Central Kitsap softball drops Tides

A Gig Harbor base runner eludes the outstretched arm of Central Kitsap catcher Katie Hanten in Monday’s 6-2 Narrows League win for the Cougars. - Photo by Aaron Managhan
A Gig Harbor base runner eludes the outstretched arm of Central Kitsap catcher Katie Hanten in Monday’s 6-2 Narrows League win for the Cougars.
— image credit: Photo by Aaron Managhan

While Gig Harbor may not be the Narrows League contender it has been in recent memory, Central Kitsap still had to earn its 6-2 win on Monday.

“It nice to get a win against programs like theirs,” CK coach Bruce Welling said. “They presented us some problems today.”

Mostly, those problems were at the plate, as CK scored all of its runs in the first two innings before Gig Harbor’s pitching settled in.

That has Welling encouraged.

“It was a good win,” he said. “I thought we played well defensively. Our pitching did well; I thought our catchers called a good game. I wish we had hit a little better, but we hit well when we needed to.”

Central Kitsap (13-1, 10-0 in league play), had strong defense throughout yet again, with the game ending on an unassisted double play by Karli Baumgartner, who caught a liner and tagged the runner on first to wrap things up.

On the contrary, Gig Harbor committed three crucial errors that were pivotal to CK’s early offense. Taking advantage of those opportunities was critical, Welling said.

“If you don’t take advantage of them you lose those games,” Welling said. “We had to take advantage and we took advantage.”

On a side note, first baseman Lauren Johnson, who will miss her senior season after surgery to repair a torn ligament, returned to CK’s dugout Monday, providing the team with a strong morale lift if not her power bat.

“Lauren is a great ballplayer,” Welling said of the league’s home run leader the past two seasons. “She adds a lot to the team even if she can’t play.”

While Johnson said it’s hard to watch, she was happy to be back out with her teammates.

“Yeah, it’s my senior year,” she said. “But I want to come out and support the team still. And my coaches came over and gave me a ball. They all signed it. It was nice.”

Johnson hopes to attend and play for Olympic College before transferring.


The Trojans followed up a much needed 3-2 win last week against Port Angeles with a decisive 14-2 drubbing of Shelton on Friday.

Rachel Haas with 2-5 and blasted a homer for Oly while Athena Rosario batted a perfect 4-4. Lexi Otreza was 3-5 in the game and Sarah Varady and Kelsey Strickland, the winning pitcher, both went 2-4.

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