SK softball all-star team earns spot in nationals

The South Kitsap Girls Softball Association 10-U All-Star team placed second at the Amatuer Softball Association (ASA) Northwest Regional Tournament at Sherwood, Ore. July 19-21. The region included teams from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

The second-place finish qualified SK to play in the ASA Softball Junior Olympic Girls 10-U National Championships at Springfield, Missouri.

In the championship game against Oregon City, SK held an 8-7 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning but Oregon City crossed two runs in the final frame to earn the championship.

Trisha Tremper went 4-4 with a double and two RBI. Heather True (RBI), Mickelle Oslin (2 RBI), Bridjet Box, Samantha Hull, and Jennifer Jacobson each had two hits.

To get to the championship game, SK routed Fireballs of Oregon 20-0.

SK pitcher Emily Anderson hurled a no-hitter while her teammates rapped out 19 hits.

Hull went 4-5 with a double and two RBI and Fike was 2-2 with a 4 RBI, including a bases-clearing double.

Paige Reinke (2 RBI), Ashley Reinke (3 RBI), Tremper (2 RBI), and Box (RBI) followed with three hits.

SK opened the tournament with a 10-6 win against Canby Rage of Oregon.

In the sixth inning, Box and Ashley Reinke hit back-to-back RBI doubles to highlight a five-run sixth inning. Those runs proved to be crucial as Canby Ridge came back to score three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Kimber Choffin pitched a complete game and helped her own cause with three hits and three RBI.

SK survived its second round game against the Silver Bullets.

Entering the top of the sixth inning, SK held a commanding 9-5 lead only to watch the Silver Bullets tie the score 9-9.

But with two outs in the bottom of the inning, Tremper singled and stole the next two bases.

Emily Anderson hit the game-winning single to score Tremper from third base.

Uptown takes fourth at CABA World Series

Uptown Autobody, a 16U select baseball team from South Kitsap, placed fifth at the CABA World Series in Marietta, Ga. last weekend.

Uptown defeated East Cobb 11-5 Friday to get into the fourth-place game against the Dallas Angels.

The Angels three-hit Uptown in a 13-2 win.

Against East Cobb Josh Fullington threw a complete game and earned his second win of the tournament.

Marcus Faulkner and Derek Abad each had three hits, and Pat Kelly had a pair of hits.

Uptown’s winningest pitcher was Poulsbo’s Kyle Howe, who finished with three win s on the mound.

Ian McClary made the all-tournament team after playing flawless defense at shortstop and third base.

Abad had the lone highlight in the loss to Dallas, smashing a 450-foot home run over a 24-foot fence in left-center field.

“I tell you what, that ball is still floating somewhere,” assistant coach Chuck Cunningham said. “The guys played awesome down there. We played like 10 games in six days.”

Head coach Lenie Hamm said he was really pleased with the play of his squad.

“When we play world tournaments this team really steps up and plays well,” Hamm said. “We also play down to teams that may not be up to our caliber. But this team did really well.”

Most, if not all of the players, will be back next year in hopes of making a return trip to the CABA World Series.

“We’ve got such a good group of kids I hope we get back there,” he said.


takes fifth at state

South Kitsap’s Brady Sharp golfed a masterful 4-under par 68 at the final round of the Washington Junior Golf Association state tournament at Spokane’s Manito Golf and Country Club Friday.

Sharp, who entered the third and final round in a tie for 16th place, finished fifth after scoring the second-lowest round of the day.

Craig Leslie, who’s home course is Manito, shot a 67 Friday for the day’s lowest round and won the tournament by nine strokes over Federal Way’s Luke Johnson.

Sharp remained in the top 20 after shooting rounds of 72 and 73.

But it was his 68 Friday that allowed him to overtake 11 golfers for a top five finish.

South Kitsap High School teammate Ryan Aker didn’t fare as well at the tournament, failing to make the cut after shooting rounds of 77 and 79.

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