Pilots and Sox Staffs
to Remain Intact
August 12, 2015
LYNNWOOD – The Elliott Bay Pilots and South Sound Sox will see the same coaches in their respective dugouts for the 2016 season. Ron Omori and Jeff Carlson return for the Elliott Bay Pilots, and Kyle Baskett and Jake Shadle for the South Sound Sox.
Ron Omori is the veteran of the NWCBL staff and will return for his third summer in 2016. He guided Elliott Bay to the first NWCBL Championship in 2014, leading the team through the loser’s bracket, winning five-straight games to take the title. Omori enters his 18th year with Edmonds Community College this fall, where he was inducted into the program’s Hall of Fame in 2014. Carlson, who coaches alongside Omori at Edmonds, assisted the Snohomish County Helmsmen in the inaugural year of the league in 2014. The Snohomish County product has earned much respect from the other players and coaches in the league. He will again assume third base coaching duties, work with hitters, and develop Pilot outfielders.
Kyle Baskett started his coaching career at Saint Martin’s University after finishing his playing career there. Now in his second coaching stint in collegiate summer baseball, Baskett assumed the head coaching role for the Sox in 2015. His calm and consistent presence should serve him well as he continues to develop as a head coach. While at Saint Martin’s he coached the outfielders and worked with hitters. Baskett played at Green River CC, transferred to Sacramento State University, and then landed at Saint Martin’s to finish his career. He has semi-professional playing experience and helped with the NWCBL’s semi-pro team, the North Sound Emeralds in 2015.
Shadle is a former pro pitcher who is just scratching the surface in the coaching ranks. He will assist Baskett for his second summer in the NWCBL and will be responsible for the development of the Sox pitchers. Drafted twice (2008 & 2010), Shadle signed with the San Francisco Giants in 2010 and last played with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in 2013. In his four years of professional playing experience he twirled more than a strikeout per inning.
President Spencer Stark is excited about how the league’s coaching staff is coming together for 2016, “Part of what makes our league unique is the quality of person and experience our overall coaching staff has. Regardless of age, all of our coaches have a good understanding of what is takes to be a successful collegiate baseball player, and they can communicate that effectively to the players in the summer setting.”
Although the league fee for 2016 has not been announced yet, registration is already open at nwcbl.com. The summer of 2016 will mark the third year of the developmental collegiate summer baseball league.