Lange and Bernsen Join Centenary from Big Bend
Wednesday, June 13, 2007




Coach McCann and the Gents welcome
Lange and Bernsen from Big Bend

SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary baseball team proudly announces the signings of Jameson Lange and Ryan Bernsen to National Letters of Intent for the 2008 season.

Joining a class of eight players who previously signed with the Gents in the Fall, Lange and Bernsen both played for Big Bend Community College, located in Moses Lake, Wash.. Both players participated in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC).

Under the recruiting efforts of Centenary associate head baseball coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Diaz, Lange and Bernsen both have the opportunity to make an immediate impact on the Gents next season, both standing out in the NWAACC.

"Both Jamie and Ryan showed the ability to play at a high level with Big Bend," Diaz said. "Both should be able to contribute next season. Both have the ability to start."

Lange and Bernsen finished No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in hitting for Big Bend this past season.

In 39 games, Lange led the Vikings with a .344 average and a team-leading .453 on-base percentage. An outfielder from Kent, Wash., Lange was amongst the NWAACC leaders with 37 runs scored from the lead-off position. He finished in the top 20 in the league in hitting in 2007.

Finishing this season with a .489 slugging percentage, Lange will immediately contest for a starting spot in the Centenary outfield in 2008.

"Jameson was recruited heavily by other Division I schools and we’re really excited to bring his caliber of player to our program," Centenary head coach Ed McCann said of Lange.

Bernsen, a first baseman from Pasco, Wash., excelled as a situational hitter this past season with Big Bend. Leading the Vikings with 20 stolen bases, Bernsen finished the year with a .317 average and 26 RBI, registering five home runs.

The infielder led Vikings with a .508 slugging percentage in 39 games, ending the year with a .438 on-base percentage.

Bernsen scored 27 runs this past year.

"Ryan is a quality student-athlete who has also excelled on the field," McCann said. "We feel he is the perfect fit for our club."

Lange and Bernsen join two other Centenary recruits who played in the NWAACC this past season. Pitcher Joe Hagen of Green River Community College and outfielder Rich Schoenfelder of Treasure Valley Community College both played in the NWAACC, both signing with the Gents in the Fall.

The duo from Big Bend represent the second set of teammates signing with the Gents for the 2008 season. Incoming infielders Ricky Imperiali and Tim Deering, along with outfielder Joey Fandel all played for Palomar College, in San Marcos, Calif., this past season. The three signed with Centenary in the Fall of 2006.

Centenary finished runners-up in the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Baseball Championships, ending the year with a 28-31 record.

2007 Centenary Baseball Recruiting Class

Name

Pos

Ht

Wt

Hometown

Last School

Ryan Bernsen

IF

6-3

210

Pasco, Wash.

Big Bend CC

Tim Deering

IF

5-10

180

Escondido, Calif.

Palomar College

Joey Fandel

OF

6-1

180

Oceanside, Calif.

Palomar College

Joe Hagen

RHP

6-2

190

Renton, Wash.

Green River CC

Ricky Imperiali

IF

6-0

175

Vista, Calif.

Palomar College

Justin Kraft

RHP

5-10

150

Yakima, Wash.

Eisenhower HS

Jameson Lange

OF

5-11

175

Kent, Wash.

Big Bend CC

Rich Schoenfelder

OF

6-1

180

Cedar Mill, Ore.

Treasure Valley CC

Jamar Tabor

OF

5-11

165

Kalamazoo, Mich.

Kellogg CC

Boone Whiting

RHP

6-0

160

Oakdale, Calif.

Oakdale HS