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Black Bears Sign WSU Pitcher

Sam Lauderdale Signed

The Cowlitz Black Bears are pleased to announce the signing of Washington State University freshman Sam Lauderdale. Lauderdale is a talented left-handed pitcher for the Cougars. He has an upper 80’s to low 90’s fastball that he commands well with very good secondary pitches.

“After watching Sam compete on the bump in person, I know we’re getting one of our area’s very best,” said General Manager Jim Appleby. “This southpaw’s electric stuff will be really fun to watch this summer.”

Lauderdale is familiar with the area and the West Coast League. He is from nearby Vancouver, Washington, where he excelled in baseball and graduated from King’s Way Christian High School. He also played last season for the Portland Pickles, were he had a 1.08 ERA.

“I am excited to get a Southwest Washington talent like Sam, who has the ability and experience to compete in the WCL,” said Coach Grady Tweit. “We appreciate our longstanding relationship with Coach Marty Lees and Coach Dan Spencer from WSU, and their commitment to sending us top-tier players.”

Please join us and welcome Sam Lauderdale to your 2019 Cowlitz Black Bears!