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Three S. Kitsap starters, coach land on '08 All-Kitsap team

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South Kitsap's Brady Steiger earned a spot on the All-Kitsap County Baseball Team.
— image credit: Jesse Beals/Staff Photo

Two more earn honorable mention during Wolves’ surprising season.

Despite its quick and thorough exit from the post-season, the very fact that South Kitsap made it to state in 2008 came as a surprise to many outside the program.

With their top two pitchers unavailable through either injury or academic ineligibility, the Wolves were expected to finish in the middle of the pack. Instead, they confounded the experts by compiling a 15-6 record — good enough for second place in the Narrows League and a state berth.

And along the way, SK also produced three starters, two honorable mention performers and the coach of the year on the 2008 All-Kitsap County Baseball Team as voted on by the sports editors of the Kitsap News Group.

2008 All-Kitsap County

Baseball Team

• P — Riley Crow, sophomore, Olympic: It didn’t take long for Crow to make his presence felt at the high school level. He set a school record for wins in a season with a 9-2 record and a 1.33 ERA, along with 62 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings.

• P — Tyler Sullivan, junior, Kingston: Sullivan’s dominance perhaps was best displayed during the Bucs’ district playoff game where he faced the minimum 18 hitters in six innings.

• P — Adam Douty, senior, South Kitsap: At the beginning of the season, South coach Jim Fairweather wasn’t sure Douty would claim a spot on the varsity squad. But after one projected starter became academically ineligible and another was injured, Douty claimed the No. 1 starter role. Despite a fastball that only reached about 75 mph, he finished with a 3-2 record and a 3.80 ERA. He also had 16 strikeouts and walked just six batters in 23 2/3 innings. Douty plans to pitch at Tacoma Community College next year. “He’s a guy with fairly limited ability who just battles and battles and battles,” Fairweather said. “He’s an absolutely fierce competitor.”

• P — Casey Bohlmann, junior, Central Kitsap: After graduating Washington State University’s David Stilley and Columbia Basin College’s KJ McLean from last year’s state squad, it was unclear who would step up as the Cougars’ top arm.

• P — Eli Olson, senior, Bremerton: Olson was the Knights’ top player on the mound and at the plate. He threw 68 percent of his pitches for strikes and only walked 11 batters in 40 inning.

• C — Todd Dalrymple, senior, South Kitsap: Dalrymple was slated to play first base this season, but he ended up behind the plate after Shawn Stayton was injured. He had a .458 batting average with two doubles, two home runs, 14 walks and 15 RBI and didn’t commit an error during the regular season. He plans to play next season at Olympic College. “He committed himself to the weight room and his power numbers reflect that,” Fairweather said. “He’s had to work at it and he’s not afraid to do that.”

• 1B — Chris Jones, senior, Kingston: Jones was one of the Bucs’ representatives in the area senior all-star game and produced a .414 batting average and 15 RBI during the season.

• 2B — Nate Roberts, junior, Central Kitsap: Roberts and shortstop Dan Zylstra gave the Cougars one of the area’s top double-play combinations. Roberts had a .379 batting average, four doubles, 20 runs and 16 RBI this season.

• SS — Dan Zylstra, senior, Central Kitsap: The Columbia Basin College-bound Zylstra produced a .380 batting average, seven doubles, two home runs and 20 RBI to go along with 28 runs.

• 3B — Brady Steiger, junior, South Kitsap: Rated as the 10th-best player in Washington’s 2009 class by Baseball Northwest, Steiger wasn’t challenged often as the Wolves’ No. 3 hitter. He had a team-best 16 walks during the regular season and also had a .456 batting average, seven doubles, five triples, four home runs and 20 RBI. He already has committed to play at Washington State University. “He knows what pitches he wants to hit for the most part,” Fairweather said. “I’m excited to see what happens to him next year.”

• OF — Caleb Brown, senior, Central Kitsap: Brown was an all-state tight end during football season, but his future is as a baseball player. The University of Washington commit had a .453 batting average with six doubles, 24 runs, three home runs and 23 RBI.

