Peninsula fastpitch team upsets Gig Harbor

Seahawks sophomore Riley Harper hits game-winning home run in seventh inning

Staff writerMay 21, 2014 

Back at the start of the season, Gig Harbor pummeled Peninsula, 12-0, in a jamboree game. But if the Tides went into last week’s crosstown rivalry rematch expecting to walk all over the Seahawks, they were in for a surprise.

Though the Tides did lead most of the Tuesday’s game against Peninsula — ahead 4-1 in the bottom of the seventh — the Seahawks rallied. After a couple of walks, sophomore Riley Harper stepped up the plate. With one swing of the bat, she hit a walkoff three-run home run to win the game for Peninsula, 5-4.

For Peninsula, which lost this year’s Fish Bowl and hasn’t fared well against the Tides in other sports, the win meant more than most.

“It was a really good feeling,” said Peninsula senior Alayna Piwonski. “We haven’t beat the Tides in any sports all year. We tied them in (girls) soccer. It was exciting for our team to get to beat them.”

Piwonski said she doesn’t remember ever beating the Tides in fastpitch during her time on the team. As a senior, it had added value.

“It felt really good,” Piwonski said.”Everyone didn’t think our team would do very well, It was a great feeling.”

Peninsula has earned a berth in the Class 3A West Central/Southwest bidistrict tournament. It will play the No. 3 seed from the Narrows 3A Friday, May 23 at noon at Sprinker Field. If Peninsula wins, the team will face the No. 1 seed from the SPSL 3A, Enumclaw, on Friday at 4 p.m. Enumclaw is 3-0 against the Seahawks this season and has a 22-0 overall record.


Gig Harbor doubles team Abby Miller and Sydney Daily have earned a spot in the 4A district tournament, coming in second in the Narrows 4A league tournament. They will face the SPSL 4A No. 7 seed.

Peninsula finished second to Enumclaw for the SPSL 3A championship. Undefeated No. 1 singles player Allie Barry went undefeated in her first three league tournament matches to reach the finals. Undefeated No. 2 singles player Tiffany Lopez also won her first three matches to face Barry in the finals. Barry went on to beat Lopez 6-1, 6-0. Barry was named the SPSL 3A player of the year, and Lopez garnered all-league honors.


Gig Harbor High qualified for state with an 8-5 victory over Union on Saturday. The Tides later faced Kentridge for seeding and lost 22-4. The Tides will go into the 4A state tournament as a No. 6 seed.


Gig Harbor enters the state tournament as the No. 1 seed of the West Division. Wednesday the Tides will face Bellevue at 4:10 p.m. and Enumclaw at 8:50 p.m. The semifinal game is scheduled for Saturday at 9:30 a.m., and the finals will be played at 6:30 p.m. All games will be played at Curtis High School.


The Gig Harbor girls took first in the 4A Narrows League Championships in Shelton over the weekend with a score of 153, topping second place Bellarmine Prep (143). Brenna Peloquin took second in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5 minutes, 1.36 seconds. She took second in the 3,200 meters with a time of 11:01.54.

Gig Harbor also had a strong showing the 100-meter hurdles. Junior Alison Corsi finished first at 15.75, senior Naphtali Ward was third at 16.19 and freshman Leahi Manthei was fifth at 16.97.

Troi Carter, Kiana Garcia, Joey Watermeyer and Emma King came in second in the girls 4x100 relay at 50.26. Senior Naphtali Ward took first in the high jump, and sophomore Juliana Bogtaj took second.

The boys managed third place with 104 points behind Bellarmine Prep (143) and South Kitsap (125). Senior Garret Steuk took first in the 100 meters at 11.04 and second in the 200 meters at 22.93.

The Tides distance team was predictably strong. Seniors Wolfgang Beck and Logan Carroll finished second and third in the 1,600 meters with times of 4:13.49 and 4:18.16. Beck and Carroll also took first and second in the 3,200 meters with times of 9:17.98 and 9:23.18. Senior Mahmoud Moussa came in fourth, junior Tristan Peloquin fifth and sophomore Ryan Gregory sixth.

In the 2A/3A SPSL/SEA subdistrict meet over the weekend, Peninsula junior Kayla Gleza finished first in the 100 meters with a time of 12.48. Junior Megan Eberhardt took fifth in the 400 meters at 1:01.92. Sophomore Emma Jones won the 800 meters at 2:22.66. Junior Sarah Manning placed second in the 1,600 meters at 5:19.26 and first in the 3,200 meters at 11:41.64. Mackenzie Walch, Juliette Kearney, Jaeden Koyen and Kimberly Haven took sixth in the 4x100 relay at 53.23.

Junior Michala Zilkey scored fourth in the shot put and third in the discus. Junior Erica Hanisch took second in javelin. Junior Beth Rees took third in the triple jump.

On the boys side, junior Conner Walch took fifth in the 100 meters at 11.31, while sophomore Kyle Olson-Urbok took eighth with 11.61. Sophomore Dominic Lauer finished second in the 3,200 meters at 9:52.70. Senior Kayan Hanks took second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.79 seconds.

The boys 4x100 relay team, which has been a strong point for the Seahawks all season, came in second. The group, consisting of Conner Walch, O’Shea McLaughlin, Kyle Olson-Urbon and Samuel Andrews, finished with a time of 44.06 seconds.

Senior Ben Smith came in first in javelin, and junior Joshua Cook finished first in high jump. Senior Will Hopkins took second in triple jump.

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