The Olympic Trojans used a nine-run first inning to get ahead of Central Kitsap and go on to beat the Cougars in a non-league softball game Friday at Gene Lobe...
THE FAIRGROUNDS — A nine-run first inning was enough for Olympic to win its second game of the season as the Trojans went on to a 16-2 win over Central Kitsap in a non-league softball game on Friday at Gene Lobe Fields at the Kitsap Fairgrounds.
Vanisa Ivie, a junior who moved to Kitsap from California, helped to spark the early fireworks by the Trojans offense early on as she hit two home runs and was 3-of-4 with three runs scored and two runs batted in.
“I was really unsure about it,” Ivie said of her first home run, “because it was high kind of and I hit it and ‘Oh, it was gone.’”
Ivie said she knew her second home run was gone.
“I liked that one, that was a nice pitch to hit,” she said.
Not to be outdone, senior Sadie Chipley added a home run in the fourth and was 2-of-3 with two runs. Recent North Dakota State verbal commit Molly Gates finished 3-of-3 with a walk and two doubles and Riley Burdyshaw scored two runs and was 2-of-3.
“We played really well together as a team and molded pretty well,” Ivie added. “We’re definitely coming together we have a little bit of stuff to work on, we’ll work on that and then we’ll be a solid team.”
Olympic coach Jessica Cabato gave credit to her offense, but singled out the pitching of junior Morgan Kroesser.
“Morgan pitched her best game this season,” she said. “Her pitches were working well, she was sharp, so that was definitely an improvement.”
Defensively the Trojans had two rundowns by their freshman catcher Cayla Richmond and “getting those done and out of the way was good to see.”
Cabato appreciated the good at-bats from her lineup and the younger players are getting quality time at the plate after struggling in Oly’s opener, an 11-1 loss to Tumwater on Monday. The Trojans followed that with an 11-5 win over Orting and will face Sedro-Woolley at noon on Saturday as part of a four-game homestand.
Central Kitsap coach Courtney Cotter said the biggest hindrance for the Cougars is a slow-starting offense as the talent is there, it just needs to start earlier instead of waiting until the six, seventh innings.
“I think we made some good adjustments at-bat, we definitely need to do it sooner,” she said. “We kind of had that the last couple of games where the first four innings we struggle to find where we’re at in the strike zone and putting the ball in play. But once we got it we started hitting the ball hard and made some things happen. I’m happy with that.”
The Cougars are still relatively young but many players returned from last season that saw a lot of playing time and the development is progressing upward. Central, which was coming off a 7-3 loss to Wilson on Monday and a 12-2 loss to North Kitsap on Wednesday, will host timberline on Monday in its South Sound Conference 3A opener at Linder Field.
Cotter said the a stumbling block for the Cougars is also the mental game, where the players are trying too hard to not make a mistake instead of just playing without fear.
‘We need somebody that is willing to take that extra step and put themselves out there,” she said. “We’ve got talent on the team we’ve just got to put it all together.”