Last week I put together a list of who, in my perception, have been the top five pitchers this season. This week I revisit the list and toss in a few additions omitted last week. All stats were received by coaches and are up to date through last Friday's games.
1. Jake Albert (Jr., Sehome): Albert has simply dominated all season long. Season highlights include a four-hit complete game against Squalicum, a one-hit complete game against Burlington-Edison and most recently he combined with Felix Zavisubin to throw a five-inning perfect game against Meridian. Sehome's pitching has carried the Mariners this spring, and Albert is one of the club's headliners. His impressive stats include a 5-1 record, an ERA of 0.56 in 37 1-3 innings and 21 strikeouts.
2. David Stealy (Jr., Squalicum): If there's another team with comparable pitching to Sehome, Squalicum is that club. Stealy has terrorized pitchers at the plate, and he's been equally effective on the mound. Stealy's last outing dropped him to 6-2, as he threw a complete game six-hitter against Anacortes while striking out six and walking two. He leads the Storm's starters in ERA with a 2.30 mark and had 30 strikeouts before Monday's 3-2 to loss to the Seahawks
3. Josh Zavisubin (Sr., Sehome): Zavisubin is one-half of the Mariners' two-pronged pitching attack, and he's at times been just as impressive as Albert. Most recently Zavisubin picked up the win to help Sehome claim the Northwest Conference's final seed at districts with a dramatic 6-5 victory over Burlington-Edison. He pushed his own record to 6-1 in the process. Zavisubin owns an ERA of 1.65 in 42 1-3 innings and has compiled 33 strikeouts.
4. Harper Moore (Jr., Squalicum): Moore has perhaps flown under the radar a bit this season, but he's been extremely effective. Coach John Inge raved about his competitive nature, and he should be a integral piece to Squalicum's postseason run. Moore's last outing was a five inning, complete game three-hitter against Lynden Christian. He pushed his record to 4-1 and owns an ERA of 2.71 with 22 strikeouts.
5. Kody Ames (Sr., Lynden): The Lions have used Ames, Lucas Petersen and Christian Mouat to form a strong pitching staff, and Ames gives Lynden a solid arm the club can rely on when they need a great outing. He owns a 4-2 record with a 2.52 ERA and has recorded an impressive 39 strikeouts.
Next five: Kyle Baker (Fern) Brad Johnson (Bel) Leif Anderson (Seh) Christian Jorgenson (Sq) Lucas Petersen (Lyn)
Best of the rest: Charlie Carmichael (Bel) Christian Mouat (Lyn) Ben Wolters (Sq) Brady Bauthues (Fern) Joey Akers (Fern) Dalton Biehle (NV) Derek Campfield (Mer)