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TJ third baseman is the best the city has to offer on the fastpitch diamond

2007 All-City Fastpitch Team

Player of the Year: Jayme Carbon, So., Jefferson

Coach of the Year: Chad Fahnlander, Jefferson

Pitchers: Jill Halvorsen, Sr., Jefferson, and Brittany Still, Jr., Jefferson

Infield: Kendal Nakashima, Jr., Decatur; Kelli Calvin, Sr., Beamer; Brittany Creek, Sr., Jefferson; Stephanie Ogle, Jr., Jefferson

Outfield: Erin Fujita, Soph., Jefferson; Lindsey Bright, Jr., Decatur; Morgan Bright, Sr., Decatur

Catcher: Shawntay Thong, Jr., Jefferson

Utility: Laura Bressler, Soph., Decatur

Designated Hitter: Britni Racus, Jr., Federal Way

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

It wasn't too hard to predict that Thomas Jefferson High School sophomore Jayme Carbon was destined for big things on the athletic field.

Success has just been a part of Carbon's life.

As a 12-year-old, Carbon outdistanced her competition with her arm to win the softball throw at the Hershey's Track and Field Youth Program national meet in Hershey, Penn. Carbon's toss of 168 feet, 6 inches was 12 feet better than the second-place finisher.

And that national championship was not Carbon's first appearance in the winner's circle in a prestigious event. As a 9-year-old, she was the Seattle Seahawks' team champion in the National Football League's Punt, Pass and Kick contest.

Now, the sophomore third baseman can add one more award to her ever-expanding trophy case: The Mirror's 2007 All-City Fastpitch Team's Player of the Year.

Carbon led the Raiders to their second-ever appearance at the Class 4A State Tournament after hitting .500 (fourth in the SPSL North) during the South Puget Sound League season, with 23 RBIs (second), 14 runs scored (seventh), 10 doubles (lead league) and one home run (sixth).

"Jayme just flat out hit the ball all year long," said TJ head coach Chad Fahnlander. "She was our number-three batter most of the year and had at least a hit in 19 of our 20 league games. She probably swings one of the biggest bats in the league (34 inches, 24 ounces) and she is what I call a pole-to-pole hitter. She hits the ball to all fields."

Carbon also played a solid defensive third base for the Raiders, who finished fourth in the SPSL North before making a run at the West Central District Tournament to qualify for state.

"She does a great job covering bunts and making the long throws across the diamond," Fahnlander said.

Carbon also qualified for the Class 4A State Golf Championships and made the cut just two days after leading the Raiders into the state fastpitch tournament.

Joining Carbon on the Mirror's All-City infield are Decatur's Kendal Nakashima, Beamer's Kelli Calvin, and Jefferson's Stephanie Ogle and Brittany Creek.

Nakashima had another monster season for the Gators and garners her third-straight appearance on the All-City Team. The junior shortstop led the SPSL North with an ultra-impressive .568 batting average (25-for-44) and also had 15 RBIs, 10 runs scored, four doubles, a league-leading six triples and a league-leading 1.000 slugging percentage.

Calvin, a first-team All-SPSL South selection, finished ninth in the South in batting average after hitting .462 during her senior season. Calvin, a third baseman, also had eight RBIs, two doubles and a .525 on-base percentage. Ogle was also a first-team All-SPSL North selection as a first baseman. The junior finished with a .463 batting average, was fourth in the league in RBIs with 19 and scored 13 runs. Ogle also finished with six doubles, one home run and a .732 slugging percentage.

Creek hit .326 with six RBIs, 10 runs scored and played a very solid defensive second base for the Raiders.

The All-City outfield consists of a pair of sisters, Decatur's Lindsey and Morgan Bright, along with Jefferson sophomore Erin Fujita.

Lindsey Bright, a junior, was a first-team All-SPSL North selection after hitting .425 with nine runs scored, two doubles, three triples, three home runs and an .850 slugging percentage, which was good for fourth in the North Division.

Morgan Bright finished the SPSL North season with a .405 average, seven RBIs, eight runs scored and five stolen bases. Morgan will play in the fall at Central Washington University, where she plans to study education. She carries a 3.5 grade-point average, plays saxophone in two bands at school and is a member of the concert choir. Bright also plays on the prestigious Washington Ladyhawks and travels year round with the team.

Fujita had another strong offensive season for the Raiders. The sophomore finished fourth in the North with a .500 batting average, seven RBIs and 15 runs scored. She was also second in the league with seven doubles and had a .605 on-base percentage.

The catcher position on the All-City Team will again be occupied by Jefferson junior Shawtay Thong. Thong hit .400 with 20 RBIs, 13 runs scored, three doubles, three triples and a league-leading three home runs. It is Thong's third appearance on the All-City Team.

Laura Bressler will act as the utility player after a season where she hit .381 with eight RBIs and a league-leading seven stolen bases. Federal Way's Britni Racus is the designated hitter after leading the Eagles with a .297 batting average, five doubles and a .432 slugging percentage.

The pitching staff is anchored by a pair of Jefferson hurlers: senior Jill Halvorsen and junior Brittany Still. Halvorsen finished with a 4-4 record with a 4.02 earned-run average and 26 strikeouts. Still finished 2-1 with two saves, a 2.69 ERA and 30 strikeouts in just 28 innings.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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