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April 23, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Extra Bases: Another HOF for Jim Clem, a multitude of no-hitters

A quick review of Jim Clem’s accomplishments in high school baseball:

– Head coach for 30 seasons, 28 of which at Burlington-Edison High School (two at Dayton)

– A grand total of 481 wins at Burlington-Edison

– A combined 1,139 wins (to just 435 losses) between high school and American Legion

– Three inductions into local Hall of Fames

– Two pending inductions into local Hall of Fames

We’ll stop the list there because, I think, you get the idea. Clem has been a staple of Washington state baseball for years. He’s been elected to the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association, the Washington American Legion Baseball and Burlington-Edison High School Hall of Fames. Later this spring, he’ll join the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame. He’ll also go into the Central Washington University Hall of Fame during a May 17 ceremony.

(Clem pitched for two seasons at CWU.)

“That was such a surprise,” Clem said of the upcoming induction at CWU. “I’m thrilled to be going in. It was a place that really changed my life. At that point, when you’re a young person, you’re trying to find your way. I ran in to just a lot of great people there, and those people helped me get me the opportunities that I had.”

Clem said it was pretty clear to him early on that he wanted to be a teacher and a coach. After two seasons at Dayton High School, Clem landed at Burlington-Edison, which is where he went on to a have a long and illustrious career. It’s where he coached two sons, Zach and Jacob, before both headed to Washington to play collegiately.

When Clem arrived at Burlington-Edison, though, he wasn’t handed the reigns of a perennial power. In fact, he wasn’t even given a baseball field. The year before Clem arrived, the team had played all of its games on the road and had just planted grass for a home field.

“I got in on building a baseball field from the ground level up; the work that we did on the field, the fundraising we had to do and the community support that we really needed in order to make that a reality, that’s probably the thing I remember most,” Clem said. “Coming in and truly building a program from the ground up.”

Clem, who is currently back with the school as an assistant, as well as the pitching coach for the Bellingham Bells in the summer, knows he’s lucky to have been able to stay at one place for so long.

“Every year was a new challenge,” he said. “The players were different and building the team, trying to get them to be as good as they could possibly be, that was a fun challenge.”


Is it just me or are there a ton of no-hitters this year?

No or no-no?

While you’re recovering from that horrendous funny joke, take a look at what was accomplished this past week.

– Taylor Davis and Ethan Phelps combined for a perfect game on April 18 in Beamer’s 13-0 win over Spanaway Lake in five innings.

– Nick Kafer (6 2/3 innings) and Conner Todd (2/3) combined for a no-hitter in Bellevue’s 3-0 win over Sammamish on April 21.


Here is the weekly poll, courtesy of Lem Elway:

1. Puyallup (15-0)
2. Walla Walla (11-1)
3. Moses Lake (10-1)
4. Gonzaga Prep (10-2)
5. Bothell (12-3)
6. Jackson (9-2)
7. Beamer (9-2)
8. Union (10-3)
9. Cascade, Ev. (10-2)
10. Redmond (8-4)
1. Shorewood (14-0)
2. Timberline (14-0)
3. Col River (13-0)
4. Kennewick (12-0)
5. O’Dea (11-1)
6. Marys-Pil. (10-1)
7. Mt.Spok. (10-3)
8. Mt.View (10-3)
9. Bainbridge (9-1)
10. Kennedy (8-1)


1. Sumner (11-1)
2. Selah (11-1)
3. Tumwater (10-2)
4. White River (7-2)
5. E.Valley(Yak) (10-2)
6. Arch.Bish. Mur.(10-3)
7. WFWest,Chehalis(10-3)
8.  Centralia (8-3)
9. Hockinson (7-2)
10. No. Kitsap (8-4)


1. Woodland (11-0)
2. Connell (11-1)
3. Cashmere (11-1)
4. Freeman (10-1)
5. Tenino (9-2)
6. Naches (9-3)
7. Hoquiam (7-1)
8. Brewster (10-2)
9. CleElum (10-2)
10. Cascade (8-4)



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