Prep Baseball & Softball

PREP BASEBALL PREVIEW: Five players to watch

Jake Albert

Sehome, Sr., Pitcher

Albert had arguably the best season of any Northwest Conference pitcher last spring. He finished 6-2 with a 1.09 ERA, using command and his off-speed stuff to keep hitters off-balance. There’s no reason to think the Sehome ace shouldn’t again have an outstanding season.

Kyle Little

Squalicum, Sr., 2B/SS

Little first gives the Storm a great infielder at second base and should play some shortstop when Ernie Yake is not in that spot. But Little’s hitting ability is just as impressive as his glove. Last year he hit for a .435 average, scoring a team-high 26 runs. He’s got a lot of speed, too, and will be an integral piece to the Storm’s season.

Brad Johnson

Bellingham, Sr., Pitcher

Johnson had a fine season a year ago, and now with another year of experience, he could blossom into the top tier of Northwest Conference pitchers. Bellingham has a lot of seniors and should be strong at the plate. The Red Raiders will need Johnson and Charlie Carmichael to have a strong year on the bump.

Jordan Wittenberg

Lynden, Jr., Shortstop

Wittenberg gives the Lions a do-everything player who can hit for average or power, is one of the best defensive shortstops in the league, has a great arm and is good for double-digit steals. Wittenberg hit for a .458 average as a sophomore. He again should be one of the league’s best.

Curtis Handy

Nooksack Valley, Sr., Catcher

Handy established himself as one of the premier hitters in the Northwest Conference last spring and also gave the Pioneers a standout at the all-important catcher position. Handy should anchor Nooksack Valley’s lineup and will be crucial for a team with high aspirations.