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Flood runs, hits, throws way to All-City MVP
By CASEY OLSON
Jon Flood can do it all on the baseball field.
You hear the term five-tool player thrown around over and over when talking about baseball prospects, referring to a guys ability to play defense, run, hit, hit with power and throw.
Flood is why scouts invented a five-tool player. The Federal Way juniors all-around ability earned him the Mirrors Most Valuable Player of the 2004 All-City Baseball Team. The 6-foot-3 right hander was the Eagles best hitter down the stretch and developed from just a thrower into one of the best pitchers in the league.
He is definitely a Division I-type kid, said Federal Way coach Eric Fiedler. He swings it and can run. He is going to have a lot of Pac-10 teams wanting him to come to their school and I dont know what he is going to play when he gets to that level. He can do it all.
During the regular season, Flood led South Puget Sound League South champion Eagles with five home runs, 23 RBIs and 10 stolen bases while hitting .459. He also finished 5-0 on the mound with a miniscule 0.94 earned-run average and 41 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings. Flood also threw a three-hitter during Federal Ways 1-0 loss to Lake Washington in the Class 4A state quarterfinal.
When he wasnt on the mound, Flood was part of a lethal Federal Way High School outfield that also included Kyle Henselman and Thomas Watts. The threesome hit three, four and five in the Eagle order and all ended their seasons well over .400. Henselman, who will play at Washington State next year, hit .483 with five home runs and 25 RBIs and Watts, who signed with Tacoma Community College, hit .436 with four home runs, 21 RBIs and 21 runs. Decatur junior Kevin Gibb (.386, 17 runs, 3 home runs, 12 RBIs) also earned All-City outfield honors.
Federal Way senior Josh Elmquist highlights the pitching staff. The right-hander ended the year a perfect 8-0. Joining Elmquist were Decatur junior Ross Humes (6-3, 2.96 ERA, 52 strikeouts, four complete games) and TJ senior Aaron Bronson (5-1, 3.59 ERA, 31 strikeouts, five complete games). Beamers Logan Capp hit .354 with 12 runs, 12 RBIs, seven stolen bases from the catchers position to earn All-City honors for the Titans.
The biggest improvement from last year might have come from Jefferson shortstop Dusty Farkas.
Even though he was the Souths first-team shortstop in 2003, Farkas wasnt a big-time threat at the plate. All 27 of his hits in 2003 were singles. This season, Farkas offensive numbers stack up against anybody in the league. As a senior he hit an eye-popping .552 with six home runs and 26 RBIs.
He was pretty much a slap hitter last year, Fiedler said. Hes now a pretty powerful kid.
Farkas is still undecided where he will play next season, but he has his choice of any community college in the area, according to his coach Mike Church.
But he has a dream of being a Coug, and is wavering on accepting a scholarship to one of the CCs versus walking on at WSU, Church said.
Joining Farkas on the All-City infield are TJ third baseman Jason Summers (.537, 3 home runs, 22 RBIs), Federal Way second baseman Nick Harteau (.367, 2 home runs, 11 RBIs, 21 runs) and Decatur first baseman Jay Walkup (.348, 2 home runs, 14 RBIs).
Beamers Jeremy Miller (.413, 13 runs, six RBIs) and Jeffersons Kyle Nunley (.379, 23 runs, 10 RBIs) round out the Mirrors All-City Baseball Team. Miller as a designated hitter and Nunley as a utility player.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, email@example.com