Wolves hitting their stride early

"Jacque Vetters has proven her home runs don't just come against the feeble teams of the Narrows League.The South Kitsap High School senior, who is leading her fastpitch team's offensive assault this season, racked up three home runs against Mount Tahoma earlier this year and two more home runs in a 19-2 blasting of Lincoln last Wednesday. Vetters has also gone yard against Stadium and Gig Harbor, two of the toughest teams in the Narrows.It's against the better teams that the Wolves seem to be struggling. Vetters' home run against Stadium catapulted the Wolves to a 4-3 win, but at Gig Harbor last Monday the Wolves managed just three hits off pitcher Rachel Potucek--one of those a Vetters two-run homer--in a 6-3 loss.Next week's games against Wilson and Bellarmine will prove vital for SK's hopes of making it to the district playoffs.The Wolves have a 6-2 record in the Narrows, but more importantly, they are in second place in the Bridge Division with a 2-1 record. Barring an upset of Capital, who blanked the them 9-0 earlier this season, the Wolves will battle Stadium for second place in the division. The eventual second-place finisher will play the Bay Division's third-place team for a spot at districts.SK coach Kathy Ballew said her team should be fine as long as it wins the games its supposed to win.We're standing okay on our side to definitely get to districts, Ballew said. We need to get wins against Bellarmine and Wilson. We have a good chance.Ballew also hopes to have Irene Barber and Kelsey Herstad healthy soon. Barber suffered a bruise against Gig Harbor when she was hit by a pitch.Herstad, who bats in the No. 3 spot, has been hampered by sore knees."

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