South Kitsap battery tapped as All-Kitsap starters

Catcher Ericka Hobson joins teammates Emilly Cunningham and Megan Ransier as starters on the 2011 All-Kitsap Fastpitch Team. - Courtesy photo
Catcher Ericka Hobson joins teammates Emilly Cunningham and Megan Ransier as starters on the 2011 All-Kitsap Fastpitch Team.
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Kitsap News Group

While South Kitsap finished one win away from advancing to state for the first time since 2003, the Wolves captured their second Narrows championship in as many years.

South finished with a 17-5 record that was highlighted by several strong individual performers.

That was enough for the Wolves to land three starters and three honorable mention performers on the 2011 All-Kitsap County Fastpitch Team as voted on by the sports editors of the Kitsap News Group.

The following is the 2011 All-Kitsap County Fastpitch Team:

Coach of the year – Dusty Anchors, Olympic: Anchors, in his third season with the school, led the Trojans to their first state appearance in school history after a 10-9 comeback victory at districts last month. Olympic scored eight straight runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning against Sumner to clinch the Class 2A state berth. The Trojans finished the 2011 season with a 12-13 record after going 6-16 in 2010. Anchors had only three seniors on the roster, which included mostly sophomores and juniors.

P — Emilly Cunningham, South Kitsap, senior:
Cunningham served as the Wolves’ top starter and No. 4 hitter in the lineup. She finished with a 12-5 record and a 2.34 ERA. Cunningham averaged 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings, while allowing just 1.8 walks. At the plate, she hit .378 and had a .595 on-base percentage. She led the Wolves with 20 RBI and tied for the team-high with home runs (two) and triples (four). Cunningham plans to play next year at Bellevue College.“She’s such a tough competitor,” South coach Kathy Ballew said. “Sometimes students kind of peter out (as seniors), but she continued to work hard and not settle.”

P — Katie Lomas, Kingston, junior: Though not all pitching stats were available for Lomas, one stat stands alone: she pitched every game for the Bucs. Lomas ended the regular season 13-5 overall and 12-4 in the league.

P — Katie Raben, Bainbridge, sophomore: Raben made the jump from junior varsity to varsity in a big way this season as she was a major factor in the Spartans’ return to state. Raben posted a 9-4 win-loss record, a 1.39 ERA, a .84 WHIP and struck out 129 batters. She also threw 12 complete games and six shutouts. Raben was a big threat at the plate as well, with a .319 batting average, .400 on-base percentage and a .681 slugging percentage with five doubles, six home runs and 20 RBI.

P — Hailey Willmann, Bainbridge, junior: Willmann made a major contribution to the team wherever she played. She was strong in the ring with a 7-3 record, 2.11 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP with 72 strikeouts. She was also a powerful hitter as well, posting a .430 batting average, .500 on-base percentage and a .620 slugging percentage with 26 runs scored, seven doubles, two home runs and 25 RBI.

C — Ericka Hobson, South Kitsap, junior: Hobson, a second-year starter, finished with a .308 batting average and a .492 on-base percentage. She also had two doubles, a triple and 13 RBI this season. Ballew said she happy that Hobson, who has the ability to play multiple positions, volunteered to catch for the Wolves.

“She really wanted to do that from day one,” Ballew said. “She’s really positive.”

1B — Taylor Greenfield, Bainbridge, junior: Greenfield was a steady presence at the plate with a .388 batting average, .490 on-base percentage and a .450 slugging percentage along with five doubles and 21 RBI. She also had a team-best .983 fielding percentage as Bainbridge made it to the 3A state title game for the third year in a row.

2B — Alexa Ekonomakis, Kingston, junior: Ekonomakis was selected as a second base player, although her ability could have put her in the shortstop position as well. On offense, she worked to get those on base home. Coach Joe Schiel said she became the “go-to-person” for the winning RBI near the end games throughout the season. Ekonomakis finished with a .585 batting average, 18 RBI, two home runs and 22 runs.

SS — Jenna Bartlett, Central Kitsap, senior: Bartlett hit .515 for the Cougars, including eight doubles, three triples and six home runs this season. She only struck out three times. Bartlett also helped the Cougars’ offense with 19 RBI en route to a district postseason berth.

3B — Greta Coleman, Kingston, junior: With a .585 batting average, Coleman contributed both offensively and defensively to the team. On defense, Coleman was described by Schiel as ”a very dominant force at the plate and a solid third baseman.” She also had six home runs and 31 RBI.

OF — Clara Dunn, Bainbridge, senior: Dunn, a four-year starter, had a stellar season. She posted a .478 batting average, .529 on-base percentage and a .804 slugging percentage with 10 doubles, four triples, four home runs and 74 total bases. During her time on the team, Bainbridge has collected three state trophies, including one championship in 2009.

OF — Kari Fetters, Central Kitsap, junior: Fetters helped lead Central Kitsap to another postseason apperance, hitting .450 with a .530 on-base percentage.

OF — Meagan Ransier, South Kitsap, senior: Ransier, who plans to play next season at Pacific Lutheran, has been one of the Wolves’ most versatile athletes in recent seasons. She mostly played in center field this season after being a full-time catcher in 2009 and starting at backstop and shortstop in ’10. In addition to displaying outstanding range in the outfield, Ransier hit .474 with a .697 on-base percentage. She also led the Wolves in doubles (nine) and steals (four), while adding two triples, one home run and 14 RBI.

“She’s a total utility player,” Ballew said. “She’s athletic, but it’s more about her work ethic. She has a good arm, is fundamentally strong and willing to do anything to help a team.”

Honorable mentions — SS Alissa Buss, South Kitsap, sophomore; 1B Ashley Chamberlin, South Kitsap, sophomore; C Lindsey Foster, North Kitsap, junior; P Emily Gorecki, Klahowya, sophomore; OF Erika Henderson, South Kitsap, junior; P Miranda Holt, North Kitsap, sophomore; P Emma Keller, North Kitsap, freshman; 3B Erin Kinney, Bainbridge, sophomore; OF Alyssa Lillybridge, Bremerton, senior; C Caitlin McCormick, Bainbridge, senior; OF Linzee Orteza, Olympic, senior; 1B Megan Parrick, Kingston, junior; SS Cynthia Proby, Central Kitsap, junior; OF Jennifer Reitan, Kingston, sophomore; 1B Megan Shultz, Klahowya, senior; 3B Malia Stonhill, Central Kitsap, sophomore; 2B Kira Varady, Olympic, senior; SS Samantha Villalobos, Bremerton, senior.

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