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Cougars stick five on AKC squad
In a season where softball was dominated by South Kitsaps 18-0 regular season, the Central Kitsap Cougars had no problem flying under the Narrows League radar to make a deep district run. At 14-4 in the regular season, CK was in every game right up to their heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Decatur in the West Central District consolation semifinals. But with a large returning crew, the Cougs should have no problem extending their playoff run and potentially adding to their record as the best program historically in the state.
Olympic should also see a substantial improvement, also returning a large number of players. While the Trojans were both young and inexperienced last season, they were able to avoid a last-place finish. Even in their losses, they were rarely blown out. Next season, with a solid year under their belts, the Trojans could threaten for one of the Narrows League Bridge Division spots.
The Central Kitsap Reporter, Port Orchard Independent, North Kitsap Herald and Bremerton Patriot have collaborated to compile the All-Kitsap County teams for boys soccer, baseball and softball. The teams include the best players from area schools that not only performed well individually, but played a role in the success of their team as well.
All-Kitsap County Softball Team
1B Lauren Johnson, Central Kitsap: The Cougars Johnson started the year in the outfield but moved over the first midway through. That was more fitting for the prototypical power hitter anyway, giving CK strong defense and a league-leading 4 long balls.
2B Molly McClusky, North Kitsap: The former Viking outfielder stepped up for NK at second base for her senior season and even played through a broken finger for the second half of the season. Her talents and work ethic aside, it is her passion for competing that makes the NK teams captain who she is.
3B Jievielyn Howard, South Kitsap: A big bat and solid defense, Howard was part of the best infield in the Narrows League. The senior hit a blistering .508 and knocked in a team-high 28 runs, some of those scoring on her four triples.
SS Stephanie Mott, South Kitsap: Best fielder in the league, Mott has incredible range at short. When the ball is hit anywhere close to her, it becomes an out. Also got it done at the plate where she hit .493 with 11 extra-base hits, including four triples, and drove in 18 runs.
OF Chrystal Camus, North Kitsap: The senior made not one error in right field this season, leading by example and in the dug-out as a co-captain with McCluskey. Coach Dan Kolda could always trust her at the top of the line-up as well as a steady bat with a high OBP.
OF Britt Waldon, Central Kitsap: Although she switched to right field midway through the season, Waldon proved a formidable opponent wherever she played. The CK senior hit .404 to lead the Cougars and nearly helped them get back into the state tourney.
OF Chantal Boddie, South Kitsap: Solid outfielder that moved from left to right depending on the circumstances. The senior started of slow but came on at the end of the year finishing with a .375 average and 10 runs batted in.
C - Melody Griffin, North Kitsap: The North Kitsap catcher shared duties for a short span with back-up Kayla King, but come post-season, Griffin is the only Viking coach Kolda wanted behind the plate. The powerful junior often bats clean-up for NK as well, providing a push behind the plate and at it.
P Brittany Miller, South Kitsap: Had a fantastic senior season and is hands down the MVP of this team. Miller went 12-1 with an ERA of 0.26 after allowing just 48 hits and three earned runs all year. In 82 innings, Miller struck out 119 while walking just 12 and set a school record with 14 strike outs in the Narrows League title game. Shes not too bad at the plate either, batting .333 with eight RBI while laying down eight sacrifice bunts.
P Rachel Kramer, North Kitsap: The duty of replacing Heather Case from a year ago is a tall, if not impossible task. But as starting pitcher Kramer had successfully taken the Vikings were Case could not the state tournament.
P Amanda Galla, South Kitsap: Could be on this team at two positions with her outstanding year. Galla was 6-1 on the mound for the Wolves with an ERA of 0.81. She walked just five batters while striking out 49 in 42 innings of work. At the plate the senior hit .386 with five RBI at the top of the Wolves order.