County baseball players make the list

A local baseball fan sent us a link to’s Top 60 prospect list for the Class of 2011, and Clark County has four.

Evergreen pitcher Tommy Thorpe is ranked No. 27 in a list from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Skyview pitcher Kody Watts is right behind at No. 28. Infielder Caleb Whalen of Union is No. 41. And outfielder Dominique Lincoln comes in at No. 48. (The link has him at Mountain View, but he plays for Evergreen.)

Pretty cool to see Clark County represented here on this list.

One of those players on the list, Caleb Whalen, had a “bad” day Friday. He “only” went 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, and three RBIs, leading the Titans to a 13-7 victory over the Hudson’s Bay Eagles.

So why was this a “bad” game? Well, Bay coach Ben McGrew pointed out that Whalen’s career average against the Eagles actually dropped because he “only” batted .600 on Friday.

“I’m glad we only have to face him once this year,” McGrew said.

Union moved to the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League. Hudson’s Bay is still a 3A GSHL team, so this non-league game is the only time the two teams will match up this season.

McGrew said Whalen has clobbered his team in the past two years in league play. Making it worse for McGrew is he coaches Whalen in the summer.

“I get to hear about it all summer long,” McGrew said with a laugh.

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