NK All-Stars show skills

SILVERDALE — North Kitsap pitcher Kelly Wells had a hard time removing the smile from his face Friday. Wells was selected to start the first game of the 2007 Senior High School All-Star Games, which he dubbed the perfect ending to his remarkable senior season. “It’s just been great. I just love it. It’s been a great year,” Wells said. “I’m just happy with everybody. I’m just a happy guy.”

SILVERDALE — North Kitsap pitcher Kelly Wells had a hard time removing the smile from his face Friday.

Wells was selected to start the first game of the 2007 Senior High School All-Star Games, which he dubbed the perfect ending to his remarkable senior season.

“It’s just been great. I just love it. It’s been a great year,” Wells said. “I’m just happy with everybody. I’m just a happy guy.”

It’s easy to see why.

Wells and his Viking teammates made it back to state this season, and the team’s accomplishments were highlighted when Wells was joined by fellow Viking catcher Joe Benish and infielders RJ Huggins, Jesse Cummings and Derek Goodall on the Narrows League All-Star team.

With all of the team’s numerous accomplishments on the field this season, Wells said it couldn’t have been much better.

“It was great. The team, we went really far,” he said. “We made it to state. We played hard. It’s been an incredible senior year.”

Wells got a no-decision in the opener, pitching into the fourth inning of the Narrows’ 6-1 win against the Olympic League All-Stars. The Narrows also won in the night cap, 2-0, to earn the all-star sweep.

Benish caught fire yet again, winning the game’s MVP award and joining Wells and Cummings as North Kitsap’s players selected by area coaches to play at the All-State games, June 9-10 in Wenatchee.

“Joe just had a great game,” said North Kitsap coach Jeff Weible. “That was exciting for him.”

Benish went 3-for-3 with 2 runs, 2 RBI, a double and a homer in the first game. Huggins also had an RBI in the opener to highlight the Vikings’ contributions.

Weible, coaching the Narrows team alongside SK coach Jim Fairweather and CK coach Bill Baxter, said it was a great experience for all involved.

“They’re all really good kids,” Weible said. “And Jim and Bill are fun guys to coach with. We really appreciate all the people that put this on. It’s a fun night for the kids and us, too.”

At first, Wells said he wasn’t sure what to expect in teaming up with players from SK, CK and Gig Harbor.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “It was just great.”

It was so fun to team up with guys he’s used to facing that Wells said he wished the team could play in more than just the all-star games.

“It’s so much fun,” Wells said. “I wish we could keep this team all together and go play somewhere else. It’d be a damn good select team.”

For his seniors, Weible agreed with Wells, saying it’s a great bookend to their careers.

“It’s great. The kids have worked really hard over the last three years,” Weible said. “It’s just a great way to end it. Just all the kids, coming together to play for the last time. It’s always fun.”

With the Narrows League playing the Olympic League, Weible said it added a new dynamic to the games, which began in 1967. He compared it to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game that pits the American and National leagues against one another.

“It’s great,” he said. “It’s not real serious but the kids play and have a good time. That being said, they want to win this. It’s like the AL versus the NL.”

The game, presented by the Kitsap County-Bremerton Athletic Roundtable and sponsored by Snapple and the Kitsap BlueJackets, combined the top SK, NK, CK and Gig Harbor players for the Narrows and the top Bremerton, Klahowya, North Mason, Olympic, Peninsula, Port Townsend and Sequim players made up the Oly League squad. The players honored received a T-shirt, food and tickets to a BlueJackets game.