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Everett promoted, could face former teammate, Ishikawa in league playoffs
By CASEY OLSON
Brady Everett and Travis Ishikawa celebrated winning the 2001 Class 4A state baseball championship together while they were teammates at Federal Way High School. Everett was a senior catcher for the Eagles and Ishikawa was a junior hot-shot first baseman.
But the former teammates and good friends could be in opposite dugouts when the California League playoffs start up next month.
Everett was recently promoted to the High Desert Mavericks, the high Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Everett was the 15th round selection of the Royals in Junes Major League Draft out of Washington State University and had played the last two months with the Idaho Falls Chukars, a Rookie League team. Ishikawa has played all season with the San Jose Giants in the California League after signing with the San Francisco Giants out of Federal Way High School in 2002 as a 21st-round draft pick.
Currently Everetts High Desert team is leading the California Leagues South Division with a 35-24 record and Ishikawas Giants won the first-half title in the North Division. The six-team California League playoffs kick off Sept. 7 and High Desert and San Jose could only meet in the championship series, which starts Sept. 15.
Everett is making a quick name for himself in the Kansas City organization and its included time at a new position. Everett got plenty of action at first base for Idaho Falls, before being promoted.
They wanted me to take some ground balls to see if I can handle it, Everett told MLB.com. For the most part, Ive handled it well. It makes it more fun for me to play there. I can run around and do some different things. When youve been a catcher your whole life, the chance to put another glove on your hand is fun.
The Chukars just wanted to keep Everetts bat in their catcher-rich lineup. Everett led Idaho Falls with a .365 average in 28 games. He also has eight doubles, five home runs and 20 RBIs. He is just 0-for-3 with a run and RBI in just two games with High Desert.
You know, I caught every game in college, said Everett, who hit .340 with 16 homers and 52 RBIs as a senior at Washington State. I never had the opportunity or the need to play first base. But I guess they want to keep me in the lineup. I just have to keep working hard. I know my stuff, I just have to keep working hard and getting more consistent with the fundamental things.
Ishikawa is having another good year his fourth in professional baseball. The left-handed first baseman is hitting .286 for San Jose. Ishikawa is leading the team in home runs with 19 and also has scored 81 runs with 28 doubles, six triples and 71 RBIs.
The 2003 Federal Way High School graduate is having a fairly solid season for the Arizona Athletics, the Arizona Rookie League affiliate of the Oakland As.
The speedy centerfielder, who played one season at Everett Community College, is hitting .251 in 46 games. Piper-Jordan also has scored 41 runs, eight doubles, seven triples, 21 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, firstname.lastname@example.org