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Baseball primer: Everyone chasing Kentwood, McGuire in talented 4A ranks

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on March 13, 2013 at 1:56 pm with No Comments »
March 15, 2013 9:06 pm
With hitters like Taylor Jones, bottom, in the order, Kentwood should score its share of runs.
With hitters like Taylor Jones, bottom, in the order, Kentwood should score its share of runs.

Team to watch
Defending Class 4A state champion Kentwood will hit the baseball, and score its share of runs (averaged 7.5 runs per game last season; team batting average was .344). What will determine how far the Conquerors go in their repeat effort will be the pitching. It is young, and coach Mark Zender will mix and match his talented arms on a daily basis.

League favorites
SPSL North – Kentwood. SPSL South – Puyallup. Narrows 4A – Olympia. SPSL 3A – Peninsula. Narrows 3A – Timberline. SPSL 2A – White River. Evergreen Conference – W.F. West. Nisqually 1A – Cedar Park Christian.

Player to watch
Listen to professional scouts, and even Zender – Kentwood catcher Reese McGuire is the type of talent that comes around only so often in Washington. The two-time SPSL North most valuable player, and San Diego commit is the nation’s top catching prospect (hit .460 last season), and was selected USA Baseball’s Under-18 player of the year.

Other top players
Class 4A – 2B/SS Garrett Anderson, Emerald Ridge, Sr.; OF Cameron Frost, Olympia, Sr.; P/C Brendan Illies, Puyallup, So.; C Ice Logan, Rogers, Sr.; P/OF Tyler McDowell, Puyallup, Jr.; 3B/SS Michael Sexton, Rogers, Sr.; P Kellen Traxel, South Kitsap, Sr.; C/P Stefan Van Horn, Rogers, Sr.; 1B/DH Joe Wainhouse, Kentridge, Jr.

Class 3A – P/1B Shawn Guinn, Auburn Mountainview, Sr.; SS Michael Gretler, Bonney Lake, Jr.; P/SS Alex Weymiller, Peninsula, Sr.

Class 2A – INF/P Brock Carpenter, Fife, Sr.; P/1B Cole Johnson, White River, Sr.

Class 1A - SS Nate Mondou, Charles Wright, Sr.

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