Marysville Getchell’s Malakhi Knight runs to third base for a steal during a game against Arlington on May 7, 2021, in Arlington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Marysville Getchell’s Malakhi Knight runs to third base for a steal during a game against Arlington on May 7, 2021, in Arlington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

The Herald’s 2021 All-Area high school baseball teams

A look at the top prep baseball players in the area during this abbreviated season.

Editor’s note: The Player of the Year and All-Area teams were chosen by The Herald sports staff based on coach recommendations, season statistics and first-hand observations.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Dominic Hellman, jr., INF/P, Jackson

Click here for The Herald’s player of the year story on Hellman.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Kirk Nicholson, Jackson

The longtime Jackson coach guided the Timberwolves to a perfect 13-0 season. Jackson was the only Wesco team to go undefeated this spring.

FIRST TEAM

Evan Canfield, sr., P, Jackson

Canfield posted an unblemished 0.00 earned-run average and allowed only one unearned run all season in 30 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out 44 batters and walked 11, while recording a 0.56 WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched). He helped lead the Timberwolves to a perfect 13-0 season.

Zach Ediger, sr., P, Jackson

Ediger posted a 0.93 ERA in 22.2 innings pitched. He totaled 33 strikeouts and just two walks, while recording a 0.66 WHIP. He helped lead the Timberwolves to a perfect 13-0 campaign.

Jacob Burkett, sr., P, Arlington

Burkett posted a 1.31 ERA in 21.1 innings pitched. He struck out nearly two batters per inning, with a total of 40 strikeouts and 11 walks. He recorded a 1.27 WHIP and limited opponents to a .205 batting average. He also excelled at the plate, batting .429 with one home run, three doubles, a .617 on-base percentage and a .642 slugging percentage. He helped lead the Eagles to a 12-1 season.

Casen Taggart, sr., C, Everett

Taggart batted .382 with one home run, one triple and five doubles. He drew 24 walks and posted a .580 on-base percentage and .706 slugging percentage.

Dominic Hellman, jr., INF, Jackson

Hellman batted .585 with five home runs, one triple and five doubles in a massive season for the Timberwolves. The University of Oregon commit posted a .642 on-base percentage and a whopping 1.122 slugging percentage. He was 5-for-5 on stolen-base attempts and committed no errors in 29 chances. He also had a 1.53 ERA in 18 1/3 innings pitched, with 23 strikeouts and nine walks. He led Jackson to a perfect 13-0 campaign.

Cole Cramer, sr., INF, Arlington

Cramer batted .488 with two home runs, two triples, six doubles, a .529 on-base percentage and a .878 slugging percentage. He was a perfect 7-for-7 on stolen-base attempts and had a .970 fielding percentage. He also posted a 0.00 ERA in 8 1/3 innings pitched, with 15 strikeouts and no walks. He helped lead the Eagles to a 12-1 record.

Ryan Contreras, sr., INF, Jackson

Contreras batted .407 with one home run, three triples and six doubles. He posted a .475 on-base percentage and a .685 slugging percentage, while helping lead the Timberwolves to a perfect 13-0 campaign.

Ryan Cacatian, sr., INF, Mountlake Terrace

Cacatian batted .333 with three home runs, two triples and one double. He posted a .455 on-base percentage and a .722 slugging percentage, and was a perfect 7-for-7 on stolen-base attempts. He helped lead the Hawks to a 9-3 season.

Nathan Cain, sr., OF, Monroe

Cain batted .500 with two triples, four doubles, a .527 on-base percentage and a .666 slugging percentage. He also stole seven bases and played error-free baseball in center field. He helped lead the Bearcats to a 12-1 campaign.

Jacob Gabler, jr., OF, Edmonds-Woodway

Gabler batted .429 with one home run, two triples and seven doubles. He posted a .467 on-base percentage and a .761 slugging percentage, while helping lead the Warriors to a 9-4 season.

Malakhi Knight, sr., OF, Marysville Getchell

The UCLA signee and projected early-round MLB draft pick batted .366 with one home run, one triple and five doubles. He posted a .509 on-base percentage and .609 slugging percentage, while going a perfect 10-for-10 on stolen-base attempts and playing error-free defense. Knight led the Chargers to an 8-5 campaign and the first winning season in the program’s nearly decade-long history.

