Central Kitsap's Drew Vettleson proved last week that his lofty ranking as the top junior baseball prospect in the state is valid.
On April 3, he committed to Oregon State, the Pacific Northwest’s top collegiate baseball power.
On April 10, Vettleson, who earned the ranking as much for his bat as his arm, showed what he can do on the mound.
Vettleson was dominant with an upper-80 mph fastball, striking out 16 while no-hitting the Foss Falcons in an 8-0 Narrows League victory in Silverdale.
“He dominated,” CK coach Bill Baxter said. “They were young and he overpowered them.”
Vettleson, who walked one, struck out the side in the first, third and sixth innings.
“When he throws strikes, he can dominate,” Baxter said. “Today was impressive.”
Vettleson said he could tell it was going to be a good day when he was warming up in the bullpen.
“Everything I threw felt like I was pinpointing it and making it go where I wanted it to,” he said.
Vettleson, the No. 1 junior prospect in the state according to baseballnorthwest.com, is a strange case. He’s ambidexterous as a pitcher. He was throwing right-handed on Thursday. He has switched hands in games before for CK. He wanted do it Thursday, but Baxter balked at the idea.
“I said, ‘You’ve got something special,’” Baxter said. “I didn’t want to say no-hitter (and jinx him).”
His teammates had no problem trying to jinx him as they repeatedly mentioned the no-hitter, violating baseball etiquette.
“They like joking around,” Vettleson said.
Baxter said if he didn’t have the no-no going, he would have let him throw as a lefty. Baxter said the switch-pitcher has more velocity with his right arm, but he has better off-speed stuff as a lefty.
During the summer, playing for the elite Northwest Timberjacks, Vettleson said he often switches hands. Baseball rules state that once you throw to a batter with one hand, you can’t switch. You can switch for each batter. Vettleson does that, keeping the other mitt behind the mound.
Vettleson was told he will continue to pitch and hit for the Beavers, who won back-to-back College World Series titles in 2006-07.
“I can’t wait,” said Vettleson, who has been courted by OSU since last year.
Vettleson said he also considered Washington State and Oregon.Basketball: Bradley scores well at Hoops Summit
Former Bellarmine Prep star Avery Bradley scored 21 points for Team USA, which lost to the World Team 97-89 at the Nike Hoops Summit in Portland, Ore., Saturday.
Bradley, a McDonald's All-American who played for Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., this past season, is a Texas signee. His former teammate Abdul Gaddy also played for the U.S. team.
Bradley finished the season rated as the top recruit in his class in the nation, according to ESPN.
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Lakes receiver Jamaal Kearse and O'Dea lineman Ben Riva committed to play football at Washington.
Kearse's commitment gives UW three of the top four players in the state. He is the No. 3 player in the state, according to Scout.com. No. 2 is DT Sione Potoae of Lakes and No. 4 is safety/linebacker Chris Young of Auburn.
The top-ranked player in the state is quarterback Jake Heaps, who is also No. 1 in the nation according to many scouting services. He has yet to commit.
Kearse's brother Jermaine is a sophomore at Washington. He watched his brother catch a pass at the practice that he and Riva committed.