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Published: Friday, May 22, 2009, 12:01 a.m.

Snohomish County currently a hot bed of baseball talent

Local athletes help power Huskies

SEATTLE -- Head coach Ken Knutson hasn't had to look far to find players to fill out his University of Washington baseball roster.
The Huskies' 35 players all come from the state of Washington, including six from Snohomish County.
Knutson said that Snohomish County is a hotbed of baseball talent right now, although he called it a cyclical phenomenon that happens in different parts of the state every five to 10 years.
"Ten years ago, a bunch of guys from over in Moses Lake made it to the big leagues," he said. "It's population and numbers. But it definitely shows that there are more people playing baseball."
If Knutson is looking for in-state talent, he could do a lot worse than Snohomish County. The area has produced several major leaguers over the past few years, including Cleveland Indians All-Star Grady Sizemore (Cascade High School) and top prospects Travis Snider (Jackson) and Brent Lillibridge (Jackson).
UW pitcher Geoff Brown, a junior from Mill Creek, said that the talent in his area breeds better players.
"Looking at guys like Snider and Grady Sizemore, and playing with guys like (UW teammates and county products Brian Pearl, Jake Rife and Cam Nobles), it makes you realize how much talent is up there," Brown said. "And then you look at the up-and-comers, like the (Mill Creek) Little League team that went so far, and there's a lot of potential for some good players up there for years to come."

I-5 pipeline
The University of Washington baseball team has six Snohomish County products on the roster, four of whom are making contributions this year:
Pos. Player, yearHometown (high school)Statistics
LHP Geoff Brown, soph.Mill Creek (Jackson)29 app.*1 save4-4 W-L4.50 ERA
RHP Matt Gorman, fresh.Edmonds (Meadowdale)Redshirting
RHP Cam Nobles, jr.Mill Creek (Jackson)Redshirting
RHP Brian Pearl, jr.Everett (Cascade)22 app.8 saves*1-4 W-L3.03 ERA
LF/DH Jake Rife, sr.Arlington (Lakewood).414 OBP6 HR36 RBI.331 BA*
RHP Aaron West, fresh.Snohomish (Snohomish)15 app.5 starts2-0 W-L5.17 ERA
*--leads team
Story tags » Huskies Baseball

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