Fastpitch: Wolves dominate Shelton in home finale

South Kitsap won’t be accused of overlooking its final regular-season opponents after its home finale.

The Wolves needed just five innings to defeat Shelton 21-0 on Wednesday afternoon in Class 4A Narrows League fastpitch play.

“It was a nice day with happy seniors,” South coach Kathy Ballew said. “That was a lot of fun for them.”

It is about to get much more difficult, though. Pending the result of Thursday’s game at Stadium, which likely will determine the league champion, the Wolves (11-3 overall, 10-1 league) play Friday at Bellarmine Prep and Tuesday at Olympia.

Ballew said she was not concerned about the pending upgrade in competition.

“They’re set to go,” she said. “They can respond and deal with it.”

The Highclimbers (3-9, 2-8) provided little resistance as they committed a pair of errors in each of the first three innings as South sent 30 hitters to the plate during that span. The Wolves scored four runs in each of the first two innings before adding nine more in the third.

South was dominant enough that senior Emilly Cunningham was shifted to first base after pitching just two innings as Ballew said she wanted to get sophomore Ashley Chamberlin work on the mound. The two combined to allow just two hits in five innings.

“It feels good to go out with a big win like this,” Cunningham said.

Offensively, the Wolves produced 13 hits. Ballew was effusive in her praise of assistant coach Chuck Cunningham’s work with hitters. Cunningham, who is Emilly’s father, also has a son, Aaron, who is in the San Diego Padres’ organization.

“That’s a testament to him and all of the work we’ve been putting in,” she said.

While Ballew said she is happy with the way her team is playing, the playoffs are approaching where “weird things can happen.” South’s season has ended the last two years at the West Central District Tournament.

That is why Ballew is emphasizing seeding entering the playoffs. The Wolves will have one of the top two spots in the 4A Narrows League Tournament, which begins at 3:30 p.m. May 12. They will face either Mount Tahoma or Shelton in that loser-out contest. Winners advance to play May 13 and May 16. Districts follow May 20-21 at Tacoma’s Sprinker Recreation Center.

At South Kitsap 21, Shelton 0 (5)
Shelton 000 00 — 0 2 6
South Kitsap 449 4x — 21 13 2
Madison Gaa and Jordanne Krumpols. Emilly Cunningham, Ashley Chamberlin (3) and Ericka Hobson, Meagan Ransier (3).
W—Cunningham. L—Gaa.
Leading hitters—Ransier (SK) 4-4 BB 3B, Alissa Buss (SK) 4-4 2B 3B 4 RBI, Chamberlin (SK) 2-3 3 RBI.

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