SK drops pitcher's duel to Olympic

Athletics never seem easy when it comes to Silverdale schools facing South Kitsap High.

Wednesday afternoon’s Narrows League Bridge Division game between SK and Olympic high was no exception. The result, a 2-1 win by the Trojans, was.

Olympic (3-5, 2-2 league) entered the bottom of the seventh inning with starting pitcher Lauren Haas (3-5) allowing just two hits and no runs.

But SK (6-3, 2-2) wouldn’t surrender.

Shortstop Stephanie Mott led off the inning with a triple and scored on the ensuing at-bat when catcher Heather Grinde singled her home to cut the Trojans’ advantage to 2-1.

Right fielder Chantal Boddie then followed with a single to center field, but starting pitcher Brittany Miller hit a line drive in the following at-bat to Haas, who picked off Boddie to record the double play.

Following a walk to left fielder Shamika Curtis, Haas got center fielder Jessie Reddeman to ground out to end the game.

“We had a chance in the end and we took ourselves out of it with a base running error,” SK coach Kathy Ballew said.

That wasn’t the only mistake for the Wolves, though. Olympic used patience and a couple of miscues by SK to score a pair of runs in the first inning. Haas, who went 1-for-2, doubled to score center fielder Jen Cruz for the Trojans’ first run. Haas later scored when a fly ball was dropped in the outfield.

Olympic coach Rachel Davenport, who said her team has been plagued by errors this season, was happy to see the Trojans display good defense. The Wolves committed two errors, while Olympic had none.

“This is the first clean game we’ve played,” she said. “It was a huge step for us.”

Shortstop Hope Hilman played a key role, displaying good range and a strong arm to prevent a few hits from her position.

“Hope made outstanding plays all day,” Davenport said. “They have outstanding speed and Hope made some great running plays.”

The defense made pitching easier for Haas, who has pitched better than her record indicates.

“I thought I threw pretty well,” Haas said. “My drop was working, and I had a good changeup, which is unusual.”

Ballew also was happy with the performance of Miller, who recorded nine strikeouts.

“Brittany is just a junior,” she said. “She threw well and keeps improving.”

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