Bainbridge senior Miranda Grogger pitched three innings, including the final one, to help her Nationals all-stars team clinch the win. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Bainbridge senior Miranda Grogger pitched three innings, including the final one, to help her Nationals all-stars team clinch the win. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Nationals beat the Americans 11-7 in 18th KAR Softball Showcase

Some of the West Sound’s best softball players took the field Tuesday for the return of Kitsap Athletic Roundtable’s 18th annual Softball Showcase.

The Nationals, featuring players from league champion Bainbridge, Port Angeles, Bremerton, Sequim and Central Kitsap, found themselves down 7-2 by the fourth inning but rallied to win the All-Star game 11-7 over the Americans at Central Kitsap High School.

North Kitsap junior Makayla Stockman and Port Angeles’s Teagan Clark were named the game’s most valuable players. Stockman struck out four and pitched two shutout innings while Clark pitched three scoreless innings.

“It’s really nice to get out here with everyone else and catch up,” Stockman said.

The game normally takes place in June following the conclusion of the spring sports season but it came a little earlier this year with those sports played in WIAA Season 2. The COVID-19 pandemic canceled last year’s event.

“This game was definitely super fun to meet a bunch of new people and play with some old teammates I haven’t played with in years,” said South Kitsap senior Marisol Bergstrom.

The Americans, which featured players from North Kitsap, South Kitsap, North Mason, Olympic, Klahowya and Kingston, were swinging the bats well early, scoring six runs over the first two innings.

Bergstrom opened the game with a ground ball that ended up being overthrown at first base. The speedy Bergstrom was able to get all the way around to score on the error.

“I have no idea [where the ball went],” Bergstrom said with a laugh. “I was just running.”

Klahowya’s Bailey Watland drove home a run with a double and Kiera Chausse of Kingston picked up an RBI single to bring the lead to 3-0.

The top of the second inning featured an RBI single from Elissa Turnquist and a bases-loaded walk gave North Kitsap senior Samantha Burgh an RBI. North Mason’s Amber Johnson knocked in a run with a single in the fourth to give the Americans a 7-2 lead.

But the Nationals side chipped away at the lead. Bainbridge infielder Laura Carrillo socked a two-run single in the fourth to cut the deficit to one and Sequim’s Lily Fili tied the game at 7 in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single.

Bainbridge senior Elise Woods was at the plate for the go-ahead run as her ground ball resulted in a throwing error, allowing Bremerton’s Kaylee Bullard to score.

The game also featured a few nice defensive plays. Stockman headed to the outfield after pitching the third and fourth inning and ran full-steam into the fence to take an extra-base hit away from Bremerton’s Mia Falotico. Burgh made two terrific catches in right field with runners on base and Carrillo made a strong turn on a double-play ball in the sixth to turn away an Americans rally.

Stockman and Bergstrom both reached base in the ninth, but Bainbridge senior pitcher Miranda Grogger retired the rest of the side in order to clinch the win.

Rosters

Nationals: Elise Woods, Bainbridge; Ruby Raymundo, Bainbridge; Laura Carrillo, Bainbridge; Miranda Grogger, Bainbridge; Jada Cargo-Acosta, Port Angeles; Ava Brenkman, Port Angeles; Zoe Smithson, Port Angeles; Peyton Rudd, Port Angeles; Teagan Clark, Port Angeles; Mia Falotico, Bremerton; Kaylee Bullard, Bremerton; Marli Stodden, Bremerton; Jayla Julmist, Sequim; Christy Grubb, Sequim; Lili Filly, Sequim; Tessa Jepsen, Central Kitsap; Sydney Wallis, Central Kitsap; Gio Lara, Central Kitsap; Madison Chitwood, Central Kitsap

Americans: Samantha Burgh, North Kitsap; Makayla Stockman, North Kitsap; Anna Wetzsteon, North Kitsap; Mackenzie Phillips, North Kitsap; Marisol Bergstrom, South Kitsap; Aubrey Faucett, South Kitsap; Jordan Blas, South Kitsap; Kamdyn Hagerty, South Kitsap; Chloe Lewis, North Mason; Amber Johnson, North Mason; Audrey Johnson, North Mason; Tuesday Palmer, North Mason; Cayla Richmond, Olympic; Elisa Turnquist, Olympic; Riley Burdyshaw, Olympic; Bailey Watland, Klahowya; Shelby Perkins, Klahowya; Kiera Chausse, Kingston; Amie Venneman, Kingston; Keira Alvarez, Kingston

