While no local baseball squads made it past the first round of districts this year, there still was no shortage of impressive players on local diamonds. We take a look back at some of the top talent in the city with our All-City Baseball Team.
Bellarmine Prep junior Harry Stenberg was one of the more dominant pitchers locally this season, posting a deceptive 3-4 record, but carrying a 1.93 earned run average (ERA) in 50 innings. He added 48 strikeouts on the year, and was impressive in shutting out Auburn Riverside for over six innings in the district playoffs.
Wilson junior Brady O’Keefe earned a selection at pitcher after posting a 3-3 record with a 1.84 ERA over more than 29 innings this year, with 26 strikeouts.
Stadium junior Matt Gunn gets a nod at catcher after hitting .426 with a team-high seven doubles and adding two homers and 18 runs batted in (RBIs).
Wilson catcher Nate Sandoval provided some key leadership this season as the Rams’ lone senior, and was solid in batting .276 with two homers and nine RBIs.
Stadium teammate Jake Vieth headlines the infielders after putting up a .431 batting average, with three homers and 21 RBIs. The junior first baseman also tallied 15 walks and struck out just three times while also posting a 2.15 ERA in 26 innings on the mound.
Bellarmine Prep senior third baseman George Foley put up a .414 batting average and a .549 on base percentage, pacing the Lions’ offense with three homers and 20 RBIs.
Tacoma Baptist senior shortstop Matt Hallstrom was the catalyst at the top of the lineup for the Crusaders, hitting .444 with a .563 on base percentage and 27 runs scored, eight doubles, 12 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.
In the same manner, Life Christian sophomore Drex Davis could do it all for the Eagles, hitting .333 with 14 RBIs while adding 15 stolen bases, 20 runs and a .518 on base percentage.
Wilson sophomore second baseman Matt Stortini made quite a name with his glove this season, committing no errors in league play while also contributing offensively with a .313 batting average.
Lincoln sophomore infielder Collin Ford was one of several bright spots this season for the Abes, hitting .297 and scoring 14 runs in looking to become one of the cornerstones for the future.
Mount Tahoma’s Kasey Kenyon rounds out the infielders, as the junior hit .421 on the year for the Thunderbirds.
Bellarmine Prep junior Brandon Thompson put up one of the strongest overall seasons for the outfielders, tallying a .449 batting average, with 22 runs scored and 13 RBIs.
Teammate Nathan Heath was solid as well in center for the Lions, showing good range defensively and hitting .354 with 22 runs scored and eight stolen bases.
Stadium senior Michael Van Orden also gets a nod after putting up a .382 batting average, leading the Tigers with 26 hits while scoring 16 runs and stealing seven bases.
Wilson sophomore Santana Johnson rounds out the group of outfielders after batting .484, stealing 10 bases and scoring 11 runs for the Rams.
As every team needs players that can do it all defensively, so does the All-City Team, with two players that played outfield, catcher, infield and pitcher this season. Life Christian junior Taylor Roelofs put together a solid season while moving around defensively, hitting .408 with 19 RBIs, 18 runs scored and 22 stolen bases.
Foss junior Ryan Phillips was another jack-of-all-trades, filling in wherever needed for the Falcons while hitting .327 and striking out only three times on the year.
2013 TACOMA WEEKLY ALL-CITY BASEBALL TEAM
P – BRADY O’KEEFE – JR – WILSON
P – HARRY STENBERG – JR – BELLARMINE PREP
C – MATT GUNN – JR – STADIUM
C – NATE SANDOVAL – SR – WILSON
IF – DREX DAVIS – SO – LIFE CHRISTIAN
IF – GEORGE FOLEY – SR – BELLARMINE PREP
IF – COLLIN FORD – SO – LINCOLN
IF – MATT HALLSTROM – SR – TACOMA BAPTIST
IF – KASEY KENYON – JR – MOUNT TAHOMA
IF – MATT STORTINI – SO – WILSON
IF – JAKE VIETH – JR – STADIUM
OF – NATHAN HEATH – SR – BELLARMINE PREP
OF – BRANDON THOMPSON – JR – BELLARMINE PREP
OF – MICHAEL VAN ORDEN – JR – STADIUM
OF – SANTANA JOHNSON – SO – WILSON
UT – TAYLOR ROELOFS – JR – LIFE CHRISTIAN
UT – RYAN PHILLIPS – JR – FOSS