Local sports briefs: WU hires assistant baseball coach

Washburn baseball coach Harley Douglas has hired Jon Pomatto as an assistant coach, Washburn announced Wednesday.


Pomatto, a former All-MIAA player at Northwest Missouri State, spent last season as a volunteer assistant with Pittsburg State.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to join the staff,” Pomatto said in a WU news release. “I’m looking forward to meeting and working with the guys and eager for the start of the season.”

Pomotto, who graduated from Northwest Missouri in 2014, played two seasons for the Bearcats, appearing in 82 games and batting .290. He was an honorable mention All-MIAA pick following his senior senior, batting .329 with 47 runs scored and 24 runs driven in.

“I’m very happy to be able to add Jon to the staff,” Douglas said. “His experience with the MIAA as a player and a coach are invaluable. He knows what it takes to compete and be successful as he will help develop our outfielders.”

EMPORIA STATE BASKETBALL TO PLAY THREE D-I EXHIBITIONS: The Emporia State men’s basketball team will play three exhibitions against Division I opponents in the 2017-18 season.

The Hornet men will play a doubleheader with the ESU women at Kansas State on Nov. 3 before traveling to Iowa State on Nov. 5.

ESU will open the regular season against Sioux Falls in White Auditorium on Nov. 10 and will play host to Southwest Minnesota State on Nov. 11. The Hornets will then play Kansas Wesleyan on Nov. 16 and Drury on Nov. 18.

The Hornets will play another exhibition against Missouri on Nov. 20 in Columbia. The game will count as a regular-season game for the Tigers.

ESU’s MIAA opener will be against Nebraska-Kearney on Dec. 7 in White Auditorium.



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