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