Eric Sawyer was born in 1971 in Arizona. Moved to Hockinson Washington when he was young where he grew up. Baseball was an early passion, and he spent every waking moment playing “sandlot” ball with the neighbor kids in his field, complete with backstop and home run fence. It was a kids paradise.
He had the fortune of playing high school baseball at Prairie High school under the watchful eye of Don Freeman. Coach Freeman would go on to become a Washington State High School Hall of Fame baseball coach. Included on his impressive resume is a long stint with USA baseball. For Eric, working with coach Freeman was an eye opener on how to teach young kids the beautiful game of baseball, and a lot of what he does as a coach today can be traced to the diamond at PHS.
While at Prairie Eric was part of 2 state championship baseball title runs. As a freshman he was the bullpen catcher on a team led by the phenomenally talented Rip Ramsey. His senior year the Falcons won another title, this time with large contributions by Eric as he hit close to .500 his senior year and was selected as an All State player along with one of his best friends and current Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart. Also on that team was future MLB World Series winner Alan Embree who just this year retired after a remarkable career in professional baseball.
After high school Eric went on to play at Central Washington University and get his degree as well. While attending CWU he was blessed with his first son, Casey. Casey was a natural talent, but it gave Eric the chance to begin his coaching career as soon as Casey was old enough.
As a coach he has done some wonderful things in the community. He started the Sandlot Baseball Club. The intent of Sandlot was to build the Highlands Little League program stronger, in order to compete in All Stars better. That was clearly successful as the tiny Little League program began a run of several consecutive district titles making it to state several years in a row, including a 2nd place finish at state under the watchful eye of manager Shannon Capps, one of Eric’s best baseball buddies. He has taken youth teams to tournaments in California, Arizona, New York, and all over Oregon and Washington.
He has coached at the high school level for the past 4 years at Hockinson High School, again helping to take a little program and turn them into something a little more prominent in the local baseball landscape. His son Casey just graduated from Hockinson as a two time All State baseball award winner, two time Player of the Year for 2A in the GSHL, 4 year letter winner, 4 year All League award winner, and will take his talents to the college level with former Hawk Head Coach Rick Skinner at Centralia Community College.
Off the field Eric has been a Booster Club President, volunteer food server for the homeless, involved with Kiwanis clubs, Chambers of Commerce, BIA of Clark County, and .
His professional career has been in radio and tv broadcasting and advertising, mortgage lending, and professional business development in payroll administration.
His family includes 4 amazing children, the aforementioned Casey, daughter Hannah who plays soccer for the Columbia Timbers Premier, son Quinten, and son Ethan. None of what Eric has accomplished on and off the field would be possible without his amazing partner in crime, his beautiful wife of over 12 years, Teresa.
Todd Humphrey grew up in Texas and always loved to play every sport he could, whatever the season. Todd was constantly doing whatever he could to improve himself and become a better athlete.
In high school at Spring High in Houston, Texas. Todd lettered in football, baseball, tennis and track & field.
When the days of high school wrapped up he took his talents to Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa where he was blessed to play football, baseball and track & field.
Along the way he earned numerous awards and accolades.
His passion for sports was passed down to his children as well, combining three of his greatest loves (sports, helping others, and working with youth at all levels). The journey of life has led him to a point where he has the ability include all three of those passions in his life on a daily basis.
Todd is the current Booster Club President of Battle Ground High School, and a past board member of Highlands Little League.
Todd has 4 wonderful children, daughter Arielle, and three boys Ian, Hayden, and Logan, and a wonderful wife Candyce.
Casey Dyer. I grew up in Centralia Wa., where baseball is king! Baseball has always been my passion (except that awful two week period during my 7th grade year when I thought I was a hooper). Almost daily during the summer months between the ages of 11 and 16, we were down at the Little League field playing home run derby, tennis ball baseball, or building and playing whiffle ball at our own “Fenway park” in my grandmas side yard.
When I turned 16, baseball became much more serious. During high school I wasn’t the best student, but baseball was very important to me. After being an “average’ high school baseball player, I was ready to start my 9 to 5 life and get a job. But things quickly changed, I was offered a baseball scholarship to play at Centralia Community College. That continued after Centralia, when I played for 2 more years at Concordia college in Portland.
If it wasn’t for baseball, I never would have met my wonderful wife Julie and had our two children, brooks and Madison. While in college I realized what baseball had done for me, so I majored in education so I could teach and coach baseball. I’ve been a head baseball coach at Cleveland High School for 12 years. In my time at Cleveland I’ve been fortunate enough to coach some very good teams with some hard working kids. We have won five league titles, the first one was the first in 46 years, and I’ve been named the PIL coach of the year six times. I’ve also been lucky enough to be invited to the Oregon all-star game as a coach twice.