As the school year comes to a close we provide our annual look back at the high school baseball season, this year choosing to honor 20 of the best players within the city limits in our 2012 Tacoma Weekly All-City Baseball Team.
The team is highlighted by a sweet-swinging group of infielders, including Tacoma Baptist first baseman Dalton Wintersole. In leading the Crusaders to the district playoffs, the senior hit for an astounding .643 batting average with seven doubles, five triples, three homers, 28 runs batted in (RBI) and 25 runs scored, while also contributing 16 stolen bases. Stadium sophomore Jake Vieth joins Wintersole as another power-hitting first baseman, hitting .333 for the Tigers with two homers, a team-leading 17 RBIs and a .579 slugging percentage. Foss second baseman J.J. Fullmer brought stability to the top of the Falcons’ lineup, hitting .339 and scoring 20 runs from the leadoff spot to earn a nod. Bellarmine senior shortstop Connor Jensen was also solid with the bat, hitting .400 with a homer and a team-high 18 RBIs. Lions’ teammate Daniel Pollastro also added pop at third base, hitting for a team-high .411 average while hitting five doubles, a homer and 12 RBIs. Stadium third baseman Tyler Stumph rounds out the infielders after hitting .396 with a homer and 16 RBIs, while also displaying flashy defense this season for the Tigers.
The outfielders are led by a group of seniors, including Wilson’s Spencer Ready, who provided pop and stability to the Rams’ lineup. Mount Tahoma’s Jon Devine provided a consistent bat for the Thunderbirds, hitting .475 this season with 10 RBIs. Stadium’s Austen Brand led the Tigers with 26 hits, including seven doubles, a homer and 10 RBIs along with a .382 batting average. Life Christian sophomore Kevin Breen joins the group after hitting .390 for the Eagles with six doubles, a homer and 19 RBIs. Bellarmine sophomore Brandon Thompson rounds out the group, having scored a team-high 23 runs, tying Jensen with a team-high 26 hits and sported a .388 batting average.
The catchers are led by Foss senior Billy Barker, who hit .425 with two homers and 21 RBIs for the Falcons, and also notched a .507 on-base percentage. Tacoma Baptist’s Seth Herdle was also solid behind the plate, hitting .482 with a homer and 21 RBIs while also scoring 26 runs. Life Christian senior Dylan Huber also earned a nod after hitting .345 with a homer and 10 RBIs, stealing 18 bases and also throwing out 13 base stealers in 20 games. Foss sophomore Ryan Phillips earned the utility player selection after hitting .351 with 15 RBIs for the Falcons while providing versatility in the field.
The pitchers are led by Stadium senior Chris Bower, a contact pitcher who had a 2.63 earned run average (ERA) over 40 innings, including leading the Tigers to a 12-4 district win over Emerald Ridge in May. Bellarmine lefty Marcus Lane held a 3.61 ERA in more than 42 innings, as the junior will bring back a load of experience next year. Foss senior southpaw Jayse Guild earned another selection after going 3-3 with 33 strikeouts in 42 innings, and helped deal first-place Timberline its only league loss. Wilson sophomore Brady O’Keefe was impressive in leading the Rams’ rotation, including tossing a four-hit shutout over Foss in April.
We salute the seniors who have completed their successful high school careers, and look forward to seeing what the up-and-coming stars have in store for next season.
P Chris Bower – SR – Stadium
P Jayse Guild – SR – Foss
P Marcus Lane – SR – Bellarmine Prep
P Brady O’Keefe – SO – Wilson
C Billy Barker – SR – Foss
C Seth Herdle – SR – Tacoma Baptist
C Dylan Huber – SR – Life Christian
IF J.J. Fullmer – SR – Foss
IF Connor Jensen – SR – Bellarmine Prep
IF Daniel Pollastro – SR – Bellarmine Prep
IF Dylan Sandoval – SR – Wilson
IF Tyler Stumph – SR – Stadium
IF Jake Vieth – SO – Stadium
IF Dalton Wintersole – SR – Tacoma Baptist
OF Austen Brand – SR – Stadium
OF Kevin Breen – SO – Life Christian
OF Jon Devine – SR – Mt. Tahoma
OF Spencer Ready – SR – Wilson
OF Brandon Thompson – SO – Bellarmine Prep
UT Ryan Phillips – SO – Foss