Fast Risers

Brittney Devitt, KSS - Photo by Jesse Beals/file photo
Brittney Devitt, KSS
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals/file photo

While area softball squads may have fallen a few steps short of team goals, it goes without saying that 2006 was one of the top all-around spring seasons for Silverdale schools.

Central Kitsap, Olympic and Klahowya all made the playoffs. Making that feat even more incredible is the fact the teams combined will graduate just seven players between them.

With such a talented year for softball in the county, it was tough trying to find a home for everyone on the All-Kitsap County Softball Team. As a result, some deserving players were undoubtedly left off. But if the youth of this year’s squad is any indication, there will plenty of opportunities for local players to make their cases in 2007.

The All-Kitsap County teams are determined by the Kitsap News Group sports writers and include players from throughout the county. Baseball will appear in the Saturday, June. 17 edition.

All-Kitsap County Softball Team

1B — Lauren Johnson, Central Kitsap — One of the Cougars’ most powerful bats, Johnson hit .359 with with a pair of homers and 13 RBI this season for the Bridge Division champs. One of many returners, the Cougars will rely on her leadership again.

2B — Natalie Peapea, South Kitsap — Solid in the field, Peapea, a junior, was the Wolves leadoff hitter and carried a regular season average of .328. She had seven extra base hits and drove in four runs while compiling an on-base percentage of .569.

SS — Cara Thompson, Bainbridge — Thompson made a big splash in her freshman season, hitting safely 37 times in 78 at-bats for a .561 batting average for the season with a .603 on-base percentage, a .758 slugging average and a 1.361 OPS. She also drove in 26 runs, scored 21 times and led the team in doubles with nine.

3B — Stephanie Wagner, Bainbridge — The junior had a great year at the plate, hitting .344 with a .432 on-base percentage and an .875 OPS. She also drove in 17 runs and scored 15 as well. 

C — Jocylynn Meadows, Klahowya — While Meadows may best be remembered for her vivacious call of “Come on! Come on!” to runners that dared try to score on her, her stellar defense, hot bat (.400+) and leadership made her the county’s best — as a sophomore.

OF — Joy Thomas, South Kitsap — Thomas was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise drab season for the Wolves. The senior was the team leader in average (.385), extra base hits (11), RBI (15) and home runs (two).

OF — Brittany Romano, Central Kitsap — CK got a whole lot more than it may have bargained for when Romano moved from Florida to Silverdale this school year. Romano promptly hit a team high .377 with five triples, 16 runs and 16 RBI. She added four doubles and two homers while holding down center field defensively.

OF — Kelcee Azure, Bainbridge — After a slow start, the junior centerfielder picked it up down the stretch, finishing with a .395 batting average and a .490 OBP. She also scored 16 runs and drew eight walks. 

UTL — Brianna Quitugua, Bremerton — The second-team all-league utility player displayed versatility and a passion for the sport that inspired a young team. Quitugua also swung a bat that was certainly the best Bremerton had to offer, hitting .406 with five doubles and a .444 on-base percentage.

UTL — Brittney Devitt, Klahowya — Batting over .600, Devitt proved herself one of the top all-around softball players in the region. With eight homers and a phenomenal slugging percentage of 1.536, Devitt will be leading the Eagles’ charge into the new Olympic League next season.

P — Erika Quint, Central Kitsap — The ace of the county, Quint was 12-5 while striking out a whopping 150 batters in just 118 innings. Quint led a CK team that had a 1.55 team ERA, with her own below that mark.

P — Rachel Kramer, North Kitsap — Throughout the season, Kramer was rock steady as North’s ace and at the state tourney she pitched four complete games. But next year she is planning to step off the rubber and into the shortstop spot at Western Washington University.

P — Karen Robinson, Bainbridge — Robinson had a breakout year after a solid freshman campaign, as she went 6-4 with a 2.83 ERA and 38 strikeouts. She also played catcher and first base, hitting .404 with a .514 OBP and a .953 OPS, driving in 18 runs, scored 16 and led the team in walks with 12. 

