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Trojans capitalize on Cougars miscues
When Jennifer Cruz stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning to face Shauna Bernabe, the odds werent in her favor. Bernabe, a starting pitcher for the Central Kitsap Cougars thrust into the reliever role in Mondays game against Olympic, had already gotten past the Trojans left fielder once with a strikeout and she was looking to do so one more time to get the Bridge Division fastpitch game into the seventh inning.
Cruz had other ideas. With the sacks filled with girls in Blue and Silver, she flailed out with her bat and made just enough contact to give her a shot for first base as Celeste Kajiyama scrambled in from third base to give the Trojans (1-2) a 12-2 win. The game was ended early because of the 10-run rule.
The outcome came as a shock to the Cougar faithful in the crowd who werent used to seeing CK (1-2) falling by 10 runs especially when ace Jackie Quint starting on the mound.
It happens, CK coach Bruce Welling said. Our kids made more mistakes then they did. We faced a very good pitcher, they faced a very good pitcher, we both hit the ball well but we had more mistakes.
Taking to the hill for the Trojans was junior ace Lauren Haas who said this was the teams biggest test in the early part of the League schedule.
I had this game circled in blue on my calendar, said Haas, who pitched all six innings for the Trojans, giving up both of the Cougars scores on solo home runs by Mackenzie Calliham and Emily Zygmontowicz while striking out three. We all definitely came out here ready to play.
The outcome definitely surprised Olympic coach Rachel Davenport who was coaching for the first time against Welling, her mentor in high school.
You wouldnt expect this score with those two girls (Quint and Haas) out there. I expected it to be tighter and I told the girls to expect a dogfight, Davenport said. Both of them are quality pitchers with a lot of good movement on their balls. We have some good hitters and we strung them together where their hits were very sporadic.
Quint, who is bound for Western Washington University this fall, worked four innings, striking out five and walking three.
The Oly girls scored a pair of runs in the second inning with Shayla Anchors RBI double bringing in Lauren Johnson and an RBI bloop single by Cruz to bring in Sarah Lake.
Zygmontowicz tied it up at 2-2 in the top of the third with her home run.
The fireworks got started in the fourth inning when the Trojans scored seven runs on the young CK team, capped off by a 3-run home run by catcher Sara Pedroza.
Everybody stepped up, Davenport said. We made a few hits, they made a few mistakes and we capitalized on those mistakes.
Kara Welling added to the carnage with her 2 RBI single.
This isnt a game you win its a game you lose and we lost, Welling said. Were a young ball and we had to play almost errorless ball to do well today and we didnt do that.
Unofficially, the Cougars made four errors.
For Davenport, there wasnt much inner turmoil facing the Orange and Black for the first time in the opposing teams dugout.
The girls asked me if I was getting nostalgic looking over there and seeing the Cougars, said Davenport who coaches against South Kitsap today. I told them now that Im back in the district again theres two teams I support and its not basketball season (Davenport is the assistant girls basketball coach at Klahowya), so Im Olympic all the way. I dont feel anything looking over there except I want to win.
It was a good feeling made even better because we came out on top.
The next time the two teams meet (Friday, May 2), Welling said to look for some familiar faces back in CKs lineup.
Were going to get Sheena Stangler (out with an ankle injury) and Nicole Zygmontowicz (decided to play fastpitch this spring after giving track a try) back so were going to pick up some good experienced ballplayers, by the time they face South Kitsap on Monday. They likely wont be ready for todays home game against Shelton.