The Baseball College World Series will commence this Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska with eight teams fighting for the trophy.

While there may not be natives of Kittitas County vying with one of the teams, there are four players who are from the state of Washington.

Here are the few:


Nelson, from Normandy Park, attended Mt. Rainier High School (Des Moines) where he was first team All-League as a senior and second team All-League as a junior.

He attended South Mountain Community College in Arizona for two years. In 52 games, Nelson batted .333 with 44 RBI, 45 runs scored and 17 stolen bases.

He transferred to Michigan in 2018 and the junior infielder batted .248 in 45 games (started in 39).

In 59 games played this year (started in 58), Nelson improved his batting average to .299. He’s scored 40 runs, notched 35 RBI, and stolen 15 bases.

Nelson is enrolled in College of Literature, science and the arts as a general studies major

Michigan (46-20) takes on Texas Tech (44-18) at 1 p.m. on Saturday.


Franklin attended Seattle Prep and had a scintillating prep career. As a senior, he hit .571 with four home runs, 21 RBI and 11 stolen bases.

He earned many accolades, such as: 2017 Gatorade Player of the Year, 2017 first team All-State, 2017 first team All-Metro, 2017 MVP of the Metro League, 2017 Seattle Times Star Times All-Area player, 2017 WIAA Home Run Derby Champion, 2017 Washington Athletic 101 Club Scholar-Athlete Award, 2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game All-America Honorable Mention, 2017 Perfect Game All-American West — All-Region first team, 2017 Perfect Game Washington State Player of the Year, 2015 first team All-Metro, 2015 second team All-State and 2015 Seattle Times Star Times All-Area Player.

He was drafted in the 37th round by the Seattle Mariners, but opted to attend Michigan.

As a freshman with the Wolves last year, the outfielder hit .327 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI in 47 games. He earned honors such as: Baseball America Freshman All-America second team selection, D1Baseball Freshman All-America second team selection, Perfect Game Freshman All-America second team selection, NCBWA Freshman All-America second team selection, Collegiate Baseball News Freshman All-America selection, and Unanimous All-Big Ten Freshman Team Selection.

This season, Franklin is hitting .254 with 12 home runs and 49 RBI in 62 games. He was third team All-Big Ten at outfield.

He’s enrolled in the College of Literature, science and the arts and majors in political science.


Scheffler is a Kirkland native and attended Lake Washington High School where as a senior he batted .400 with 12 doubles and 18 RBI in 25 games. He earned All-League and All-State honors and guided Lake Washington to its first state championship in 2016.

He attended Pierce College in Tacoma and as a freshman, he batted a prolific .398 with two home runs and 15 RBI.

As a sophomore, he hit .369 with 12 doubles and 22 RBI. Defensively, he carded 24 assists and made a mere two errors at catcher.

He was named to the NWAC All-Region Team twice.

Scheffler is currently playing catcher for Auburn University, and this season the junior is batting .256 in 59 games (started in 57). He has a sterling fielding percentage of .989.

He’s enrolled in College of Liberal Arts.

Auburn (38-26) faces Mississippi State (51-13) at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.


Paul, a native of Bellevue, attended Newport High School where he was named an All-American in 2014 and 2015 by Perfect Game and was a 4A All-State infielder in 2014 and 2015 by WSBCA. He led Newport to a runner-up finish at state in 2015.

The middle infielder choose to attend Vanderbilt University and is vying in his senior season for the Commodores. In 234 games played, he’s started in 224 of them. In fact, he’s started every game in the past two seasons.

He carries a career .280 batting average and this season alone, he’s hitting .323 with 22 doubles, nine home runs, and 71 RBI.

He was drafted in the 26th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in his junior season after hitting .237 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI, but opted to finish out his senior year for Vanderbilt.

He was recently drafted by the Pirates again, but this time in the ninth round.

Paul holds a career .965 fielder percentage.

He’s majoring in psychology.

Vanderbilt (54-11) faces Louisville (49-16) at 1 p.m. Sunday.


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