The South Kitsap School District Athletics Department would like
to congratulate and welcome Mindi Outhwaite as the new head coach
Mindi Outhwaite played for the South Kitsap varsity fastpitch
team from 1996-1998. Following high school, she received
scholarships from Limestone College in South Carolina and Seattle
University. She played as starting pitcher for both schools and
completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Seattle
University. She served as coach for a 16U Sidewinder team and at
Mount Rainer High School.
“I have since been busy with my nursing career and enjoying time
with my husband and our three boys. I am very thankful for this
opportunity to come back and coach at my alma mater. I’m looking
forward to a great season with the 2015 South Kitsap Fastpitch
team,” stated Outhwaite. “I believe the success of our team will be
based on preparation, teamwork and fun!”
Fastpitch is a spring sport open to all 9th – 12th grade girls,
sign-ups are in progress and try-outs will begin on March 2, 2015.
If you have any questions, please contact the Athletics Office at
Superstitions might not be the norm in softball like it has
traditionally been in baseball, but that doesn’t mean coaches don’t
seek out whatever edge they can to give their teams a little extra
Bainbridge assistant coach Katie Leigh, an Olympic College and
Bainbridge grad, drew on some of her college days to give the
Spartans that edge.
Leigh created a “mental check-in board.” The board says Spartans
Fastpitch and has hooks for all players and coaches. Everyone has a
keychain, also created by Leigh, and when they are ready, or
“mentally ready to play” then they put their keychain on their name
on the board.
Leigh said when she was playing at OC, her coach had little
toilets instead of keychains “so if you made a mistake you could
“I couldn’t find the toilets, so I improvised and made them
little keychains with their numbers on it,” she said. “Once their
keychain is up on the board they’re mentally focused and it’s
something they can continually look at through the game and see
that not only are they checked in, but everyone else is checked in
The check-in board began with the Metro League tournament and
head coach Liz McCloskey thinks it’s something that will become a
tradition for the program.
The Bainbridge Spartans lost their opener to Ferndale 12-5, then
pulled it altogether to beat Liberty 5-0 in an elimination game on
Friday at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey at the Class 3A
state softball tournament.
The Spartans spotted Ferndale 8-0 by the third inning, added
three runs in the fifth and two in the seventh but it wasn’t
enough. Against Liberty, Bainbridge pulled ahead with a four-run
third inning thanks to a 3-run triple by Riley Gregoire. Alison
Reichert pitched a complete game, scattering four hits in the
Bainbridge (17-6) will face another elimination game at 6 p.m.
against the loser of the 4 p.m. Enumclaw-University game.
UPDATE: Bainbridge lost to University 3-1 in its second
elimination game of the day. That ends the Spartans season at 17-7.
It’s the second straight year Bainbridge has lost to the Titans of
Spokane. Last year, University beat Bainbridge in the opening
round, then again in a loser-out game.
You can find all of them here.
In particular interest might be Bainbridge softball as it’s only
Kitsap softball team standing. You can see that bracket here.
The Spartans open with Ferndale at the Regional Athletic Center in
Lacey at 9 a.m.
Softball players and coaches wanted to play but the ever present
Puget Sound rain had other ideas.
All district tournaments, the Class 4A West Central/Southwest
Bi-District, and the 2A West Central District, were rained out
Friday at their respective venues.
The tournaments have been moved back to a Saturday-Sunday
schedule. All game times remain the same for the 4A tournament at
Kent Service Ballfields and the 2A tournament at Sprinker Rec
4A South Kitsap is scheduled to play Kentridge at 1 p.m. in
Kent. In 2A, Kingston plays Lindbergh at 10 a.m in a loser-out game
and Bremerton plays Steilacoom, also at 10 a.m. in a loser-out
North Mason athletic director and 2A district tournament manager
Mark Swofford said he and the West Central District were talking
about the possibility of rain causing a delay or postponement to
the tournament. Swofford said there are many factors as to why
teams do play on Sunday. That not always used to be the case.
“Part of the reason is you have teams from southwest Washington
getting a hotel room, then you bring them back for a Monday morning
… you just extend their stay,” he said.
The weather forecast is calling for the Puget Sound region on
Saturday is calling for 30 percent chance of rain and a high of 64
Bremerton’s softball team is
enjoying the view from near the top of the Olympic League
The Knights are 4-0 in league and sit a game behind Port Angeles
and Sequim, who are both 5-0 as of Thursday. Last year, Bremerton
finished 5-12 on the season and can surpass that mark quickly if
they maintain their current pace.
Bremerton will be tested next week with four games in three days
(the Knights play a doubleheader against PA later in the week).
Coach Mike Chase has talked to his team about competing
“We look at the paper and tell the girls, right now you want to
be a playoff team, (our) record says were a playoff team … we’re
not there yet,” he said. “You’ve only got five wins. Every game is
going to be a challenge. We’re looking, thinking differently but we
have to know that we have to improve.”
Mackenzie Willeford, the Knights power-hitting cleanup batter,
Kinsey Reed at shortstop and Samantha Keil behind the plate already
gave Bremerton a good core. The Knights picked up some pieces this
year when Dariah Smith and sister Maniah Brown and pitcher Taylor
Mannino were added.
“She’s carrying the load,” Chase said of Mannino, who has taken
over duties from Shelby Mohlman who is recovering from Tommy John
surgery. “She’s good. She’s got great softball savvy and really
knows how to play the game.”