LONGVIEW, Wash. — Former Hot Springs multi-sport standout Trevor Paro was named to the Northwest Athletic Conference all-tournament team after his Lower Columbia College baseball team won the 2019 tournament title on Monday. LCC defeated Everett Community College (Wash.) 2-0 in the championship game.
Paro, who set Montana’s high school football career (135) and season (53) touchdown records during his prep career with the Savage Heat, helped the Red Devils to a pair of wins Monday to earn the program’s third consecutive league title and 14th overall.
Everett defeated Lower Columbia 2-1 on Friday evening, forcing the Red Devils to battle through the consolation portion of the bracket on Saturday and Sunday, eventually meeting Everett again, needing to defeat the Trojans twice to claim the league title. LCC earned a 10-2 victory early Monday afternoon to set up the decisive winner-take-all second championship game.
The Red Devils were victorious, 2-0, thanks to third baseman Drew Barlow’s game-ending double play, a line drive catch and force out at third to give LCC the title.
Paro took three at-bats during the second championship, earning a walk, while being left on base twice. He also recorded one of four double plays, the last Barlow’s championship-clinching efforts at third base. Barlow joined Paro on the all-tournament team, which consisted of eight Red Devils, including most valuable player DeShawn Johnson.
Paro appeared in 47 games at LCC this season, tallying 45 hits, seven being doubles. He also blasted one home run to go with 23 RBI. The speedy Paro stole 27 bases, third-best in the league, and scored 51 runs, No. 2 in the NWAC. Defensively, he boasted a fielding percentage of .960 and recorded 11 double plays.
Following the NWAC championship, Lower Columbia College had a 40-9 overall record, with a 22-3 mark in league play.