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Silverdales softballers dominate
2007 saw one of the most competitive all-around seasons for softball in Kitsap County, and even the greater Olympic Peninsula region with North Mason claiming the 2A state crown.
Silverdale was one Kitsap hotbed for softball action, with Central Kitsap, Klahowya and Olympic all experiencing varying degrees of success.
For CK, it was a return to state, the first time the Cougars had advanced since 2000. The accomplishment ended back-to-back years of district heartbreak.
Klahowya continued its close calls, coming within one game of state after nearly advancing in 2006. And while the Eagles fell short, they were still one of the top teams in the area.
For the Trojans, the season didnt quite go as planned after entering as the 3A favorites in the Olympic League. And while Oly didnt make it out of the league tournament, a strong returning core should help make the final push.
Regardless of where they finished, the All-Kitsap County Softball Team is loaded with representatives from all three.
The All-Kitsap County teams are compiled by the sports writers for the Bainbridge Island Review, the Bremerton Patriot, the Central Kitsap Reporter, the North Kitsap Herald and the Port Orchard Independent. Candidates for the team are nominated by the writers for their respective areas. The nominees are then voted on by the writers, with the leading recipients making the teams. Two honorable mentions are selected from each school for each sport. The teams include the best players from area schools that not only performed well individually, but played a role in the success of their team as well.
Below is the All-Kitsap County Softball Team. The AKC Boys Soccer Team will follow.
P - Erika Quint , Central Kitsap - While every player faces some sort of adversity during the season, Quint, a senior, pitched through something no high schooler should have to face: the passing of her father. Quint went 7-2 for CK, striking out 85 in 58 innings while posting a 1.08 ERA, pitching in the Narrows League championship a week after her fathers death. Quint was the heart of the Cougars senior core, leading the team back to state for the first time since 2000 after two years of heart-breaking district losses. Quint also was strong at the plate, hitting .456 with 26 RBI and seven doubles, scoring 15 runs.
P - Jenneke Oostman, North Kitsap - Oostman finished the regular season with an overall record of 10-1 in the circle for the Vikings. Oostman was Norths workhorse, finishing 2007 with team-high 67 innings pitched for her squad. Oostman displayed incredible poise for a sophomore and was responsible for striking out 60 batters in the regular season
P - Carolyn Cross, Central Kitsap - Cross was the perfect compliment to Quint for CK, both pitching and at the plate. On the mound, Cross, a sophomore, went a perfect 7-0 with a 1.44 ERA and 37 strike outs in 34 innings. At the plate, Cross swung a .417 clip, driving in 11 while scoring 19 times herself. With Quint graduating, Cross will have to shoulder the load, literally, next season.
P - Kazandra Holliday, Klahowya - Holliday was the textbook workhorse for the Klahowya softball team, pitching 106 innings this season to lead the Eagles within one win of state. A sophomore, it was already Hollidays second season as Klahowyas premier pitcher, striking out 114 batters in that span. Holliday was dangerous at the plate too, scoring 25 runs and driving in 13 with a .475 average that included nine doubles.
P - Haylee Baker, Bainbridge - This freshman continued in the footsteps of last years talented freshmen with a breakout year in the circle, going 7-5 with one save, a 1.32 ERA and 92 strikeouts versus 18 walks in 74 1/3 innings. She also contributed in the field (four errors in 27 games) and at the plate with a line of a .429 batting average, a .500 on-base percentage and a .670 slugging percentage with four home runs, 22 RBI and eight doubles.
C - Caty Lieseke, South Kitsap - Catchers usually are counted on for bottom of the batting order production, but Lieseke is the exception. She generally hit third for the Wolves and finished with a .474 batting average, two home runs and 14 RBI. She also had three doubles, three triples and a .649 on-base percentage.
1B - Josie Ball, North Kitsap - Ball was the undisputed senior leader of the Vikings in 2007. Ball was a brick wall at first base, digging out balls in the dirt at the bag on a regular basis. As good as she was defensively, she was even better at the plate putting forth a .449 batting average and racking up 22 hits for North.
2B - Chelsea Kakela, Bainbridge - This sophomore had a big year at the plate, mashing the ball to every corner of the field and posting a line of .420/.475/.784 with six home runs, 33 RBI, eight doubles, three triples, 33 runs and 69 total bases. Shell be part of a talented returning core to help lead the Spartans back to state.
SS - Brittany Devitt, Klahowya - It was easy to see once again why a senior Devitt was so heavily recruited. Devitt, bound for Indiana, hit an astronomical .564 average with 26 runs and 17 RBI, blasting three homers in the process. She also was a defensive standout, making a number of great plays with both her ability to read the ball off the bat and with her cannon of an arm.
