Sprague, Christianson, Olson earn first-team all-state honors

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 19, 2013 

Ferndale's Austyn Sprague gets a hit as Ferndale lost to West Seattle 6-0 in the first round of the 3A State Baseball Tournament at Skagit Dream Field on Saturday, May 18, 2013 in Mount Vernon.

ANDY BRONSON — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

After helping the Ferndale baseball team do something it had not done before - win a Class 3A Northwest District title - Ferndale graduated senior Austyn Sprague got a little bit of individual recognition.

Sprague was selected to the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association Class 3A All-State team, which was released on Tuesday, June 18 - one of three Whatcom County players to earn first-team distinction.

Sprague, who split his time between third base and on the mound for the Golden Eagles, hit .403 (27 for 67) with 10 doubles and homer. He had 23 RBI, scored 21 runs and drew 24 walks to help Ferndale reach the first-round of the Class 3A State Tournament.

Sprague will continue playing at Everett Community College next year.

Lynden placed two players on the Class 2A first team, with Luke Christianson and Tanner Olson getting the nod from a statewide panel of coaches.

Olson, who was a first-team All-Northwest Conference selection as a hitter and pitcher, had a sparkling 10-0 record with a 0.76 ERA as the Lions' ace this year. He struck out 94 while walking only 17 in 74 innings of work and allowed opponents to hit only .173 (50 for 289). Olson also became a force at the plate, hitting .361 with seven doubles, a homer and 12 RBI, as he helped Lynden win its first conference title since 1998.

Christianson also played a huge role in that title, as he batted leadoff and was outstanding in centerfield. He hit a team-best .384 (28 for 73) with six doubles, a triple and three homers. He had 13 RBI, scored a team-high 26 runs and tied for the team lead with 10 stolen bases to help Lynden reach the regional final of the Class 2A State Tournament.

Olson and Christianson will continue to be teammates next year at Lower Columbia College.

Lynden senior catcher Josh Kraght also earned second-team all-state honors, as he batted .326 (28 for 86) with nine doubles, a triple and two homers. He had 16 RBI and stole eight bases. Kraght will play football at Portland State next year.

Bellingham placed two players on the second team in junior outfielder Oscar White and freshman infielder Austin Shenton. White led the Red Raiders with a .418 aveage (23 for 55) with six doubles, three homers, 20 RBI and 23 runs scored. Shenton, who was one of only two freshmen recognized on the team in any classification, impressed with his .406 average (26 for 64) with seven doubles, two homers, 21 RBI and 22 runs scored.

Meridian senior Chad Richter also garnered second-team honors on the Class 1A/B team. Richter went 5-3 on the mound and pitched most every important game for the Trojans this spring. He also was a fixture in the middle of their lineup, helping them reach the Class 1A State Tournament for a fourth straight year.

Sedro-Woolley catcher Jackson Conn and Anacortes infielder Billy King also made the 2A first-team, while Sedro-Woolley designated hitter Austin Schuetzle and pitcher Collin Hannan and Burlington-Edison infielder Dalton Schwetz made the second team in 2A.

Skyview's Ian Hamilton (Class 4A), West Seattle's Sam Hellinger (3A), Fife's Brock Carpenter (2A) and Montesano's Layne Bruner (1A/B) were selected MVPs of their respective classifications.

Reach David Rasbach at david.rasbach@bellinghamherald.com or 360-715-2286.

WSBCA ALL-STATE BASEBALL TEAM

Selected by statwide panel of coaches

CLASS 3A

MVP: Sam Hellinger (West Seattle)

Coach of the Year: Glen Walker (Auburn Mountainview)

First team

Player School Pos. Gr.

Nolan Watson Bellevue P Sr.

Sam Hellinger West Seattle P Sr.

Kory Longaker Shorewood INF Jr.

Michael McCann Columbia River C Sr.

Tyler Huck Mt. Spokane INF Sr.

Dominic Peretti Kennedy P Sr.

JT Kaul Mountainview P Sr.

Isaac Bernard Hanford OF Jr.

Joe Boyer Eastside Catholic P Sr.

Tyler Ridgway North Thurston P Sr.

Jarrod Molnaa Kennewick P Sr.

Nick Brooks Auburn Mountainview INF Sr.

Grant Lathim Southridge INF Sr.

Austyn Sprague Ferndale INF Sr.

Evan Johnson Mt. SI DH Jr.

Dominic DeMeiro Mountlake Terrace P Jr.

Austin Strother Interlake P Sr.

Jake Kolterman Hazen P Jr.

Scott Russell Peninsula P Sr.

Brice McCulloch Auburn Mountainview C Sr.

Matt Mercer Timberline INF So.

Second team

Player School Pos. Gr.

Clayton Ayers Kennewick INF Sr.

Brian Woolley Mt. Si INF Sr.

Evan Douglass Shadle Park INF Jr.

