Category Archives: Baseball

NK’s Rabedeaux signs with Jamestown

When Cole Rabedeaux heads to college, the chances of him feeling homesick are small.

The Olympic League 2A MVP in basketball signed to play with University of Jamestown in North Dakota earlier this month.
When he gets to the NAIA school, he’ll be living with his brother Beaux, who is a sophomore on the baseball team. Beau is one off 11 Kitsap players on the Jimmies’ baseball roster. They’re ranked No. 8 in the NAIA coaches poll.

So he’ll have somebody to show him where the book store is.

“My brother is my best friend,” Cole said.

Jamestown started pursuing Cole before the season and offered him a scholarship early in the season after getting some film. Cole had offers from several Northwest Athletic Conference schools and other Division II schools.

But it was what Jamestown offered that got him there. Rabedeaux hops to play basketball overseas when his college days are over. Jamestown has sent players to far-off leagues.

For now, he’s working out and shooting and waiting to join his brother in North Dakota.

South Kitsap to host “Tribute to our Troops 2016” at Cheney

South Kitsap will play Gig Harbor at Cheney Stadium on April 16th and the teams have an elaborate night planned to honor the military.
You can see the details here.
The event is free, but you can buy jerseys and hats from the event at the link above. Proceeds benefit American Legion posts in Gig Harbor and Port Orchard, the Elton Goodwin Memorial Foundation and the Gig Harbor Baseball Boosters.

Central Kitsap baseball field remains unplayable

Today I wrote a column about the construction at Gene Lobe Field at the Fairgrounds making it impossible for Olympic’s baseball team to play at home until the third week of April.

Spoke with Central Kitsap baseball coach Bill Baxter tonight after his team beat Bellarmine Prep on the road and he said the Cougars’ home field is so flooded, he doesn’t anticipate playing at home until after spring break.

“We have not been on the field yet,” said Baxter, whose team has been practicing inside the school’s gymnasium.

Talk about a competitive disadvantage for Central Kitsap, the defending Narrows League 3A league champions who placed third at state last season.

“It’s not fair,” Baxter said.

There is potential with the recent levy approval that Central Kitsap could get a turf baseball on campus within the next two or three years. But nothing is set in stone.

South Kitsap’s Hackman receives preseason honor

South Kitsap senior Austin Hackman has been named to the ALL-USA Western Washington preseason baseball team.

Here is the writeup on Hackman, who was a second-team pick.

OF Austin Hackman, South Kitsap, Sr. Hackman drove in 17 runs during the regular season, batting .342 with a .436 on-base percentage. But his biggest RBI of the season came in the state championship against Newport – he hit a two-out single in extra innings that scored a run, giving the South Kitsap the lead and eventually the championship.

South Kitsap is 1-1. The Wolves beat O’Dea 8-4 on Monday after losing to Puyallup 10-0 on Saturday.