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Locals named to All-State baseball teams on Thursday

Nearly a dozen local high school baseball players were named to the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association’s All-State teams on Thursday.

Pitcher/third baseman Mac McCarty received first team Class 4A honors and infielder Cooper Canton made the second team to represent South Kitsap, the 4A state champion.

For 3A, Central Kitsap first baseman and pitcher Collin Palau received first team honors while Bainbridge Island standouts Trent Schulte (P/INF) and Max Thomas (C/1B) were named to the second team.

North Kitsap duo Andrew Hecker (P) and TJ Jensen (OF) and North Mason’s Daniel Burggraaf (P/INF) were named to 2A first team. Connor Green (C) of North Kitsap and Tanner Rhodefer (P) of Sequim received second team honors as did Bremerton’s Anthony Amicangelo (INF). Klahowya pitcher Jacob Gotchall was named to the 1A/B first team.

All-Olympic League 2A and 1A teams appear

All-Olympic League 2A
MVP—Alex Worland, GK, sr., Kingston.
Coach of year—Chris Saari, Port Angeles
First team—NK, Brady Pierce, sr., F; Ethan Schmitt, jr., D; Deondre Sluys, so., MF. King, Leo Hernandez, jr., MF; Alex Hernandez, jr., center. PA, Tim Schneider, sr., MF; Angel Rivero, sr., MF; Seq, Eli Berg, sr., MF. Brem, Spencer Stuart, jr., MF. Oly, Makaleb McInnis, sr., D. NM, Nick Sebastian, sr., CD.
Second team—NK, Will Thompson, jr., D; Sami Klopp, jr., MF; Zack Klopp, sr., MF. King, Jovi Hernandez, jr., CF; Brady Vernick, so., MF. PA, Miki Andrus, sr., F; Vincent Ioffrida, sr., D. Seq, Cameron Chase, jr., MF/F. Brem, Tom Zimpel, sr., F. Oly, Sedric Brandon, sr., F. NM, Austen Bullion, jr., F.
All-Olympic League 1A
MVP—Paul Powell, D, sr., Klahowya
Coach of year—Jeff Quinn, Klahowya
First team—Klahowya, Kasey Trask, sr., GK; Keegan Grellner, jr., MF; Austin Sargent, sr., MF; Jake Sargent, so., F. PT, Sean Dwyer, sr., GK; Beshir Little, jr., MF. Coup, Abraham Leyva Elenes, jr. MF; William Nelson, fr., MF; Tanner Kircher, jr., D. Chim, Carter McCleary, so., MF; Marcus Kiedrowski, jr., GK.

Softball: Three to state, Olympic, Central Kitsap, Bainbridge

The Olympic Trojans are headed back to state for the second time in three years and with their lineup of hitters, they could make history.

The Trojans (17-6) face the Lynden Lions (23-1) in their first game Friday at 10 a.m. at the Class 2A state softball tourney at Carlon Park in Selah. Their second game has them playing either Woodland or Fife. Olympic has yet to win a game at state, and their draw isn’t the easiest but it is state. It’s never easy if you’re one of the last 16 teams still playing

The good news for Olympic is the return of freshman Kaira Cabato. Cabato missed the WCD tournament due to a concussion but has been cleared to play this weekend. Cabato batted .631 in 14 games to lead the Trojans and had a 1.289 slugging and .702 on-base percentage with 26 RBIs. Adia Roberts leads the team with 11 home runs and 36 RBIs. She is batting .603 (1.245 slugging/.587 on-base) while sister Zoe has a .597 average and .758 slugging and .634 on-base and drove in 29 runs.

Over at the 3A tourney, the Central Kitsap and Bainbridge softball teams could see each other one more time before the season ends on Saturday.

It’s been a fun, friendly rivalry the last several seasons as the two non-league teams meet for what’s been a pretty good ballgame each time. It’s usually followed with players, coaches and parents getting together to enjoy some fellowship and food following the game.

