 2009 Pinnacle team accumulated a 58-23 record, with a combined total of 101 wins over the past two seasons (2008-09). Mudville Pinnacle won five tournaments in 2009 and sent twelve players to college-level baseball programs including two National Letter of Intent signees, Matt Boyd of Oregon State University and Danny Poplawski of Georgetown University. Former Mudville Pinnacle player Kevin Gifford, whose family relocated to Georgia, signed a National Letter of Intent to University of Alabama. 2008 alumni Steve Kirbach signed a National Letter of Intent to Seattle University. Five other Mudville players matriculated to various levels of college ball including Brad Binder (Menlo College), Seafth Howe (Seattle University/Bellevue College), Dan Schmidt (Ohio University/Bellevue College), Cam Wilson (Linfield College) and Jeff Melby (University of Portland).

This team appeared in seven tournament championship games! The club captured the 2009 AABC 18U Connie Mack Washington State Championship, their second AABC state crown in three years. In 2007 the club won the Washington State AABC 16U Mickey Mantle State Championship. The team advanced to the 2009 AABC Regional tournament in Hayward, CA finishing fourth. The 2009 squad also placed 4th at the 2009 NBC 19U Wood Bat World Series in Tulsa, Oklahoma in early July.

The 2008 squad captured Triple Crown National 18U Wood Bat World Series at Suplezio Field in Grand Junction, CO. Mudville Pinnacle finished with a 43-24 season record, winning three tournaments and sending six players to college-level baseball programs including one National Letter of Intent, Joe Kohan to the University of Nevada Reno. This team featured two Bellevue Christian HS standouts, James King (Whitworth University) and Jeremy Bohnett (Harding University), Buz Ward (Arizona Glendale CC) and Casey O'Conner (Shoreline CC).

The 2007 team was ... bio to follow.

18U Upcoming Schedule

Date Time Opponent Event Type Bat Type Location
09-14-2014 9:00 pm Fall Ball Practice Practice (9 AM to 12 PM) Wood Island Crest Park North/South, 5800 Island Crest Way, Mercer Island, WA 98040
09-20-2014 11:00 am Mudville Pinnacle vs. Skagit Sox Fall Ball Game (DH - 7 inning games) Wood Skagit Valley CC Baseball Field, 2405 E College Way, Mt Vernon, WA
09-21-2014 9:00 am Mudville Pinnacle vs. Seattle Dodgers Fall Ball Game (9-inning game) Wood Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
11-01-2014 11:00 am 2015 Mudville Pinnacle Winter Workouts Begin Practice (11 AM to 1 PM) Wood Redmond Training Facility (5-Tool Faciltiy), 9101 151st Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052
05-21-2015 17:00 pm Memorial Day Invitational Tournament 4GG (5/22-25, 2015) Memorial Day Invitational Tournament 4GG (5/22-25, 2015) Wood Bannerwood, 1790 Richards Rd, Bellevue, WA and Lower Woodland Park, 5900 W Green Lake Way N, Seattle, WA
05-29-2015 17:00 pm CABA NAIT Invitational Tournament 5GG (5/29-31, 2015) CABA NAIT Invitational Tournament 5GG (5/29-31, 2015) Wood Wenatchee Valley College, Paul Thomas Field, 1300 Fifth Street, Wenatchee, WA & Wenatchee HS, 1101 Millerdale Ave, Wenatchee, WA
06-03-2015 17:00 pm 2015 Bannerwood Classic Tournament 4GG (6/3-7, 2015) 2015 Bannerwood Classic Tournament 4GG (6/3-7, 2015) Wood Bannerwood Park, 1790 Richards Rd, Bellevue, WA
06-25-2015 12:00 pm 2nd Annual Edmonds CC Invitational 4GG (6/24-28, 2015) 2nd Annual Edmonds CC Invitational 4GG (6/24-28, 2015) Wood Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036
06-30-2015 18:00 pm 2015 Oregon State Barnstorming Tour (6/30-7/7, 2015) 2015 Oregon State Barnstorming Tour (6/30-7/7, 2015) Wood / BBCOR TBD
07-02-2015 12:00 pm Eugene Challengers Papa's Pizza 4th of July Invitational 5GG (July 2-5, 2015) Eugene Challengers Papa's Pizza 4th of July Invitational 5GG (July 2-5, 2015) Wood / BBCOR Swede Johnson Stadium, 200 Silver Lane, Eugene, OR 97404 (North Eugene HS campus)
07-14-2015 10:00 am Baden NW Invitational Showcase 6GG (7/14-19, 2015) Baden NW Invitational Showcase 6GG (7/14-19, 2015) Wood Various Locations
07-29-2015 12:00 pm 18U CABA West Nationals Championships 4GG (7/29-8/2, 2015) 18U CABA West Nationals Championships 4GG (7/29-8/2, 2015) Wood TBD

