Jeffrey Morgan is batting almost .500 at about the halfway point of the regular season for the Auburn Mountainview High School baseball team. Sumner’s Gage Whitehead is batting .500.
If there’s a theme in the 3A South Puget Sound League baseball race, it’s hitting. Auburn Mountainview has seven batters with an average better than .350. So does Sumner.
It’s nothing AMV coach Glen Walker didn’t expect.
“The guys on our team, if they produce like they should, they should be … good hitters,” Walker said. “It’s fun to watch.”
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And both teams are 4-0 in league play — Auburn Mountainview has a rare tie on its overall record — with a pair of games scheduled against each other this week.
It’s tough to read too far into the batting stats because most of these players have about 20 plate appearances each. It’s not like 1941, when Ted Williams hit .406 in 606 plate appearances for the Boston Red Sox.
But when you’re Sumner and your top four hitters are batting .500 (Whitehead), .471 (Josiah Fidecaro), .429 (Johnny Staley) and .417 (Tristan Wilhite) — it certainly looks cool.
Auburn Mountainview (6-1-1; 4-0 3A SPSL) travels to Sumner (8-1; 4-0) on Wednesday and hosts the Spartans on Friday.
“We are really looking forward to this week,” Walker said. “I have been out to watch Sumner and I know they’ve been out to watch us. We match up pretty well position by position.”
Teams made up of some of the state’s best basketball players will play April 18-19 at Bellevue College.
The Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association (WIBCA) and the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) will host the 13th annual Basketball Showcase. It’s a 16-team tournament broken down like this:
• Four Seattle-area teams
• Four Tacoma-area teams
• Two Southwest Washington teams
• Two Northwest Washington teams
• Two Spokane/Eastern Washington teams
• Two Yakima/Tri-Cities-area teams
The fee is $85 per player. Curtis basketball coach Tim Kelly is the Tacoma area regional coordinator. Shadle Park coach Tim Gaebe is the tournament director.
Some of the past players to play in this tournament: Bremerton graduate Marvin Williams (now with the Charlotte Hornets), Franklin grad Aaron Brooks (now with the Chicago Bulls) and Kentwood grad Rodney Stuckey (now with the Indiana Pacers). Aso NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton’s son, David Stockton, and three of John’s nephews — Riley Stockton, Steve Stockton Jr. and Shawn Stockton.
Federal Way junior D’Jimon Jones tweeted Monday that he received an offer to play football at Washington State University. … Newly hired Lincoln football coach Masaki Matsumoto said he will be in Tacoma for good by Wednesday for an orientation at the school. The King’s High School graduate has coached at Hollywood Bernstein in Hollywood, California, the past three years.