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Big win for Oly booters

Olympic High got a measure of revenge by beating South Kitsap 4-3 in a Narrows League soccer match on Tuesday, April 16, in Port Orchard.

More importantly, the victory kept the Trojans in the thick of the playoff race.

With five matches left, including an inter-district battle with Central Kitsap on Friday, April 19, the Trojans (4-3-1 league, 8-3-1 overall) were in fourth place with 13 points. Port Angeles (4-1-3, 15 points) and South (4-3-2, 14 points) were just ahead of Olympic, which also lost to league-leading Gig Harbor and PA during the first round.

Dan Dreaney, Brian Meherg and John Hoogestraat all scored against SK, which aided the Trojans with an own goal in the 77th minute.

Olympic dominated most of the match with precision passing and ball control.

Gig Harbor 4, at Central Kitsap 1 — The Tides ended CK’s two-game win streak, leaving the Cougars (2-4-2, 8 points) in a precarious spot in their quest for a second straight trip to the post-season.

Fastpitch

The Olympic High fastpitch team picked up some momentum this week with two big wins.

The Trojans prevailed on the road in Port Angeles, 2-1, earlier in the week and dropped South Kitsap 6-0 at the Fairgrounds on Thursday, April 18, to jump back into contention for a Narrows League playoff spot.

The Trojans (3-4 league, 5-5 overall) were tied with North Kitsap (3-4, 7-5) for fourth place, just a game back of South Kitsap (4-3, 7-5).

“We won a big one at PA and (Thursday’s) game was the same,” Olympic coach Robin Campbell said. “It was 1-0 going in to the bottom of the sixth and they (South) just had a tough inning.”

The Trojans used two walks, three SK errors and Nicole Strickland’s two-run single to pour across five runs in the inning.

“We really played well this week,” Campbell said. “Lauren (Haas) pitched extremely well in both games. I hope we’re coming together, but two games in a row doesn’t mean a thing. We’ve got to keep it going. Every team in this league can beat another team. The league’s more balanced than I can ever remember seeing — in baseball or fastpitch.”

Campbell, in his second year as fastpitch coach after coaching baseball for years at Olympic, said defense has been the key for his team.

“We’re making plays,” he said. “Except for the North game, all of our games have been close. When it’s close, it’s going to be whoever makes that one critical mistake. In games we’ve lost, that’s what we’ve done. We’ve make the critical mistake that allows our opponent to score the tying run or go-ahead run.”

Oly third baseman Celeste Kajiyama, who’s starting to heat up at the plate after a slow start, had two hits against South. Crystalann Santos also had two hits and drove in a run for the Trojans.

Olympic hosts league-leading Central Kitsap on Wednesday, April 24, at the Fairgrounds.

Central Kitsap 1, at Bellarmine 0 (8 innings) — Sam Price started the inning at second base in the top of the eighth as the WIAA implements the “Canadian tie-breaker rule” if the game is tied after seven innings. Kara Welling bunted Price to third and Kara Griepentrog delivered the game-winning RBI.

CK pithcers Jackie Miller, Jackie Quint and Sheena Stangler combined to pitch a one-hitter. The Cougars (5-1 league, 9-1 overall) hosted Port Angeles in a makeup game on Friday, April 19.

Klahowya 5, at Bremerton 0 — Jill Bruins, bothered by a sore arm earlier in the season, looked pretty healthy on Wednesday, April 17, at Lions Field. Bruins pitched six innings of no-hit ball for the Eagles and Kaitlin Henning completed the no-hit effort by shutting down Bremerton in the seventh inning of the non-league game.

Bruins added two hits, including a double, and two RBI in the victory. Catcher Karen Sjostrom and Andrea Henning had two hits each for the Eagles (8-2 overall), who took on Sequim in an important Nisqually League game on Friday, April 18.

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