Zach Penrod is a native of Nampa, Idaho and is currently attending Northwest Nazarene University.
While attending Columbia High School in his hometown of Nampa, Penrod was a three-year varsity letter winner in baseball and was named as a 1st Team All-Conference Outfielder all three years.
Penrod spent his first two years playing collegiately for Corban University. Over those two seasons, he started 59 games and finished with a .273 batting average, 2 homeruns, 14 doubles, and 17 stolen bases. On the mound for Corban, he appeared in nine games and finished with a 2.03 ERA.
“When I went on my visit to Corban, I just really felt at home,” Penrod said. “I really enjoyed the Christian small school aspect. On the baseball side of things, I made a lot of really great relationships with the team. We really bonded my freshman year.”
Penrod transferred to Northwest Nazarene University this past fall, which is just a short drive from his hometown of Nampa. He said he was drawn to play for the Nighthawks because of head coach Rocke Musgraves’ approach to the game of baseball.
“I really enjoyed the outlook [Musgraves] has on the game,” Penrod said. “I felt like it was something I could really get involved in. I’m also looking forward to playing a little closer to home, so my family could come see me more often.”
Penrod is currently studying sports management with a desire to become a college athletic director or possibly work in management with a baseball program. However, he is motivated by his desire to play at the next level and wants to continue playing baseball as long as he can.
Penrod said he is looking forward to playing in front of the awesome fans of the Walla Walla Sweets this summer and the high level of competition in the WCL. He is the son of Tracy and Jon Penrod and has three brothers, Skyler, Trevor and JT.