Wolves 1-0 in new uniforms

"Before the season started, Carly Siems, a third baseman, didn't prepare herself to be a pitcher--let alone the No. 1 pitcher--for the South Kitsap High School fastpitch team.But in only the ninth game of the 2000 season, the junior showed she has the right stuff in a stellar pitching performance in a 4-3 victory over the Stadium Tigers, a fourth-place finisher at the state tournament last year.Sporting new uniforms, an excited and inspired SK--led by Siems' pitching and the team's defense--limited the Tigers to three runs in eight innings.Though Siems had no strikeouts, she showed consistency and poise on the mound, walking only one batter and inducing 15 groundouts.Third baseman Ashley Robinson and shortstop Kelsey Herstad combined for 11 of those 15 putouts.Not only did Siems pitch a complete game (seven innings), but she also pitched an extra inning--the eighth.I was kind of stressed out there in the end, Siems said. But I wanted it. I wanted this game more than anything. I was pretty focused the whole game, and the team was behind me the whole time. It's Siems' desire to win that gave coach Kathy Ballew the confidence to have her as the team's ace.Former No. 1 hurler Cari Lefler is ineligible and won't be available until April 24.Sophomore Jenny MacMillan logged a lot of innings on the mound with Lefler out, but has been plagued with control problems.Now Siems has given Ballew a pleasant surprise thus far.Once she said, 'Oh, I'm going to need to do this,' she's really worked at it, Ballew said of Siems. She has a lot of heart. She's obviously not the greatest pitcher and that's probably why she didn't want to be there (earlier in the season), but right now she's looking good. I'm going with whoever's going to really fight.Siems showed that determination against Stadium, especially in the eighth inning.In extra innings, the teams go into a international tiebreaker format, which puts the player who was the last out in the previous inning on second base with no outs.Tiffany McHenry, a speedy shortstop, was Stadium's runner in the tiebreaker.Heidi Peterson advanced her to third base on a fielder's choice by Ashley Robinson.With one out, hard hitting Amy Lynn, who laced a pair of singles earlier, only needed a sacrifice fly to score McHenry.But she grounded out hard to first baseman Barber for the second out.Siems hit the next batter to put runners on first and third, but she induced Candice Paulino into a groundout to Robinson, who threw her out at first base to end the inning.Now came South Kitsap's turn, with Sara Brown on second base. It didn't take long for SK to end the game.Robinson led off looking to sacrifice Brown to third base with a bunt, but the throw was bobbled by Paulino, the Tigers' second baseman.Robinson alertly continued to run to second base but then stalled in the middle of the basepaths.Brown, who had advanced to third on the swinging bunt, raced toward home when Paulino ran toward Robinson for an out. Brown saw Paulino was not paying attention to her, so she scored before Paulino could throw.The win evened the Wolves' Narrows League record at 1-1 (5-4 overall) heading into Monday's game against Peninsula.The Wolves almost didn't make it to extra innings against the Tigers.Down 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, senior Lindsay Suppa led off with a walk.Junior Irene Barber, with one out, swung and missed for strike three. But the umpire ruled catcher interference when the the bat hit the catcher's glove on the backswing.That advanced Suppa to second base with Herstad coming to the plate.Herstad belted a double to score Suppa and tie the game at 3-3.Clean-up hitter Jacque Vetters, who hit a two-run homerun in the fourth inning, had a chance to win the game with Barber waiting at third base.But she struck out swinging and Brown ended the inning with a flyout."

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