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Gig Harbor stands in the way of SK's district berth

"When the South Kitsap High School fastpitch team thinks about its upcoming game with Narrows League rival Gig Harbor, one player sticks in each of the Wolves' minds: Rachel Potucek.The senior Gig Harbor pitcher has owned SK (9-5 in the NL, 12-8 overall) the last two years. Most recently, the hard-throwing Potucek limited the Wolves to three hits in a 6-3 win by the Tides in mid-April. She also beat SK last year 5-2 and 2-0.SK coach Kathy Ballew said she thinks the Wolves can change things around when they battle the Tides for a West Central District berth at SERA Field in Tacoma today at 3:30 p.m.Everybody's beatable, Ballew said. I like the role of being the underdogs.If the Wolves can show more patience at the plate against Potucek, Ballew said SK could produce a lot of baserunners via a hit, walk or hit batter.She throws very fast and she has a rise ball, Ballew said. But the rise is out of the box.In the last meeting, SK's Jacque Vetters had one of the team's three hits with a three-run home run.. Her bat will be back today, even though she injured her shoulder diving for a ball in the outfield against Peninsula last Friday.Vetters leads the league with 11 home runs. But the question is how will the rest of the SK bats do.The Wolves escaped with a 4-2 win last Friday. They had beaten Peninsula 19-1 earlier in the year.SK leadoff hitter, Lindsay Suppa collected three hits, and pitcher Cari Lefler helped herself at the plate with a two-run double in the third inning.Another problem that has plagued SK is errors. In the loss against Gig Harbor, SK committed four errors, and in Friday's win against Peninsula, the Wolves had another four bobbles.Ballew said the good news going into the Gig Harbor game is that, except for second baseman/right fielder Sara Brown, who is ineligible, all her players are back from either an injury or ineligibility."

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