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Wolves clinch Narrows Division title with win

"All the attention has been directed towards the hot bats of the South Kitsap High School baseball team so far this year.But the statistic SK coach Elton Goodwin said he is the most proud of is the lack of errors his team has committed.The Wolves played four games in four days - most recently a 14-0 drubbing of Mount Tahoma Thursday at SK - and made one error in those four gamesIt was a combination of offense and defense that made it another easy week for the unbeaten Wolves, whose record improved to 15-0 overall and 12-0 in the Narrows League.Another statistic Goodwin is pleased with is the latest Washington State baseball poll that has his team ranked No.2 in the state.Kamiakin High School is currently No.1, but a recent loss to Richland could put SK in the No.1 spot, Goodwin said.SK's lone challenge this week came on the road Wednesday against the Capital Cougars.No.1 pitcher Adam Seward struggled on the mound in the second inning and gave way to Scott Hartung who inherited a 6-5 deficit.A mixture of Hartung's best outing of the year - eight strikeouts and no walks - and a seven-run fifth inning propelled the Wolves to a 15-7 win.That's the best Hartung has ever pitched, Goodwin said. He struck out guys, he was in command and his junk was there.Goodwin said Hartung being angry at him may have contributed to his strong outing.He was mad at me, Goodwin said. I got in his face when he had a ball come back to him, with the bases loaded, and he throws to second instead of home and a run scored. He complained I was yelling at him and I said 'good, I don't care as long as you throw like that.' Senior shortstop Matt Einspahr, who signed a letter of intent to play baseball at the University of California-Berkeley last Friday, said playing from behind against Capital was good for the Wolves heading into the playoffs.This was the kind of test we needed, Einspahr said. It was a good gut check and good to have that kind of game instead of crushing everybody because that doesn't teach you much.Goodwin said he couldn't be prouder after hearing Einspahr will play at Cal.I'm so excited...I'm in heaven, Goodwin said. And I think Nolan Soete is leaning on going to Pacific Lutheran. They really want him. I think everybody on this team except for one guy will go on to play in college.But for now, Goodwin is making sure all the right things that have gone for SK will continue come playoff time.Man, we're just hitting the ball. It's unbelievable, he said. We had 14 hits yesterday (Wed.), 18 hits against Bellarmine, and 20 hits against Olympia."

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