The 2014 softball season officially began Thursday with just a
couple games and will be full steam ahead next week.
You can check out our season preview here and the team-by-team capsules here.
In the meantime, I thought I’d try my hand at pre-season
predictions so here it goes;
1, Kingston: Based on what they have on paper the Buccaneers
look strong on all fronts and are hungry after missing out on
making the state tournament last year.
2, Sequim: In his third year, Mike McFarlen has the juggernaut
rolling and the Wolves could wind up as co-champs with Kingston
3, Port Angeles: The Roughriders lost quite a bit to graduation
but are still strong with several key players returning.
4, Olympic: The Trojans have been late-bloomers in the past,
playing better ball late in the season and I don’t see that
changing this year.
5, North Kitsap: Softball revolves around good pitching and
Keller has been a workhorse for the Vikings the past few years.
6, Bremerton: With MacKenzie Willeford, the third baseman gives
the Knights power and a chance to make the playoffs.
7, North Mason: The Bulldogs are still in the process of
rebuilding but should be competitive.
8, Klahowya: The Eagles will give some teams some fits, but they
just don’t have the numbers.
9, Port Townsend: The Redskins have a new coach and it always
takes time to rebuild, especially at a small school.
Upcoming games (if it doesn’t rain)
Monday, March 17: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Everybody is on the road as Klahowya travels to Elma, Chimacum is
at Sequim, Port Townsend hosts Coupeville and Port Angeles makes
its way to Gig Harbor.
Tuesday, March 18: A classic match up between
Bainbridge and Central Kitsap. This will be CK’s first-year coach
Courtney Lacock’s first home game at Linder Field. Always a fun
game with the Spartans.
Wednesday, March 19: Early test for the Trojans
as they host Kingston in the Olympic League opener for both teams.
Also playing; Klahowya at Port Angeles, North Kitsap at North
Mason, and Sequim at Port Townsend.
Thursday, March 20: Bainbridge kicks off the
Metro League season against Blanchet, one of the better teams in
league that usually provides good competition for the Spartans.
Friday, March 21: More OL action as Bremerton
travels to Port Angeles for its opener and Kingston is at North
Mason, Klahowya at Olympic and NK at Port Townsend.
Note: I didn’t do a prediction for the Narrows League because we
only have two schools, but my guess is South Kitsap should win its
second league title, followed by Bellarmine Prep, Olympic, Gig
Harbor and Central Kitsap.