Central Kitsap and Bainbridge are both in the bottom half of the bracket, which means if the two teams win twice on Friday CK and Bainbridge will play in Saturday’s semifinal at 9 a.m. at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey. Central Kitsap (17-7) opens against Everett (23-1) at noon on Field 4 while Bainbridge (16-6) takes on Edmonds-Woodway (17-7) on Field 1, also at noon. Win or lose the Spartans face either North Thurston or Kamiakin. That’s not an easy draw. Kamiakin is the state favorite as the Braves are looking to win their fourth straight championship. Second games start at 2 p.m. in the losers bracket.

If CK and Bainbridge go 1-1, then they play in the 6 p.m. loser out games. If they both win that game, guess what? They play each other at 9 a.m. Saturday in a knock-out game.

Right now I’d give the edge to Central Kitsap. Admittedly I’ve seen more of CK than the Spartans this year and the Cougars have a potent lineup — Narrows League 3A MVP Marissa Adams is batting .563, Sam Wallace and Elise Freund, first-teamers are hitting .426 and .458, respectively — a strong defense and great pitching from Hope Lawrence.

Not to be outdone, Bainbridge has all the weapons a team needs to succeed in the final weekend, including one of the best coaches in 3A Liz McCloskey, and assistant Nicole Hebner. OF/SS Riley Gregoire, an Oregon State signee, is the Metro League MVP, batting .527 with 29 RBIs, six home runs and about 15 stolen bases, is a phenomenal defender, has killer speed on the base paths and the softball IQ to make it all work. But the Spartans aren’t a one-woman show. Pitcher Deahna King has been to state three years in a row and has a .404 batting average with 18 RBIs and two home runs. Megan Spray has driven in 22 runs while batting .373.

Bainbridge also has state experience. The Spartans are making their ninth straight appearance, a run that included winning it all in 2009 and finishing runner-up twice. Central is at state for the first time since 2012 when it was still a 4A school. And at this level, you can never overlook how important it is to have veterans who know what it means to play under pressure.

In their earlier meeting on March 26, Central Kitsap beat Bainbridge 11-10 in a thriller.

CK coach Courtney Lacock said the games against Bainbridge are fun because they are two great teams going head to head.

“You get a little more fire out of it because you’ve seen them before,” she said.

Oh, and the tie that binds them all together?

Former CK head coach and now Bainbridge Little League coach and island resident Bruce Welling who lives just a stones throw from the softball field at Bainbridge.

Bainbridge wins individual, team golf state titles

Bainbridge’s golf team swept state titles Thursday at the Class 3A tournament at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick.

Warkentin, a junior who is committed to UW, shot rounds of 69 and 70 for a two-day score of 139. Spencer Tibbits of Fort Vancouver was three shots back at 142.

Two other Bainbridge golfers finished in the top 30. Colin Campbell (160) and Hudson Hausmann (160) both tied for 27th.

Bainbridge’s team scored 70 points to take first, nine points ahead of Interlake.

Click here for Thursday’s final results.

Bainbridge’s Warkentin co-leader at state golf

Bainbridge’s Sam Warkentin shot a 69 and is the co-leader after the first day of the Class 3A state golf tournament. Central Kitsap’s Aubrey McKenzie made the cut after shooting a 75 and is tied for ninth.
In the 1A boys, Klahowya’s Andrew Nelson, tied for seventh, and Aaron Holliday, tied for ninth, are in the mix.
You can see complete results here.

North Mason’s Burggraaf claims OL 2A baseball MVP

North Mason senior Daniel Burggraaf was named the Olympic League 2A baseball MVP this week. Burrgraaf was also the league’s co-MVP in the fall for football.

