Sports briefs: Bloomquist headed to playoffs

Willie Bloomquist, a 1996 South Kitsap graduate, will advance to the playoffs for the first time in his nine-year career, but won’t be eligible to compete.

Cincinnati, which had a 88-69 record through Tuesday, clinched the National League Central Division title and will head to the postseason for the first time since 1995. But Bloomquist, who was acquired by the Reds on Sept. 13 from Kansas City, cannot play in those games. That is because postseason rosters must be set by Sept. 1.

Bloomquist, 32, has played sparingly for Cincinnati since the trade. He has just two hits in nine at-bats for the Reds. While in Kansas City, Bloomquist had a .265 batting average, three home runs and 17 RBI in 170 at-bats.

He is eligible for free agency following the season.

SK nearly sweeps South Sound schools

South Kitsap’s girls swim and dive team won two matches and tied another last week at The Evergreen State College.

The Wolves defeated Capital 122-58 and Timberline 141-45. They tied Olympia, 90-all.

The following swimmers for South won their events: Kelsey Bagley (50- and 100-yard freestyles), Ashlee Becker (200 individual medley), Nicole Hinely (100 butterfly), Angela Pearson (100 backstroke) and Hannah Waterman (diving). The Wolves’ 200 freestyle relay team of Bagley, Paige Pearsall, Jessica Carter and Hinely also placed first.

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