As prep baseball's regular season wraps up this week, here's a look at this year's top Whatcom County pitchers:
1. Jake Albert (Jr., Sehome): With outings from aces Albert and Josh Zavisubin, not to mention Leif Anderson and Drew Lomsdalen, it's no wonder the Mariners have allowed the second fewest runs in the Northwest Conference. Albert has been sensational this spring. He owns a 4-1 record and a 0.61 ERA in 34 1/3 innings of work with 20 strikeouts. Three of his five starts, he's gone the distance. Albert has kept hitters off-balance with a nice breaking ball and has displayed great command.
2. David Stealy (Jr., Squalicum): Storm coach John Inge knew heading into this season he had a talented pitching staff, and Stealy has certainly backed up Inge's expectations. Odds are, he's probably exceeding them. Stealy is a major reason Squalicum sits atop the Northwest Conference standings. He owns 6-1 record and as of last week compiled a 2.38 ERA with 29 strikeouts. Stealy helped Squalicum earn a 8-2 win over Nooksack Valley during his last start, striking out seven. His last win, however, came Monday, April 28, in relief during a 3-2 extra-innings win against Ferndale.
3. Josh Zavisubin (Sr., Sehome): Zavisubin has helped the Mariners overcome its hitting woes in a big way by providing a mix of plate production with strong pitching outings. Zavisubin owns a 5-1 record with a 1.98 ERA and has recorded a lofty 30 strikeouts. Four of his six starts have resulted in complete games and arguably none was more important than his latest win against Lynden during a 4-3 contest on Monday, April 30. Zavisubin struck out eight to go with his complete game and was also 3 for 3 at the plate.
4. Kody Ames (Sr., Lynden): The Lions had to replace a ton of arm talent this year with the departure of Tanner Olson, and Ames has given Lynden a starter the club can feel real good about. Ames has put together a 4-2 record with a 2.76 ERA and 33 strikeouts. He factored greatly into Lynden winning six of its last seven ball games. Coach Cory White has called Ames "a guy who can swallow up alot of innings," and Lynden will undoubtedly want that if they are to advance to the Class 2A Bi-District Playoffs.
5. Brad Johnson (Jr., Bellingham): Johnson has pitched solid in nearly all his starts this season and owns a 3-2 record and a 3.29 ERA as of last week. He has formed a strong one-two punch with Charlie Carmichael and will undoubtedly be invaluable for the Red Raiders as the club makes one final postseason push. Johnson took a loss during his last outing, a 6-5 defeat to Sedro-Woolley, but he struck out four, and coach David Farrell praised his junior for the way he battled all game.Other notables: