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MADD Trojans claim pair with BHS

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Olympic's Jeremy Huffman tags out would-be Bremerton base stealer David Eagan in Tuesday's 5-4 Trojan victory.
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The Olympic Trojans needed some momentum.

With a 7-9 record heading into this week, Olympic’s baseball team was hoping to get something going before next week’s Olympic League playoffs.

The Trojans responded by sweeping Bremerton with 5-4 and 4-3 wins on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively before beating Klahowya 12-11 Thursday to improve to 10-9 on the season.

The Trojans will play Port Angeles in the first round of the Oly League tournament on May 3 with a trip to districts on the line.

In Tuesday’s game, the first in what Oly coach Nate Andrews hopes will become an annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving-sponsored game, the Trojans built an early 5-1 lead thanks to a couple Knights errors.

Bremerton battled back however, narrowing the gap to 5-4 when the team’s final rally ended.

“It says that our kids are competitive,” Bremerton coach Joe Whitsett said. “Unfortunately, you can’t make errors with two outs. You just can’t do it. That’s what happened early in the game.”

The Trojans started Ronnie Purser, who went five strong innings before Austin Manson took over in the sixth.

“Ronnie pitched well enough to get the win,” Andrews said. “Austin came in and closed the door. We’re just trying to get on a little bit of a roll here. If we can get a little bit better, just get on a roll, we can do it.”

And that’s what the Trojans did.

In Wednesday’s game, Oly’s Elliott Thorsen went into the seventh inning striking out seven and walking just three. Trojan Jeremy Huffman was 3-4 in the game, but saved his biggest hit for Thursday’s rescheduled game with Klahowya.

In the game, Huffman was 2-5 with a bases-clearing triple en route to 3 RBI. Purser was strong as well, going 3-3 with an RBI.

For the Eagles, Eric Eley stole the show, batting a perfect 5-5 to finish a homer shy of the cycle. He also scored 4 runs and drove four in. Jordan Green was 2-3 with two doubles and 4 runs for the Eagles and Rusty Devitt added a 3-4 clip with 2 RBI.

MADD game a success

Tuesday’s game, played at Kitsap Fairgrounds Ballfields, was the first Safety Night for OHS baseball. Kitsap County MADD Chapter President Marsha Masters was on hand to help provide facts to Oly’s announcers for address system broadcast. The car driven by 2003 Central Kitsap High School grad Heather Meadows, killed two years ago in a head-on collision by a drunk driver, was also on display.

“It made an impact,” Masters said of the car display. “Sometimes it’s a big impact. It can be pretty emotional for people to see that.”

Andews came up with the idea for the baseball contest after helping put together the MADD-sponsored OHS staff and Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies game last winter. But the idea also stemmed from first-hand experience with how painful the consequences of drunk driving can be.

“I lost a close friend when I was in 10th grade,” Andrews said. “He chose to drink and drive. That’s how I learned not to drink and drive. I don’t want kids to learn that same way.”

Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer was on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, also taking time to chat with fans and players.

“I think people had a lot of fun with it,” Andrews said. “I’m glad the sheriff came out. He had a lot of fun with it.”

The teams themselves enjoyed the game, as many Bremerton and Olympic players know each other off the field. Getting a night game in was also fun, Andrews said.

“I think that’ll be a fun thing to do,” Andrews said. “I’d love to play Bremerton every year. The guys know each other. We’ll see how it goes. The kids like playing under the lights.”

Masters, a former OHS staffer, said she too hopes the game will continue in future seasons.

“Absolutely,” Masters said. “It’s just tremendous for us. We have a whole unique county here. People are so supportive. We are just so fortunate to have all these people here in the county.”

Peninsula captures league crown

The Peninsula Seahawks claimed the Olympic League baseball title with a 4-3 win against Port Angeles on Tuesday.

The Seahawks (16-0) are currently ranked No. 4 amongst 3A competitors across the state according to washingtonbaseballpoll.com.

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