Four Wolves on All-Kitsap Fastpitch team

It wasn’t the best of years for the South Kitsap girls’ fastpitch softball team, but four Wolves found their way onto the third annual Kitsap News Group All-Kitsap County Fastpitch team.

Of the four, Joy Thomas and Natalie Peapea were named to the first team, while Caty Lieseke and Kirstie Cosgrove were honorable mention selections from a team that missed the postseason for the first time in more than a decade.

The team was voted on by sportswriters and editors of the Kitsap Newspaper Group. The team is made up of academically eligible players from all the high schools in Kitsap County.

2006 All-Kitsap County Fastpitch Team

•Â 1B — Lauren Johnson, Central Kitsap: One of the Cougars’ most powerful bats, Johnson hit .359 with a pair of homers and 13 RBI this season for the Bridge Division champs.

• 2B — Natalie Peapea, South Kitsap: Solid in the field, the junior was the Wolves leadoff hitter and carried a regular season average of .328. She had seven extra base hits and drove in four runs while compiling an on-base percentage of .569.

• SS — Cara Thompson, Bainbridge: Thompson made a big splash in her freshman season, hitting .561 for the season that included a slugging percentage of .758.

• 3B — Stephanie Wagner, Bainbridge: The junior had a great year at the plate, hitting .344 with a .432 on-base percentage and an .875 OPS. 

• C — Jocylynn Meadows, Klahowya: Her stellar defense, hot bat and leadership made her the county’s best — as a sophomore.  

• OF — Joy Thomas, South Kitsap: Thomas was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise drab season for the Wolves. The senior was the team leader in average (.385), extra base hits (11), runs batted in (15) and home runs (two).

• OF — Brittany Romano, Central Kitsap: Romano hit a team high .377 with five triples, 16 runs and 16 RBI. She added four doubles and two homers while holding down center field defensively.

• OF — Kelcee Azure, Bainbridge: After a slow start, the junior centerfielder picked it up down the stretch, finishing with a .395 batting average and a .490 OBP.

• UTL — Brianna Quitugua, Bremerto: Quitugua swung a hot bat that was certainly the best Bremerton had to offer, hitting .406 with five doubles and a .444 on-base percentage.

• UTL — Brittney Devitt, Klahowya: With eight homers and a phenomenal slugging percentage of 1.536, Devitt will be leading the Eagles’ charge into the new Olympic League next season.

• P — Erika Quint, Central Kitsap: The ace of the county this season, Quint was 12-5 overall this year while striking out a whopping 150 batters in just 118 innings.

• P — Rachel Kramer, North Kitsap: Throughout the season, Kramer was rock steady as North’s ace and at the state tourney she pitched complete games in all four Viking contests. 

• P — Karen Robinson, Bainbridge: Robinson had a breakout year after a solid freshman campaign, as she went 6-4 with a 2.83 ERA and 38 strikeouts. 

• P — Rachel Haas, Olympic: Haas teamed up with fellow sophomore Kelsey Anchors to help lift the Trojans to their first playoff berth in the Narrows League.

• P — Lindsey Willmann, Bainbridge: Willman was another freshman who made a mark for the Spartans, as she was 6-4 with a 1.98 ERA and 78 strikeouts on the mound, averaging eight strikeouts per game.

• Coach of the year — Rachel Davenport, Olympic: Davenport did what no Oly softball coach in the Narrows League era could do before her, taking the Trojans to a playoff berth. With a team stocked with youth, Davenport instilled confidence and know-how, turning a team that went just 1-16 in 2005 into a 12-9 postseason squad.

Honorable mentions

• Kayla Thomas, Bremerton, pitcher: Despite defensive struggles for Bremerton, Thomas’ hard throwing kept the Knights competitive in many of their games.

• Kazandra Holliday, Klahowya, pitcher: Pitching in almost every Eagles’ contest this season as just a freshman, Holliday finished well above the 100 strikeout mark.

• Kirstie Cosgrove, South Kitsap, utility: Provided South with a solid bat as she hit .310 with six extra-base hits and 10 RBI.

• Brittany Wisner, Bainbridge, catcher/infield: The scrappy freshman was another major contributor to the Spartans’ success this season, hitting .389 with a .455 OBP, a .639 slugging average and a 1.094 OPS.

• Kelsey Anchors, Olympic, pitcher/infield: Anchors is sure to be on future AKC teams after a strong sophomore year that saw her split time between multiple positions and on the mound.

• Melody Griffin, North Kitsap, catcher: With quick-thinking throws from behind the plate, she picked off near double-digit runners on the season. 

• Shannon Sumner, Central Kitsap, pitcher/outfield: Sumner, a senior, finished 3-2 as a pitcher with 19 strikeouts in 34 innings while hitting .284 with a team-high four homers.

• Caty Lieseke, South Kitsap, catcher: The junior hit .321 with six extra-base hits and six RBI. A dominate defensive catcher, Lieseke calls every pitch of every game.

• Katie Henry, Bremerton, third base: Bremerton’s third-best hitter as a first-year player, never missed practice and earned a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.

• Athena Rosario, Olympic, catcher: Combined with stellar defense and leadership behind the plate, the Trojans have their catcher position secure for some time.

• Karli Baumgartner, Central Kitsap, second base: In a tough call over teammate Kendall Sours, Baumgartner hit .375 and provided remarkable defense at second base for CK.

• Meika Bumbalough, Klahowya, first base: Another Eagle that batted above .400, Bumbalough provided strong gap power and a steady glove at first base for Klahowya.

• Coreena Stout, North Kitsap, shortstop: Despite missing half the season due to a life-threatening illness, Stout stepped up in the second half of the season, invigorating North into the final swing of the season while proving herself as a leader with a strong performance enveloping the post season.

• Chelsie Kakela, Bainbridge, outfield: Kakela was another freshman who was solid in the plate and in right field, as she hit .348 for the season with a .423 OBP.

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