The 2013 Star Times all-area baseball team, selected from schools in King and Snohomish counties, or in the Metro League and WesCo conferences.
Shorewood, P, Jr.
The 6-foot-8 Boone helped keep the Thunderbirds from Shoreline ranked No. 1 in 3A most of the season. He won all 10 starts, with six complete games and a 1.05 ERA. Boone had 57 strikeouts in 60 innings, throwing 70 percent first-pitch strikes, and gave up one extra-base hit all season.
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Archbishop Murphy, P, Sr.
Mahlum was a key part of the Wildcats’ run to the Class 2A state championship last year, going 6-0. He’s 11-0 this year, and entering the playoffs his ERA was a dazzling 0.68 with 79 Ks in 58 innings. Opponents were batting .143 against him.
Kentwood, C, Sr.
McGuire, a two-time Star Times selection, went into the playoffs batting .417 with 20 walks and only two strikeouts in 94 plate appearances. But his defense makes him special. Opponents seldom attempt to steal. He is a likely first-round pick in the June amateur draft.
Archbishop Murphy, IF, Sr.
Morrison is one of the state’s top shortstops and has signed with Oregon State, although he is expected to be drafted next month. Coach Stan Taloff calls him the best shortstop he has coached in his 34 years. Morrison batted .581 with 26 steals in 28 tries in the regular season.
Woodinville, IF, Sr.
The KingCo 4A MVP, a smooth-fielding shortstop, makes every play look routine. He had a .968 fielding percentage with just three errors this season and led the league with a .419 batting average.
Kennedy Catholic, IF, Sr.
The first baseman and honors student (3.97 GPA) was the clear choice for Seamount League MVP. He hit for power with six doubles, three triples, three home runs and 23 RBI. “He is by far and away the most valuable player I’ve had,” coach Jon O’Connor said.
West Seattle, IF, Sr.
Hellinger, a unanimous choice as Metro League MVP, is batting .416 with 11 doubles, two homers and 27 RBI. He also pitches, and struck out 10 in a two-hit, 6-0 shutout of Ferndale in the regionals as the Wildcats reached the 3A state semis. Hellinger (6-2) has 80 strikeouts in 67 innings.
Kentwood, OF, Sr.
Going into the state playoffs, Wessling was batting .415 with a team-high 35 RBI, including six in the third-place game at the district tournament. He had 11 doubles, three triples and three homers. Coach Mark Zender said this is a guy who has just gotten better through hard work; he batted .258 last season.
Jackson, OF, Sr.
Soderqvist’s coach calls him the best all-around defensive player he has seen. He batted .415 with a .560 on-base percentage, .688 slugging percentage and 15 stolen bases. The four-year starter led the Mill Creek school to state the past three seasons.
Mount Si, OF, Jr.
Early in the season, Johnson was primarily in the lineup because of his bat, but he played flawless defense in the outfield during the second half of the season. He batted .456 with 12 doubles and two home runs for the state semifinalists from Snoqualmie.
Auburn Mountainview, Utility, Sr.
Brooks had a big weekend at regionals, striking out 10 in a four-hit, 2-0 shutout of Glacier Peak before hitting a walkoff RBI single to beat Decatur 9-8. Entering regionals, he was 9-0 with a 1.62 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 56 innings. He also led the Lions with a .560 average.
Walker started the Mountainview program eight years ago and guided the Lions to the SPSL 3A title and a No. 1 ranking in the final Class 3A poll this season. His teams are disciplined and play the game right.