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The Century graduate was selected as a preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball.

COURTESY PHOTO: GODUCKS.COM - Century graduate and University of Oregon pitcher Kolby Somers throws a pitch during a Ducks game last season. Somers was recently selected a preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball.Hillsboro's Kolby Somers was recently named a preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball.

The former Century Jaguars and current University of Oregon pitcher, who was a NCBWA third team All-American and first team all-Pac-12 honoree following the 2021 season, earned the preseason recognition alongside his Ducks teammate, outfielder Tanner Smith.

"Getting the award is definitely an honor, but at the same time for me, it's more about proving them right," Somers said. "Getting recognition is always cool, but you have to push forward, get better, and live up to that honor."

Somers, who spent his first couple of years at Oregon as a starter, transitioned to the team's closer role during the COVID-shortened 2020 season. Last season, he spent the entire year finishing games for the Ducks, going 2-2 with a 3.08 ERA with 11 saves, while striking out 37 in just 26 1/3 innings of work and holding opposing hitters to a .149 batting average.

He said that while it took a bit of an adjustment going from the starting rotation to the bullpen, he got comfortable relatively quickly and has since embraced the role.

"It's a little different, but at the same time the mindset is still to focus on executing pitches and getting outs," Somers said. "Whether there's no one on base or runners on base, it's about competing, executing pitches, and helping your team."

Somers was a four-year letterman at Century, was the Oregon 6A State Pitcher of the Year as a senior, and earned second team High School All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball. He was also chosen in the 38th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft by the Seattle Mariners, but he opted to forego the professional game to attend the University of Oregon.

PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Hillsboro's Kolby Somers throws a pitch during his tenure at Century High School. Somers pitches for the University of Oregon and was recently selected a preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball.Since, he's earned his bachelor's degree in business and is presently working on a master's degree in sports product management. He said he has no regrets regarding his college decision and is only appreciative for what the University of Oregon has provided him regarding both his academic and athletic experience.

"I love it here," he said. "Everything about the Oregon culture is super amazing and I'm definitely grateful. I've gone through two coaching staffs here and both have been amazing, very supportive and have helped a lot. I've been blessed and am definitely grateful."

The fifth-year senior said he's excited for the coming season, and despite losing a significant amount of firepower from a team that finished 39-16 last season to graduation, he said the coaching staff has more than adequately filled those roles. He added that he's not exactly sure what the future holds for him either on or off the field, but that he'll worry more about that later, for he prefers to focus on the here and now.

"I'm focusing on the present," Somers said. "I've never really been one to get to ahead of myself, so I'm just going to focus on getting my master's degree and trying to win a national championship for my team. I'll try to be the best student and baseball player I can be, then let everything else take care of itself."


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