Butte’s Nate LeProwse sign to play baseball at Dawson CC

Butte’s connection with Dawson Community College is growing even stronger.

Nate LeProwse signed to play baseball for the Buccaneers, the Butte Miner confirmed Sunday. LeProwse, a Butte High senior, formally signed with Dawson Saturday night after weighing an offer with a full-tuition scholarship for a couple of weeks.

LeProwse is the second Butte Miner to sign with the Buccaneers in the last week. Teammate Jared Haran committed to Dawson on Tuesday.

Former Butte Miner Ty Harney is currently a pitcher and catcher at Dawson.

LeProwse’s uncle, Jim LeProwse, is the head coach of the Dawson Community College women’s softball team. The Butte native guided the Buccaneers to the Mon-Dak title four straight seasons.

Jim LeProwse’s top pitcher this season was freshman Jessica Robertson, a 2014 Butte High graduate.

“They were after me pretty hard,” Nate LeProwse said, referring to the Buccaneers and his extended family in Glendive. “I’m kind of excited about it.”

For LeProwse, the move to the two-year school is a step up the ladder of his baseball career that dates back about as far as he can remember.

“I want to go to a four-year school after I’m done there,” he said.

LeProwse will likely catch, play second base and pitcher for the Buccaneers. Those are the three positions the 5-foot-7 LeProwse plays for the Miners.

“I like to catch,” LeProwse said. “I caught since I was eight.”

In 2014, LeProwse was ranked second on the Miners with a .404 batting average. He hit 12 doubles, two home runs and drove in 41 runs in 48 games. He also stole nine bases. His on-base percentage was .523, which was also ranked second on the team.

This season, LeProwse is off to a .370 start (10-27). He has appeared in eight of the Miners’ nine games.

LeProwse is the son of Jeff and Heather LeProwse. Jeff LeProwse is the head coach of the Miners.

The younger LeProwse has played with his father as his coach since he was in the 9-10 league of Little League.

Before heading to Glendive for the fall semester, Nate LeProwse said he is looking forward to the challenge of playing in the Class AA this season. The Miners played Class A last season.

He also said he’s looking forward to returning to Butte next Legion season to play his final year of eligibility for the Miners when they open their new ballpark.

“I’m coming back to play Legion next year,” he said assertively. “I’m excited about that.”