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Bremerton hits past Olympic fastpitch
Olympic learned firsthand Wednesday that Bremerton isn’t the fastpitch doormat it once was.
The Lady Trojans (2-6 league, 3-8 overall), playing their second game in as many days, pounded out nine hits and committed just one error, but came up short as BHS reeled in its second win of the season, 7-4.
Bremerton (2-4), which broke a 64-game losing streak with a 16-3 victory against Port Townsend March 28, has now won more games this season than it had in the previous four.
“It’s tough to lose and tonight was just one of those nights,” said first-year coach Dusty Anchors, adding he was pleased with his team’s performance despite the final score.
Stephanie Meigs started for Oly, which dropped to 0-2 against the Olympic League’s 3A teams, and allowed two first-inning runs before her team erased the lead to go ahead 3-2 after three.
Bremerton pushed three runs across in the top of the fourth to take a 5-3 lead, then added two more in the seventh to give starting pitcher Rachael Pratt, who went the distance, a four-run cushion entering the home half of the final inning.
Oly, which left six runners on base, plated a run in the bottom of the seventh before Jessica Klump flew out to right to end the rally.
“I was pleased with the girls, how we played at the plate,” Anchors said. “Tonight was just one of those nights where everything we hit was right at somebody.”
Wednesday’s loss was Oly’s third-straight, but Anchors said his team showed plenty of life, particularly at the plate. He said he told the team before the game to be more aggressive with the bat and have a plan before stepping into the batter’s box.
“We haven’t gone up there knowing exactly what we wanted to do,” Anchors said. “They (Bremerton) were aggressive at the plate as well. Their hits fell in, found the grass and ours didn’t.”
Pratt, a freshman, helped her own cause with two RBI, earning her second win of the season. She struck out one and scattered nine hits over seven innings, reaping the benefits of a crisp defense behind her.
“Our defense is what I’m pleased with,” said BHS coach Mike Chase, who, like Anchors, is in his first year. “We’re making the plays we need to.”
The loss isn’t an end-all for Oly, but Anchors said his team has its work cut out for it going into the latter part of the season. The top two 3A teams from the Olympic League advance to the playoffs, he said, meaning the Lady Trojans must now leapfrog at least one 3A team to have that shot.
“All we’ve got to worry about is what we do against Port Angeles, North Kitsap and Bremerton,” Anchors said. “The hill’s a little bit steeper now, a little more of a challenge.”
Anchors added his first season has had its “challenges” and up and down moments, but “hopefully they are starting to see what needs to be done.”
“The sun comes up tomorrow,” he said.
Oly was at North Kitsap yesterday, but results from that game were unavailable at press time. The team faces Peninsula Monday and Klahowya Wednesday.
Bremerton, meanwhile, hosts Klahowya at 4 p.m. today.
“It has a lot of the ladies fired up,” said sophomore shortstop Samantha Villalobos. “We’re something to reckon with now.”
The Lady Cougars needed just five innings to shut down Lincoln 10-0 Wednesday, with Kim Chase and Allie Meigs combining to throw a no-hitter.
CK scored two runs in the first and four in the second to build a 6-0 lead, which it never relinquished.
The team was at Olympia yesterday, but results from that game were unavailable at press time, and hosts Bellarmine Prep at 4 p.m. Monday.
North Mason junior Emily Anderson struck out 13 batters to help the Lady Bulldogs beat KSS 5-0 Wednesday and remain atop the Olympic League standings with a perfect 8-0 league record.
KSS pitcher Kazandra Holliday struck out 10 after allowing two runs in the first inning, but the Lady Eagles managed just three hits at the plate.
KSS (5-3 overall, 4-2 league) visits Bremerton at 4 p.m. today.