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"Wolves buck Rams, 14-4"

"As a motivational tool, a coach will sometimes use chatter and say everyone's a hitter now.South Kitsap High School fastpitch coach Kathy Ballew didn't need to say it, but the Wolves accomplished it in a 14-4 win at Wilson Monday afternoon.Of 10 Wolves' players, eight had at least one hit as the the team improved its record to 7-2 in the Narrows League, 9-5 overall.The win also gives the team some momentum going into today's home game at 3:45 p.m. against the rival Bellarmine Lions.That win was a big one for us, Ballew said. It takes us into Bellarmine, and if we win there we'll be sitting pretty.Ballew also said No.1 pitcher Cari Lefler will be eligible to play after the Bellarmine game.Despite missing all but four games, Lefler has been practicing hard to get back into form.She's been working hard and that's a tough thing to do (when not playing), so I do have to give her credit for that.Though the Wolves will welcome her back with open arms, pitchers Jenny MacMillan and Carly Siems have been holding their own on the mound.Thus far into the season Ballew said she's surprised hitters are still swinging late on their pitches.SK put Wilson out of the game in the first two innings with four runs in the first and seven runs in the second.SK's Melinda McDonald had four of the team's 12 hits - all singles.MacMillan, who pitched the final three innings in relief, helped herself at the plate with two hits, including a two-run single in the first inning.Jacque Vetters added an RBI-triple in the first inning.Wilson calmed down from the third inning on, giving up just three runs.Ballew said the Rams are a team that can be deceiving.Wilson scares me all the time because you look at them and they look very athletic, she said. The Wolves could be scary, too, with Kelsey Herstad back in the lineup after nursing sore knees.First baseman Irene Barber made a return to the lineup after being out a week with a bruised elbow caused from a wild pitch last week against Gig Harbor.Bad luck would have it, Barber was hit on the same elbow in the second inning. Ballew said Barber was hit just below where she was hit last week and will have a sore bruise."

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