Community remembers Kamiak’s Long, Nickerson

Baseball tourney played in memory of coach, player
By David Pan | Jul 06, 2017
Photo by: David Pan The family of Kamiak graduate Jake Long was a part of the opening ceremonies of the first Jake Long Memorial Baseball Tournament Friday, June 30, at Kamiak High School.

The inaugural Jake Long Memorial Baseball Tournament was a success.

“We had great attendance. We had some very good teams,” said Northwest Bandits President Ray Atkinson, who helped to organize the tournament along with the Kamiak Athletic Booster Club and the families of Jake Long and Frank Nickerson. “We had a lot of volunteers helping to make this tournament. I think it was a very successful tournament for the Mukilteo Community.”

Chaffey defeated Bandit Elite 7-4 in the championship game Sunday, July 2, at Kamiak High School.

Long played for the Northwest Bandits throughout his youth baseball career. The Kamiak High School standout was one of three former students killed at a party last summer.

Nickerson, the head baseball coach for two seasons and an English teacher at the high school, also passed away last summer after a long battle with cancer.

The families of Long and Nickerson were a part of the opening ceremonies on Friday, June 30.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the establishment of the Jake Long Memorial Scholarship and the Coach Frank Nickerson Memorial Scholarship, which are awarded to two Kamiak High School senior baseball players.

“We were excited to be a part of it,” Atkinson said.

The Jake Long Most Valuable Player award went to Glacier Peak’s Colton Bunt and the Frank Nickerson Pitching Award went to Cedarcrest’s Aaron Davenport. Both Bunt and Davenport play for Chaffey.

At the end of the championship game, Atkinson looked at the scoreboard and the 7-4 result.

“Jake Long’s number was 7. We scored 7,” said Atkinson, who was the coach of Chaffey. “I thought that was really cool.”

The goal is to expand the tournament from six teams to eight next year, Atkinson said.

“I’d like to have a couple of out-of-state teams that we play all the time,” he said. “We hope to build it throughout the years to become a very prestigious tournament.”

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