Connor Richardson Kennedy P Sr.

Drew Rassmussen Mt. Spokane P Jr.

Dakody Clemmer Mountainview P Sr.

Jack Meggs Bellevue OF Sr.

Sasha Johnson Kelso P Jr.

Oscar Goldberg Columbia River OF Sr.

Stuart Fairchild Seattle Prep INF Jr.

Michael Grettler Bonney Lake INF Jr.

Derik Bontempo Decatur OF Sr.

Jake Luton Marysville Pilchuck P Jr.

Jeff Kepple Eastside Catholic C Sr.

Tino Peleti Bainbridge INF Sr.

Kyle Nobach Marysville Pilchuck INF Sr.

Jorden Owen Tyee C Jr.

Alex Weymiller Peninsula INF Sr.

Sam Boone Shorewood P Jr.

Cam Callen Lindberg INF Sr.

Cobi Beal Timberline P Sr.

CLASS 2A

MVP: Brock Carpenter (Fife)

Coach of the Year: Jeff Weible (North Kitsap)

First team

Player School Pos. Gr.

Brock Carpenter Fife INF Sr.

Cole Johnson White River P Sr.

Jace Vandebrake West Valley Yakima INF Jr.

Luke Christianson Lynden OF Sr.

Hunter Hanson East Valley Yakima INF Sr.

Brad Wallace River Ridge OF Sr.

Brady Calkins WF West P Sr.

Tanner Olson Lynden P Sr.

Trevor Morrison Archbishop Murphy SS Sr.

Shane Crowell North Kitsap P Sr.

Justin Graham Tumwater INF Jr.

Shane Matheny Olympic OF Jr.

Ryan Littlefield Mark Morris Utility Sr.

Dugan Shiree WF West OF Sr.

Billy King Anacortes INF Sr.

Christian Parsons Sumner P Jr.

Jackson Conn Sedro Woolley C Jr.

Trevor Ward Olympic INF Sr.

Hunter Wells West Valley Spokane INF Sr.

Derek Mahlum Archbishop Murphy P Sr.

Garrett Terrell Tumwater P Jr.

Second team

Player School Pos. Gr.

Tanner Williams White River INF Sr.

Austin Schuetzle Sedro Woolley DH Sr.

Josh Adams Fife C Sr.

Alex Galgano Archbishop Murphy C Sr.

Dalton Schwetz Burlington-Edison INF Sr.

Adam Meyer Black Hills INF Sr.

Tanner Gueller WF West INF Jr.

Ashton Williamson Aberdeen C Sr.

Josh Connolly Fife OF Sr.

Josh Kraght Lynden C Sr.

Matt Fisher North Kitsap INF Sr.

Zander Clouse Archbishop Murphy P Sr.

Oscar White Bellingham OF Jr.

Dylan Peters West Valley Yakima P Jr.

Collin Hannan Sedro Woolley P Jr.

Junior Lidgard Ellensburg OF Jr.

Eli Fultz Bremerton P Sr.

Joe Seigel Ridgefield INF Sr.

Riley McKean North Mason INF Sr.

Matt Noll Bremerton OF Sr.

Austin Shenton Bellingham INF Fr.

CLASS 1A/B

MVP: Layne Bruner (Montesano)

Coach of the Year: Kim Cox (DeSales)

First team

Player School Gr.

Layne Bruner Montesano Sr.

Koleman Johns Naches Valley Sr.

Devin Knight Cashmere Sr.

Tucker Idabao Montesano Sr.

Tanner Vossen Kalama Sr.

Adam Paulsen Medical Lake Sr.

Devante Harris Tenino Sr.

Travis Haen DeSales Sr.

Zack Chamberlain Tenino Jr.

Justin Hunt Odessa Harrington Jr.

Tyler Howlett La Conner Sr.

Brenden Holst Connell Jr.

Nate Mondou Charles Wright Sr.

Cameron Richman DeSales So.

Mack Gaul Toledo/Winlock Sr.

John Pomeroy Mossyrock Sr.

John Haas Riverside Christian Sr.

Second team

Player School Gr.

Dylan Tarver Cashmere Sr.

Dustin Wilson Rochester Jr.

Kasey Kelly Medical Lake Sr.

Shad Rodgers Montesano Sr.

Timbo Taylor Brewster Fr.

Jacob Kushan Cascade Christian Sr.

Adam Eskil Desales Jr.

Hunter Huddleston Woodland Jr.

Zander Goanko Overlake Jr.

Richard Carlile Lake Quinault Sr.

Chad Richter Meridian Sr.

Shawn Youckton Oakville Jr.

Gibson Fichter Concrete So.

Lucas Denny Goldendale Sr.

Tanner Cyr La Conner Sr.

Darryl Galloway Desales Jr.

Ryan Oliver Toutle Lake Sr.

Reach DAVID RASBACH at david.rasbach@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2271.

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