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Barnette, McFeely finally teammates in Missoula

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

Tony Barnette and Shea McFeely grew up playing against each other.

Their friendly competition started on the baseball field at Sacajawea Middle School during their days within the Federal Way American Little League as pre-teens.

It continued through their high school careers at Thomas Jefferson (Barnette) and Federal Way (McFeely) and culminated during the past two years when they battled in the Pac-10 Conference — Barnette as a right-handed pitcher at Arizona State University, and McFeely as the starting third baseman on the national-champion Oregon State Beavers.

But now, the pair is suiting up in the same locker room for the Rookie League Missoula (Mont.) Osprey. Both Barnette and McFeely were selected in last month’s Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Barnette was picked in the 10th round and McFeely was selected in the 28th round by the Diamondbacks.

Barnette signed with Arizona immediately following the draft and was assigned to Missoula. McFeely inked with the Diamondbacks last week after the Beavers’ amazing run to the Division I national championship at the College World Series.

The title won by Oregon State has become a huge deal in the Pacific Northwest. The Beavers became the first northern climate school to win the national championship since Ohio State University did it in 1966. Oregon State did it with a roster full of players from Oregon and Washington, including McFeely.

“That was just unbelievable,” said Oregon State athletic director Bob DeCarolis. “And the way they did it, battling back and never giving up. From the baseball perspective, this tells you that you can be a Pacific Northwest team with homegrown kids and you can compete at the highest level.”

McFeely was a mainstay for the Beavers. The third baseman started all 66 games during his senior season and hit .296 with 50 runs, seven doubles, six triples, four home runs and 51 RBIs.

McFeely has yet to play a game for the Missoula Osprey.

Barnette, however, is rolling during his first month of professional baseball. The 6-foot-2 right-hander is currently 2-0 with a 1.29 earned-run average for the Osprey.

Barnette has started three games and has thrown a total of 14 innings. He has given up nine hits and just two earned runs.

During his two-year career at Arizona State, Barnette appeared in 50 games, finishing with a 10-2 career record. He went 6-1 in his final season, leading the team with 70 strikeouts. The transfer from Central Arizona Community College struck out 123 batters in his 104.2 career innings.

Other Federal Way school district players in the minor leagues:

Travis Ishikawa — The 2002 Federal Way High School graduate is back playing for the AA Connecticut Defenders after three separate call-ups this season by the San Francisco Giants.

Ishikawa is currently hitting .245 for the Defenders in 55 games. He has a team-leading 26 RBIs, eight home runs and three triples. He has also scored 22 runs for Connecticut. Ishikawa’s longest stay in the Major Leagues came late last month when he spent 10 days up with the Giants. During that call-up, Ishikawa got one start against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.

Brady Everett — The 2001 Federal Way grad is currently playing with the Class A Burlington (Iowa) Bees of the Midwest League. The catcher is currently hitting .252 in 33 games. Everett has four doubles, two home runs and 10 RBIs and has scored 17 runs. Everett was selected by the Kansas City Royals in last year’s draft after earning first-team, All-Pac 10 honors as a catcher at Washington State University.

Andre Piper-Jordan — The 2003 Federal Way High School graduate is currently playing for the Vancouver Canadians of the Class A Northwest League. Piper-Jordan, a center fielder, is hitting .286 with a double and two RBIs in eight games with the Canadians.

Piper-Jordan was drafted in 2004 by the Oakland Athletics after playing one season at Everett Community College.

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

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