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Cougars remain unbeaten, unscored upon
Kristi Baumgartner couldnt remember if it was a 1-2 count or what kind of pitch she hit.
I think it was inside, the Central Kitsap sophomore shortstop said. I dont remember. It all happened so fast. I just know it felt good and I know I was real nervous.
Baumgartner was talking about her two-out double to the fence in right center. Baumgartner then scored on Melissa Ryans bloop single to shallow right.
It turned out to be the only run as the Cougars held off Olympic 1-0 in a Narrows League Bridge Division counter on Thursday, March 28 at Linder Field. It was the seventh straight shutout in as many games for the Cougars (4-0 league).
Central Kitsap senior pitcher Jackie Miller struck out nine, walked none and allowed just three hits to outduel Olympic sophomore Lauren Haas, who allowed just four hits and struck out four.
Weve been best friends for a long time, Baumgartner said of Haas. Id never gotten a hit off her.
Haas said she got the pitch to Baumgartner up a little higher than she wanted.
But shes a good player, Haas said. And I would rather have her score than anybody else. Shes a good friend.
The back-to-back hits by Baumgartner and Ryan were the only ones in the well-played game.
I didnt hit it very hard, but I was just hoping it would drop, said Ryan, the CK catcher who had two hits. It worked out.
The Cougars have now outscored opponents 24-0 in their seven victories. Only one opponent (Gig Harbor) has even managed to get a runner to third base and that was against a group of mostly backup Cougars.
Im not sure if we can continue to do that, Ryan said of the scoreless streak. But thats not our focus. We just want to play well and win.
Miller threw 83 pitches against the Trojans, 62 of them strikes.
I felt kind of slow, she said. My rise ball wasnt working like it usually does, but we mixed it up well.
We had a good game plan. We knew what to throw to who and when. Ive played against three-fourths of those guys for years and weve got a good scouting report.
When Ryan was told that Miller didnt think she had her best stuff, the CK catcher said, Usually whatever Jackie pitches, its good enough.
Olympic ended CKs 19-game winning streak a year ago, but Central coach Bruce Welling said he didnt use that as motivation.
I never mentioned that once, Welling said. It wasnt brought up. We didnt lose that game anyway. We gave it away.
Central was mistake-free on this day. The key defensive play came in the fifth inning.
After CK had taken the 1-0 lead, Olympics Hope Hillman hit a leadoff single, but Miller got the dangerous Sarah Pedroza to hit into a 1-6-3 double play. Miller fielded the comebacker, and threw to Baumgartner, who made the relay to first.
Olympic (0-3, 2-4 overall) is still looking for its first league victory, but coach Robin Campbell felt good about how his girls competed.
Its a fun game when you play like that, Campbell said. I really enjoyed it.
It was a great game. We felt good they won it with a couple good hits. It wasnt that we threw it away or anything.
Campbell said the difference between CK and Olympic is that the Cougars have been there before and believe they can win and come in knowing theyre going to win. As soon as we start believing were going to win, I think well be tougher.