When outfielder Tommy Wick suffered leg fractures in a basketball game last December, the reverberations ended up reaching all the way into spring training. Not only was the basketball team counting on Wick’s senior leadership, but the baseball team was too.
With Woodinville hosting Monroe this Tuesday for Opening Day, first year head coach Alan Dillman gave his assessment of Wick’s loss.
“That hurt more from a leadership standpoint than it hurt from anything else,” Dillman said. “Tom is a pretty good player who has been on the varsity the past couple years. We were expecting him to be one of the leaders, so watching him go down with that injury was tough.”
Doctors initially stated that Wick’s prep career was finished. But Dillman reports there still remains a ray of hope.
“He’s actually (in physical therapy) about 4 times a week,” Dillman said. “He’s been out here with the team when he can. He’s doing really well, about a month or two ahead of schedule. They’re amazed on how well he’s doing. They’re not ruling out the possibility of a late season comeback. They are saying that DHing could be in his future. We will wait and see, we’re not planning on it. But to get a player like that back would be awesome.”
In the meantime, as Woodinville prepares to defend its KingCo Championship from a year ago, new players will be counted on to carry the club.
“Lee Wunderlich is behind the plate and is a catcher who will bring on-field leadership,” Dillman said. “He’s got the varsity experience and hitting in the middle of the order. (Outfielder) Drew Accimus is also back. He had a shortened season last year because of an injury. But he played really well down the stretch. Trevor Cook and Derek Svanevik are two guys who will have a big impact. Davis Ballie is good and can hit. He’s got some tools. He got hurt pitching last year and then had a foot injury, but he’s going to be a really good player.”
When this reporter joined the Woodinville Weekly in April 2013, one of my first tasks was to cover Falcon baseball. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening games under the bright lights and the sounds of dugout chatter and the crack of the bat on ball.
“Our facilities are as good as any,” Dillman said. “Playing night games in our league brings an excitement just from being under the lights. Because of that, scouts and college coaches like it ... And we get great support from our student body and staff here. They bring a lot of energy to our games.
“It’s as good a place as any to watch a high school baseball game just because of the energy that’s here on any given night.”