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All-star game a blast for Knights

Bremerton catcher Brianna Quitugua pops up ready to throw during the first game of the Benik Corp./1010 Graphx Fastpitch Showcase Wednesday. - Phtoto by Jesse Beals
Bremerton catcher Brianna Quitugua pops up ready to throw during the first game of the Benik Corp./1010 Graphx Fastpitch Showcase Wednesday.
— image credit: Phtoto by Jesse Beals

It can get kind of hard to keep having fun when your softball team goes winless.

But for three of Bremerton High School’s ball players, fun was the name of the game on Wednesday.

Brianna Quitugua, Kayla Thomas and Deshante Heggi were all selected to represent Bremerton at the Fourth Annual Benik Corp./1010 Graphx Fastpitch Showcase at the Kitsap Fairgrounds Ballfields.

“It feels amazing,” Quitugua said of representing her Knights. “There’s just so many girls with all these talents. It’s just an honor to play with them.”

All three of the Bremerton student-athletes will return to Bremerton next season with hopes of improving a Knights squad that will be in the newly-formed Olympic League. And with the talents Quitugua, a catcher, Thomas, a pitcher and infielder, and Heggi, an infielder, showed in garnering nominations and elections to the team, Bremerton could come back and surprise next season.

But for now, it was all about fun.

“It’s really fun,” Quitugua said. “And I know a few of the players.”

In addition to mingling with players from Bainbridge, North Kitsap, North Mason, Klahowya, Central Kitsap, South Kitsap and Olympic, Quitugua said she looks forward to seeing NM, Klahowya and Oly in the new league.

“Hopefully it’ll be fun,” she said. “It’s people we haven’t played with yet.”

Overall, Quitugua, who started both games at catcher, said she had a hard time describing her all-star experience.

“I love it,” she said. “I can’t even find the words.”

It’s that kind of experience that Benik vice president Dan Baumgartner said makes him proud to be a part.

“It’s a fun opportunity to be a part of that,” Baumgartner said. “And (the Kitsap County-Bremerton Athletic Roundtable) does a great job of putting it on.”

Benik was originally approached by Dick Todd and Bill Richardson with the idea of providing an outlet for area softballers in light of the all-star games that were available to area baseball players.

“There’s always been something for the boys, but not the girls that deserve it too,” Baumgarter said. “They work so hard year-round at it. For them all to get together and show their talents and play the way they did (Wednesday), it’s just really neat.”

Baumgartner, whose daughter Karli (Central Kitsap) was also elected to play, said it was also a fun opportunity to catch his daughter in action.

Olympic High coach Rachel Davenport, selected to coach Thomas and the American All-Stars, said she too had a blast.

“It is,” she said. “It’s an honor to be able to coach so many talented kids.”

Fourth Annual

Benik Corp./1010 Graphx Fastpitch Showcase

at the Kitsap Fairgrounds Ballfields

First Game

AMERICANS 4, NATIONALS 2

Nationals 200 000 0 — 2 4 2

Americans 103 000 x — 4 6 1

Rachel Kramer, Karen Robinson and Brianna Quitigua, Caty Lieseke; Erika Quint, Lindsey Willmann and Melody Griffin, Athena Rosario (3). W — Quint. L — Robinson.

Leading hitters — N: Dawn Norcross 2-3, Molly Coppinger 1-3 (RBI), Joy Thomas (SAC). A: Kelsey Anchors (HR), Rachel Haas 1-2 (RBI), Caty Lieseke 1-2 (RBI), Melody Griffin 1-2, Athena Rosario 1-2, Natalie Peapea 1-2 (2b).

Second Game

AMERICANS 5, NATIONALS 5*

Game called due to rain.

Americans 200 300 0 — 5 7 4

Nationals 000 100 4 — 5 7 1

Rachel Haas, Lindsey Willmann and Athena Rosario, Caty Lieseke; Kazandra Holliday, Katelyn Stanley and Brianna Quitigua, Erin Kaye.

Leading hitters — A: Kelsey Anchors 2-3 (HR), Lindsey Willmann 1-1 (2b), Candice Cruz 2-2, Karli Baumgartner 1-2 (3b,3RBI). N: Kramer 2-2 (HR,RBI), Brittney Romano 1-2.

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