18U Record

Event Won Lost RF RA Pct
NW Association of Independent Teams League - Wood 0 0 0 0 0.00
Non-League Games Metal 0 0 0 0 0.00
Non-League Games Wood 1 0 7 5 1.000
Tournament Games - Wood 0 0 0 0 0.00
Tournament Games - Metal 0 0 0 0 0.00
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2015 Total - All Games 0 0 0 0 0.000
2015 Total - All NAIT League Games (League and Tournament) 0 0 0 0 0.000
2015 Total - All 1-Run Games (League and Tournament) 0 0 0 0 0.000
2015 Total - All 2-Run Games (League and Tournament) 1 0 7 5 1.000
2015 Total - All Shutout Games (League and Tournament) 0 0 0 0 0.000
2015 Total - All Extra Innings Games (League and Tournament) 0 0 0 0 0.000

18U Recent Game Results

Date Opponent Location Event Type Bat Type Score RF RA
09-06-2014 Mudville Pinnacle vs. Seattle Dodgers Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 Fall Ball Game (9-inning game) / Headshots & Parent Season Kick-off Meeting Wood or BBCOR 7-5 (9) (W) 7 5

18U Roster

Name Position Grad Year High School Hometown
Aebi, Nathan RHP/1B 2016 Sammamish Bellevue
Alden, Jack RHP 2017 Garfield (Sea. Academy) Bellevue
Bailet, Jacob SS/3B/2B 2016 Seattle Prep Seattle
Baker, Gavin LHP 2016 Bellevue Clyde Hill
Gayte, Ryan RHP/OF 2015 Hazen Renton
Grauer, Riley RHP 2015 O'Dea Renton
Hinthorne, Ben 3B/OF 2017 Lakeside Seattle
Kim, James RHP/OF 2016 Bellevue (International School) Bellevue
Kozlosky, Brice RHP/OF 2015 Bainbridge Bainbridge
Lawrence, Sam LHP 2015 Skyline Sammamish
Mahovlich, Colton RHP/OF 2015 Eastside Catholic Issaquah
Mahovlich, Macklin "Mack" C/RHP/3B 2018 Issaquah Issaquah
Metcalf, Nic LHP/1B 2015 Burlington Edison Mount Vernon
Mikami, Cameron 2B/SS/3B 2017 O'Dea Bainbridge
Mortenson, Jacob RHP/3B/OF 2015 AC Davis Yakima
Sagmoen, Jordan RHP 2015 Chief Sealth Seattle
Shaw, Ryan RHP/C/3B 2016 Lakeside Clyde Hill
Smith, Jack RHP/SS/3B 2017 Mercer Island Mercer Island
Thomas, Max C 2015 Bainbridge Bainbridge
Thomas, Travis RHP 2015 Skyline Sammamish
Trewin, Hunter LHP 2017 Lake Washington Kirkland
Wallace, Brooks 2B/SS/3B 2017 Bainbridge Bainbridge
Wells, Peyton RHP/OF 2017 Eastside Catholic Sammamish
Wilson, Bryce C/OF 2015 Ingraham Seattle