All-Whatcom County baseball capsules

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 20, 2014 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

JORDAN WITTENBERG

School: Lynden

Year: Sophomore

Position: Infield

What he did: Raised level of play after a strong finish to last season, becoming not only arguably the top hitter in the Northwest Conference but one of the best defensive shortstops as well. ... Could hit for power and average and was dangerous on the basepaths. ... Hit for a .458 average (33 for 72) during the regular season and swiped 15 bags. ... Scored a team-best 25 runs, had five doubles and two home runs. ... Had 12 RBI and only struck out twice. ... Helped Lynden finish 15-10 overall, 9-3 in league and reach the Class 2A State Tournament for the third straight year. ... Selected All-NWC Most Valuable Player as hitter and fielder.

COACH OF THE YEAR

JOHN INGE

School: Squalicum

What he did: Guided Storm to its first postseason appearance since 2009 and helped turn a five-win team last spring into a club with a 16-6-1 record this season. ... Squalicum had more wins than it had its previous three seasons. ... Earned a share of the Northwest Conference title with a 10-2 league record and went 1-2 at the Class 2A Bi-District Tournament. ... Selected All-NWC Coach of the Year.

FIRST TEAM

JOEY AKERS

School: Ferndale

Year: Senior

Position: Outfielder

What he did: Led the Golden Eagles in hitting with a .333 batting average and was a strong outfielder. ... Hit near the top of Ferndale's lineup and scored 14 runs with 11 RBI, two doubles and had a home run. ... Stole six bases and was key in helping Ferndale generate offense. ... A second-team All-NWC hitting and fielding selection. ... Helped the Golden reach the Class 3A District Tournament, finish 10-11 overall and 7-5 in league.

JAKE ALBERT

School: Sehome

Year: Junior

Position: Pitcher

What he did: Evolved into arguably Whatcom County's best pitcher, using great command and a dynamic breaking ball. ... Put together a 6-2 record with a 1.09 ERA in 45 innings pitched. ... Struck out 22 batters and held hitters to a .156 batting average. .. Threw four complete games, including a one-hitter against Burlington-Edison. ... Owned a .250 batting average and scored 16 runs. ... A first-team All-NWC selection as pitcher. ... Helped Sehome advance to the bi-district tournament and earn a 13-9 overall record.

BRADY BAUTHUES

School: Ferndale

Year: Senior

Position: Pitcher/Infielder

What he did: Got it done at the plate and on the mound for the Golden Eagles. ... Compiled a 2-3 record with a 1.50 ERA, allowing only eight earned runs in 38 innings of work. ... Hit. 310, leading the club with 18 hits. ... Scored 11 runs and recorded eight RBI, three doubles and two home runs. ... Second-team All-NWC hitting and fielding selection. ... Helped the Golden Eagles reach the Class 3A District Tournament, finish 10-11 overall and 7-5 in league.

CHRIS DOLL

School: Blaine

Year: Senior

Position: Catcher

What he did: Provided strong leadership for a young club and was a fixture in the middle of the Borderites' lineup. ... Hit .343 with a team-best 24 hits and 15 runs scored. ... Drove in 11 runs and had an on-base percentage of .418. ... A good catcher, who worked well with Blaine pitching. ... Helped Borderites to a 5-17 overall record, a 1-11 league mark and a Class 1A District Tournament berth.

RYAN FOX

School: Bellingham

Year: Senior

Position: Infielder

What he did: Helped set the table for Bellingham's offense and flashed ability on the basepaths with a team-best 17 runs scored to go with seven stolen bases. ... Finished second on the club in hitting with a .371 average and recorded 10 RBI. ... Only struck out five times in 62 at-bats. .... Helped the Red Raiders finish 9-11 overall with a 6-6 league mark. ... Second-team All-NWC hitting and fielding selection.

CURTIS HANDY

School: Nooksack Valley

Year: Junior

Position: Catcher/utility

What he did: Main duty was catching, but played a myriad of other positions for the Pioneers. ... Played first full season of varsity baseball and quickly established himself as one of the league's premier hitters. ... Hit for a .406 average, with a team-high 19 RBI, six doubles and 12 runs scored. ... Only struck out four times in 64 at-bats. ... First-team All-NWC selection as hitter and fielder. ... Helped Nooksack Valley finish 11-13 overall, 4-8 in league and reach the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament.

JAMIE HEYSTEK

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Senior

Position: Infielder

What he did: Finished a great LC career with another strong season. ... Hit leadoff and recorded a team-high 15 runs to go with his .333 batting average. ... Hit three doubles, two triples, two home runs and recorded seven RBI. ... First-team All-NWC hitting and fielding selection. ... Helped Lynden Christian reach the Class 1A District Tournament, finish 8-15 overall and 5-7 in league.

JOSH HOSICK

School: Meridian

Year: Senior

Position: Outfielder

What he did: Rounded out a fine varsity career with a strong season at the plate and in the outfield. ... Gave the Trojans a nice lift in the lineup and had several big games, including a 3 for 4 outing against Sultan, another 3 for 4 day during the Class 1A District Tournament and several multi-hit games. ... Helped Meridian earn a 12-14 overall record, a 4-8 league mark and advance to the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament. ... A second-team All-NWC selection as a hitter and fielder.

BEN JOHNSON

School: Squalicum

Year: Senior

Position: Infielder

What he did: Predominately played first base after playing a myriad of positions a year ago. ... Hit in the heart of Squalicum's order and was a big piece to the Northwest Conference's most potent offense. ... Owned a .327 average with 20 runs scored, 11 RBI and seven doubles. ... Helped the Storm reach the bi-district tournament, earn a share of the NWC title and finish 16-6-1 overall.

