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Season Two gets underway as baseball, softball, golf and boys soccer all in play

Last week the Crosspoint Warriors finished a shortened ‘fall’ season by winning the Northwest League Tournament at home in Bremerton.

Despite limitations on team size, due to state-mandated transportation rules, and late-season injuries, the Warriors went undefeated. 

In their first match against Clallam Bay, Crosspoint won 25-18, 25-23.

“It was evident that Clallam Bay’s game plan was simply (to) let us make the mistakes,” Crosspoint coach Ellen Baxter said. “They played the dump game all night long, targeting setter Ashlyn Hanson. We had to dig ourselves to of whole in the second game, but that’s what makes this team distinctly different from others I’ve coached.

Baxter said the Warriors ability to create positive points from negative was a game changer. Hanson finished with 20 assists, Ella Rockwell lead with nine kills and Kennedy Breda had seven kills and four aces.

Crosspoint then faced Neah Bay in the championship after Neah beat Quilcene 25-13, 25-12. 

The Warriors rolled to an 18-8 lead and held on for a 25-20 opening game win. Neah Bay and Crosspoint then went toe-to-toe before earning a 25-22 win.

“The second game was a fight at every step and it came down to the diligence and perseverance of the Warriors girls to once again not let a negative deficit get in their heads,” Baxter said as Crosspoint sealed its perfect season.

Hanson had 15 assists, Breda lead with nine kills, Rockwell added five kills and Addy Schmidt at libero was strong in both matches.

Baseball

South Kitsap baseball beat Bellarmine Prep 12-1 on Saturday to win its South Puget Sound League season opener. Alex Bayne and Kellen Hubbell kept the Lions from mounting an offensive comeback of any sort. Jordan Poland’s home run was mixed in with small-ball play to give the Wolves the win.

North Kitsap beat Bremerton last Friday, 8-0 after handing Klahowya a 12-4 loss in its opener. Leading 5-0 in the bottom of the sixth again the Knights, Aiden King had a leadoff double followed by a Zach Edwrds bunt. Colton Bower then doubled to left-center to bring in King and Edwards in the bottom of the sixth. 

Will Butler’s groundout advanced Bower to third and Sorenson brought Bower home on a single. In NK’s win over the Eagles, Butler closed out the win on the mound — after he lost his sophomore season to a knee injury and his junior season to the state lockdowns.

Highlights: Port Angeles beat North Mason 7-6 as the Roughriders rallied from a 6-3 deficit Saturday. Bainbridge, Central Kitsap and North Kitsap all sit at 2-0 to start the baseball season. … Bremerton beat Central Kitsap 7-5 to open its season with a win. Port Angeles came from behind to beat North Kitsap 5-4 last Monday. The Vikings held a 3-1 lead over the Roughriders in the top of the fifth in the OL softball game. Currently, Sequim leads the OL with a 3-0 record followed by Port Angeles (2-0) and North Kitsap (2-1). … Olympic’s Tayana Ignacio hit a hole-in-one for the Trojans in girls golf this week. … Bainbridge’s Alexander Taylor scored twice and Ben Robinson added a lone goal as the Spartans beat North Kitsap in boys soccer Friday. Bainbridge improved to 2-0 on the season as it also shut out Bremerton, 7-0, last Tuesday. Klahowya beat Olympic 6-1 Tuesday in OL action. Michael Divano notched a hat trick for the Eagles, his last coming on a penalty kick in the 77th minute. Oscar Peterson, Timmy Dickson and Josh Kennedy also scored. 

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