All-Olympic League 2A
First team
MVP—Daniel Burggraaf, senior, North Mason
1B—Zach Fraser, sr., Bremerton. 2B—Evan Hurn, jr,. Sequim. 3B—Kole Milyard, jr., North Kitsap. SS—Anthony Amicangelo, jr., Bremerton. C—Connor Green, sr., North Kitsap. DH—Nash Gowin, jr., North Kitsap. UT—Zane Zurbrugg, jr., Bremerton. OF—TJ Jensen, jr., North Kitsap; Matt Walters, so., Olympic; Leif Klinger, jr., North Kitsap. P—Tanner Rhodefer, sr., Sequim; Andrew Hecker, sr., North Kitsap. Casey Windrel, sr., Bremerton.
Second team
1B—Brady Brann, sr., North Kitsap. 2B—Tyler Trainer, jr., North Kitsap. 3B—Jaiden Pereira, jr., Olympic. SS—Foxx Diaz, jr., Olympic. C—Connor Mahoney, sr,. Bremerton. DH—Nigel Christian, jr., Sequim. UT—Hunter Hohmann, sr., North Mason. OF—Dusty Bates, sr., Sequim; Jace Bohman, jr., Port Angeles; Curan Bradley, jr., Port Angeles. P—Travis Paynter, jr., Port Angeles; Miles Sustad, sr., Kingston; Melvin Santos, jr., Olympic.
All-Olympic League 1A
MVP—Jacob Gotchall SR KSS
Pitchers—Kendall Kitts SR KSS,CJ Smith JR Coupeville, Aaron Curtin SR Coupeville. 1B—Logan Shaw FR Chim. 2B—Jacob Zieser SR KSS. 3B—Ryan Gotchall SR KSS. SS—Tanner Zuber SR KSS. C—Matthew Page SR KSS. DH—Wesley Wheeler JR PT. Utility—Cole Payne JR Coup. OF—Jonny Rogers JR Chim, Josh Bayne SR Coup., Brandon Mikkelborg SR KSS. Coach—Dan Zuber KSS.

SK’s McCarty, CK’s Palau win Narrows MVP honors

South Kitsap senior Mac McCarty and Central Kitsap senior Collin Palau earned MVP honors for their respective leagues this week as All-Narrows League baseball honors were announced.
McCarty, the Narrows League 4A MVP, was joined by three South Kitsap teammates on the first team: freshman catcher Alex Garcia, senior shortstop Cooper Canton and junior outfielder Austin Hackman.
South Kitsap’s Marcus Logue also earned coach of the year honors.
Palau, the Narrows League 3A MVP, was joined by Central Kitsap teammates on the first-team: pitcher Andrew Thoresen and outfielders Kendal Yaegle and Aki Buckson.

All-league Baseball
Narrows 3A
League MVP—Collin Palau, sr., Central Kitsap
MVP Pitcher—Mack Larson, jr., Wilson
Coach of the year—Aaron Trolia, Lincoln
First team
Pitcher—Brent Smotherman, jr., Shelton.; Andrew Thoresen, sr., Central Kitsap. Catcher—Dalton Hutson, sr. Middle Infield—Mitchell Dooley, jr,. Capital; Mitchell Johnson, sr., Shelton; Noah Murski, jr., North Thurston. Corner Infield—Noah Bennette-Chong, sr., Capital; Mike Cole, sr., North Thurston. Outfield—Kendal Yaegle, jr., Central Kitsap; Ben Rood, jr,. North Thurston; Kevin Scott, jr., Shelton: Aki Buckson, jr., Central Kitsap. DH—Dan Cofield, sr., North Thurston. Utility—Trevor Gregory, jr., Shelton.
Second team
Pitcher—Cody Jenkins, jr., Capital; Hunter Nielsen, sr., North Thurston. Catcher—Emilio Romero, sr., North Thurston. Middle Infield—Mark Jones, jr., Wilson; Griffin McCormick, jr., Central Kitsap; Josh Congdon, jr., North Thurston; Nick Roberts, jr., Central Kitsap. Corner Infield—Daniel Peterson, sr., Wilson; Drew York, jr., Shelton. Outfield—Evan Slate, sr., Central Kitsap; Thomas Reay, sr., North Thurston. DH—Landon Mueller, sr., Capital. Utility—Samuel Aown, sr., Foss.
Honorable mention
Central Kitsap—Bryce Higgins, so., C; Eric Halvorson, jr, INF; Nolan Wiler, jr,. INF; Isaiah McGee, jr., OF.
Narrows 4A
League MVP—Mac McCarty, sr., South Kitsap
MVP Pitcher—Parker McFadden, sr., Yelm
Coach—Marcus Logue, South Kitsap
First team
Pitcher—Matthew Henckel, sr., Gig Harbor; Zach Owens, sr., Timberline. Catcher—Justin Polzin, sr., Yelm.; Alex Garcia, fr., South Kitsap. Infield—Braden Schmunk, jr., Stadium; Colton Robinson, jr., Gig Harbor; Cooper Canton, sr., South Kitsap; Tony Ortiz, sr., Timberline; Jonathan Dowell, sr., Timberline; Jared Berard, jr., Bellarmine. Outfield—Brandon Thompson, so., Yelm; Austin Hackman, jr., South Kitsap; Mike Toglia, jr., Gig Harbor; Mason Hopton, sr., Olympia; Jairus Richards, sr., Bellarmine; Taylor Adams, sr., Timberline. Utility—Brock Gagliardi, so., Bellarmine; Matt Anthony, sr., Olympia. DH—Jon Burghart, jr., Gig Harbor.
Second team
Pitcher—Lucas Knowles, jr., South Kitsap; Ben Johnson, jr., Bellarmine; Connor Bensen, sr., Yelm. Catcher—Jordan O’Conner, jr., Stadium. Infield—Jacob Hinkle, jr., Stadium; Ryan Connor, sr., Timberline; Indigo Keeslar, jr., Yelm; Christian Valdez, jr., Olympia; Will Gatlin, sr., South Kitsap. Outfield—Dusty Garcia, fr., South Kitsap; Nathan Archuleta, sr., South Kitsap. Utility—Luke Saner, so., Stadium; Daylon Matthews, jr., Yelm. DH—Chris Roy, sr., Timberline.
Honorable mention
South Kitsap—Drew Worden, fr., INF.

