Bellingham's White, Sehome's Zavisubin to play in all-state baseball game

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 13, 2014 

Ferndale’s Corbin Puhan looks for the call after he put a tag on Bellingham’s Oscar White who was called safe at second base Wednesday, March 26, in Bellingham.

ANDY BRONSON — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD Buy Photo

The Class 2A prep baseball season ended two weeks, culminating with Ellensburg beating Lake Washington for a state championship at County Stadium in Yakima. However, for Bellingham outfielder Oscar White and Sehome pitcher/outfielder Josh Zavisubin, they'll suit up one more time this weekend.

White and Zavisubin combined an impressive season with a strong feeder-game performance, and the two have been selected to the all-state baseball team by a statewide panel of coaches.

Zavisubin got picked up after receiving a late call, and White was surprised by his coach, David Farrell, at Bellingham's baseball banquet.

"At the very end of the banquet he mentioned how me and Ryan Fox played in the feeder game and said we also have one senior going to Yakima," White explained in a phone interview. "He said my name; I went up there to get a handshake. It was awesome."

White said he was shocked and honored simply to be nominated for the all-state game. To be Yakima-bound surpassed his imagination.

White and Zavisubin were two of 70 high school baseball players in all classifications to be selected to one of four all-state rosters.

White will play for Team Baker, and Zavisubin will play for Team Adams.

White's Red Raiders went 9-11 overall and missed the playoffs, but the senior outfielder did his part, hitting for a .367 average with two home runs and 18 RBI. He also stole seven bases and was a first-team All-Northwest Conference selection. White is slated to play for Bellevue College next spring.

"Just knowing the 70 best seniors in the state are heading to Yakima, it will be pretty cool because I didn't expect myself to be so high up in the coaches' eyes," White said.

Zavisubin guided the Mariners to the 13-9 record and a Class 2A Bi-District Tournament berth. He starred at the plate, on the mound and in the outfield.

The Sehome senior hit for a .388 average, had 10 RBI and led the Mariners with eight doubles and 22 runs scored. Zavisubin posted a 5-2 pitching record with a 1.59 ERA and a team-high 39 strike outs.

Qualifying for the all-state game consists of two full days of baseball activities in Yakima. White's Team Baker and Zavisubin's Team Adams will play each other in an eight-inning game at noon, Saturday, June 14, at County Stadium, and Team Rainier and Team St. Helens play at 3:15 p.m. Saturday. The two losing teams will play each other at 10:25 a.m. Sunday morning, June 15, and the two winners will follow at 1:25 p.m.

"The schedule we got seemed like a really fun weekend," White said. "We have a banquet with speakers. The UW head coach and the WSU head coach is speaking to us, and there's an award ceremony at the end. Overall it will be a really fun weekend."

A total of 11 players were awarded all-state nominations from the all-star feeder game, but White, Zavisubin and Squalicum outfielder Landon Tripp were Whatcom County's only nominations.

Reach Andrew Lang at andrew.lang@bellinghamherald.com or call 360-756-2862. Follow @bhamsports on Twitter for Whatcom County sports updates.

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