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Federal Way's Ishikawa signs with Oregon State

Travis Ishikawa, a senior at Federal Way, signed a letter of intent to attend Oregon State University.

“What really convinced me was last summer when I visited the campus,” Ishikawa said. “It was beautiful, it was quiet — and there are no pro teams there; it’s the center of attention.”

Ishikawa batted .384 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs last season in helping the Eagles win the state championship. He also had five doubles, two triples and 15 stolen bases to earn First Team All-SPSL honors.

“He’s a first baseman who also has the potential to play the outfield,” said OSU head coach Pat Casey. “He’s a very good athlete with the ability to come in here and play as a freshman. He runs very well for a power guy and he’s very good defensively. We think he can be an impact guy int he Pac-10.”

Ishikawa, who may study mathematics at OSU, also drew recruiting interest from Washington, Washington State, Portland and Hawaii.

Ishikawa joins Decatur senior J.C. Ronnfeldt, who recently committed to attend Oregon State on a football scholarship.

“We were at his birthday party and talked about how cool it would be to go there, but we didn’t think it was going to happen,” Ronnfeldt said. “It’s cool to be going there with someone you know.”

Ronnfeldt was recently named to the all-state football team, along with Decatur teammate Nick McCluskey, who was selected as all-state punter for the second year in a row, and Federal Way senior Nate VanderPol.

“Just being down there, talking with the coaches, I felt like it was the right place for me,” Ronnfeldt said. “After school is out I’m going to take two weeks to go fishing with my family, and after that I’m there. I’m ecstatic. I can’t wait to be there.”

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