Struggling S. Kitsap fastpitch lands just one on all-county team

Cortney Echternach was named as an honorable mention on the All-Kitsap County team. - Jesse Beals/Staff Photo
Cortney Echternach was named as an honorable mention on the All-Kitsap County team.
— image credit: Jesse Beals/Staff Photo

It’s been a struggle for the South Kitsap High School fastpitch team since it won the Narrows League Bridge Division championship in 2005.

The Wolves had a 7-7 league mark this year, but were 8-10 overall — their second losing record in the last three seasons. The team’s struggles were reflected in the all-Kitsap team as sophomore Trish Tremper was South’s only first-team selection.

The all-county team, made up of eligible players from schools in Kitsap County, was voted on by the sports editors and writers of the Kitsap Newspaper Group, including the Port Orchard Independent, Bainbridge Review, Bremerton Patriot, Central Kitsap Reporter and North Kitsap Herald.

2008 All-Kitsap County

Fastpitch Team

• P — Carolyn Cross, junior, Central Kitsap: Cross is an ace in the classroom, where she maintains a 4.0 grade-point average, and on the mound. She had a 14-4 record with 90 strikeouts to 19 walks in 108 innings.

• P — Rachel Haas, senior, Olympic: Haas anchored the Trojans’ staff this season.

• P — Kazandra Holliday, junior, Klahowya: Few pitchers in the area threw as often as the Eagles’ top starter, who had 146 strikeouts in 101 2/3 innings with a 2.34 ERA.

• P — Kendal Peiguss, senior, Kingston: Peiguss helped the Buccaneers reach the Class 2A state tournament with her work on the mound.

• P — Lindsay Willmann, junior, Bainbridge: The Spartans’ top starter helped guide them to the Class 3A state tournament with four shutouts and a 1.16 ERA.

• C — Brittany Wisner, junior, Bainbridge: The Spartans’ co-captain produced a .434 batting average with eight doubles, three triples, four home runs and 33 RBI.

• 1B — Aubin Duncan, senior, Kingston: Duncan finished with a .383 batting average and a .723 slugging percentage.

• 2B — Cara Thompson, junior, Bainbridge: Thompson produced a .536 batting average, nine doubles, one home run and 31 RBI.

• SS — Jordan Jewett, senior, North Kitsap: She finished with a .577 batting average, five doubles, six triples and seven RBI.

• 3B — Meika Bumbalough, junior, Klahowya: Bumbalough primarily was a shortstop, but also saw time at third base.

• OF — Kelsey Anchors, senior, Olympic: A three-year starter, Anchors holds school records (single season and career) for hits, runs, doubles, triples, stolen bases and slugging percentage.

• OF — Chelsea Kakela, junior, Bainbridge: Kakela was one of the area’s top power hitters with eight home runs and a school-record 52 RBI.

• OF — Naomi Stocks, sophomore, Central Kitsap: Stocks produced a .483 batting average, 16 RBI, 21 runs and a team-best four triples.

• UTL — Trish Tremper, sophomore, South Kitsap: Tremper, who also plays first base, moved to catcher early in the season when Breann Booher suffered an injury and stayed there throughout the spring. She finished with a .440 batting average, two doubles, one home run and six RBI. “She is just the kind of person you want on your team — great attitude and effort every day,” South coach Kathy Ballew said. “She is an excellent all-around kid.”

• UTL — Haylee Baker, sophomore, Bainbridge: Baker finished with a .505 batting average and had a on-base plus slugging percentage of 1.403.

• Coach of the Year — Liz McCloskey, Bainbridge: McCloskey’s team seems to improve every year. She guided the Spartans to a Metro League Mountain Division title, a second-place finish at the league tournament, a third-place finish at districts and a .500 record at state, ending with a 26-5 record, the best in school history.

Honorable mentions

• Clara Dunn, freshman, Bainbridge, second base/outfield: Despite hitting ninth, Dunn had a .364 batting average, 32 runs and 14 walks.

• Cortney Echternach, junior, South Kitsap, outfield: Echternach was one of the Wolves’ top power hitters. She finished with a .360 batting average, eight RBI and had team-highs in home runs (four) and doubles (five).

• Julie Fergus, junior, Central Kitsap, outfield: Fergus produced a .340 batting average, 11 RBI and eight runs for the Cougars.

• Katie Hanten, junior, Central Kitsap, catcher: Hanten had a .311 batting average, 14 RBI and 11 runs for the Cougars. She also called nearly every pitch.

• Deshante Heggie, senior, Bremerton, pitcher: Heggie started every game for the Knights this season.

• Kim Houde and Kelsey Kobloth, seniors, Klahowya, infield/outfield: It’s difficult to distinguish between these two senior leaders. Their contributions to the program as vocal leaders and assets are a big reason Klahowya now is competitive.

• Ally Johnson, junior, South Kitsap, shortstop: She finished with a .410 batting average, two doubles, two triples and a team-high 11 RBI.

• Britnay Mason, senior, Bremerton, shortstop: Mason played up the middle with a steady glove. She also had hot streaks with the bat, giving the Lady Knights much needed pop at the plate.

• Jocylynn Meadows, senior, Klahowya, catcher: She had a .320 batting average and tied Bumbalough for the team doubles lead with five.

• Jenneke Oostman, senior, North Kitsap, pitcher: She had a 1.92 ERA and also produced a .357 batting average.

• Lexi Orteza, junior, Olympic, infield: Orteza was among several Trojans’ underclassmen who showed improvement as the season progressed.

• Lauren Reichert, sophomore, Bainbridge: Reichert had a .348 batting average with 16 RBI and 13 walks.

• Athena Rosario, senior, Olympic, catcher: Rosario was provided leadership behind the plate that’s expected from someone at her position.

• Ashley Tobin, senior, North Kitsap, catcher: Tobin played nearly every position and had a .318 batting average.

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