Breaking down the state baseball tourney

Class 4A Region I

School: South Kitsap

Where: Everett Memorial Stadium

Skinny: South Kitsap is coming off a win in the West Central District tournament title game last weekend. The sixth-ranked Wolves, the two-time state runner-up, faces the Storm (10-10), which finished fourth in the Greater St. Helens League, at 1 p.m. The winner faces the winner of the 10 a.m. game featuring Skyline (10-9) and Snohomish (22-0), which finished No. 1 in the final state rankings. USA Today ranks Snohomish No. 10 in the nation.

Class 3A Region I

Who: Bainbridge

Where: Dream Field, Mount Vernon

Skinny: Bainbridge (19-2) hasn’t played since a loss in the Metro League title game May 14 which snapped its 17-game winning streak. The Spartans moved up third in the state poll and will face No. 8 Ferndale (19-5) in the region opener at 10 a.m. The winner sits and awaits the winner of the 1 p.m. game featuring top-ranked Auburn Riverside (21-2) vs. No. 10 Lynnwood (17-6)

Class 3A Region III

Who: Central Kitsap

Where: Yelm High School

Skinny: Central Kitsap (19-4) is riding high after upsetting No. 1 Auburn Mountainview in the West Central/Southwest bi-district title game last weekend. The Cougars moved up to No. 5 in the state rankings, but they landed in a tough regional. They play No. 2 Eastside Catholic (19-2) in the 1 p.m. game. If they win, they face the winner of the 10 a.m. game featuring defending state champ and Metro League champion O’Dea (14-7), which has won six straight, and Kelso (17-5), which the Cougars beat in the district semifinals.

Class 2A Region III

Who: North Kitsap

Where: Wheeler Field, Centralia

Skinny: The Vikings (19-4) fell to fifth in the state rankings after losing in the district title game. They face No. 10 Cedarcrest (18-6) in the region opener at 10 a.m. No. 4 Tumwater (15-6) or Liberty (10-13) awaits the winner.

Class 1A Region II

Who: Klahowya

Where: Castle Rock High School

Skinny: Klahowya (19-1) remained No. 1 in the state rankings despite losing their first game of the season to Seattle Christian in the district title game. The Eagles draw No. 5 Hoquiam (15-5) in the 1 p.m. game. The 10 game pits No. 3 Montesano (21-2) and Nooksack Valley (8-15).

Note: State rankings from WashingtonBaseballPoll.com.

State brackets: here.