The 18u Gold team officially closed out their season this week finishing 36-22. This was the first season for them in the Seattle Premiere League where they finished with a playoff berth and a 2-1 loss in the semi finals.We also had another strong class of seniors that saw seven of them commit to play at the next level. Check out the list of players and where they will be attending at washingtonas.com/alumni/.
They finished second in the Art Wright Memorial Tournament, second in the Tacoma CC Tournament, and only missed the semi finals in 3 of the 8 tourneys they played in.
2018 was a record setting slug-fest for the A’s hitters with numerous records being broken. The team set organizational records for games played (58), Slugging (.452), R (348), RBI (311), 2B (98) and HR (28).
Leading the way was Will Simpson belting a record 16 home runs, knocking in a record 65 RBI’s, slugging a record .824, and tying the hits record with 63. He also finished in the top 10 of every single hitting record we track: AVG (3), OBP (6), R (2), 2B (4), 3B (4). He will be returning to the A’s next summer and will be a senior at Skyline HS.
Will was able to generate a great deal of D-1 interest and a few offers, and made his decision to continue his baseball career at Washington State University. He was invited to join the Royals Area Code team and will be playing in Long Beach, CA later this summer.
Max Nealon broke the runs record with 53, narrowly beating out Will with 52. He also finished 2nd in Hits, 3 in RBI’s, 2nd in 2B’s, and 3rd in SB’s. He will continue his career at Pacific University next season as a Sophomore.
Dawson Baracani and I-ly Hsue also broke the older HR record of 3, both hitting 4 home runs a piece.
As a two-way player, Dawson finished top 10th in Slugging, 7th in Runs, 3rd in Appearances, and 3rd in Saves. He will be returning to the A’s next season and will be a senior at Skyline HS.
I-ly also finished top 10 in Hits (5th), Runs (4th), and SB (4th). He will be returning for the A’s next season and will be a senior at Lake Washington HS, and can’t wait to hear where he commits to play following his senior season.
Daniel Qin found his way on 7 record boards: AVG (8th), OBP (5th), SLG (8th), H (6th), RBI (7th), R (7th), and 2B (4th). He will be playing next season for Amhurst (PA).
Bryson Beltran,, who battled a knee injury that kept him out for a good chunk of the summer, still finished in the top 10 on the 2B’s board. He will be playing next season for Gonzaga.
Tank Brewster finished 7th in ERA, 2nd in Wins, and 9th in Strikeouts.
All records have been updated and posted here.