Baseball Softball Track and Field

Richland’s Kaylie Northrop voted athlete of the week

Congratulations to Richland High School junior Kaylie Northrop for being voted our Washington Federal Athlete of the Week!

Northrop pitched two complete-game victories the week of April 1, picking up victories over Hanford and Ridgevue (Idaho). Over 15 innings Northrop struck out 18 and did not allow an earned run. She has already committed to play college softball for UNLV.

Northrop received 47% of the vote, with Mount Si’s Troy Baunsgard coming in second with 36%.

Here are the five other athletes who were nominated for April 1-7:

Nick Alder, Columbia River baseball: Alder, a sophomore shortstop, helped lead Columbia River to big wins over Winslow and Combs in Arizona. Alder doubled, tripled and drove in four runs in a 13-1 win over Winslow, then followed up two hits and three RBI in a 12-1 win over Combs.

Imari Hurte, Rogers (Puyallup) track & field: Hurte, a senior, recorded a state-best mark of 23 feet and 3 1/2 inches in the long jump at the 94th annual Davis Invitational track and field meet in Yakima. He also won the 100-meter dash and finished second in the 200.

Troy Baunsgard, Mount Si baseball: Baunsgard, a junior shortstop, is off to a hot start at the plate for the Wildcats. Over a four-game stretch he went 7-for-12 with six doubles and a .538 average.

Travis Lee, Lake Washington baseball: Lee, a senior infielder, had three hits and three RBI to lead Lake Washington to a 13-4 league win over Interlake. Lee hit a solo home run in the first inning and added a two-run double in the sixth to break the game open.

Kaden Magana, Zillah baseball: Magana, a senior second baseman, went 4-for-6 with two RBI to lead Zillah to a doubleheader sweep of Highland.

Do you know of a Washington high school athlete who had a phenomenal performance this week? Leave a comment below with details or email with “Athlete of the week” and the athlete’s name in the subject line. Please include the athlete’s sport along with details about their performance.

(Photo courtesy of Cecilia Garza)