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Solarek, Mott, Miller and Galla recognized

South Kitsap placed four of its players on the first team of the first annual All-Kitsap County fastpitch team.

Stephanie Solarek, Stephanie Mott, Amanda Galla and Brittany Miller were named to the starting lineup, while Heather Grinde was named to the honorable mention team, as voted on by the sports editors of the five Kitsap News Group newspapers, including the Port Orchard Independent.

Other team members include:

-- Diana Holland, Central Kitsap — Holland was a home-run threat every time up to the plate.

-- Stephanie Solarek, South Kitsap — Known as Sparky by her teammates, her stats don’t jump off the page, but she always seems to be the spark that gets the Wolves going. Either at the plate or in the field, the senior seems to be in the middle of the action. She has a fielding percentage of .914 and is batting .250 with five RBI and four sacrifices.

-- Jamie Heins, North Kitsap — As North Kitsap’s cleanup hitter, Heins is hitting .469 and has driven in 21 runs in the line-up’s four-spot.

-- Stephanie Mott, South Kitsap — Mott is the glue that keeps the Wolves defense together. With a .982 fielding percentage, committing just one error in 132 innings and a team lending 34 assists, not much gets by the slick-fielding junior. At the plate, Mott is batting .291 with three triples and three RBI.

-- Brenda Stice, North Kitsap — Batting .388 and leading the team in runs scored with 20, Stice hit the two game-winning doubles versus Bridge Division second place Port Angeles to bring about a pair of Viking 2-0 victories.

-- Betsie Parker, King’s West — Parker is hitting an even .500 and has driven in 10 runs this year.

-- Mackenzie Callaham, Central Kitsap — Against Olympic on April 30, Callaham went 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs and three RBIs.

-- Brianne Adams, Bremerton — The senior is 21-for-47 this year, leading the Knights in hitting with a .467 average.

-- Hope Hilman, Olympic — Despite the Trojans’ struggles this season, Hilman remained a constant force in their lineup.

-- Lisa Gilbert, North Kitsap — Gilbert is not only a leader on the field as a catcher but she’s a team leader in the clubhouse.

-- Heather Case, North Kitsap — Case is hitting almost .600 at the plate, including five doubles, three triples and two home runs. Case has a miniscule .009 ERA in 73 innings of work on the season.

-- Brittany Miller, South Kitsap — The junior draws most of the starting assignments for the Wolves and doesn’t disappoint. Her record of 4-3 doesn’t reflect her ability to overpower hitters at the plate. Miller carries an ERA of 0.72, having allowed just six earned runs to cross the plate. In 58 innings pitched, she has struckout 75 batters while allowing just 28 hits and 13 walks. At the plate, Miller has driven in seven runs.

-- Amanda Galla, South Kitsap — Most likely the best player around if not for Case’s outstanding year, the junior packs a punch at the plate and is deadly on the mound. Galla is 8-2 this year with a 0.57 ERA in 62 innings. She has struckout 73 while allowing just 38 hits and three walks. Galla leads the Wolves in hitting with a .357 average with three triples and eights runs batted in.

-- Sara Robinson, Bainbridge Island — The ace of aces of the West Sound next to North’s Case. Robinson is 10-3 this year with an ERA of 1.52.

-- Lauren Haas, Olympic — The Trojans’ struggles this season were no indication of Haas’ abilities.

-- Dan Kolda, North Kitsap — Kolda is enjoying his best season ever at North Kitsap, with 16 wins and three loses on the year and the team’s first trip to districts in nine years.

Honorable Mentions

-- Heather Grinde, South Kitsap — The third baseman turned catcher may be the MVP of the team after switching positions midway through the season. Grinde, a senior, is second on the team with seven RBI and is batting .264. But it’s behind the plate where she shines, calling pitches for Miller and Galla.

-- Taryn Hanley, King’s West — Hanley, a senior, was batting .667 late in the year with two home runs and 11 RBI.

-- Kristi Baumgartner, Central Kitsap — Baumgartner’s offensive and defensive abilities gained the attention of area scouts with Olympic College earning her services next season.

-- Caitlin Henning, Klahowya — Henning, who also serves as the Eagles’ primary starting pitcher, has a .381 average with 14 RBI through May 5.

-- Brittany Devitt, Klahowya — Devitt served as the Eagles’ top offensive threat, leading the team in average (.368), home runs (2), RBI (20), triple (5) and runs (16).

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