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West Sound’s top 5 softball teams midway through the 2022 season

Olympic High softball coach Chuck Stark said the biggest difference between his 2021 and 2022 teams was on the mound.

Olympic is using three pitchers this spring — all subclasses — and it’s paying dividends. After finishing 6-9 a year ago, the Trojans head into spring break with a 7-0 record, which includes four Olympic League 2A wins.

If the race for a league championship becomes an arms race, Stark feels confident about his pitching options.

“You can never get enough,” Stark said.

Take Thursday’s 8-3 win over Bremerton for example. Junior Roslyn Tate improved to 3-0 allowing one run on four hits while striking out six batters over six innings of work.

Tate is considered the No. 2 pitcher for the Trojans. Rookie Brenda Morrison is the ace.

“She’s as good as anyone in the league. She’s mastered all of her pitches,” Stark said of Morrison, who throws a fastball, a highball, a dropball, a changing ball and a curveball. “She can control them all.”

Morrison came out in the clutch in the most impressive win of the season for the Olympiques: an 8-5 road win over Port Angeles on March 29. three runs in the ninth inning.

Morrison threw 150 shots against Port Angeles and was full of energy in practice the next day, Stark said.

Beya Richmond (12) of Olympic is congratulated by Marli Stodden (14) of Bremerton on her home run as she rounds second base Thursday March 31, 2022.

Another impactful freshman is Beya Richmond, who broke a two-run homer against Bremerton in the first inning. She can play multiple positions (catcher, first base, third base) and is hitting .478 this spring.

Beya Richmond is following in the footsteps of her older sister, Cayla, the team’s starting catcher. One of only two seniors on Olympic, Cayla Richmond hits .409 and her strong arm helps neutralize her opponents’ speed on the bases.

“Cayla gives us great leadership in games and practices,” Stark said.

Top sophomores include Hailey Feltis, who starts at shortstop and occasionally throws. She leads the team with a .500 average. Another sophomore, Hannah Linn, is batting .467 and playing solid two-position defense, either at center field or second base.

With eight league competitions remaining, the top spot in the Olympic League is still up for grabs. The Trojans have a one-game lead over three teams: North Kitsap, Port Angeles and North Mason.

Now that Olympic have seemingly resolved the throwing issues that have plagued the team in 2021, the Trojans could be the team to beat in the second half.

“We are solid,” said Cayla Richmond.

West Sound’s Top 5 Teams

Hannah Linn of Olympic leaps to catch a fly ball for Bremerton on Thursday March 31, 2022.

South Kitsap (4-0, 3-0 in SPSL 4A): Wolves are averaging 16 points per game behind hitters Brooke Jett (.722 average), Emma Stamp (.688 average, 2 HR, 10 RBI) and Sarah Hoyt (.611 average, 10 RBI).

Olympic (7-0, 4-0 in Olympic League 2A): The Trojans have already eclipsed last season’s winning total with freshman pitcher Brenda Morrison (4-0, 41 strikeouts) and senior catcher Cayla Richmond (.409 average) forming one of the best West Sound drums.

North Kitsap (5-1, 3-1 in Olympic League 2A): The Vikings lost their first league game against Olympic, but went on to win against Bainbridge, Sequim and Kingston.

North Mason (5-2, 3-1 in Olympic League 2A): The Bulldogs have shown a knack for winning close games as evidenced by a 13-12 win over Elma, an 8-7 victory over Kingston and a 6-4 victory over Sequim.

Klahowya (3-3, 2-1 in Nisqually Ligue 1A): The Eagles opened the season with three straight losses before responding with wins over Sequim, Bellevue Christian and Vashon.