Fastpitch contests showcase local talent

It’d been a while since South Kitsap senior Kristie Cosgrove had seen some of her childhood teammates.

The South Kitsap softballer was one of three Lady Wolves selected to participate in the fifth annual Benik Corp. Softball Showcase Thursday at the Kitsap Fairgrounds Ballfields. SK cocah Kathy Ballew was selected to coach the South team, featuring members of SK, North Mason, Bainbridge and Olympic.

“It feels good,” Cosgrove said of her selection for the all-star contest. “It’s nice playing with all the other girls. I haven’t seen some of them since 10U and 12U. It’s good seeing ‘em.”

The South All-Stars, also featuring SK junior Ally Johnson and senior Monique Morey, finished 1-0-1 in the two games, tying 3-3 in the opener before winning 7-3 in the nightcap.

Cosgrove said she had one clear objective for the games. “No matter what, if you win or lose, it’s still fun,” she said.

The North, which featured players from Central Kitsap, Kingston, Klahowya and North Kitsap, scored first in the opener, building a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning before the South scored three in that frame. North Mason senior Kylee Hull led the South with a 2-for-4 effort, driving one in while scoring a run as well. The North later tied the game with a run in the top of the seventh. The games did not go into extra innings.

In the nightcap, it looked like the North would get the win early, scoring three in the first for an early lead. But the South scored all seven of its runs in the second, third and fourth innings to hand on to the 7-3 win despite being outhit 12-to-8 by the North.

Cosgrove said both games were competitive thanks to the level of players in them, as neither team gets practice time prior.

“You get to work with all the different types of players,” she said. “Then you get to bring it all together with no practice.”

Going up against the North team, featuring rivals from CK and NK, Cosgrove said it was fun to pair with girls from different schools not to take down their rivals, but simply to beat the team in the opposite dugout.

“We all do,” Cosgrove said. “We just want to beat them all.”

Klahowya senior Kelsey Cobloth agreed, and even while siding with the North said the games became all about fun. “I think we started really competitive,” she said. “But then, toward the end, we were all buddy-buddy. We were talking to each other on the bases. It turned into just for fun, which it better I think.”

Central Kitsap junior and pitcher Carolyn Cross was named the games’ MVP for her pitching performance in both games.

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