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Stephanie Wagner speaks at the team’s senior salute following their game against Holy Names in May. The junior was a first-team All-Kitsap County selection and a All-Metro honorable mention for her play at third base as the Spartans made it back to districts. - Julie Busch photo
Stephanie Wagner speaks at the team’s senior salute following their game against Holy Names in May. The junior was a first-team All-Kitsap County selection and a All-Metro honorable mention for her play at third base as the Spartans made it back to districts.
— image credit: Julie Busch photo

Thirteen Spartans make their respective All-Metro teams

While the Bainbridge baseball and fastpitch teams didn’t make it to the state tournament, there was plenty of talent on both teams.

For their efforts this season, seven Spartans made the All-Metro baseball team. Zach Peach was a second team selection, while Tal Glass and Kauika Peleti were named as honorable mentions.

Six Spartans made the All-Metro fastpitch team.

A total of 10 Spartans also made the Kitsap News Group’s All-Kitsap team, as voted on by sportswriters from the Bainbridge Review, the North Kitsap Herald, the Central Kitsap Reporter, the Bremerton Patriot and the Port Orchard Independent.

The starters – baseball

First baseman: Robbie Stevenson, Bainbridge – The junior was stellar at the plate with a .477 batting average, a .585 on-base percentage, a .705 slugging average and a 1.290 OPS (on base percentage plus slugging percentage) with two homers and 15 RBI.

Stevenson was excellent in the field as well, committing zero errors in 84 total chances at first base and was named to the All-Metro League first team.

Second baseman: Aaron Johnson, Central Kitsap — A PUMA Preseason All-American, Johnson lived up to a high billing, hitting .356 with 11 runs and team-high 21 RBI. Versatile, Johnson can play the infield with ease, often covering third when teammate Tyler Owens needed to pitch. Johnson also led CK with 5 homers and had a .756 slugging percentage.

Shortstop: Zach Jacob, South Kitsap — Regarded as the best fielder in the Bridge Division, Jacob hit .431 in the regular season with four extra base hits and 13 RBI and four stolen bases. With an on-base percentage of .517, Jacob committed just six errors all year at short for a team that advanced to the round of eight.

Third baseman: Tyler Owens, Central Kitsap — Owens was the Cougars' MVP this season and a huge reason the teamed reach No. 4 in the state at one point. Owens hit a remarkable .542 (26-48) with a .614 on-base percentage and a .854 slugging. He drubbed two triples and three homers while scoring 16 times and driving in 14. His 41 total bases led the team. He was also 2-1 with a 2.03 ERA, striking out 29 in 20 2/3 innings.

Catcher: Joe Benish, North Kitsap — The junior was a portrait of consistency for NK in 2006, both behind the plate and in the box. He batted .400 on the season and banged out eight RBIs while scoring 14 runs with his base running. Undoubtedly, Benish will be a central pivot for Viking baseball next year.

Outfield: Nick Bankus, Olympic — An injury during football season also ended Bankus' competitive skiing and threatened his baseball season. But Bankus made his return to the diamond, hitting .364 to become Oly's career leading at .401. With a slugging percentage of .545 and an on-base percentage of .772, Bankus also led Oly with 13 runs and made one start on the mound, where he was most limited due to injury, striking out seven in four innings.

Outfield: Kenny Ladenburg, South Kitsap — Batted .314 in the regular season with an on-base percentage of .500 and scored 15 times as the Wolves’ leadoff man. Great glove for a team that made the round of eight.

Outfield: Xavier Mancha, Olympic — Mancha swung at a .328 clip for the Trojans this season, leading the team with 20 hits and 26 total bases. He scored 11 runs and drove in nine while hitting two triples and holding down his outfield spot defensively.

Utility: Jordan Prince, North Kitsap — One of two Vikings coming into 2006 with varsity experience, Prince developed into a leadership role by example and through his voice. With his bat, Prince led the Vikes at the plate; he blasted 11 RBIs while accruing a .512 batting average over the course of the season. In the field, Prince served as one of North's top pitchers and used his glove at both third base and shortstop.

Utility: Kyle Pease, South Kitsap — Pease batted an even .300 with eight extra base hits, nine RBI and six stolen bases in the regular season from the No. 2 spot. He also won two games and saved three without giving up a run as the team’s relief pitcher. Pease was the main reason the team made round of eight.

Pitcher: David Stilley, Central Kitsap — Stilley emerged at the forefront of the future of the CK baseball team when he went 3-0 with a save and a 1.93 ERA in 29 innings. Stilley had a great strikeout-to-walks ratio, whiffing 45 batters while giving just 13 free rides.

Pitcher: Zac Brown, Central Kitsap — While Brown's senior leadership was an integral part of CK's season, he backed it up on the mound, going 3-0 with a 2.23 ERA. Brown struck out 25 while walking just 7 in 22 innings of work. Brown's fiery personality will be missed next season.

