Prep Baseball & Softball

All-Whatcom County Baseball first team

Jake Albert

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Pitcher/infield

What he did: Paramount to the Mariners’ success both as the team’s No. 1 pitcher and Sehome’s cleanup batter. ... Hit for a .344 average with a team-high 17 runs scored and seven RBI. ... Posted a 5-4 record with a 1.68 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings. ... Helped Mariners reach the Class 2A District Tournament and finish 14-9 overall. ... Second team All-NWC

Kyler Brudwick

School: Ferndale

Year: Senior

Position: Infield

What he did: Started all year at third base and gave Ferndale a big bat in team’s lineup. ... Came up with clutch hits when team needed them. ... Hit for a .324 average with 22 hits, 11 runs scored and 18 RBI. ... Helped Ferndale reach the Class 3A State Tournament and finish 19-6. ... Second team All-NWC.

Ryan Gelwicks

School: Nooksack Valley

Year: Senior

Position: Pitcher/outfield

What he did: Joined Noah Rawls to give Pioneers a strong one-two pitching punch and played a strong center field. ... Owned 2-6 pitching record but had 2.40 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 40 innings pitched. ... Hit for a .387 batting average with 21 runs and seven RBI. ... Helped club reach Class 1A State Tournament and finish 8-16. ... First team All-NWC.

Matt James

School: Ferndale

Year: Sophomore

Position: DH/catcher

What he did: Didn’t waste time making impact at varsity level, becoming a fixture as team’s DH. ... Hit for a .417 batting average with 20 hits, 10 runs and 13 RBI batting out of the team’s No. 6 hole. ... Helped Ferndale reach the Class 3A State Tournament and finish 19-6. ... First team All-NWC.

Tim Lann

School: Squalicum

Year: Senior

Position: Infield

What he did: Came on defensively at third base, but true value was at plate. ... Led Storm with .409 batting average with 13 runs, 12 RBI, 12 walks and 11 stolen bases. ... Hit in the middle of the lineup and showed knack for coming up with clutch hits. ... Led Squalicum to a third-place state finish, a regional title and a 21-7 record. ... Second team All-NWC.

Kyle Little

School: Squalicum

Year: Senior

Position: Infield

What he did: Paired with Ernie Yake to form arguably the strongest middle infield in the NWC. ... Committed one error in 20 regular-season games. ... Hit No. 3, had strong regular season batting .333 with 19 runs and 19 RBI. ... Hit .412 in playoffs with nine RBI. ... Led Storm to third-place state finish, a regional title and a 21-7 record. ... Second team All-NWC

Carter Nickelson

School: Squalicum

Year: Senior

Position: Outfield

What he did: An integral piece to Squalicum’s defense as starting center fielder, regularly making impact plays. ... Possessed strong throwing arm. ... Hit No. 2 in lineup, batted for a .385 average with 17 runs, 12 walks and six stolen bases. ... Led Squalicum to third-place state finish, a regional title and a 21-7 record. ... Second team All-NWC.

Nate Pearsall

School: Bellingham

Year: Senior

Position: Outfield/infield

What he did: Offered Red Raiders a reliable bat all season long while playing strong defense. ... Hit in the middle of Bellingham’s lineup, batting .387 with 24 hits, 10 runs scored and 12 RBI. ... Led Bellingham to district tournament berth and a 9-13 record. ... First team All-NWC.

Connor Sage

School: Squalicum

Year: Junior

Position: Pitcher

What he did: Part of a strong three-man pitching rotation, becoming one of the best in the NWC. ... A tremendous left-hander, who pitched like a seasoned veteran. ... Was 6-0 in regular season with a 0.58 ERA, 27 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings. ... Was 3-0 in playoffs with 0.66 ERA. ... Led Squalicum to third-place state finish, a regional title and a 21-7 record.

Kyle Sandstrom

School: Ferndale

Year: Junior

Position: Outfield

What he did: Developed into a tremendous leadoff hitter for Golden Eagles, and provided strong outfield play all year. ... Hit for a .350 average with 21 hits, 19 runs scored and eight RBI. ... Set the table for Ferndale’s middle of the order, evidenced by his 19 runs. ... Helped Ferndale reach the Class 3A State Tournament and finish 19-6. ... Second team All-NWC.

