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Sports updates: NK baseball headed to state
Vikings headed to state
The North Kitsap High School baseball team earned a state berth Tuesday after defeating Mt. Rainier 14-6 at the West Central District 3 playoffs in Puyallup.
The Vikings took a 10-0 lead after three at-bats, behind strong pitching from Andy Smith and stellar hitting by the entire offense. North's next game is Saturday at Auburn Mountainview High School, against Columbia River.
North Kitsap 5, Bremerton 2
The Vikings finished the regular season on a high note, beating the only Olympic League team that had tied them previously. Jon Kidder had a hat trick in the win. North heads into the district playoffs Saturday at 11 a.m. at Harry Lang Stadium in Lakewood.
First half - 1, NK, Jon Kidder (Matt Turley), 14th. 2, NK, Kidder, 15th. 3, BHS, Anthony Toombs (Matt Olson), 29th. 4, BHS, Olson (Mikal Gregory), 39th. Second half - 5, NK, Kidder (Nick Tedford), 56th. 6, NK, Alex Olson (Chad Offenbacker), 58th. 7, NK, Tedford (Offenbacker), 66th.
Olympic 6, North Kitsap 2
The Vikings can still clinch the second spot in the district playoffs if they win Thursday at Klahowya and next week against Olympic.