Lynden and all-state selection may be more synonymous with basketball, but the Lions' Jordan Wittenberg and the Lyncs' Jamie Heystek earned first-team all-state nods when the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association All-State Baseball Team was released Tuesday, June 24.
The duo was the county's only first-team selections. Bellingham's Oscar White and Nooksack Valley's Curtis Handy were second-team picks.
Wittenberg helped Lynden reach the Class 2A State Tournament, playing shortstop and batting leadoff all season. He established himself as one of the league's top infielders and was arguably the league's best hitter.
He hit for a .458 average through the regular season, stole 15 bases, scored 25 runs, hit five doubles and two home runs.
"He was such a contributor offensively for us," Lynden coach Cory White said in a phone interview. "He is a guy who hits for average, hits for power and has speed, but in the leadoff role, he allowed us to do more and put pressure on defenses."
Wittenberg was selected league Player of the Year by conference coaches.
Heystek finished up a strong career at Lynden Christian with another impressive season, helping the Lyncs reach the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament and anchoring the infield.
Heystek hit for a .333 average, scored a team-best 15 runs, hit three doubles, two triples and two home runs. He also was a talent on the mound and earned a first-team All-NWC selection.
White was a fixture in the middle of Bellingham's lineup, putting together a .367 batting average with 18 RBI and two home runs. He was a first-team All-NWC selection and played in the all-state game.
Handy played numerous positions but was mostly used behind the plate. He hit for a .406 average with 19 RBI, six doubles and 12 runs scored. He only struck out twice in 64 at-bats and was a first-team All-NWC selection.
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Washington State Baseball Coaches Association All-State Baseball Team
Player of the Year: Junior Ledgard, Ellensburg
Coach of the Year: Todd Gibson, Ellensburg
Player School Pos. Year
Max Tilton Mark Morris Utility Sr.
Christian Parsons Sumner P Sr.
Zach Rohrbach White River INF Sr.
John Lyon Lake Washington P Sr.
Garrett Terrell Tumwater OF Sr.
Shane Matheny Olympic INF Sr.
Colton Sandhofer Cedarcrest INF Sr.
Tanner Gueller WF West C Sr.
Jordan Owen Tyee C Sr.
Riley Larsen Granite Falls INF Sr.
Matt Irving Anacortes P Jr.
Ryan Dorney Archbishop Murphy P Sr.
Gage Burland East Valley Spokane P Sr.
Jordan Lafave Lake Washington INF Sr.
Junior Ledgard Ellensburg P Sr.
Luc Powers-Hubbard Sumner INF Sr.
Jordan Wittenberg Lynden INF So.
Fabian Gutierrez Selah INF Sr.
Cameron Campbell Ellensburg INF Sr.
Connor Anderson Fife INF Sr.
Jackson Conn Sedro Woolley C Sr.
Sawyer Sims Cheney P Sr.
Tanner Ruffe RA Long OF Sr.
Colby White Prosser OF Sr.
Zach Zurbrugg Bremerton Utility Sr.
Tanner Therian Pullman OF Sr.
Brett Wright Sequim OF Sr.
Ty Johnson Anacortes C Jr.
Connor Eggleston Clarkston INF Sr.
Logan Christianson Sumner P Sr.
Brady Hulings RA Long INF Sr.
Ryan Ross West Valley Yakima INF Sr.
Oscar White Bellingham OF Sr.
Jared Douglas Anacortes INF Sr.
Jaden Hassell Fife OF So.
Matt Hisken Kennedy INF Sr.
Toby Johnson WF West INF Sr.
Ryan Gayte Hazen P Jr.
Luke Hare Tumwater Utility Sr.
Riley Johnson White River C So.
Player of the Year: Cam Walker, Naches Valley
Coach of the Year: Bill Walker, Naches Valley
Player School Year
Hunter Huddleston Woodland Sr.
Dustin Wilson Rochester Sr.
Timbo Taylor Brewster So.
Cam Walker Naches Valley Sr.
Trevor Huddleston Woodland Jr.
Aaron Fritts Republic Jr.
Austin Forsyth Connell Sr.
Milo Hulsten Liberty Bell Sr.
Ben Etzell Coupeville Sr.
Austin Arrington Pe Ell Sr.
Taylor Roelofs Charles Wright Academy Sr.
Patrick Jacobs Colfax Sr.
Jamie Heystek Lynden Christian Sr.
Cameron Richman DeSales Jr.
Jesse Bollen Eatonville Sr.
Ben Kelleran Overlake-Bear Creek Sr.
Zac Chamberlain Tenino Sr.
Otis Cooper Friday Harbor Sr.
Peter Perkins Overlake-Bear Creek Jr.
Jake Phipps Freeman Sr.
Sam Scrabeck Neselle Sr.
Chase Wells Naches Valley So.
Mason Elliott Cashmere Jr.
Daryl Galloway Desales Sr.
James Deaton Kiona Benton Sr.
Parker Stohr Highland Sr.
Matt Kaiser Overlake-Bear Creek Sr.
Mason Swenson Concrete Sr.
Adam Eskil Desales Sr.
Colton Sterba South Whidbey Sr.
Mike Allen Cascade Levenworth Sr.
Dylan Fosnacht Rochester Sr.
Nate Williamson Castle Rock Sr.
Nick Camenzind Elma Sr.
Tristin Parton Cascade Levenworth Sr.
Taylor Logan Highland Sr.
Donavan Tesch Wilber-Creston Sr.
Matt Jubb Desales Sr.
Curtis Handy Nooksack Valley Jr.
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