SK stays perfect by vanquishing Vikings

"The most important element missing for the South Kitsap High School baseball team thus far into the season was a challenging opponent.But the Wolves filled that void with a non-league home game against the North Kitsap Vikings (7-2) Saturday.Strong pitching and timely hitting proved to be the key to SK's 7-4 victory.The win improved the Wolves record to 8-0 overall heading into yesterday's game against Wilson.They host Bellarmine tomorrow at 3:45 p.m. in a Narrows League contest.SK coach Elton Goodwin said scheduling a tough team like North Kitsap is important for the Wolves to use as a measuring stick.It also gave Goodwin an idea of what the team truly needs to work on.Senior first baseman, Nolan Soete, made an impression on Goodwin.In his second appearance on the mound Soete threw the last two innings of hitless relief, showing an arsenal of curves and sliders.Jason Hammel went three and two-thirds innings and Scott Hartung threw and inning and a third before Soete iced the game.Soete impressed me again for a second time, Goodwin said. This is what I'm trying to find...he's another guy and he comes in and throws that junk. That is a slow curve ball and the guys wait and wait and wait and then it drops off the table.As of now, Goodwin said Soete is probably the fourth or fifth pitcher in the rotation behind Adam Seward, Hammel, and Seann Hammon.Though he wasn't anticipating an appearance on the mound against North Kitsap, Soete, a 6-2, 255-pounder, said he was feeling really good with his stuff.I don't throw that hard I just throw average, Soete said. But I had the slider and curveball going good, so I just mix in some pitches.On the negative side, the Wolves were 0-4 in bunt attempts.I was really not pleased with the bunting, Goodwin said. In a big game I don't care who's up at the plate, you've got to move runners for me. You gotta take the bat and go 'I am not a me, me, me guy. I'm a team guy'.Soete, who was one of the hitters who failed to lay down a bunt, said there is no excuse for not executing a bunt.He (Goodwin) said he'll bunt anybody and we gotta work on that, Soete said. It's a big deal.Another interesting fact in the game was the Wolves' .000 slugging percentage in the game.After hitting at least one home run in the last five games, the Vikings limited SK to nine singles.North Kitsap Held a 2-1 advantage heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, courtesy of strong pitching from Will Fenton, who had kept the Wolves scoreless in the first three innings.But SK caught up to Fenton in the fourth and fifth innings.In the fourth, a pair of walks and two-run single by Bryan Lefler and sacrifice fly RBI from Taren Glover gave SK a 4-2 lead.But the Vikings countered with two runs in the fifth inning off Hartung.Neil Krech reached second base on a catching error from Seward in right field.Krech advanced to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a Mike Thomas single.After Andy Berman was hit by a pitch, Kyle Peterson laced a single to score Thomas from second base, tying the score 4-4.But Hartung induced Scott Ochab into a fly out to end the inning.SK countered in the bottom of the inning.After giving up a single to Steve Hall and walk to Matt Einspahr, David Camus came in to relieve Fenton.Camus' first batter was Seward, who punched a single to score Hall from second base. Einspahr scored the final run of the inning on a Seann Hammon fielder's choice.SK tacked on one more run when Glover scored in the sixth on Hall's RBI single."

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