Standing before the Seattle Times insignia, Caleb Hamilton put his arms around Madi Schreyer and Alex Boyd and smiled for the photographer. It was a winsome photo. Hamilton, the star shortstop of the Woodinville baseball team, and the two biggest stars from the softball team, looking happy as they were recently honored as members of the Star Times All-Area Team.
“It was kind of cool to have three representatives from Woodinville go there,” Hamilton said. “Cool to see Madi and Alex get honored too. I knew most of the other (baseball players) there, because I have played against them for a couple years now. It was cool to be with those guys and get recognized for that.”
Thus concludes Hamilton’s prep career. Next season he’ll be playing for the Washington Huskies.
But regarding his Woodinville days, Caleb was asked to reflect on the best and worst moments.
“The best would have to be this year,” he said. “Going to State for the first time in a couple years. Just being around the guys and having so much fun. We finally got Coach (Terry) Agnew back on top with that KingCo title.
“Toward the end of the year, we didn’t know if we would even make the tourney,” he said. “But we grew up. We became a team and became men. We got it done. Those last couple games of the season were the highlight of the year. We had Stephan White on the hill, and he was just dealing. Then in the KingCo tourney we had 5 home runs in two games. I’ve never seen that before from our team, it was just huge! We all fed off each other and everybody played a huge role.”
But it was early in Caleb’s career that finding his role proved most stressful.
“My sophomore year,” he said. “The coaches are hard on everybody. They’re hard on you because they know you can get better. They’ll push you every day in practice. That was probably the lowest point, trying to get the feel for what the coaching staff had to offer and what their philosophies were. Just learning from them and their intelligence. The whole staff is very intelligent and they push you to get better every day. I realized the only way I would get better is through them teaching me how to play the game correctly.”
That adherence to good coaching is bound to pay off next season, as Hamilton heads off to the University of Washington on a baseball scholarship.
“I grew up being a Husky fan,” he said. “My mother went there and my aunt and uncle are in the Hall of Fame there for basketball. I love the Huskies. They have a great program down there. They’re slowly rebuilding. Coach (Lindsay) Meggs is doing an incredible job as well as the whole coaching staff. I am so excited to play for them. They were the only team that really came out and said ‘we want you.’”