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Olympic's Molly Gates comes up clutch in thrilling 14-12 win over Port Angeles in Olympic League softball action Wednesday

Central Kitsap’s softball team earned its first win of the 3A South Sound Conference season and the Cougars answered the call in a big way.

The defense delivered three double plays to spark a 12-9 win over North Thurston at Linder Field Wednesday.

Mya Hunsaker went 3-for-4 with a walk, three runs scored and two RBIs, Faith Schenk contributed with two hits, a walk and three RBIs while Annika Freund finished with a hit, two walks and two runs scored.

“We’ve had a rough start,” said CK coach Courtney Cotter, adding she was proud of the team. “Today was a huge step forward. (We) finally played how I knew we could. Solid defense, do the little things and get the job done.”

Olympic picks up big win over Port Angeles

The Olympic Trojans traveled to Port Angeles and came back with a 14-12 Olympic League victory.

The Trojans moved into a tie for second place with the Roughriders as both teams are now 3-1 in league play. North Kitsap beat North Mason 8-1 to remain in first place.

Molly Gates came up with a clutch triple in the top of the seventh for the Trojans. Gates’ hit put Olympic up 13-12 after it was down 12-10 at the end of the sixth inning. Oly held a 2-0 lead after the first but PA tied it at 2-2. The fireworks were just getting started.

Olympic jumped ahead 4-2 in the top of the third but the Roughriders exploded for seven runs in the bottom half of the inning to lead 9-4. The Trojans came right back in the top of the fourth to score five runs and cut PA’s lead to 9-7. The Riders tacked on another run in the fifth and two in the sixth to lead 12-10.

That’s when Gates’ came up with her triple to spark a four-run seventh. The Trojans made key defensive plays in the bottom of the seventh to prevent a Roughriders come back and earn the win.

Gates finished with five runs scored, five RBIs, two doubles, a walk, a triple and two stolen bases on 4-of-4 hitting. Morgan Kroesser went 3-for-4 with two runs, three RBIs and a sacrifice, Elisa Turnquist was 3-for-4 with two doubles for the Trojans.

NOTE: South Kitsap’s softball game was postponed against Emerald Ridge due to the weather. A makeup date will be scheduled later. The Wolves beat Sumner, 13-8, on Monday coming off spring break and improved to 5-1 in SPSL play (7-1 overall) and are in second place.

  • In baseball, Central Kitsap lost to Peninsula 12-2 on Monday and a tough one against the Seahawks again on Wednesday, 3-2. Greyson Mczcornick had a complete game with no earned runs in the loss. … In SPSL action, South beat Bellarmine Prep 12-0 as Preston Moritz was solid on the mound for the win. The Wolves and Lions were scheduled to play Monday but it was postponed heading into the bottom of the second with SK leading 1-0. South’s game against Sumner was postponed due to field conditions at Elton Goodwin Field on Tuesday. 
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