BY JOHNATHAN SAENZ
Photo Courtesy of COD Athletics
College of the Desert’s Travis Tanaka (sophomore) has committed to Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska. According to the COD athletics webpage, Tanaka signed his letter of intent on June 30.
Tanaka is the catcher/outfielder for Roadrunners baseball and was named first-team All-Pacific Athletic Conference for the second consecutive year. Tanaka played 74 games during his career at COD; with 280 at-bats, he had 104 hits and collected 54 runs.” Travis was a leader who spoke softly and let his bat do the talking.” said Adam Uhlhorn, an assistant coach for COD baseball. Tanaka finished with an impressive batting average of .366 this season; catching the attention of the Bellevue University Bruins.
“It might seem cliche to say, but he reminded me of a Hawaiian warrior.” said Uhlhorn. Uhlhorn added by complementing Tanaka’s work ethic and will to succeed. Tanaka is originally from Aiea, Hawaii; he graduated from Saint Louis High School in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Bellevue Bruins play Division II college baseball in the North Star Athletic Association. They finished their season with a record of 51-11 overall and 23-1 in conference play. “Travis will figure it out, with his work ethic and drive, he will figure out how to succeed.” said Uhlhorn when asked how Tanaka will stack up against players at this level.
Tanaka will begin his new chapter with Bellevue University’s baseball program in Feb. 2018. “He was truly a great person to have coached.” said Uhlhorn.