Trio of North Kitsap grads commit to TCC

"Brown, Camus and Berman to reunite on the diamond. "

“TACOMA – Almost as long as David Camus has been pitching, Andy Berman has been catching him. They have known each other, Camus said, from Little League to high school. Last year, as the duo was on North Kitsap High School team that took the league title, the battery was an important part of the team’s success. This fall, the two will be attending Tacoma Community College together … and will be joined by speedy infielder Ryan Brown, also a North Kitsap grad. It’ll be nice to play with guys that I’ve played with before. It’ll be nice because Andy has caught for me before, Camus said. His interest in Tacoma Community College was sparked when he realized that they had an interest in him. The coach kept sending me letters. He said I’d pitch a lot, Camus said. He added that he hopes he is used as a starter. The Titans’ head coach is Gregg Swenson, and he coaches a team that took third in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges with a 30-12 record. Another factor, Camus said, was the new facilities. TCC is installing 500 seats that they bought from the now-departed Kingdome, and they’re installing a new concessions stand as well. But the important factor, Camus said, will be playing baseball again. That’s the plan, he said. To keep playing baseball as long as I can. Camus, who earned a scholarship, said he hopes to catch on with a Division I school. Berman is also happy to be suiting up for the Titans next season. He’s ready for competition. I’m sure there’s going to be another catcher there, he said. I’m just going to have to beat him down. Berman talked to Swenson several times. I like the program. I like the field, Berman said. I talked to (Swenson) and he seemed like a good, smart guy. He was the first one to talk to me. He’s going to be a good coach. I know he’s tough – I’ve been told that. But he’s put together good teams in the past. Berman is now trying to get stronger after a bout with mono. I’ve got to get stronger, he said. I just want to succeed in school and baseball. I want to become stronger, get coached well, and become a good baseball player. Part of that process, Berman said, is joining some of his high school teammates and adversaries. Included with the players joining TCC next year will be Scott Hartung, former South Kitsap pitching ace. Berman has met him on the field and through various teams and leagues. He also looks forward to taking the field with Brown and Camus. It’s going to be exciting. Playing with them in high school was real fun. We had a great time. Brown, the third of the North Kitsap trio to enroll at TCC, is the the Vikings’ leader in steals in a season with 35, a record he set last season while hitting .457. “

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