James Williams’ bid for an NFL career took a hit when the Kansas City Chiefs placed the former Washington State running back on waivers, according to a Twitter post Thursday by freelance reporter Dov Kleiman.
Williams, who relinquished his senior season at WSU to turn pro, went unselected in the NFL draft in April but quickly reached a free-agent agreement with the Chiefs.
Kleiman tweeted that the Chiefs signed tight end Neal Sterling and waived Williams, linebacker Gary Johnson and offensive lineman Justin Senior.
Williams will presumably try to hook up with another franchise as NFL teams continue to prepare for the 2019 season that begins in September.
New WSU baseball coach hires three assistants
New Washington State baseball coach Brian Green is bringing to Pullman three members of his staff at New Mexico State, the Cougars announced Thursday.
Terry Davis will be recruiting coordinator, Anthony Claggett will be pitching coach and Trevor Hairgrove will be director of operations.
“I believe in loyalty and trust,” Green said in a news release. “It’s the foundation of any relationship and it’s one of the core characteristics in the recruiting process.”
Davis spent the past three years with Green, who headed the NMSU program for five seasons. Claggett was with him for the last two years, and Hairgrove was a volunteer assistant this past year.
“Cougar players will love their energy, their passion and their commitment to the program,” Green said.
Green is expected to name a volunteer assistant in the coming weeks.
Blue Devils split with Cubs
The Moscow Blue Devils routed the Lewis-Clark Cubs in Game 1 before the visitors turned the tables in Game 2 of a Legion baseball league doubleheader Thursday at Bear Field.
The scores were 11-1 for Moscow and 9-4 for Lewis-Clark.
In the first contest, Billy Adams went 4-for-4 at bat with three RBI while Kyle Lynas conceded only two base hits in five innings pitched for the Blue Devils (9-4). Moscow’s Mack Hagenbaugh contributed three hits and three RBI for the Blue Devils in that game.
Jayce Chance led Lewis-Clark (1-3) to its Game 2 victory with three hits (one of them a triple) and three RBI, along with Dante Edmisson, who delivered two hits and four RBI. Cole McKenzie pitched four innings and earned two base hits for the Cubs.
“It was just basically a big team effort,” Lewis-Clark coach Anthony Balderas of his team’s reversal of fortune. “They showed up ready to go the second game, and it was just basically being all locked in as a team the second game. That’s basically the biggest difference.”
Lewis-Clark 000 01— 1 2 1
Moscow 420 14—11 15 0
X. Dea and Q. Edmisson. K. Lynas and C. Anderson.
Lewis-Clark hits — B. Larsen, Edmisson
Moscow hits — C. Redinger 2, M. Hagenbaugh 3 (2B), Anderson, B. Adams 4 (2B), B. Abendroth 2, I. Staszkow 2, K. Lynas.
Lewiston 003 400 2—9 12 4
Moscow 003 000 1—4 6 0
C. McKenzie, E. Taylor (5) and H. Owens, B. Larsen (2). C. Redinger, R. Delusa (4) and C. Anderson.
Lewis-Clark hits — G. Bisso, J. Chance 3 (3B), McKenzie 2, Q. Edmisson (2B), J. Johnson, D. Edmisson 2, X. Dea 2.
Moscow hits — Redinger, Hagenbaugh, Anderson, B. Adams 2, B. Abendroth.
Cougars 20, Pirates 5
COLFAX — Whitman County’s Brendan Doumit pitched a complete game and Anthony Becker hit a home run as the Cougars roared to a Class A Spokane League victory over visiting Rogers.
“It was a pretty complete night tonight,” said Whitman County coach Pat Doumit, whose team improved to 6-3 overall and 1-1 in league. “When we had a chance to get some good swings going, we did, and I thought as the game went on we got better offensively and defensively.”
Rogers 014 00—5 5 5
Whitman County 089 3x—20 7 4
Justice Bowman, Karim Gutierrez (2), Pierce Kuck (3) and Jaysen McMillan. Brendan Doumit and Anthony Becker.
Rogers hits — Gutierrez, McMillan, Kuck, Owen Norden, West.
Whitman County hits Marcus Hilliard, Nick Robison (2B), Becker (HR), Elliott Lee 2 (2B), Doumit, Harisen Spoonemore.