• OF — Drew Vettleson, sophomore, Central Kitsap: While the Cougars lose Brown, Vettleson is the state’s top-ranked prospect in the 2010 class by Baseball Northwest. He finished with a .449 batting average, seven doubles, two triples, 23 runs, six home runs and 33 RBI this season.

• OF — Colin Bowman, senior, Bainbridge: The Spartans’ co-captain had a .440 batting average and a .560 on-base percentage this season. He also had 10 doubles, two triples, 15 runs, 17 stolen bases and 15 RBI.

• UTL — Kramer Uvila, senior, North Kitsap: Uvila finished with a .418 batting average and 17 RBI this season.

• UTL — Jordan Green, senior, Klahowya: A standout defender in center field, Green didn’t commit an error. At the plate he was just as brilliant, batting .512 with 10 RBI out of the leadoff spot.

• Coach of the Year — Jim Fairweather, South Kitsap: Fairweather lost his two top starting pitchers before the season began, but still guided the Wolves to their second state-playoff appearance in three years along with a Narrows League Bridge Division championship. “He brought the team together with the way he overcame the crisis of losing our two top dogs,” Sartor said. “To make it to state with what we had was amazing to me.”

Honorable mentions

• Brett Brown, sophomore, Bremerton, utility: Brown finished with a .303 batting average in 11 games.

• Bryan Deszell, senior, Olympic, outfield: The converted catcher shook off a slow start this year to finish with a .360 average.

• Rusty Devitt, senior, Klahowya, utility: Devitt finished with a .433 batting average, .528 on-base percentage and had 10 RBI as the Eagles’ designated hitter.

• Eric Eley, junior, Klahowya, utility: Eley recorded a .525 batting average, 20 runs and 14 RBI.

• Noel Frederick, senior, Bremerton, outfield: Frederick had a .353 batting average and led the team in home runs (two) and RBI (16).

• Willie Green, senior, Bainbridge, pitcher: Green finished with a 2-1 record and a 3.80 ERA with 18 strikeouts versus eight walks in 21 1/3 innings.

• Jordan Halstead, sophomore, Olympic, utility: Halstead was among several Trojans’ sophomores that experienced the state tournament. He had a .421 batting average, six doubles, 16 runs and a team-best 26 RBI.

• Glen Hewey, senior, Central Kitsap, utility: The Cougars’ designated hitter produced a .308 batting average, 21 runs, four home runs and 16 RBI this season.

• Ghryn Hobson, junior, South Kitsap, second base: He hit .431 with eight doubles, two stolen bases, one home run and 14 RBI during the regular season. “Ghyrn has learned to use the whole field,” Fairweather said. “He’s the only kid in our program to hit an opposite-field home run this year.”

• Robert Jordan, senior, Kingston, third base: Even when he had pitchers preoccupied when he reached base, Jordan still managed 12 steals.

• Howard McDonald, junior, Central Kitsap, outfield: McDonald jumped on the Kitsap prep sports scene in a big way in the fall as CK’s top running threat and again in the winter as a more-than-capable wrestler.

• Colby Morse, junior, Bainbridge, utility: Morse finished with a .350 batting average, 12 runs, three home runs and 15 RBI this season.

• Justin Roulanaitis, senior, North Kitsap, DH: He finished with a .360 batting average, eight runs and 12 RBI this season.

• Tyler Sartor, senior, South Kitsap, shortstop: Sartor transitioned from second base to shortstop this season and served as the Wolves’ leadoff hitter. • He had a .455 batting average, eight doubles, four triples, five stolen bases, two home runs and 10 RBI during the regular season. Sartor plans to play next season at Olympic College. “He’s got some good ability,” Fairweather said. “He’s got a chance to play after junior college.”

• Reuben Smith, junior, Kingston, shortstop: Smith was one of the area’s top performers with runners in scoring position as the finished with a .456 batting average and 32 RBI.

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