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Lady Cougs sneak by Oly

With both squads at very different stages in their development, the last thing anyone expected when the Central Kitsap and Olympic softball teams met was a pitching duel.

But that’s what fans were treated to on a beautiful Tuesday at Linder Field, with CK edging the Lady Trojans 2-1 in an important game for both teams.

Lady Coug starter Tiffany Henry and Oly starter Katelyn Shaw each pitched complete games.

CK (7-1, 3-1) hasn’t put up many runs this season, so coach Bruce Welling said it was nice to get the win after Monday’s 6-1 loss to North Kitsap.

“Any win is a good win,” Welling said. “If it’s an ugly win, it’s a win. If it’s a good win, it’s a win. The game is over, we’ll get ready for (our next game).”

Olympic (0-6, 0-3) had its best effort of the season in the game, which was deadlocked at 1-0 heading into the seventh inning. That effort is why Oly coach Rachel Davenport was upset with some questionable calls that may have cost the Lady Trojans a shot.

The first questionable decision was a shot by Oly second baseman Carly Peterson ripped down the third base side. It seemed to bounce on the line, sending dust and chalk into the air. Lindsey Webel had previously singled and stolen second, so the hit would have at least advanced her to third. But the home umpire said the ball was foul, and Peterson struck out on the next pitch.

In the top of the seventh, CK was able to build a 2-0 lead when Britt Waldon, who had hit a double and advanced to third, was able to score on a sacrifice fly by Kendal Sours. It appeared that Waldon left the bag too soon, not tagging up. But again, the umpire ruled Waldon was safe in scoring the eventual winning run.

“It makes you pretty mad when you get beat on bad calls,” Davenport said. “We did not get beat today. Everything was on full cylinders.”

Despite the loss, Davenport said there were many good things to come from the game, specifically Shaw’s ability to throw Oly’s first complete game this season.

“There were lots of positives to build on,” Davenport said. “It was nice to see Katelyn step up like she did today. The people we’ve needed to be huge have stepped up.”

As for CK, Welling was also happy with his squad’s pitching of late, praising Henry’s location against Oly.

“Tiffany is a very good pitcher,’ Welling said. “She’s not that fast. She’s a finesse pitcher. She hits her spots. She’s done very well.”

As for the rivalry, Welling said he hopes his girls don’t get caught up.

“We just play our game,” he said. “We don’t play against South Kitsap or Olympic, We just play against ourselves. Hopefully our kids play for themselves. They know what they have to do. They just have to go out and do it.”

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