Decatur High School had nine players chosen for All-NPSL baseball. Photo courtesy of “Gator Baseball” Twitter @gatorbaseball21

Decatur High School had nine players chosen for All-NPSL baseball. Photo courtesy of “Gator Baseball” Twitter @gatorbaseball21

21 local athletes selected for NPSL 3A/4A All-League baseball teams

Players selected for top league honors by vote of league coaches.

By Bill Wilford

The 3A/4A North Puget Sound League recently announced the 2021 season all-league team honors for boys baseball.

Players from all four Federal Way high schools were selected for top league honors by a vote of the coaches within the league.

Players from the four high schools in the Federal Way district selected for all-league baseball honors include:

4A NPSL Division

First team

Pitcher: Decatur junior Aiden Mandia

Utility: Federal Way sophomore Joseph Krahner

Second team

Pitcher: Decatur junior R’Mani Adams

Shortstop: Federal Way sophomore Isaiah Afework

Outfield: Decatur senior Cole Jackson

Honorable mention

Pitcher: Decatur senior Keegan Adams

Pitcher: Federal Way sophomore Austin Crawford

Catcher: Decatur senior Ben Adams

First Base: Decatur junior Luke Dalrymple

Second Base: Decatur junior Tyler Harries

Shortstop: Decatur senior Daniel Goon

Third Base: Decatur senior Travis Hurn

3A NPSL Division

First team

Pitcher: Thomas Jefferson senior Cody Gaerttner

Second team

Catcher: Thomas Jefferson senior Austin Null

Catcher: Todd Beamer junior James Turner

First base: Thomas Jefferson junior Drew DeLaCruz

Outfielder: Thomas Jefferson senior Jaden Herwick

Honorable mention

First Base: Todd Beamer junior Jacob Luft

Outfield: Thomas Jefferson junior Wybrand Barron

Designated Hitter: Thomas Jefferson senior Jet Higa

Utility: Todd Beamer senior Isi Mojica

The 14 teams in the North Puget Sound League were split in half into 3A and 4A conferences. Todd Beamer and Thomas Jefferson were put into a 3A conference with the three Auburn high schools, along with Kentlake and Kent Meridian.

Federal Way and Decatur joined a 4A conference with Tahoma, Kennedy Catholic, Kentridge, Kentwood and Mt Rainier located in Des Moines.

This year, each NPSL school played 14 regular season baseball games from April 20 to May 21, which included two games against an inter-conference city rival; 4A Federal Way played 3A Beamer and 4A Decatur played 3A Thomas Jefferson.

The season ended with each team playing a single conference crossover game on May 22 and no statewide playoffs this year.

Last year, high school players lost their entire baseball season due to statewide closures.

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