IRVINE, Calif. – The Orange County Riptide, a collegiate wood bat summer baseball team playing in the California Collegiate League (CCL), announced today Colin Bock as the lead Play-by-Play Broadcaster for the summer 2022 season.
A Lake Oswego, Oregon native, Bock currently attends Syracuse University majoring in Broadcast & Digital Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Bock served as the play-by-play voice of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes within the Mavericks Independent Baseball League last summer.
“Finding new talent each summer is a challenge for any summer baseball club whether on the field or in the press box,” David Lamm, Director of Baseball Operations, said. “When Colin reached out to the Riptide and inquired about the broadcasting position, we took an immediate interest in such a driven and ambitious young broadcaster. Colin took the initiative to reach out and explore the potential of joining the OC Riptide staff before the Riptide play-by-play position opened.”
Young & Ambitious
A rising talent, Bock worked as the ‘Cuse Countdown Associate Producer while at Syracuse and founded “OES Stories”, a broadcasting club at his high school, Oregon Episcopal School.
“An appreciation for sports has been embedded in my life for as long as I can remember,” Bock said. “At my eighth grade commencement dinner, I sat at the table and immediately noticed it was bedecked with superlatives. Immediately I claimed the one that read, ‘future sports broadcaster‘. From then on, I made furthering my career my top priority.”
Bock’s hometown of Lake Oswego, is a suburb of Portland in Clackamas County. Although Portland does not have a Major League Baseball team, Bock hopes his experience broadcasting baseball games can propel him to become the eventual Portland MLB team’s announcer.
“My passion for baseball is deeply rooted in my city’s appreciation for the sport,” Bock said. “When the time comes for Portland to have its own MLB team, my goal is to be the first person considered to tell their story.”
“When I heard Colin’s demo reel calling Volcanoes baseball games, I knew Colin would make a valuable addition to the Riptide,” Lamm added. “We’re excited for the upcoming 2022 Riptide season. Now with Colin behind the microphone calling our games, we have the highest confidence Riptide fans watching online will get an incredible viewing experience.”