Perfection on the diamond

POULSBO — North coach Nancy Williams didn’t think an undefeated season was possible — but was happy to be proven wrong. When practice started in late February, Williams knew her JV fastpitch team would be good, but she couldn’t even envision a perfect season on the horizon when the dust settled this month.

POULSBO — North coach Nancy Williams didn’t think an undefeated season was possible — but was happy to be proven wrong.

When practice started in late February, Williams knew her JV fastpitch team would be good, but she couldn’t even envision a perfect season on the horizon when the dust settled this month.

A little more than two months later, the Vikings had beat every team on its schedule, compiling a 16-0 regular season record. The Vikings outscored its opponents 209 to 62, averaging 13 runs per game.

“I didn’t think we would be anywhere near an undefeated record,” Williams said. “Everyone just stepped it up for us this year.”

The Vikings were a true definition of a team.

“I’ve had teams with more talent but we were a great team that played awesome together,” she said. “Only two players on the team play select ball. The whole team just clicked.”

Williams said her squad’s tight-knit bond off of the field, translated into success on it.

“At the beginning of the season, they were pretty much all acquaintances,” she said. “Now, they’re the best of friends. I think that’s one of the reasons why they worked so incredibly well on the field together. If one person made a mistake, the next person was there to pick up the slack.”

Junior ace hurler Chelsie Brann was the unquestioned premier JV pitcher in the Narrows League.

“Chelsie improved so much this season,” Williams said. “All of the coaches we faced said she could easily be a varsity pitcher. She was the most dominant pitcher in JV by far.”

Brann also was prolific at the plate, putting forth a .520 batting average with 32 RBI.

Jackie Gfeller was another player Williams relied heavily upon to produce in the clutch. Gfeller had a team-high 34 RBIs and batted .489 for North.

“Jackie was the quiet unsung hero for us,” Williams said. “She was solid and probably our most consistent player.”

The trio of Hannah Knight (23 RBIs), Michelle Donahue (22 RBIs) and Olivia McCraken (17 RBIs) performed well in clutch situations, driving in countless runs to help their teams effort.

Not only did Knight possess the best batting average on the team (.612), her willingness to try a different position kept the Vikings winning streak alive.

“We lost our original catcher at mid-season and she said she would give catcher a try,” Williams said. “She ended up doing an amazing job behind the plate. She saved the season for us.”

Knight’s sacrifice for the betterment of her team at midseason symbolizes the kind of attitude the Vikings undefeated JV squad took to the field everyday.

“We had an amazing group of girls this year,” Williams said. “It was a lot of fun.”

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