P — Rachel Haas, Olympic — Haas teamed up with fellow sophomore Kelsey Anchors to help lift the Trojans to their first playoff berth in the Narrows League. Also a solid shortstop with a potent bat, Haas is sure to leave her mark at Oly.

P — Lindsey Willmann, Bainbridge — Willman was another freshman who made a mark for the Spartans, going 6-4 with a 1.98 ERA and 78 strikeouts, averaging eight Ks per game. She also played first base and hit .362 with a .492 OBP, a .617 slugging average and a 1.109 OPS with a home run and 25 RBI. 

Coach of the year — Rachel Davenport, Olympic — Davenport did what no Oly softball coach in the Narrows League era could do before her, taking the Trojans to a playoff berth. With a team stocked with youth, Davenport instilled confidence and know-how, turning a team that went just 1-16 in 2005 into a 12-9 postseason squad. With all but three players returning, the Trojans will be in the hunt for a title in the new Olympic League next season.

Honorable mentions

Kayla Thomas, Bremerton, pitcher — Despite defensive struggles for Bremerton, Thomas’ hard throwing kept the Knights competitive in many games.

Kazandra Holliday, Klahowya, pitcher — Pitching in almost every Eagles’ contest this season as just a freshman, Holliday finished well above the 100 strikeout mark. She pitched two one-hitters and a no-hitter.

Kirstie Cosgrove, South Kitsap, utility — Provided South with a solid bat as she hit .310 with six extra-base hits and 10 RBI.

Brittany Wisner, Bainbridge, catcher/infield — The scrappy freshman was another major contributor to the Spartans’ success this season, hitting .389 with a .455 OBP, a .639 slugging average and a 1.094 OPS with 16 RBI. 

Kelsey Anchors, Olympic, pitcher/infield — Anchors is sure to be on future AKC teams after a strong sophomore year that saw her split time between multiple positions and the mound. A strong all-around athlete, Anchors also hit two homers in the all-star showcase.

Melody Griffin, North Kitsap, catcher — Griffin kept base runners on their toes throughout the season. With quick-thinking throws from behind the plate, she picked off near double-digit runners on the season.

Shannon Sumner, Central Kitsap, pitcher/outfield — Sumner, a senior, spent time in the outfield and on the mound for the Cougs this season. She finished 3-2 with 19 strikeouts in 34 innings while hitting .284 with a team-high four homers. She also co-lead CK in RBI with 16, scoring 10 runs.

Caty Lieseke, South Kitsap, catcher — The junior hit .321 with six extra-base hits and six RBI. A dominate defensive catcher, Lieseke calls every pitch of every game.

Katie Henry, Bremerton, third base — Knights coach Brooke Quam called Henry her “ace at third base” as she helped solidify the Knights’ defense as the season went along. Henry was Bremerton’s third-best hitter as a first-year player.

Athena Rosario, Olympic, catcher — Rosario didn’t have the strongest bat in Oly’s lineup, but she had a clutch one. Combined with stellar defense and leadership behind the plate, the Trojans have their catcher position secure for some time.

Karli Baumgartner, Central Kitsap, second base — Baumgartner hit .375 and provided remarkable defense at second base for CK. She also scored 11 times and had a .560 on-base percentage.

Meika Bumbalough, Klahowya, first base — Another Eagle batting above .400, Bumbalough provided strong gap power and a steady glove at first base for Klahowya.

Coreena Stout, North Kitsap, shortstop — Despite missing half the season due to a life-threatening illness, Stout came back in the second half, invigorating North with a strong performance enveloping the postseason.

Chelsie Kakela, Bainbridge, outfield — Another freshman who was solid at the plate and in right field, as she hit .348 with a .423 OBP. She had 24 hits, scored 20 runs and drove in 14. 

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