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FW's McFeely inks to play baseball at Oregon State

By CASEY OLSON

Sports editor

Shea McFeely is officially a Beaver.

The 2002 Federal Way High School graduate signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Oregon State University and was introduced by coach Pat Casey Wednesday.

McFeely, primarily a shortstop, played last season at Tacoma Community College.

“Shea is a junior college infielder with legitimate power and he can play more than one position,” Casey said. “He has the capability to contribute for us right away.”

In his one season with the TCC Titans, McFeely was named the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAAAC) Most Valuable Player after hitting .441 with four homers, six triples, 19 doubles, 48 RBIs and 15 stolen bases as a freshman. And unlike most other junior college transfers, McFeely will have three years of eligibility at OSU.

“I was really interested in going there last year, and they gave me a good scholarship offer,” McFeely said of selecting the Beavers. “I have a couple of buddies going there and playing football, and it’s close for my family to come and watch.”

Coming out of Federal Way, McFeely was drafted in the 40th round by the Cleveland Indians after being the South Puget Sound League South Division Player of the Year for the Class 4A state runnerup Eagles. He went 7-0 on the mound and hit .466.

McFeely is among 15 players who committed to play at Oregon State next season.

“We’re very pleased with this group,” Casey said. “It’s going to be very exciting this fall to get them on the field with our returning players. We’re going to bring in a lot of young players, and they’re going to have to develop early for us to be a good club in the spring, but we think they have the potential to do that.”

The Beavers ended last season 25-28 overall and 7-17 in the Pac-10 Conference, good for an eighth-place tie.

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

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