TIM LANN

School: Squalicum

Year: Junior

Position: Infield

What he did: Blossomed into Squalicum's everyday third baseman and was another main contributor to the Storm's impressive offense. ... Owned a .380 average, recorded 14 RBI, scored 15 runs and had a .450 on-base percentage. ... Helped the Storm reach the bi-district tournament, earn a share of the NWC title and finish 16-6-1 overall.

KYLE LITTLE

School: Squalicum

Year: Junior

Position: Infield

What he did: Combined with shortstop Ernie Yake to form arguably the strongest middle infield in the Northwest Conference. ... Hit for a .435 average with a team-high 26 runs and 17 RBI. ... Hit nine doubles and stole 11 bases with a .591 slugging percentage. ... Hit .375 during the bi-district tournament. ... First-team All-NWC hitting and fielding selection. ... Helped the Storm reach the bi-district tournament, earn a share of the NWC title and finish 16-6-1 overall.

DREW LOMSDALEN

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Infielder

What he did: Fit nicely into the heart of Sehome's order and gave the Mariners a much-needed strong bat. ... Played well at third base and led Sehome with a .391 batting average. ... Also led the Mariners in on-base percentage (.494), RBI (16) and was third in runs scored with 15. ... Helped Sehome advance to the bi-district tournament and earn a 13-9 overall record. ... A first-team All-NWC hitting and fielding selection.

CHRISTIAN MOUAT

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Position: Infielder

What he did: Did a bit of everything for the Lions, moving around the infield depending on who Lynden had pitching. ... Hit for a .343 average during the regular season batting No. 2 in the lineup. ... Drove in nine runs and hit two doubles. ... Also contributed on the mound, posting a 3-0 record with a 2.42 ERA in 34 2/3 innings. ... Helped Lynden finish 15-10 overall, 9-3 in league and reach the Class 2A State Tournament for the third straight year. ... A second-team All-NWC hitting and fielding selection.

NATE PEARSALL

School: Bellingham

Year: Junior

Position: Infielder

What he did: Led the Red Raiders in hitting with a .435 batting average and was a staple in Bellingham's offense. ... Played only 15 games but still led Bellingham with 19 RBI and had a team best on-base percentage of .509. ... Helped the Red Raiders finish 9-11 overall with a 6-6 league mark. ... First-team All-NWC hitting and fielding selection.

LUCAS PETERSEN

School: Lynden

Year: Junior

Position: Infielder

What he did: A strong bat in the heart of Lynden's order and a steady glove at second base, helped the Lions improve as the season went along. ... Hit for a .375 average during the regular season with three doubles and 19 runs scored. ... Drove in 13 runs and stole five bases. ... Had a 2-3 pitching record with a 2.60 ERA in 29 2/3 innings of work. ... Helped Lynden finish 15-10 overall, 9-3 in league and reach the Class 2A State Tournament for the third straight year. ... A second-team All-NWC hitting and fielding selection.

DAVID STEALY

School: Squalicum

Year: Junior

Position: Pitcher/Outfielder

What he did: Worked feverishly on his game during the offseason. ... Earned a 6-2 record with a 2.01 ERA in 45 innings pitched and had 33 strikeouts. ... Pitched a three-hit shutout at district with 11 strikeouts to help Squalicum advance. ... Owned a .442 batting average, with 16 RBI, 12 runs scored and a .519 on-base percentage. ... Helped the Storm reach the bi-district tournament, earn a share of the NWC title and finish 16-6-1 overall. ... A first-team All-NWC pitching selection and a second-team All-NWC hitter and fielder.

LANDON TRIPP

School: Squalicum

Year: Senior

Position: Infield

What he did: Provided strong leadership for a young, talented team and often sparked Squalicum's offense batting atop the lineup. ... Played strong in center field and displayed his speed on the basepaths with a team-high 12 stolen bases and 18 runs scored. ... Owned a .373 average with nine RBI and a .472 on-base percentage. ... First-team All-NWC hitting and fielding selection. ... Helped the Storm reach the bi-district tournament, earn a share of the NWC title and finish 16-6-1 overall.

OSCAR WHITE

School: Bellingham

Year: Senior

Position: Outfield

What he did: One of the more feared hitters in the Northwest Conference and showed why again this season. ... Owned a .367 batting average, hit two home runs and led the Red Raiders with 31 total bases. ... Recorded 18 RBI and displayed an ability to hit to all fields. ... Helped the Red Raiders finish 9-11 overall with a 6-6 league mark. ... First-team All-NWC hitting and fielding selection. ... Also selected to play in the all-state game.

JOSH ZAVISUBIN

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Outfielder/Pitcher

What he did: Finished a strong career at Sehome with a dominant season on the mound and at the plate. ... Had a 5-2 record in seven starts with a 1.59 ERA in 48 1/3 innings pitched, threw five complete games and struck out 28. ... Played outfield when not pitching and hit for a .388 average with eight doubles, 10 RBI and a team-high 22 runs scored. ... Helped Sehome advance to the bi-district tournament and earn a 13-9 overall record. ... First-team All-NWC hitting and fielding selection and second-team pitching choice. ... Also selected to play in the all-state game.

HONORABLE MENTION

Player School

Kody Ames Lynden

Kyle Baker Ferndale

Seth Bass Mount Baker

Bobby Cooke Bellingham

Josh Holcomb Squalicum

Brad Johnson Bellingham

Harper Moore Squalicum

Carter Nickelson Squalicum

Pete Pennylegion Ferndale

Davis Phillips Meridian

Jake Poag Lynden Christian

Noah Rawls Nooksack Valley

Alex Vander Velden Lynden Christian

Cameron Wainwright Lynden

Owen Wright Sehome

Ernie Yake Squalicum

Andrew Zender Mount Baker

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