Pitcher: KJ McLean, Central Kitsap — Making the squad as a reliever, McLean finished at 6-0 with a 2.70 ERA. If a starter faltered, CK could confidently rely on the reliever that struck out 40 batters in 23 1/3 innings.

Pitcher: CJ Hall, Bainbridge – Despite a 2-3 record, the senior had a solid year on the mound with a 2.38 ERA with 31 strikeouts. He also hit .278 with one home run and 14 RBI and was a All-Metro Honorable Mention selection.

Pitcher: Andrew Thatcher, South Kitsap — A record of 4-3 with an ERA of 4.37 doesn’t tell the story. He either won or pitched well in every big game all season long, especially when the team needed him most.

Co-coaches of the year: Jim Fairweather, South Kitsap; and Bill Baxter, Central Kitsap – Fairweather kept his team focused despite a rough beginning to win nine of its final 12 games, qualify for the state tournament and make the round of eight.

Baxter helped the Cougars realize their potential in starting the season 17-3 en route to the Narrows League Championship.

Honorable mention

Brenden Gent, Bainbridge, third base – He made history with his two grand slams in one inning this year, but it was just one part of a great year, as he hit .407 with a .515 OBP, a .611 slugging percentage and a 1.126 OPS. Along with the aforementioned two home runs, he also drove in 26 runs and had five doubles and was named to the All-Metro first team.

Matt Frazee, Bainbridge, second base – The senior made his mark in the field (one error in 65 total chances) and at the plate, sporting a .380 batting average, a .516 OBP, a .640 slugging percentage and a 1.156 OBP. He also had three home runs, 13 RBI, 12 walks and 15 stolen bases and was named to the All-Metro second team. Frazee will continue his productive play at WCC powerhouse Pepperdine.

The starters: fastpitch

First baseman: Lauren Johnson, Central Kitsap — One of the Cougars' most powerful bats, Johnson hit .359 with with a pair of homers and 13 RBI this season for the Bridge Division champs. One of many returners, the Cougars will rely on her leadership as well.

Second baseman: Natalie Peapea, South Kitsap — Solid in the field, the junior Peapea 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.

Shortstop: Cara Thompson, Bainbridge – Thompson made a big splash in her freshman season, hitting safely 37 times in 66 at-bats for a .561 batting average for the season with a .603 on-base percentage, a .758 slugging average and a 1.361 OPS. She also drove in 26 runs, scored 21 runs and led the team in doubles with nine.

Thompson was named to the All-Metro Mountain All-Division team.

Third baseman: Stephanie Wagner, Bainbridge – The junior had a great year at the plate, hitting .344 with a .432 on-base percentage and an .875 OPS. She also drove in 17 runs and scored 15 as well. Wagner was an All-Metro honorable mention.

Catcher: Jocylynn Meadows, Klahowya — While Meadows may best be remembered for her vivacious call of "Come on! Come on!" to runners that dared try to score on her, her stellar defense, hot bat and leadership made her the county's best — as a sophomore.

Outfield: 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).

Outfield: Brittany Romano, Central Kitsap — CK got a whole lot more than it may have bargained for when Romano moved from Florida to Silverdale this school year. Romano promptly 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.

Outfield: 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. She also scored 16 runs and drew eight walks.

Utility: Brianna Quitugua, Bremerton — The second-team all-league utility player displayed versatility and a passion for the sport that inspired a young team. Quitugua also swung a bat that was certainly the best Bremerton had to offer, hitting .406 with five doubles and a .444 on-base percentage.

Utility: Brittney Devitt, Klahowya — Batting over .600, Devitt proved herself one of the top all-around softball players in the region. With 8 homers and a phenomenal slugging percentage of 1.536, Devitt will be leading the Eagles' charge into the new Olympic League next season.

Pitcher: 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. Quint led a CK team that had a 1.55 team ERA, with her own below that mark.

Pitcher: 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. But next year she is planning to step off the rubber and into the shortstop spot at Western Washington University.

Pitcher: 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. She also played catcher and first base, hitting .404 with a .514 OBP and a .953 OPS, driving in 18 runs, scoring 16 and led the team in walks with 12.

Robinson was named to the All-Metro Mountain All-Division team.

Pitcher: 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. She also played first base and hit .362 with a .492 OBP, a .617 slugging average and a 1.109 OPS with one home run and 25 RBI. She was named to the All-Metro League team.

Pitcher: 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. Also a solid shortstop with a potent bat, Haas is sure to leave her mark at Oly.

Coach of the year: Rachel Davenport, Olympic – Davenport did what no Oly softball coach in the Narrows League era could do before her by taking the Trojans to a playoff berth, turning a team that went just 1-16 in 2005 into a 12-9 postseason squad.

Also stellar

Chelsie Kakela, Bainbridge, outfield – Kakela was another freshman who was solid at the plate and in right field, as she hit .348 for the season with a .423 OBP. She had 24 hits, scored 20 runs and drove in 14 and was an All-Metro honorable mention.

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. She drove in 16 runs and was an All-Metro honorable mention.

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