<em>North Kitsap junior Makalya Stockman was named one of the game’s MVPs. Stockman picked up a hit and struck out four batters in two innings. </em>Mark Krulish/North Kitsap Herald

North Kitsap junior Makalya Stockman was named one of the game’s MVPs. Stockman picked up a hit and struck out four batters in two innings. Mark Krulish/North Kitsap Herald

North Kitsap’s Mackenzie Phillips connects with a pitch. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

North Kitsap’s Mackenzie Phillips connects with a pitch. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Kingston’s Amie Venneman (7) and Keira Alvarez celebrate a run for their American all-stars team. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Kingston’s Amie Venneman (7) and Keira Alvarez celebrate a run for their American all-stars team. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Bainbridge catcher Ruby Raymundo makes the throw from behind the plate. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Bainbridge catcher Ruby Raymundo makes the throw from behind the plate. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Bainbridge’s Laura Carrillo picked up two hits in the softball all-star game Tuesday. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Bainbridge’s Laura Carrillo picked up two hits in the softball all-star game Tuesday. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

More in Sports

Makayla Stockman winds up to pitch for the Vikings. Steve Powell/File Photos
NK girls make it to state the hard way

Competitions took place last weekend to see who would advance to the… Continue reading

Senior catcher Colton Bower was a big reason for NK’s success this season. He will be on scholarship to play for Washington State University next year.
NK baseball stunned in 1st round at state

North Kitsap’s baseball team won over 20 games and only lost a… Continue reading

NK's Angel Chavez (8), a junior forward, and Jackson Reeves (12) rush back to defend to keep Clover Park from scoring a breakaway goal. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
NK wins in soccer, softball

North Kitsap is still alive in the District 2/3 2A boys soccer… Continue reading

Pitcher Noah Sorensen moved the ball around and struck out a number of Pirates.
NK wins district title, on to state

Kingston wins 1 before being eliminated

.
NK baseball team keeps winning

North Kitsap The Vikings beat Columbia River in baseball 10-7 and Ridegefield… Continue reading

Kingston goalie Carter Krantz jumps up to make a save under crowded conditions against Olympic. Krantz and the Bucs shut out the visitors 1-0. Krantz’s booming kicks also were a powerful offensive weapon for the Bucs, keeping Olympic on the defensive side of the field. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
Kingston’s defense blanks Olympic in soccer

Kingston has a strong defense, and it needed every bit of it… Continue reading

Kaden Schaefer of Kingston signs a letter of intent to play college soccer, while brother Zander, 5, looks on with admiration. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
Buc scores college soccer scholarship

Once Kaden Schaefer got to high school, he started to think maybe… Continue reading

Ian ‘J.R.’ Ritche
Outdoor prep sports spring into action

The Bainbridge Spartan baseball team returns one of the top pitchers in… Continue reading

Owen Scheer tees off for Bainbridge in a match at Kingston. Steve Powell/Bainbridge Island Review Photos
BI, Kingston split golf matches

Bainbridge In girls golf last week, Bainbridge beat Kingston 230 to 264.… Continue reading

Viet Tran of Kingston follows through on his second shot after missing the numerous sand trips off the tee on Hole 1 at White Horse Golf Club. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
Kingston splits golf matches against Bainbridge

Kingston In girls golf last week, Bainbridge beat Kingston 230 to 264.… Continue reading

Junior captain Elise Walters was the medalist for Bainbridge in the match against Sequim. Lucy Rector/Courtesy Photos
Defending champs start year with win over Sequim

The Olympic League defending champion Spartans started off the season last week… Continue reading

Cade Orness had 7 assists in the game for third place.
NK boys place 3rd at state

Now that’s more like the Vikings North Kitsap fans know and love.… Continue reading