Puyallup High graduate Tyler McDowell is the NAIA National Baseball Player of the Week after a sizzling performance at the plate last week for Lewis-Clark State College.
In five games against Oregon Tech April 21-23, the senior led his Lewiston, Idaho, team to four wins. He was 16-for-24 with one homer and six RBI.
The highlight came Sept. 22 in the second game of a double header in Klamath Falls, Oregon. McDowell became the first LCSC player since 2005 to hit for the cycle. He was 4-for-6 in the 16-14 win with a single, double, triple and homer. For the day, he was 8-for-11.
The first baseman and designated hitter was a member of Puyallup High's 2014 state championship team. He played for Washington State University before a new coach rescinded his scholarship. McDowell transferred to LCSC where he helped the Warriors win the 2016 NAIA College World Series.