Bainbridge fastpitch dominates All-Metro, All-Kitsap teams

(Clockwise from left) Chelsie Kakela, Cara Thompson, Lauren Reichert, head coach Liz McCloskey, Clara Dunn,  Lindsay Willmann, Haylee Baker and Brittany Wisner all earned All-Metro and All-Kitsap County honors for their efforts this season.  - Brad Camp/File Photo
(Clockwise from left) Chelsie Kakela, Cara Thompson, Lauren Reichert, head coach Liz McCloskey, Clara Dunn, Lindsay Willmann, Haylee Baker and Brittany Wisner all earned All-Metro and All-Kitsap County honors for their efforts this season.
— image credit: Brad Camp/File Photo

It was a year to remember for the Bainbridge fastpitch team this season.

The Spartans defeated Holy Names for the first time in recent memory as they raced through the regular season losing just one game and won its first Metro League Mountain Division title.

From there, they made the league title game, only to fall to the Cougars.

At districts however, Bainbridge got revenge, as it eliminated Holy Names to earn a trip to state.

The Spartans went .500 over the two days and made it to the second day for the first time in school history.

For their efforts this season, nine Spartans and head coach Liz McCloskey made the All-Metro team.

Caitlin McCormick was an All-Metro Mountain Division selection while Karen Robinson was an honorable mention.

Eight Spartans and McCloskey also made the All-Kitsap News Group team, as voted on by the sports writers for the Bainbridge Island Review, the Bremerton Patriot, the Central Kitsap Reporter, the 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, with the top vote-getters making the teams.

Two honorable mentions are 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 as well.

The starters

P – Kazandra Holliday, junior, Klahowya: Few pitchers fired as many pitches as Holliday has across this past spring, as the Eagles’ top arm went 101 2/3 innings, recording a whopping 146 strikeouts. She walked just 47 and posted an ERA of 2.34. She was just as impressive at the plate, hitting .404 with three doubles, a homer, 16 RBI and 13 runs.

P – Carolyn Cross, junior, Central Kitsap: Cross pitched 108 innings for CK, finishing 14-4 with 90 strikeouts to just 19 walks. She was also aggressive at the plate, hitting .386 with 15 RBI while scoring a team-best 24 runs. She hit two doubles, two triples and two homers and will be back to lead CK to the playoffs.

P – Lindsay Willmann, junior, Bainbridge: This 5-11 junior loomed large in the ring for the Spartans this season, posting an 11-4 record with 96 strikeouts versus 22 walks in 84 1/3 innings and a ERA of 1.16 and a WHIP of just 0.90 with 13 complete games and four shutouts.

She also posted a .435 batting average, a .510 on-base percentage and a .671 slugging percentage with four home runs and 37 RBI, adding eight doubles and 15 walks.

Willmann was an All-Metro League selection.

P – Kendal Peiguss, senior, Kingston: Peiguss is the cornerstone of the Buccaneers. She carried the team this season from the mound, pitching 99 innings for a 1.21 ERA. She’s also got what it takes from the plate with a .383 batting average and a .556 slugging percentage.

P – Rachel Haas, senior, Olympic: Haas anchored a Trojan staff and helped get the Trojans back to districts. And while she won’t take her game to the collegiate level, the all-around athlete (she was also a standout soccer player) will take her academic game to the University of Washington.

C – Brittany Wisner, junior, Bainbridge: This junior co-captain does whatever it takes to help her team win – from posting a .434/.484/.747 batting line with four home runs, 33 RBI, eight doubles and three triples – to committing six errors in 29 games defensively and threw out seven runners stealing in 21 attempts.

She’ll keep her teammates’ spirits up (as she did during a hot day at the district tournament) and even get on the fans (as she did during the first game of the state tournament.)

Wisner was an All-Metro League selection.

1B – Aubin Duncan, senior, Kingston: Duncan knocked four balls over the fence this season, and finished with a .383 batting average and a .723 slugging percentage.

2B – Cara Thompson, junior, Bainbridge: This junior was a consistent threat at the plate this season, putting the ball in play to finish with a .536/.552/.680 batting line with one home run, 31 RBI and nine doubles, striking out just once in 97 at-bats while scoring 52 runs and stealing eight bases.

She was also solid in the field, showing off her range and leading the team in assists with 44.

Thompson was an All-Metro League selection.

SS – Jordan Jewett, senior, North Kitsap: Jewett posted five doubles, six triples, seven RBI and had a batting average of .577.

