From A Eagle To A Skyhawk

by Skyhawks Insider

We are excited about having Ronald Baines apart of the Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks Family. He is one of the missing pieces we need to help out an already talented defense. 

Career: Has started 14 games as an Eagle to rank fourth among returning defensive players. He had an interception in the Red-White Spring Game for the second-straight season.

2013: Listed as a starter at field corner back on the preseason depth chart. Ranked 39th on the preseason FCS cornerback rankings as selected by Josh Buchanan

2012: Earned honorable mention All-Big Sky honors as he started 13 of 14 games. He had a career-high nine tackles in EWU’s 27-24 victory at second-ranked Montana State(10/13/12). Baines had his first career interception inEastern’s season-opening 20-3 victory over Idaho to set-up afield goal. He had two of his three passes broken up versusIllinois State (12/8/12) in the quarterfinals of the FCSPlayoffs.

2011: Baines made the first start of his career against Sacramento State (10/22/11) and equaled his season high with five tackles. He also had five stops one game earlier versusNorthern Colorado (10/15/11). He had a pass broken up and four tackles versus Northern Arizona (10/8/11). In four spring scrimmages, he had nine tackles, two interceptions and one pass broken up. He returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown to help the Red defeat the White 28-14 in EWU’s Red-White SpringGame.

2010: Played 13 games, mostly on special teams, and saw some action as a cornerback. He had a season-high two tackles and forced a fumble against Montana (9/18/10) in a 36-27victory in the first game on EWU’s red Sprinturf surface atRoos Field. He helped the Eagle defense rank first nationally in interceptions (total of 26) and turnovers gained (47), and finish sixth nationally in red zone defense, as it allowed just 38 scores in 58 opponent trips inside the Eagle 20-yard line.

2009: Redshirted.

HS: Graduated from Mount Tahoma HS in 2009.Named by the Seattle Times as a “White Chip”selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state ofWashington. Was selected by the Tacoma News Tribune to itsAll-Area team as a running back. Baines also earned first teamAll-Narrows League honors as a senior. In addition, he was a member of Ron Siegel’s 31-member preseason All-State squad. He started the 2008 season against Shelton with 421 rushing yards– the sixth-highest single game total in state history– and five touchdowns. He finished the year with 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns on 199 carries (7.2 per carry). As a junior, he accounted for 2,600 yards and 25 touchdowns and was named theNarrows League Bay Division Offensive MVP. Mount Tahoma was 4-6 his senior season and 3-7 in 2007. His former EWU teammate GabrielJackson (’06) also attended Mount Tahoma.

Personal: Outdoor recreation major. Born7/31/90 in Tacoma, Wash. Full name is Ronald Alexander Baines.