High School Sports

The top five baseball players and teams in the Olympia-area

Top players

Nathan Herrmann, Olympia – Bears outfielder has broken loose in the early going with a .526/.933/1.459 slash line. His .467 batting average comes with two home runs and 14 RBI.

Silas Jensen, Capital – Jensen batted .311 with 17 runs scored and 11 RBI last season as the Cougars reached the state quarterfinals. A returning Olympian All-Area pick, he was also first team All-3A SSC.

Brock Jones, W.F. West – UW signee, a closer last year, has become the staff ace. He was 3-0 with 39 strikeouts in 18 innings last year and also hit .412 with 28 RBI.

Jeter Larson, River Ridge – An Olympian All-Area choice at pitcher after an 8-1 season with a 2.13 ERA. Also batted .468 with six doubles and 28 RBI as the Hawks complied a 16-4 regular season.

Ethan Loveless, Black Hills – University of Portland-bound outfielder will be limited to DH duties while recuperating from an elbow injury.

Top teams

W.F. West, which finished third in the Class 2A state tournament, won seven of its first eight games. That’s a good sign going into a tough 2A Evergreen Conference season in which Tumwater, Centralia and Rochester will also be strong.

Olympia got out of the blocks 7-3, a game behind Curtis in the 4A SPSL standings.

In the 2B ranks, Rainier started 9-1 and in a four-way tie for first in the Central League.

Capital, which reached the 3A state quarterfinals last season, is just 5-6 overall, but is just a game behind 3A SSC leading Gig Harbor with a 4-2 league mark.