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Quitugua represents on AKC squad

Bremerton’s Brianne Quitugua got to play a variety of positions including catcher, as shown above at the all-star showcase on May 31. - Photo by Jesse Beals
Bremerton’s Brianne Quitugua got to play a variety of positions including catcher, as shown above at the all-star showcase on May 31.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

There was little joy in Mudville, nor Bremerton, this spring softball season as the Knights were winless on the year.

Nevertheless, some promising young faces will return to the squad next season and appear here on the All-Kitsap County Softball Team as selected by sportswriters from the Bremerton Patriot, Central Kitsap Reporter, Port Orchard Independent, North Kitsap Herald and Bainbridge Island Review.

Each of Bremerton’s three selections between the first team and honorable mentions will be back next year as the Knights have a go at a new league against new faces in 2007.

All-Kitsap County

Softball Team

1B — Lauren Johnson, Central Kitsap — One of the Cougars’ most powerful bats, Johnson hit .359 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.

2B — 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.

SS — Cara Thompson, Bainbridge — Thompson made a big splash in her freshman season, hitting safely 37 times in 78 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.

3B — 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. 

C — 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 (.425) and leadership made her the county’s best — as a sophomore.

OF — 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).

OF — 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.

OF — 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. 

UTL — 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.

UTL — 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.

P — 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.

P — 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. Next year, she is planning on playing shortstop at Western Washington University.

P — 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, scored 16 and led the team in walks with 12. 

P — 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.

P — 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. 

Coach of the year — Rachel Davenport, Olympic — Davenport did what no Oly softball coach in the Narrows League era could do before her, taking the Trojans to a playoff berth. With a team stocked with youth, Davenport instilled confidence and know-how, turning a team that went just 1-16 in 2005 into a 12-9 postseason squad. With all but three players returning, the Trojans will be in the hunt for a title in the new Olympic League next season.

Honorable mentions

Kayla Thomas, Bremerton, pitcher — Despite defensive struggles for BHS, Thomas’ hard throwing kept the Knights competitive in many of their games.

Katie Henry, Bremerton, third base — Knights coach Brooke Quam called Henry her “ace at third base” as she helped solidify the Knights’ defense as the season went along. Henry was Bremerton’s third-best hitter as a first-year player.

Kazandra Holliday, Klahowya, pitcher — Holliday finished well above the 100 strikeout mark, pitching a no-hitter for Klahowya.

Kirstie Cosgrove, South Kitsap, utility — Provided South with a solid bat as she hit .310 with six extra-base hits and 10 RBI.

Brittany Wisner, Bainbridge, catcher/infield — The scrappy freshman hit .389 with a .455 OBP, a .639 slugging average.

Kelsey Anchors, Olympic, pitcher/infield — Anchors’ strong sophomore year saw her hit two homers in the all-star game.

Melody Griffin, North Kitsap, catcher — Griffin picked off near double-digit runners this season.

Shannon Sumner, Central Kitsap, pitcher/outfield — Sumner finished 3-2 as a pitcher while hitting .284 with a team-high four homers.

Caty Lieseke, South Kitsap, catcher — The junior hit .321 while calling every pitch of every game.

Athena Rosario, Olympic, catcher — Rosario combined stellar defense and leadership behind the plate.

Karli Baumgartner, Central Kitsap, second base — Baumgartner hit .375 and provided remarkable defense at second base for CK.

Meika Bumbalough, Klahowya, first base — Another Eagle that batted above .400, Bumbalough provided a steady glove.

Coreena Stout, North Kitsap, shortstop — Despite missing half the season due to a life-threatening illness, Stout stepped up in the second half, invigorating North.

Chelsie Kakela, Bainbridge, outfield — Kakela, a freshman who was solid in the plate, hit .348 for the season with a .423 OBP.

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