Prep Baseball & Softball

PREP BASEBALL PREVIEW: Squalicum Storm

Coach: John Inge

Last year: Tied for first in the Northwest Conference with a 10-2 record. ... Ended season after going 1-2 during the Class 2A Bi-District Tournament, finishing 16-6-1 overall.

Players to watch: Tim Lann (sr., 3B); Kyle Little (sr., 2B/SS); David Stealy (sr., P/OF); Ernie Yake (jr., SS/C/P); Josh Holcomb (sr., 1B/C); Harper Moore (sr., P/INF)

Outlook: After putting together the best season in program history last spring, the Storm bring back seven of its starters and are looking for an even deeper postseason run this time. It makes sense why, given the caliber of talent. “We have some good experienced kids that have played a lot of ball,” said Squalicum coach John Inge in a phone interview. “A few of them are two-year starters, and we even have some fourth-year guys.” Squalicum will be rock-solid up the middle with retuning senior catcher Ben Tripp, middle infielders Ernie Yake and Kyle Little and Carter Nickelson in center field. Christian Jorgensen, who pitched well last year, isn’t returning, but the staff should still be in tremendous shape with senior David Stealy, who went 6-2 with a 2.01 ERA last year, Harper Moore, Connor Sage and closer Ben Wolters. “If we swing the bats, we will be tough to beat,” Inge said. “Even if we don’t, we should be in every game with our pitching and defense.” Other key contributors include senior third baseman Tim Lann and senior first baseman Josh Holcomb.

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