Blanchet’s Kowalski Signs With Centralia College For Baseball

By Jeremy McDonald

SALEM, Ore.–  All the hard work, the high work ethic and the passion for what he does had Blanchet’s Spencer Kowalski sitting in the Lee Student Center Tuesday afternoon.  He was surrounded by friends, teammates and family, to witness one of the top local small school catchers sign his Letter of Intent to play baseball at Centralia College next season. 

In three years with the Cavalier program, he was part of a program that has become a respected program in the State.  Reaching the 3A State Semi-Final round last season before falling to Santiam Christian in nine innings.  His willingness to put in the time and effort got him to up-and-beyond, got Kowalski awarded first-team All-State as a catcher and is probably on pace for the award again, this time at 2A/1A.  Batting .458, the senior was named 2A/1A Special District 3 Co-Player of the Year and led a Blanchet squad back into the postseason with a 25-2 record as the Cavs started the playoffs Wednesday against Grant Union/Prairie City at 4pm.

Kowalski knows that the work isn’t done yet with his current team before heading up north for his future team and teammate.

Kowalski signed his Letter of Intent to play baseball at Centralia College Tuesday afternoon at Blanchet (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

“It means a lot, there’s still a lot of work to do.  As long as you love doing the work, that’s what matters and that’s where I’m at.  I love putting in the hours and the time.  Being a leader, there’s a lot of pressure.  Pressure is a privilege.  I’m going to do what I can do, lead by example these last few weeks here and try to lead us to a State Title,” starts Kowalski.  “I don’t want to overlook anybody…I don’t want to focus on anybody, I just want to focus on playing our game and the best game that we can play.

“As a team we’ve been working hard all Spring, consistently getting better.  Always try to knit pick the little see if we can get better.  I’m excited to see them get put to use here in the playoffs.”

Centralia went 26-24 in 2023, 9-15 in NWAC West play and was two games behind Pierce for the final playoff spot out of the conference.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald


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