Trio of White River High baseball players earn scholarship offers

Former White River players who landed scholarships to play for Grays Harbor Community College are

A trio of White River High players may provide some solid building blocks as Grays Harbor Community College attempts to get its baseball program back on firm footing.

The Chokers slogged their way through a miserable 3-34 during the spring season and are clearly in need of new blood. That could come in the form of brothers Ryan and Tim Kolisch, along with Cody Cloud, all former Hornets.

Seeing a program in dire need of help, White River skipper Mike Williams took the three to Aberdeen on June 9 for a private workout with the GHCC coaching staff. All three departed with scholarship offers and have signed letters-of-intent to play ball for the Chokers.

“Ryan and Tim are going to primarily pitch and Cody will be an infielder, but the Kolisch boys will probably impress the staff enough to play some infield before too long,” Williams wrote in an email.

He knows a struggling program when he sees one, but Williams sees light at the end of the tunnel.

“The new coaching staff and commitment from the athletic department should garner some improvement,” he said.

Things couldn’t get much worse. The Chokers most recently went 1-24, finishing dead last in the West Region of the Northwest Athletic Conference.

Cloud played second base during the Hornets’ spring season, hitting .273 to help lead the squad to a state tournament appearance. Ryan Kolisch was a dual threat for the 2014 White River team, compiling a .441 average at the plate while holding down third base when not on the mound.

Both Cloud and Ryan Kolisch garnered all-South Puget Sound League 2A honors. Cloud was a first-team infielder; Kolisch was a first-team pitcher and second-team infielder.

Tim Kolisch, who graduated in 2011 from White River, was a first-team all-league hurler his senior season.