HEAD COACH: Bill Baxter
2016-17 RECORD: 14-11
TOP RETURNING PLAYERS: Fred Buckson, senior; Tristan Barr, senior; Rylee Orteza, senior; Austin McMinds, junior; Greyson McCormick, junior; Kade Coombe, sophomore.
KEY NEWCOMERS: Carson Wiler, junior; Malo Castro, junior.
OUTLOOK: Central Kitsap High School baseball looks to improve from last year’s finish just above the middle of the conference pack. To do so, head coach Bill Baxter said his team needs to capitalize at the plate. Pitching, which wasn’t an issue last year, is believed to again be a strength — especially defensive pitching, he said. If the Cougars can score runs more frequently than last season, then the team should trend upward in the league standings.
SCHEDULE: March 9, 4 p.m., at Bonney Lake | March 12, 4 p.m., at Wilson | March 14, 4 p.m., Bainbridge | March 16, 4 p.m., at Bellarmine | March 20, 4 p.m., Peninsula | March 21, 4 p.m., at Peninsula | March 24, 12 p.m., at Lake Stevens | March 27, 4 p.m., at North Thurston | March 28, 4 p.m., North Thurston | April 2, 4 p.m., at Capital | April 3, 4 p.m., Capital | April 10, 4 p.m., Gig Harbor | April 11, 4 p.m., at Gig Harbor | April 14, 1 p.m., North Kitsap | April 17, 4 p.m., Shelton | April 18, 4 p.m., at Shelton | April 23, 4 p.m., at Timberline | April 25, 4 p.m., Timberline | April 27, 4 p.m., at Yelm | April 30, 4 p.m., Yelm.