Bainbridge junior JR Ritchie led the Spartans to an Olympic League title and was selected league MVP for 2021. (Review file photo)

Bainbridge junior JR Ritchie led the Spartans to an Olympic League title and was selected league MVP for 2021. (Review file photo)

Bainbridge’s JR Ritchie named Olympic League MVP

After a dominant year on the mound, including a no-hitter in the Olympic League championship game, it’s no surprise that Bainbridge’s junior right-hander JR Ritchie has been named league MVP.

The Spartans led the way with six selections after finishing the spring season with a 15-1 record, losing only early in the season to Port Angeles. Bainbridge’s four future Division 1 players, pitcher/outfielder Nate DeSchryver, pitcher Kai Francis, centerfielder Owen McWilliam and pitcher/infielder Jasiah George were all selected, as was designated hitter Connor Sweeny.

North Kitsap was represented by junior catcher/pitcher Colton Bower and shortstop Jaxson Gore. The Vikings finished third at the Olympic League tournament after losing to Bainbridge, but then beating Port Angeles.

Central Kitsap’s league runner-up team is represented by senior pitcher Joshua Flaugher, who struck out 10 Bainbridge hitters in the 2-0 league championship loss. Outfielders Christopher Chase and Chandler Lindstrom were also all-league picks, along with pitcher Chris Simonson.

Olympic had three players chosen — senior first baseman Braden Paulino, senior pitcher Brayden Buchanan and sophomore Lathan Haywood, who was selected as a utility player.

2021 Olympic League All-League Baseball Team

MVP — JR Ritchie, Bainbridge, junior.

First base — Braden Paulino, Olympic, senior.

Second base — Jasiah George, Bainbridge, senior.

Third base — Seth Woods, Port Angeles, senior.

Shortstop — Jaxson Gore, North Kitsap, junior.

Catcher — Colton Bower, North Kitsap, junior.

Catcher — Jacob Felton, Port Angeles, senior.

DH — Connor Sweeny, Bainbridge, junior.

Utility — Lathan Haywood, Olympic, sophomore.

Outfield — Christopher Chase, Central Kitsap, senior.

Outfield — Chandler Lindstrom, Central Kitsap, senior.

Outfield — Nate DeSchryver, Bainbridge, senior.

Outfield — Owen McWilliam, Bainbridge, senior.

Pitcher — Joshua Flaugher, Central Kitsap, senior.

Pitcher — Jasiah George, Bainbridge, senior.

Pitcher — Chris Simonson, Central Kitsap, senior.

Pitcher — Kai Francis, Bainbridge, senior.

Pitcher — Brayden Buchanan, Olympic, senior.

Pitcher —Adam Watkins, Port Angeles, senior.

North Kitsap’s Colton Bower was an all-league selection as a catcher. (KNG file photo)

North Kitsap’s Colton Bower was an all-league selection as a catcher. (KNG file photo)

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