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SK junior team pounded for 18 runs
"For those who missed the fireworks show on July 4, a second viewing was displayed by the Lakeside Green Junior American Legion baseball team in a non-league doubleheader at the South Kitsap High School Thursday.Lakeside rapped out 23 hits en route to an improbable 18-13 comeback win against the SK Junior American Legion team.SK led 12-4 until Lakeside scored 10 runs on reliever Zach Coy in the fourth inning.Lakeside added insurance with runs in the fifth and sixth innings and two more in the seventh.The second game was more respectable with Lakeside winning 6-3.SK coach Ron Yingling said SK's woes was a combination of Lakeside's strong hitting and his own team letting its guard down after its good showing against older and tougher teams like Aberdeen in the championship game of the Wooden Bat Tournament last week.After playing that Aberdeen team, we exhaled, Yingling said. Why does it happen? I don't know. We were just flat for whatever reason. You just take the good with the bad.What Yingling couldn't understand was how his team could squander an eight-run lead in a game.I never thought these kids were capable of games like that, he said. But they're kids.Yingling said the best way to handle a terrible loss is to tell the guys to forget about it and concentrate on today's league game against Wilson.Kids are very resilient, too, Yingling said. I'm sure they're out playing at the arcade or something right now (Thursday night).Yingling said there's not much a coach can say to a team after a game like that because everything that could go wrong did.SK committed four errors, but it could have been more because of the half-dozen balls outfielders failed to zone in on because of unpredictable wind gusts.But Lakeside was able to put the ball in play in every part of the field.Of Lakeside's 23 hits, 19 were singles.Jay Miller led the arsenal going 4-for-5 with a home run and five RBI. He was a triple away from the cycle.Miller followed up the first game with a double and a single in the nightcap. Jeff James and Cleet Schwab also enjoyed four-hit performances in the first game.Thomas Pankiewicz went 2-5, including a home run and four runs batted in.SK was led by Josh Meeker who had a double, single, and three runs batted in.Evan Brumfield was perfect at the plate in both games, going a combined 5-5 for the night.SK plays Wilson today at 1 p.m. in an important league game.Both teams are vying for the No. 1 or No. 2 spot in league for a shot at the district tournament, which will be held July 26-27 in Centralia.LAKESIDE GREEN (NEWPORT) 18, SOUTH KITSAP 13(game one)Lakeside 004 (10)11 2 -- 18 23 1South Kitsap 156 000 1 -- 13 7 4Billy Chee, (3) Thomas Pankiewicz, (6) Jay Miller and Jeff James; Silas Quine, (2) Zach Coy, (4) Evan Brumfield, Jeremy Hunt (6) and Rick Wikle.2B--Josh Meeker (SK), Jerad Moody (L). HR--Pankiewicz (L), Miller (L).SK--Meeker 2-3, double, single, 3 RBI; Evan Brumfield 3-3, 3 singles. Lakeside--Miller 4-5, hr, double, 2 singles, 5 RBI; Pankiewicz 2-5, hr, single, 4 RBI; Jeff James 4-5, 4 singles, 2 RBI; Cleet Schwab 4-5, 4 singles; Jerad Moody 2-5, double, single; Chris Bremecke 3-5, 3 singles, 2 RBI; Mike Akana 3-5, 3 singles, RBI."