Crowds of folks wearing parkas and gathering under umbrellas to protect themselves from the falling mist were treated to quite a game on the Bucs side.
“I think they played very well,” Schiel said by phone Friday morning. “They played consistently good ball through the whole game.’
At the plate, two Bucs stood out with great performances. Catcher Hannah Knight went 2 for 4, while Aubin Duncan went two for three. Duncan is a utility player on the field who alternates between playing first and second bases.
The remaining players also showed up with hot bats, adding up to 11 hits by the end of the game.
The Bucs didn’t disappoint defensively, either, holding the Vikings to two points.
“The couple of runs they scored came about when we made a couple of glitches,” Schiel said. “Really good games happen when mistakes are made. That means all the other parts are working well.”
Bucs pitcher Kendal Peiguss pitched the full game, which is a normal occurence for her.
“She’s pretty good, and she’s got a very tough attitude. When the competition gets tough, she just gets tougher,” he said.
Each player contributed to the win, he said. Base running was one strong suit for the team as a whole.
“They ran the bases well. They ran the bases fearlessly,” he said.
It was that fearlessness that led to two exciting moments. Two players were caught in separate rundowns between second and third bases. It worked well for one, but not the other.
Hannah Knight came out safe on the third, while Jackie Gfeller didn’t fare as well.
“Both wanted it, but one made it and one didn’t,” Schiel said. “We kept the defense on their toes.”
Schiel said he hoped playing North Kitsap prepared the girls for Friday night’s game against North Mason.
“I hope it was a good primer for North Mason, that it got them pumped up. North Mason is a tough team. They are a good team,” Schiel said.
The results to the game against North Mason were not available at presstime.