3B - Lexi Orteza, Olympic - Orteza was an infield bright spot for the Trojans, hitting .345 with 21 runs and 8 RBI for Olympic, starting all 16 games. Patient at the plate, Orteza struck out just 8 times in 58 at bats and should help a young Trojan squad continue to improve.
OF - Kelsey Anchors, Olympic - One of the best outfielders in the county, Anchors, a junior, has been a highly sought after recruit, in part thanks to her .558 average to go along with 19 runs and 12 RBI this season. Anchors also slugged two homers for Oly while speeding around the bases for five triples. Her defense also was strong for Oly, as Anchors manned center more than adequately all season long.
OF - Jordan Jewett, North Kitsap - Jewetts ability to make contact with the ball was evident to every player, coach, and opponent this year. When it was all said and done, Jewett had the highest batting average on the team (.520) and had the most hits (26) on Norths roster as well. Jewetts sensational speed in center field anchored the stellar Viking defense behind pitchers Kendal Peiguss and Oostman.
OF - Natalie Peapea, South Kitsap - Peapea, who hit .426 with a pair of home runs and 17 RBI along with six doubles and three triples, also was a defensive standout in center field for the Wolves. She will play next season at Olympic College.
UTL - Brittney Romano, Central Kitsap - CKs center fielder, Romano was one of the grittiest outfielders in the county, never fearing a dive or leap if it meant helping CK. She also played through severe hip pain that required surgery this offseason. But it didnt keep her from hitting .467 with a team-high four homers, 26 runs and 14 RBI.
UTL - Kendall Sours, Central Kitsap - Arguably the best defensive shortstop in the county, Sours too parlayed an outstanding high school career into a college scholarship, signing to play next season for Central Connecticut State. With a smooth glove and wide range up the middle, Sours combined with second baseman Karli Baumgartner to turn many a double play for CK this season. At the plate, Sours was solid, batting .490 with a team-high 28 runs, driving nine in. She also ripped four doubles and had a .690 on-base percentage.
Coach of the year - Liz McCloskey, Bainbridge - A former player for the Spartan softball team from 1996-1999, she led a young 2007 team to 19-9 record, a tie for second place in the Metro League Mountain Division, a third-place finish in the Metro League tournament, a fourth-place finish at districts and the teams first trip to state since 2002 all in just her third year as coach.
There, the team earned its first win since the school played slowpitch softball in 1989.
2B - Karli Baumgartner, Central Kitsap - Baumgartner combined with Sours to form the heart and soul of Central Kitsaps defense, as the slick-fielding second baseman kept CK in games not only with her glove, but with her .327 average, six doubles, 11 runs and 19 RBI as well. Baumgartner will continue her career next season at Olympic College.
P/IF - Rachel Haas, Olympic - Haas had another standout year for Oly as a junior, hitting .333 with 10 runs and 8 RBI at the plate, a perfect 5-for-5 in steals. On the hill, Haas finished 3-4 with 49 strike outs and just nine walks in 44 innings. Haas will help Oly continue its rise next season.
IF - Meika Bumbalough, Klahowya - Bumbalough carried a big stick for the Eagles this season, as the sophomore bashed a .387 clip with two homers, five doubles, 19 runs and 15 RBI. She also co-led the Eagles with three triples, showing versatility at the infield positions.
C - Amy Renfrow, Central Kitsap - Another key senior in the Cougs run to state, Renfrow came up with clutch hitting at the right time for CK this postseason after hitting .286 with 9 runs and 5 RBI in the regular season. Renfrow also will be at OC next year to help lead the Ranger revival.
UTL - Sarah Varady, Olympic - Varady was very versatile for Oly, able to play both the infield and outfield with ease. She finished her Trojans career with a strong senior season, ripping a .367 average with 13 RBI and four doubles.
C - Jocylynn Meadows, Klahowya - Meadows, one of the scrappiest catchers in the county, enjoyed her junior season, hitting .344 with 13 RBI and 10 runs, smacking four doubles as well. Meadows is also one of the best defensive catchers in the county, with a strong blocking ability and solid throwing arm.
Also: P - Lindsay Willmann, Bainbridge, P/SS - Kendal Peiguss, North Kitsap, IF - Brandy Ball, South Kitsap, SS - Cara Thompson, Bainbridge, C - Hannah McCluskey, North Kitsap, SS - Ally Johnson, South Kitsap.