Here are some of the top high school baseball teams and players to watch in the South Sound area this spring.
Federal Way: Eagles reached the Class 4A state tournament semifinals a season ago before being bounced by eventual state champion Richland. Federal Way boats a talented roster led by Purdue signee Joshua Mears, Central Arizona commit Bradham Ponce and UW commit Tyler Hoeft. Eagles are currently in first in the 4A NPSL Olympic with a 10-1 league record.
South Kitsap: After reaching the first round of the 4A state tournament a season ago, the Wolves look strong again. They sit atop the standings in the 4A SPSL with an 8-2 league record and winners of six games in a row, including a non-league win over Gig Harbor on April 12.
Gig Harbor: Tides reached the Class 3A state tournament in 2018 after winning the state title the year before. Gig Harbor is currently in first place in the 3A SSC with a 9-1 league record, led by No. 1 pitcher Owen Wild.
Fife: Trojans reached the Class 2A state tournament a season ago and are on pace to return, currently sitting atop the 2A SPSL West standings with a 7-1 league record. Trojans are led by last year’s league MVP Judah Graham.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Joshua Mears, Federal Way: The Purdue-bound right fielder is a big bat for the Eagles, hitting .512 this season with four doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 17 RBI. Has struck out just five times this season.
Nate Weeldreyer, Auburn Mountainview: Another Purdue commit, Weeldreyer has a 5-1 record in 36.2 innings with 72 strikeouts and a 0.57 ERA.
Nate Clow, Todd Beamer: The junior UW commit and last year’s NPSL Olympic MVP was plenty productive as a hitter and pitcher last season and is doing it again. He’s batting .350 with a double and two home runs, while posting a 1.34 ERA in 11 appearances for the Titans this spring.
Judah Graham, Fife: Last year’s 2A SPSL Mountain MVP led the team to the 2A state playoffs , and has helped the Trojans to the league’s top spot currently with a 7-1 league record. Has a 4-0 record on the mound with a 1.09 ERA in five appearances.
Brandham Ponce, Federal Way: The Central Arizona commit and Federal Way shortstop is hitting .362 with four doubles, a triple, three home runs and 10 RBI for the first-place Eagles in the NPSL 4A Olympic. Also has a 3-0 record in 25 innings with four saves, 40 strikeouts and a 0.84 ERA.