West Seattle players talk about playing at Safeco Field.
Most young baseball players have the same dream.
The bright lights of the Major League stadium. Foot rested on the top step of the dugout. Perhaps leaning against the padded railing. Grabbing a glove and running onto the field, surrounded by 40,000 fans.
Saturday will give local baseball teams another opportunity to fulfill the dream of playing in an MLB stadium. While there may not be 40,000-plus on their feet, the expansive stands of Safeco Field will provide a backdrop to the second of four prep baseball doubleheaders to be played this season at the home of the Mariners.
It is the ninth year of the High School Baseball Classic at Safeco Field.
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Sedro-Woolley and West Seattle get the action started at 12:30 p.m., while Mount Si and Kentwood are scheduled for a 4 p.m. first pitch.
Lake Washington beat Ballard, 1-0, and Eastside Catholic topped Olympic, 10-3, last Saturday to open the Safeco series this season. Highline-Nathan Hale (noon) and Newport-Auburn Mountainview (3:15 p.m.) play at Safeco on April 4, while Puyallup-Auburn Riverside (12:30 p.m.) and Kentridge-Issaquah (4 p.m.) wrap up the schedule on April 11.
“It’s pretty fun because not a lot of fields you get the stands all around there,” West Seattle junior shortstop Morgan McCullough said. “You look forward to it when you see it on the calendar. It’s fun getting to walk thru the tunnel and getting to stand in the dugouts. It’s a treat.
“You feel like a big leaguer for a day.”
West Seattle has played at Safeco the past three seasons, so McCullough, who has been on the varsity team since his freshman year, has experienced the big league stadium before.
Jamie Fields, a junior outfielder/catcher/pitcher has also played at Safeco before, which begs the question: Does it get old?
“When you’re out there, you feel a little bit different, you get a little different feeling than playing normally – it’s surreal in a way,” said Fields, who thinks the outfield seems a little bigger than when watching a Mariners game.
Puyallup remains the lone team in Washington in the CBS MaxPreps Xcellent 25 Baseball Rankings. Puyallup is No. 25, despite a 3-2 loss to Wenatchee last Friday after reaching No. 10 the previous week.
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