3B – Meika Bumbalough, junior, Klahowya: Another talented junior, Bumbalough’s big bat carried the Eagles to several wins, as she finished with a .455 average, smashed five doubles and three homers, drove in 18 and scored 14 times herself. She also had a remarkable .607 on-base percentage and an even more impressive .773 slugging mark.

OF – Kelsey, Anchors, senior, Olympic: A three-year varsity starter, Anchors currently holds the school records for hits, runs, doubles, triples, stolen bases and slugging percentage, both single season and career.

She was hitting .564 into mid-May this season.

OF - Chelsea Kakela, junior, Bainbridge: This junior made last year’s numbers look like she was in a season-long slump, as she posted a .484/.541/.916 batting line with eight home runs and a school record 52 RBI.

Kakela also added seven doubles, five triples, 50 runs, nine stolen bases and 87 total bases en route to the Metro League MVP award.

She moved to centerfield (after playing second last season) and played the position with ease, committing just one error in 30 games and turning three double-plays thanks to her strong arm.

Kakela was an All-Metro League selection and was named to the Seattle Times’ Star Times team and the Seattle P-I’s All-Star team as well.

OF – Naomi Stocks, sophomore, Central Kitsap: Stocks led the Cougars with a .483 average to go with 21 runs and 16 RBI. She also led the team with 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.

UTL – Haylee Baker, sophomore, Bainbridge: Wherever she was, this sophomore excelled.

At the plate she posted a .505/.549/.854 batting line with six home runs, 33 RBI, 10 doubles, four triples, 49 runs scored and 88 total bases.

In the circle, she was 6-1 with 54 strikeouts versus seven walks in 45.67 innings. She had an ERA of 1.53 with a 1.02 WHIP and three shutouts.

In the field she filled in primarily at short and did a fine job, committing just nine errors in 30 games.

Baker was an All-Metro League selection.

Coach of the Year – Liz McCloskey, Bainbridge: McCloskey has helped Bainbridge improve every season and this year was no different.

The beloved coach led the way 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.

They ended the season with a 26-5 record, the best in school history.

She was named the Metro League coach of the year and the Seattle P-I’s softball coach of the year as well.

Also stellar

Clara Dunn, freshman, Bainbridge, second base/outfield: Dunn filled in admirably in the nine-hole this year to finish with a .364/.493/.418 batting line with 13 RBI, 32 runs scored and 14 walks.

Dunn was an All-Metro Mountain Division selection.

Lauren Reichert, sophomore, Bainbridge, third base/pitcher: For someone who had never played at third before, she did a fine job, committing just four errors in 29 games this season.

She also performed well at the plate, finishing with a .348/.456/.379 batting line with 16 RBI and 13 walks, and in the circle, posting a 4-0 record, striking out 27 in 18 innings with a 0.39 ERA and a 0.55 WHIP.

Reichert was an All-Metro Mountain Division selection.

Ashley Tobin, senior, North Kitsap, catcher: Tobin led the Vikes in sacrifice bunts, is one of the fastest girls in the league, has a batting average of .318, easily plays nearly every position and is a standout academic star.

Katie Hanten, junior, Central Kitsap, catcher: Hanten did just fine at the plate for CK, batting .311 with 11 runs and 14 RBI. Her real strength however was behind the plate, as Hanten called nearly every pitch this season for the Cougars.

Athena Rosario, senior, Olympic, catcher: Rosario may look small, but this Trojan catcher is one tough cookie. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Rosario was a vocal field general for Oly.

Jocylynn Meadows, senior, Klahowya, catcher: She hit .320 and tied Bumbalough for the team doubles lead with five. She also drove nine runners in.

But her defense and character were her top attributes, as Meadows never met a collision at the plate she didn’t like.

Deshante Heggie, senior, Bremerton, pitcher: Heggie defined “durable arm” all season, starting nearly every game for the Lady Knights.

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

Jenneke Oostman, senior, North Kitsap, pitcher: Oostman had a 1.92 ERA and held her own at the plate with a .357 batting average.

Julie Fergus, junior, Central Kitsap, outfield: Fergus hit .340, scored eight times and drove in 11 for the Cougs.

Lexi Orteza, junior, Olympic, infield: Orteza stepped up this season, giving the Trojans a spark at the plate and hope for the future as one of the key returners to next season’s squad.

Kelsey Kobloth and Kim Houde, seniors, Klahowya, infield/outfield: While they may look very different, their contributions to the program as vocal leaders and assets are a big reason Klahowya’s team is now a yearly competitor.

Britnay Mason, senior, Bremerton, shortstop: Coach Octavia Spann called her a “role model” and the “glue” that kept the team together. A true gamer, 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.

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).

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