Ketchikan trio catches fire for Clackamas as season winds down

May 29, 2021

Liam Kiffer, Wyatt Barajas, Cody Kemble

Three freshmen from Ketchikan are making sure the Clackamas College baseball team finishes the season on a high note.

In the span of three days, Wyatt Barajas pitched his first college shutout, Liam Kiffer had two hits and two RBIs in a game for the second time, and Cody Kimble came out of the bullpen to throw his best effort of the year.

In high school and Legion, they formed one of the state’s most formidable trios.

Now they have teamed up in the NWAC.

Barajas spun a 4-hit complete-game masterpiece to shut out a 20-win Mt. Hood team 4-0.

The 6-foot-2 right-hander issued three walks, struck out two batters and retired 10 straight across the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings. He threw 101 pitches in seven innings, 59 for strikes.

This was the first win for Barajas, who posted 21 strikeouts in 29.1 innings over nine appearances. He also had two saves.

Barajas is one of two Clackamas pitchers to have a save and complete game this season.

The other one is Kimble. Both Alaskans rank among the top four in innings, with Kimble second (33.2) and Barajas fourth.

Kimble closed out a 9-7 loss to Southwestern Oregon with four shutout frames in his five innings of work. He allowed three hits and two runs while striking out three. He kept the game close to give his team a chance to come back.

His game ERA of 3.60 ranks only behind his 2.08 effort in 4.1 innings against Linn-Benton.

In the same game, Kiffer started in left field and batted 2-for-4 with a walk, run and two RBIs. This was his best game since going 3-for-4 with two RBIs against Umpqua.

He has seven RBIs in 16 games and has drawn nearly as many walks (11) as he has strikeouts (12). Kiffer ranks fourth on the team with a .391 on-base percentage.