Colt baseball team playing for entry to World Series
July 28, 2009
By Bob Taylor
Longtime youth baseball coach George Thompson was thinking about taking this summer off. However, his plans changed when a group of neighborhood boys, ages 15-16, were searching for a team to play for this season.Thompson, who has coached at just about every level of Little League, went to bat for the players. He found some uniforms from the Bash Brothers team he coached last year, entered the team in the Five-Star Youth program and the Colt Division of the national Pony baseball organization, and booked a schedule of games.
The team has played under the name of Five-Star this season.
Thompson also talked Clayton Leady into helping coach the team.
The team, mostly Liberty High School junior-varsity players, did the rest. Team members wanted to prove they could play competitive baseball, and they definitely have this summer.
The Five-Star team enters the Zone Tournament in San Jose, Calif., where it will attempt to capture a berth in the Colt World Series Aug. 5-12 in Lafayette, Indiana. Teams from the western part of the United States, including several top California clubs, are entered in the Zone tournament.
“The kids are all excited,” Thompson said. “We know the Zone will be a tough go-round, but our kids are going down there expecting to win it.”
Five Star takes a 20-9-1 record into the tournament after winning the Washington State and Northwest Regional tournament July 19 in Enumclaw.
“We went into the tournament at Enumclaw with Enumclaw as the team to beat. They beat us three times out of four during the regular season,” Thompson said.
But Five Star showed it was a team to be reckoned with by beating Enumclaw 4-2, the Kirkland All-Stars 11-1 and Lake Sammamish Baseball 18-1 en route to the title round. In the first game for the title, Enumclaw won 9-1, but Five Star took the championship by winning the second game 7-1.
“We’re peaking right now. We’re playing pretty sound defense, getting some good hitting and some pretty good pitching,” Thompson said. We plan on giving those California teams a run for their money.”
The team is Jordan Thompson, Ryan Maio, Ahren Stroming, Miles Bruck, Scott Zerda, Braden Bouwman and Harrison Diemert, of Liberty; Kyle Leady, Travis Johnson and Ramon Leon, of Hazen High School; and Kevin Nye and Mike Baba, of Issaquah High School.
“It’s a pretty special group. Most of the players are good friends. We even have a couple of guys who didn’t play high-school ball in the spring. They just wanted to be with their friends this summer,” Thompson said. “I think the kids will remember this summer for a long time, especially if they win the Zone.”