Forest Grove senior Daniel Daughtry will play baseball at the college level next year

NEW-TIMES PHOTO: AMANDA MILES - Forest Grove senior Daniel Daughtry (center) signs his letter of intent to play baseball next year at Blue Mountain Community College.Daniel Daughtry is going to be a Timberwolf.

On Monday at the Basinski Center, Daughtry, a senior on the Forest Grove baseball team, signed his National Letter of Intent with Blue Mountain Community College.

“I really liked their facility and what they had to offer to me,” Daughty said Monday afternoon. “I think their new head coach, Brad Baker, is going to turn it around and have good years there.”

Daughtry’s mother, Janice Daughtry; his sister, Erin Krupp; Forest Grove athletic director Doug Thompson and Vikings baseball coach Kevin Tucker were all on hand to witness the signing. Daughtry will matriculate in the Pendleton school this coming fall and plans to major in criminal justice, with his eventual career goal to become a state police officer.

In Baker, Daughtry will play for a coach with whom western Washington County fans might be familiar. Baker is a former pitching coach for Pacific University, where he also concluded his college career in 2006. Baker played for Blue Mountain before enrolling at Pacific.

Having attended some camps at which Baker coached, Daughtry is already pretty familiar with his future college head coach.

“We’ve known each other a couple years now,” said Daughtry, who hopes to attend a four-year institution after his time in a Timberwolves uniform is over.

One of the Vikings’ top players in 2013, Daughtry was a second-team All-Pacific Conference selection as an outfielder at the end of the season. He also spent some time on the pitching mound and could play in both positions in Pendleton.

Tucker, for one, feels that Blue Mountain is a good fit for Daughtry.

“If they use him as a pitcher, they’re going to get a guy that throws strikes and has good offspeed,” Tucker said. “If they use him in the outfield, he’s got a pretty good bat from the left-hand side ... with some power. A good average. He doesn’t strike out a lot. He’s a pretty smart hitter, which separates him I think from a lot of the high school athletes.”

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