KITSAP COUNTY — Seven local players can add “2018 all-state selection” to their resumes as they were voted in by the Washingon State Baseball Coaches Association.
South Kitsap’s Alex Garcia and Central Kitsap’s Fred Buckson have a couple of things in common: They were the lone Kitsap player selected in their respective classifications, and they will also be teammates in the fall at Edmonds Community College.
Garcia batted .338 with nine doubles and 12 RBIs for the Wolves, whose season ended in the first round of the 4A state tournament against Jackson. South Kitsap finished 17-8, and Garcia helped guide a pitching staff that gave up just three runs per game.
Buckson was one of the West Sound’s top two-way threats for the Cougars. The shortstop hit .405 with three home runs and 20 RBIs. Buckson also scored 23 runs and stole six bases as Central Kitsap’s leadoff hitter. He regularly made difficult plays in the field look routine with his range, quick feet and strong arm.
North Kitsap’s Kyle Green is the only non-senior on the list. The Olympic League Most Valuable Player batted .542 and drove in over 30 runs. He was particularly clutch during the playoffs, saving some of his best performances for the district and state tournament.
Senior southpaw Ryan Hecker missed time this season with various injuries but bounced back to record a 1.97 ERA and a 4-0 record. He also helped himself plenty at the plate with a .433 average and 19 RBIs. He will play at University of San Francisco in the fall.
Olympic catcher Kylen Pereira is the lone Trojan on the all-state team. He batted .370 with 13 RBIs and was a steadying force behind the plate during his team’s run through the district tournament.
Kingston’s Gage Updegrove was one of the biggest speed threats in all of Kitsap with 25 stolen bases. The outfielder also got on base plenty with a .474 batting average. He scored 25 runs for the Buccaneers.
The lone 1A selection was Klahowya’s Ben Streck, who batted .407 and drove in 14 runs for the Eagles. Streck added six stolen bases and scored ten runs.
Catcher — Alex Garcia, South Kitsap, senior.
Shortstop — Fred Buckson, Central Kitsap, senior.
Catcher — Kyle Green, North Kitsap, junior.
Pitcher — Ryan Hecker, North Kitsap, senior.
Outfield — Gage Updegrove, Kingston, senior.
Catcher — Kylen Pereira, Olympic, senior.