Seniors lead the way for Glacier Peak | Baseball
It’s safe to say that the Glacier Peak baseball team is top heavy and that’s a good thing.
Grizzlies coach Bob Blair estimates that about 75 percent of the players from last year’s state tournament squad are back and he noted that the varsity roster features 18 seniors.
With only nine starting positions available that means Blair and his coaching staff have their work cut out for them in determining who’ll be out on the field at any given time.
“That’s going to be the hardest part – distributing playing time,” Blair said. “They’re all very talented. They’re going to compete with each other. They are going to make each other better.”
The wet weather has hampered practices as it has every other team in the area. But with all the experience back, the Grizzlies are taking the disruptions in stride.
“They kind of know a lot of the routines from last year,” Blair said. “A lot of stuff carries over, so we can focus on other stuff.”
In between the rain showers, Glacier Peak actually has been able to get out on the diamond. The Grizzlies attended the Bothell High School jamboree on Saturday, March 11, and then opened the season with a 7-0 non-conference victory over Stanwood on Tuesday, March 14 at Stanwood High School.
“It was just nice to see us hit the ball,” Blair said. “Some of the players have different roles this year. Some are more of a leader than last year.”
Blair expects to use many pitchers this season. Two of the top returners are senior righthanders Cameron Wendlandt and Luke Wyatt.
“We’re doing pitching by committee,” Blair said.
Senior Devin Kamihara and Cameron Kellar will be handling the catching duties.
The infield should be strong with senior Ryan Ober and junior Riley Parker. Both can play shortstop, second base or even third base.
“What I’ve told them is the way the season is going, whoever is hot is playing,” Blair said. “Guys can play defense all over the place.”
Senior Colton Bunt will be patrolling center field.
The Grizzlies have good team speed with plenty of contact hitters. Blair said Glacier Peak will focus on moving runners around the bases and coming with up with timely hits.
Last year Glacier Peak won the Wesco 3A regular season and then beat Lynnwood to capture the District 1 title. The Grizzlies lost 6-0 to Lakeside in the first round. The Lions advanced to the state title game where they lost to Lake Washington.
The Grizzlies faced some of the top teams in the area, such as Shorewood, Mountlake Terrace, Meadowdale and Lynnwood, in league play last season. As a result, Glacier Peak is ready to take on new Wesco 4A opponents, such as Jackson, Cascade and Lake Stevens.
“I think the fact of being in such a tough division has prepared us for moving up to 4A,” Blair said.