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Federal Way 2008 All-City Baseball Team revealed

Todd Beamer junior Carson Wolbert (pitching) finished 3-2 on the mound with a 1.69 earned-run average and two saves. Wolbert also led the SPSL South in RBIs with 22 and hit .326 for the Titans.   - Casey Olson/staff photo
Todd Beamer junior Carson Wolbert (pitching) finished 3-2 on the mound with a 1.69 earned-run average and two saves. Wolbert also led the SPSL South in RBIs with 22 and hit .326 for the Titans.
— image credit: Casey Olson/staff photo

Pitchers

Carson Wolbert, Beamer — Wolbert had the best all-around season of anybody in the Federal Way School District. The Titan junior was Beamer’s best pitcher during the year after finishing 3-2 with a 1.69 earned-run average and two saves. Wolbert also struck out 30 in 29 innings of work and allowed only seven earned runs. Wolbert also led the SPSL South in RBIs with 22 in just 14 games after hitting .326 with seven doubles, a home run and 10 runs scored. He was a first-team, All-SPSL South selection as a pitcher by the league’s coaches after leading the Titans to second place in the South and a 13-9 overall record.

Jordan Beers, Jefferson —?The TJ senior finished with a 3-1 record in the SPSL North with a 5.09 earned-run average. Beers will play in the fall at Grays Harbor Community College. He was also a first-team, All-SPSL North selection and had 18 strikeouts. Jefferson finished 10-4 in the SPSL North and 14-8 overall before losing at the West Central District Tournament.

Alex Bailey, Decatur —?The Gator senior was a first-team, All-SPSL North selection after sitting out last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery during his junior season. Bailey finished 1-4 for the Gators, who won only four games during the year. The left-hander threw 28 innings during the SPSL North season, allowing only 19 hits and striking out 32 with a 2.75 ERA.

Catcher

Brandon Robbins, Federal Way —?The Eagle senior catcher had a solid season for Federal Way. Robbins finished hitting .304 with 12 runs, 11 RBIs and three home runs. He also had two stolen bases, two doubles and struck out only twice in 46 at-bats during the SPSL season. Federal Way finished 8-11 overall and 8-6 in the SPSL North.

Infield

Sean Goforth, Beamer —?The Titan senior was a first-team, All-SPSL South first baseman after hitting .359 for Beamer. Goforth also scored 13 runs and had 10 RBIs with a home run. He also struck out only twice during the SPSL regular season. Goforth also finished 1-0 on the mound with a 4.40 earned-run average in 14 1/3 innings of work.

Johnny Palko, Jefferson —?The junior finished 16th in the SPSL North with a .378 batting average and led all North Division second baseman in hitting. Palko also scored five runs and had seven RBIs for the Raiders.

Nick Tanielu, Federal Way — The freshman had an ultra-impressive season for the Eagles. Tanielu moved with his family from Alabama before the start of the season and the shortstop led Federal Way with a .421 batting average during the SPSL regular season.

Tanielu also led the Eagles with 16 hits, five doubles and six stolen bases. He also had two home runs, scored 12 runs and had 12 runs batted in. Tanielu was the second-team, All-SPSL North Division shortstop and was the only freshman on either the first or second teams.

Kelvin Ketchum, Beamer —?The Titan third baseman had an impressive junior season. Ketchum finished hitting .385 in SPSL play with four doubles, 11 runs and three RBIs. Ketchum was also 3-0 on the mound in 19 innings pitched for the Titans with a 5.16 ERA.

Outfield

Justin Lee, Beamer —?The senior had a monster season for the Titans at the plate. Lee led Beamer with a .421 average, three home runs and 21 RBIs in just 14 games. Lee also had two doubles, a triple, scored 17 runs and had three stolen bases. His batting average was the 10th best in the SPSL South and his 21 RBIs were second-best in the league, behind teammate Carson Wolbert.

Kylle Ashton, Jefferson —?The Raider senior ended up fifth in the SPSL North in hitting with a .435 average. The outfielder also led the North Division in hits with 20, finished second in the league in singles (16) and also had three home runs, scored 13 runs and knocked in 17.

Ashton is headed to Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., in the fall to play baseball, along with TJ teammates Taylor Stark and Derek Voigt.

Shane Elliot, Federal Way — The senior had another solid season for the Eagles after hitting .395 with two doubles, four home runs, 17 runs scored and 13 RBIs. Elliot’s four homers were good for second in the league behind Kentridge’s Spencer Graham. Elliot had the biggest single game in the league this season during a 15-4 Federal Way win over Tahoma on April 22 when he banged out three home runs and eight RBIs.

Justin McDonald, Decatur — The Gator junior finished 11th in the North Division in hitting with a .405 average. He also had one home run, nine runs scored, five RBIs and three stolen bases.

Utility

Derek Voigt, Jefferson — Voigt had a solid all-around season for the Raiders in 2008. The senior ended up fifth in the North with a .435 batting average and also led the division with eight stolen bases and 20 total hits. Voigt also had two doubles, a triple, a home run, 13 runs and nine RBIs. He also struck out only once in 46 at-bats and will play at Linfield College next season. Voigt also led the SPSL North in saves with three.

Designated Hitter

Brian Corliss, Beamer —?The Titan junior was limited during most of the season because of an injury. Corliss was Beamer’s top pitcher entering the season and threw only three innings during the SPSL season. But Corliss did have an impressive year with the bat. The junior hit .385 with one double, one triple, 18 runs and 10 RBIs. He also had five stolen bases and 12 walks.

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

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