New team dynamics fuel baseball’s post season

Sam Kelderman, Sports Editor

With improved skills and stronger team chemistry, the boys’ baseball team has seen immense success this season compared to previous seasons. They became one of the top three teams in the Kingco 2A/3A division, secured the 2A district championship, and finally ended their season as 2A state quarterfinalists.
Junior Torey Anderson describes the team’s regular season success in the Kingco league, finishing the season 8-8.
“Coming through in Kingco was pretty cool,” Anderson said. “People think that since we are a 2A team, we’re not that good; that’s kind of the stigma against 2A schools that do well. However, we finished higher than Bellevue, Interlake, Sammamish, Juanita which shows how we have grown. We were taking that into state and showing that we could compete with the good teams.”
The team did bring their success from the regular season into Districts and State due to a better team and player dynamic than in years past.
“In the beginning of the year, we were pretty immature with our attitudes and playing abilities,” senior Tyler Haselman said. “Now we have better skillsets and there are no more conflicts between players because there is more cohesive chemistry. We are all just one team now.”
Their hard work and togetherness resulted in an exciting end to the season. The team won against Port Angeles 8-5, Renton 14-0, and Fife 7-1 to secure their first place finish at Districts and won against East Valley (Spokane) 2-0 to become state quarter finalists.
“The combination of hitting and better pitching brought us success this season,” senior Boston Munro said. “Torey Anderson, Adam Morrison and I were our primary workload for pitching; that consistency in terms of hitting and pitching really allowed us to excel this year.”