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Pitching staff and Beamer highlight Mirror's 2005 team

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

The dominance of high school baseball in Federal Way continued this spring. For the sixth season in a row, a team from the Federal Way school district walked away with the South Puget Sound League South Division championship.

It just wasn’t the team most people thought. The second-year Todd Beamer Titans ended Federal Way High School’s five-year run of South Division titles.

Beamer also dominated the Mirror’s All-City Baseball Team with junior Carsten Bocchi walking away with Player of the Year honors and Jerry Peterson earning Coach of the Year. In total, the Titans had five players, Federal Way and TJ both had four and Decatur placed two on the team.

The All-City pitching staff could be the best collection of arms in recent memory.

Decatur’s Ross Humes, Federal Way’s Jon Flood and Bocchi all finished in the top-five in the SPSL South in earned-run average, strikeouts and wins.

Humes, a slightly-built lefthander, might have the best stuff out of the three. The senior finished the 2005 season with a 5-3 record and a 1.92 ERA. He led the league in strikeouts (60) and innings pitched (54 2/3).

“If I had to start with one player to build a team around it would be Humes,” said TJ head coach Mike Church.

All Flood does is win baseball games. In his last two seasons with Federal Way, Flood is a combined 10-0 in SPSL South Division games with an ERA under 1.00. This season, he finished 5-0 with a league-leading 1.06 ERA and 41 strikeouts.

Both Humes and Flood will pitch next season at Washington State University and could see a lot of innings next year in Pullman as true freshmen. The Cougars finished 1-23 in the Pac-10 Conference and 21-37 overall. The WSU pitching staff had a team ERA of 6.17.

The top newcomer in the SPSL South has to go to TJ third baseman Jarrett Jackson. After playing his freshman and sophomore seasons at Kennedy High School, Jackson finished 2005 with a .404 average with six home runs and 26 RBIs.

Joining Jackson around the All-City infield are a pair of shortstops — TJ’s Todd Muecklisch (.345, two home runs, 20 runs, nine RBIs and 13 stolen bases) and Federal Way’s Matt Vlahovich (.396, four home runs, 12 runs and eight RBIs) —  Federal Way senior first baseman Brandon Turrell (.327, six RBIs and seven runs), Federal Way second baseman Mitchell Jump (.341, five home runs, 14 RBIs) and Beamer third baseman Brandon Wallach (.412, two home runs, 14 runs and 14 RBIs).

The All-City outfield includes Decatur’s Jay Walkup (.388, six home runs, 13 runs and 15 RBIs), Beamer’s Jeremy Miller (.358, three home runs, 11 runs and eight RBIs) and TJ’s Erik Church (.375, 14 runs, 15 RBIs and 11 stolen bases).

Jefferson’s Jason Summers (.417, four home runs, 15 runs and 18 RBIs) and Beamer’s Matt Hart (.339, 14 runs and 12 RBIs, 2-2 with three saves) round out the Mirror’s All-City Baseball Team. Summers as a designated hitter and Hart as a utility player.

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

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