2014 Star Times: Baseball
The spring all-area baseball team, as selected by the Seattle Times.
How Star Times teams are selected
All-area teams are chosen after the regular season by Seattle Times reporters, freelancers and editors. Selections must be from schools in King and Snohomish counties, or in Metro and WesCo.
P, Lakeside, senior
Working back to an elite level since arm fatigue wiped out his sophomore season, the Stanford commit took the Metro League by storm this year. Summerville’s no-hitter against Bainbridge on April 2 might not have even been his best start, considering he has struck out 16 and 15 in two separate one-hitters.
P, Shorewood, senior
Opponents are hitting .131 against Boone, who allowed just three earned runs in 13 appearances — 12 starts — this season, good for a 0.32 ERA. The Washington State commit struck out 84 in 65 innings, including 10 in a no-hitter over rival Shorecrest.
Utility, O’Dea, senior
Regarded as a top player in the Metro League as a freshman in 2011, Le Dorze announced his presence on the mound with a stellar 2012, and was named first-team all-Metro. The Cornell commit also knocked out double-digit extra-base hits and helped O’Dea to the state semifinals.
IF, West Seattle, sophomore
West Seattle coach Velko Vitalich calls McCullugh the best defensive shortstop he’s seen in the last 20 years. The sophomore possesses great range and quick hands, and made just three errors this season.
IF, Shorewood, senior
The starting shortstop for the regular-season champs from the Wesco South and the top-ranked 3A team for most of the year, Longaker hit well over .400 with 21 RBI and 23 runs scored. The Washington State commit struck out just twice and reached base almost 55 percent of the time he went to the plate.
IF, Kentridge, senior
A rare combination of a pure slugger that hits for average, Wainhouse knows how to hit a ball hard. The Mississippi-bound senior hit 10 home runs this season — a third of his hits — while driving in 35 runs. Wainhouse, who sports a .370 average, has struck out just four times.
IF, Bainbridge, senior
Opposing Metro League coaches noted Peleti’s power and feared his ability to change the course of a game with one swing. Peleti helped lead Bainbridge to a second-place finish in the Metro Sound Division and a spot in the state tournament.
C, Edmonds-Woodway, senior
Also a star pitcher, Budnick hit .459 this year as the starting catcher for Edmonds-Woodway, but also supplied power for the Warriors. The Everett Community College signee collected nine doubles, a triple and a trio of home runs en route to driving in 29 runs.
OF, Mount Si, senior
A two-time Star Times selection, Johnson paced Mount Si with eight doubles, a triple and two home runs, including a walk-off two-run shot against Lake Washington. Wildcats coach Zach Habben says “there is no better hitter” than Johnson.
OF, Skyline, senior
A speedster with power, Blackburn hit four home runs, three triples and seven doubles, while swiping 10 bags. Blackburn helped lead Skyline to the KingCo Crown Division title. A football star, Blackburn will play on the gridiron for the University of Redlands next season.
OF, Seattle Prep, senior
The Wake Forest commit has been a terror in the Metro League for the last three years. Hitting well above .400 since his sophomore season, Fairchild has a knack for getting on base, drawing 18 walks this season. Fairchild also smacked four home runs during the 2014 campaign.
Michael Doyle, O’Dea
An O’Dea graduate, Doyle returned to lead his alma mater in 2007. Soon after taking over the program, Doyle led the Irish to state titles in 2009 and 2010. O’Dea won three state championships in a 12-year span in which it wasn’t able to capture the Metro tournament title, but ended the drought this season.