Kyler Schemstad

School: Ferndale

Year: Junior

Position: Pitcher/outfield

What he did: Developed into Ferndale’s staff ace, pitching Golden Eagles to wins in key games. ... Contributed heavily at the plate but was most valuable on the mound. ... Finished with a 5-1 record with a 1.75 ERA, 13 strikeouts and seven walks. ... Helped Ferndale reach the Class 3A State Tournament and finish 19-6.

Brady Shearer

School: Ferndale

Year: Senior

Position: Catcher

What he did: Four-year varsity catcher who was one of the best hitters in the NWC and arguably the best defensive catcher. ... Played a role in first-year regular pitchers Kyler Schemstad and Corbin Puhan developing so well. ... Hit .455 with 25 hits, 15 runs and 14 RBI. ... Helped Ferndale reach the 3A State Tournament and finish 19-6. ... First team All-NWC

Austin Shenton

School: Bellingham

Year: Junior

Position: Infield

What he did: Showed why he’s regarded as the top hitter in the NWC when given the opportunity to hit. ... Put together a strong season a year removed from missing the season due to injury. ... Hit leadoff, finishing with .315 average, 10 runs scored and 12 RBI. ... Led Bellingham to district tournament berth and a 9-13 record. ... Second team All-NWC.

Jonathan Starcer

School: Blaine

Year: Junior

Position: Pitcher/infield

What he did: A big reason for Blaine’s impressive season, was pivotal on mound and at plate. ... Hit leadoff, compiling a .361 batting average with a team-high 22 hits, 10 runs and nine RBI. ... Put together a 3-3 record with a 3.15 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 41 innings. .... Helped Blaine finish 8-12 with five league wins. ... Second team All-NWC.

Tanner Tutterrow

School: Meridian

Year: Senior

Position: Infielder/pitcher

What he did: Invaluable to Meridian’s baseball program as hitter, pitcher, fielder and overall team leader. ... Played paramount role in pulling Trojans out of midseason slump. ... A strong batter in the middle of team’s lineup, standout pitcher and gave club a steady glove in the middle infield. ... Helped Trojans reach the Class 1A State Tournament and finish 11-12 overall.

Jordan Wittenberg

School: Lynden

Year: Junior

Position: Infield

What he did: Put together another tremendous year for regrouping Lions team. ... Posseses one of the sweetest swings in the Northwest Conference and was a major threat on the basepaths with impressive speed. ... Offered tremendous defense at shortstop. ... Helped Lynden finish 7-11 overall. ... First-team All-NWC.

Owen Wright

School: Sehome

Year: Junior

Position: Catcher

What he did: Played great behind the plate catching for pitchers Jake Albert and Felix Zavisubin but was tremendous at the plate, hitting out of the Mariners’ No. 3 hole. ... Batted for a .424 average with team-leading 16 RBI and 25 hits and scored 10 runs. ... Helped Mariners reach the Class 2A District Tournament and finish 14-9 overall. ... First team All-NWC

Ernie Yake

School: Squalicum

Year: Junior

Position: Infield

What he did: Spearheaded Storm’s defense with brilliant shortstop play, committing three errors. ... Billed “best defensive shortstop in the district” by coach John Inge. ... Hit for a .345 average with 21 runs, 11 RBI, had 14 walks and eight stolen bases. ... Led Squalicum to a third-place state finish, a regional title and a 21-7 record. .. First team All-NWC.

COACH OF THE YEAR

John Inge

School: Squalicum

What he did: Guided Squalicum to a third-place Class 2A State Tournament finish, helping team reach state for first time and win a state regional for first time. ... Coached four All-NWC selections and, along with coach Vern Yake, developed club’s mental game which paid off big time during postseason. ... Led Storm to 21-7 record.

HONORABLE MENTION

Player

School

D. Ohligschlager

Lynden

Derek Campfield

Meridian

Noah Rawls

Nooksack

C. Carmichael

Bellingham

Brad Johnson

Bellingham

Felix Zavisubin

Sehome

Cameron Tipton

Sehome

Curtis Handy

Nooksack

Harper Moore

Squalicum

Dante Check

Bellingham

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