Former South star killed by DUI driver in California

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Apr 19, 2019

Girdwood’s Sladen Mohl, the former South all-star catcher who went on to play for El Camino College in California, was killed tragically by a DUI driver in Torrance. He was 19.


Mohl was a pedestrian in the accident and died at the scene.


The news rocked the Alaska baseball community as condolences poured in on social media from players, coaches and friends.


“We are all going to miss him dearly,” South coach Taylor Nerland told me.


Mohl was a star catcher for both South High and South Legion programs. As a high school senior, he earned first-team All-Cook Inlet Conference honors and shared the league's Big Stick Award after he batted .458 in nine games. In 2016 with Post 4, he was named to the ALB Team of Excellence after hitting .426 in 16 games.


A great player, but a better person.


“Sladen was a wonderful young man," Nerland said. "I can only hope that my sons grow up to be as respectful, compassionate, responsible and honest as Sladen was.”


Mohl went on to redshirt one year at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, before transferring to El Camino, where he was a Kinesiology major who played infield for the Warriors.


In February, he went 3-for-4 and scored the winning run to highlight a 2-1 win over Saddleback.

Last summer, he played with the Anchorage Bucs of the Alaska Baseball League.


This season, Mohl started 29 games at El Camino and collected 20 hits, scored 15 runs and caught for the top pitching staff in the state. With Mohl behind the plate, ECC pitchers posted a 2.18 team ERA for the top mark in the California Community College Athletics Association.


“We are all deeply saddened by this tragedy. Sladen was an excellent baseball player but an even better teammate and individual,” said El Camino coach Nate Fernley. “He was kind, positive and brought smiles to everyone he came in contact with. Our hearts are with his family at this moment.


“Sladen will be missed but never forgotten.”


A GoFundMe page has been started for the family to assist them with this unexpected loss.