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Local girls have fun, shine in all-star Fastpitch Showcase

For the first time, Central Kitsap’s Karli Baumgartner got to experience what it’s like to go up against her teammate, Erika Quint. The two faced off during the Third Annual Benex Corporation Fastpitch Showcase at Pendergast Park.

“That’s the first time I’ve faced her,” Baumgartner said. “She’s a good pitcher. She was supposed to pitch a nice easy one.”

“I told you I threw two change ups,” Quint replied.

For the record, Quint struck Baumgartner out. But it was all fun and friends Thursday at the all-star showcase, highlighting the best ballplayers in Kitsap County.

Quint, named the team MVP for the Nationals, struck out nine of the 12 batters she faced in helping her squad to a 6-1 win in the first game. But the Americans struck back to win game two 8-0.

The showcase provided an afternoon of fun for everyone involved. Locally, participants for the Nationals included Central Kitsap’s Quint and Kendal Sours, Olympic’s Candice Cruz and Sara Varady and Klahowya’s Jocylynn Meadows. The Americans had CK’s Baumgartner and Brit Waldon, Olympic’s Vanessa Olson and the Eagles’ Becky Hardison and Brittany Devitt. Devitt was the only player that could not attend.

Players also came from South Kitsap, North Kitsap, North Mason, King’s West, Bremerton and Bainbridge.

“It’s very exciting knowing I’m one of the only freshman,” Meadows said of her first showcase experience. “It gives me motivation to keep doing well.”

Many of the teammates also said it was fun to compete against each other for a change. For example, SK’s Stephanie Mott was able to hit a first-game home run against teammate Britany Miller.

“It’s really weird playing against (Hardison), but it’s fun,” Meadows said. “I want to cheer for her but I want to cheer for my team at the same time.”

CK coach Bruce Welling also had a great time watching his girls compete against each other.

“I just like watching,” Welling said. “Watching our kids is fun. I still want to say things to them.”

Olympic College head softball coach Clay Blackwood coached the Americans team while OC assistant Jerry Cassel led the Nationals. Blackwood said it’s a great opportunity for him to see girls he might not see otherwise.

“Like, I just found today with Becky Hardison,” Blackwood said. “I hadn’t seen her or met her. I asked her where she was going and she said OC. I said, ‘Are you going to play?’ She said yes. That’s the easiest recruiting I’ve had.”

In the games, local girls shined. Sours went 3-3 in the first game with a double and an RBI while Baumgartner made several strong defensive plays and Waldon went 1-2. Oly’s Cruz went 1-4 with an RBI. In the second game, Oly’s Varady went 1-3, getting the Nationals only hit. Trojan teammate Olson went 1-3 for the Americans.

Baseball

The Snapple Senior All-Star Games were held Monday at Legion Field in the baseball version of the showcase.

Olympic’s Shea Baumgartner and NK’s Jordan Henry were honored with the Elton Goodwin MVP award. Baumgartner went 3-3 with 3 steals, scoring twice. Along with Baumgartner, teammate Jeff Olson and Central Kitsap’s Allen Stabler were nominated to play in the Washington Baseball Coaches Association All-Star series next weekend in Wenatchee.

The National League won the first game 3-2, while the American League rebounded with a 2-1 win in game two.

The NL included Jake Garland, Olson, Baumgartner and John Taylor of Olympic. The AL included Ryan Stromatt, Sean Michael, Brian Huff, Bryce Wentworth, Grey Bayshore, Stabler, James Lane and Brett Murphy from CK.

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