Bremerton baseballers end rough high school careers on high notes

Bremerton shortstop Eli Olson considers firing a throw after barehanding a grounder in the senior all-star game. - Aaron Managhan/staff photo
Bremerton shortstop Eli Olson considers firing a throw after barehanding a grounder in the senior all-star game.
— image credit: Aaron Managhan/staff photo

Senior All-Star Games put finish on high school careers.

SILVERDALE — It’s been a rough tenure for Eli Olson, Noel Frederick and the rest of the Bremerton Knights baseball team across the past three seasons.

While the Knights have combined to go just 5-45-1 since the duo were sophomores, both were given the opportunity to end their high school baseball careers on a high note, with both Bremerton ballers earning spots on the Olympic League roster at the 41st Kitsap Peninsula Senior Baseball Games at the Kitsap Fairgrounds Ballfields on June 5.

And while the games were a nice way to end it for Olson, even despite his team’s poor play in recent years, he was proud to don the blue and gold one more time.

“It’s a nice way to end the season,” the Olympic College-bound Olson said. “It’s nice to come out and get another time to play with everyone on the team. We get to wear the high school jersey one last time.”

The Narrows League All-Stars (made up of players from North Kitsap, Central Kitsap, South Kitsap and Gig Harbor) topped the Olympic League All-Stars 13-3 and 7-4 to sweep the games, with Olson manning shortstop and Frederick in the outfield.

While the Oly League suffered the losses, Olson said the team was hardly hanging their heads in the dugout. After all, when else would the Knights get to team up with players from Sequim, Port Townsend, Olympic, Klahowya, North Mason, Peninsula, Port Angeles and Kingston?

“It’s nice to play on the same team with these guys,” Olson said. “We’ve got the best of the best in the league out here. And everyone’s really nice.”

Central Kitsap outfielder Caleb Brown stole the show on his own 18th birthday, finishing 3-for-5 with two home runs, six RBI and a pair of walks in the two games. He was selected by coaches as MVP of the games afterward and this week was announced on the all-state roster.

The Narrows team dominated throughout the first game as it scored four runs in the first inning and added six more in the third. NK’s Jamaal Smith hit a three-run homer in that inning and South’s Shawn Stayton had a two-RBI single.

The teams were tied, two-all, in the second game until the third inning when the Narrows scored four runs to take the lead for good. CK’s Glen Hewey had a three-run triple with two outs in the inning.

While the game ended his high school career, Olson signed his letter of intent to continue his baseball career with Olympic College.

Olson said OC’s turnaround this season, which saw the team improve from just two wins in 2007 to 16 this season, was a major factor in his decision to stay in Bremerton.

“With the new coaches and the turnaround, I’m looking for an upward season,” he said. “Just keeping it going, keep the roll going.”

He’s excited to keep playing too, adding he’ll attempt to make the Rangers’ hoops squad as well.

“It’s another year of opportunity,” Olson said. “I love baseball, so any chance I have to play, I’ll take that opportunity.”

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