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Fastpitchers earn all-league, county honors
Another year, another successful season for the Bainbridge fastpitch team.
With a squad made up mostly of underclassmen, the Spartans did not repeat as Metro League Mountain Division Champions, but they did make a fifth straight trip to the 3A state tournament and a third straight trip to the state title game.
For their efforts this season, nine Spartans made the All-Metro team.
Cali Moore was an All-Metro Mountain Division selection and Rosie Kerstetter and Alison Reichert were honorable mentions.
Six Spartans also made the All-Kitsap County team.
The team was compiled by the sports writers for the Bremerton Patriot, Central Kitsap Reporter, Bainbridge Island Review, North Kitsap Herald and the Port Orchard Independent. Candidates for the team are nominated by the writers for their respective areas.
The nominees are then voted on by the writers; the top vote getters make the teams. Up to three honorable mentions are also selected from each school for each sport. The teams include the best players from area schools that not only performed well individually, but played a role in the success of their team.
P – Katie Raben, Bainbridge, sophomore: Raben made the jump from junior varsity to varsity in a big way this season as she was a major factor in the Spartans’ return to state.
She posted a 9-4 win-loss record, a 1.39 ERA, an .84 WHIP and struck out 129 batters. She also threw 12 complete games and six shutouts. Raben was a force at the plate as well, with a .319 batting average, a .400 on-base percentage and a .681 slugging percentage with five doubles, six home runs and 20 RBI.
Raben was an All-Metro selection.
P – Hailey Willmann, Bainbridge, junior: Willmann made a major contribution to the team wherever she played. She was strong in the ring with a 7-3 win-loss record, a 2.11 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP with 72 strikeouts.
She was also a powerful hitter as well, posting a .430 batting average, a .500 on-base percentage and a .620 slugging percentage with 26 runs scored, seven doubles, two home runs and 25 RBI.
Willmann was an All-Metro selection.
P – Emilly Cunningham, South Kitsap, senior: Cunningham finished with a 12-5 record and a 2.34 ERA. She averaged 7.7 strikeouts and 1.8 walks per game. At the plate, she hit .378 and had a .595 on-base percentage. She led the Wolves with 20 RBI and tied for the team-high with home runs (two) and triples (four).
P – Katie Lomas, Kingston, junior: Lomas pitched every game for the Buccaneers this season, finishing with a 13-5 win-loss record and 55 strikeouts.
C – Ericka Hobson, South Kitsap, junior: Hobson finished with a .308 batting average and a .492 on-base percentage. She also had two doubles, a triple and 13 RBI this season.
1B – Taylor Greenfield, Bainbridge, junior: Greenfield was a steady presence at the plate (posting a .388 batting average, a .490 on-base percentage and a .450 slugging percentage with five doubles and 21 RBI) and in the field (leading the team with a .983 fielding percentage) as Bainbridge made it to the 3A state title game for the third year in a row.
Greenfield was an All-Metro selection.
2B – Alexa Ekonomakis, Kingston, junior: Ekonomakis ended the season with a .500 batting average, a .536 on-base percentage and a .766 slugging percentage, with 32 hits, 22 runs scored, seven doubles, two home runs and 18 RBI.
SS – Jenna Bartlett, Central Kitsap, senior: Bartlett hit .515 for the Cougars, including eight doubles, three triples, six home runs and 19 RBI. She struck out just three times on the year.
3B – Greta Coleman, Kingston, junior: Coleman was a monster at the plate this season, posting a .585 batting average, a .686 on-base percentage and a 1.038 slugging percentage with 17 runs scored, six doubles, six home runs and 31 RBI.
OF – Clara Dunn, Bainbridge, senior: Dunn, a starter all four years during her time on the team, had a stellar season. She posted a .478 batting average, a .529 on-base percentage and an .804 slugging percentage with 10 doubles, four triples, four home runs and 74 total bases.
During her time on the team, Bainbridge has collected three state trophies, including one championship in 2009.
Dunn was selected to the Seattle Times’ Star Times softball team and also earned All-Metro honors.
OF – Meagan Ransier, South Kitsap, senior: Ransier hit .474 with a .697 on-base percentage. She also led the Wolves in doubles (nine) and steals (four), while adding two triples, one home run and 14 RBI.
OF – Kari Fetters, Central Kitsap, junior: Fetters helped lead Central Kitsap to another postseason appearance, hitting .450 and totaling a .530 on-base percentage.
Coach of the year
Dusty Anchors, Olympic: Anchors, in his third season with the school, led the Trojans to their first state appearance in school history.
3B Erin Kinney, Bainbridge, sophomore: Kinney posted a .494/.552/.706 batting line with 31 runs scored, three home runs and 38 RBI.
She was an All-Metro Mountain Division selection.
C Caitlin McCormick, Bainbridge, senior: McCormick, along with Dunn, became the first fastpitch players in school history to make it to state all four years on the team.
She posted a .269/.403/.567 batting line with six home runs, 26 RBI and 13 walks.
McCormick was an All-Metro Mountain Division selection.
SS Samantha Villalobos, Bremerton, senior; OF Alyssa Lillybridge, Bremerton, senior; 2B Kira Varady, Olympic, senior; OF Linzee Orteza, Olympic, senior; P Emily Gorecki, Klahowya, sophomore; 1B Megan Shultz, Klahowya, senior; SS Cynthia Proby, Central Kitsap, junior; 3B Malia Stonhill, Central Kitsap, sophomore; SS Alissa Buss, South Kitsap, sophomore; 1B Ashley Chamberlin, South Kitsap, sophomore; OF Erika Henderson, South Kitsap, junior; OF Jennifer Reitan, Kingston, sophomore; 1B Megan Parrick, Kingston, junior; P Miranda Holt, North Kitsap, sophomore; P Emma Keller, North Kitsap, freshman; C Lindsey Foster, North Kitsap, junior.