Prep Baseball & Softball

Kennewick's Stemp excels at Area Code Games

Kennewick's Trek Stemp was among four players from Washington named to the All-Area Code Games Team following the weeklong event Aug. 5-10 in Long Beach, Calif.

Stemp, who will be a senior in a couple of weeks, hit .400 in five games, tied for seventh among 240 of the top high school players from around the nation.

"It was really cool," Stemp said Tuesday, back home in Kennewick and getting ready for football practice to start this week. "It's a lot different than high school baseball, that's for sure. The field was really nice, and the way they set everything up was really cool.

"It's a big deal down there."

The Area Code Games pull some of the best high school players in the nation together for a showcase event in front of scouts from every major league team as well as most Division I colleges.

"It's a little bit different — you go to games around here, and everybody in the stands is just parents or friends," Stemp said. "You go there, and the entire stadium is filled with 500 scouts."

"They come up and talk to you," he continued. "I talked to quite a few of 'em. Usually they talk about attitude, the way you handle yourself on the field, maybe things you do good, some stuff to work on."

Stemp said the scouts he talked to liked his speed and hitting, and some were surprised by his power — at 5-foot-10, he was about the only player under 6-foot.

He added that it was encouraging to not just hold his own but be named to the team of top 25 players.

"Going into it, I expected to struggle," he said. "I was hoping to get a couple of hits considering all the good pitching.

"Every time I do good, it seems like a big accomplishment."

Union (Camas) catcher Clint Coulter made the most headlines, hitting .526 with five doubles and a triple among his 10 hits as the Kansas City team went 5-0.

The other two Washington players to make the team of 25 were outfielder Dylan LaVelle of Lake Stevens and utility player Andrew Pullin of Centralia.