March 4, 2010

WNC Pitcher Will Compete for USA in Netherlands

Kramer Champlin to Join NJCAA All-Star Baseball Team

One of Western Nevada College's best pitchers has been invited to be part of a National Junior College Athletic Association All-Star baseball team and compete on behalf of the United States. Kramer Champlin, a right-handed sophomore, commands a presence on the mound at 6'5" and 200 pounds, and is the reigning Scenic West Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year.

Now he can be seen on a world stage representing the United States in the 25th Honkbal Tournament in Haarlem, Netherlands, July 9-18. The six-team tournament has already confirmed participation by Venezuela, Taiwan, and Netherlands, as well as the USA, which won the event in 2000, 2002 and 2008.

"It's a huge honor," said Wildcats coach DJ Whittemore, and a first for a WNC player. "The head coach of the U.S. team saw him pitch at the World Series (last spring), and the SWAC is widely recognized as one of the best two or three regions in the country." Champlin will probably be utilized as a closer or come out of the bullpen in one-inning stints, he said.

Expect to see Champlin on the mound for WNC this weekend. Whittemore said he is currently scheduled to be the starting pitcher in game one of a four-game series against College of Eastern Utah, beginning at noon Friday.

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