Davis Buckner, sr., DH, Snohomish

Buckner batted .410 with one home run, three doubles, a .465 on-base percentage and a .564 slugging percentage. The Seattle University signee also posted a 2.00 ERA in 21 innings pitched, with 50 strikeouts and 12 walks.

Reidar Vane, sr., Utility, Arlington

Vane posted a 2.10 ERA in 23.1 innings pitched, with 39 strikeouts and nine walks. He recorded a 1.11 WHIP and limited opponents to a .200 batting average. He also batted .389 with one home run, one double, a .480 on-base percentage, a .500 slugging percentage and five stolen bases. He helped lead the Eagles to a 12-1 campaign.

SECOND TEAM

Adison Mattix, jr., P, Mountlake Terrace

Mattix posted a 1.04 ERA in 27 innings pitched, with 43 strikeouts and 17 walks. He recorded a 1.07 WHIP, limited opponents to a .126 batting average and tossed a five-inning no-hitter against Shorecrest. He helped lead the Hawks to a 9-3 season.

Gibby Marshall-Inman, jr., P, Edmonds-Woodway

Marshall-Inman posted a 0.95 ERA in 22 innings pitched, with 29 strikeouts and nine walks. The Seattle University commit recorded a 0.95 WHIP and limited opponents to a .167 batting average. He helped lead the Warriors to a 9-4 campaign.

Alec Harshaw, sr., P, Kamiak

Harshaw posted a 1.06 ERA in 33 innings pitched. He struck out 25 batters and helped lead the Knights to an 8-5 season.

Michael Tsoukalas, sr., C, Arlington

Tsoukalas batted .265 with one home run, three doubles, a .444 on-base percentage and a .441 slugging percentage. He threw out three of four attempted base stealers and helped lead the Eagles to a 12-1 campaign.

Leo Furlong-Benedetti, sr., INF, Kamiak

Furlong-Benedetti batted .473 with a .627 on-base percentage and 10 stolen bases. He helped lead the Knights to an 8-5 season.

Remy Heckman, sr., INF, Edmonds-Woodway

Heckman batted .400 with one home run, two doubles, a .460 on-base percentage, a .511 slugging percentage and 10 stolen bases on 11 attempts. The Bellevue College commit also posted a 0.78 ERA in nine innings pitched, with nine strikeouts and three walks. He helped lead the Warriors to a 9-4 campaign.

Abe Affholter, sr., INF, Everett

Affholter batted .427 with a .635 on-base percentage, a .623 slugging percentage and five doubles.

Todd Chatterton, sr., INF, Monroe

Chatterton batted .429 batting with a .529 on-base percentage and .476 slugging percentage. He hit two doubles, stole eight bases and helped lead the Bearcats to a 12-1 season.

Parker Cumberland, sr., OF, Meadowdale

Cumberland batted .406 with two triples, four doubles and a .611 on-base percentage. He stole a whopping 23 bases.

Brendan Sandico, sr., OF, Jackson

Sandico batted .379 with a .471 on-base percentage and .517 slugging percentage. He helped lead the Timberwolves to a perfect 13-0 campaign.

Syrus Vannatta, sr., OF, Kamiak

Vannatta batted .390 with four triples and two doubles. He stole 10 bases, committed no errors in 23 chances and helped lead the Knights to an 8-5 season.

Jack Johnson, sr., DH, Marysville Getchell

Johnson batted .341 with two triples and five doubles. He posted a .408 on-base percentage and .560 slugging percentage while helping lead the Chargers to an 8-5 campaign and the program’s first-ever winning season.

Maddox Stojkovic, sr., Utility, Edmonds-Woodway

Stojkovic posted a 1.35 ERA in 26 innings pitched, with 31 strikeouts and six walks. He recorded a 0.77 WHIP and a .152 opponents’ batting average. He also batted .282 with two doubles and threw out 11 of 19 attempted base stealers at catcher. He helped lead the Warriors to a 9-4 campaign.

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