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Stuart fans 10 SK Legion victory

"Lost in the shuffle of 11 combined errors were the strong pitching performances from South Kitsap's Jason Stuart and Ace Paving's Derek Winderl in a Senior American Legion baseball game Wednesday at South Kitsap High School.Stuart and his SK teammates took advantage of an eight-run first inning to hold off a relentless Ace Paving of Bremerton team 14-10.Ace Paving rolled to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, led by Joe Bollinger's two-run double. Bollinger eventually scored the third run on shortstop Chris Kelly's fielding error.But SK bounced back in the bottom of the inning with a lot of help from Winderl and Ace Paving's leaky defense.Of the eight hits Winderl surrendered, only one was an extra base hit, and he struck out five batters, but he also walked five and watched his team commit six of the seven errors while he was on the mound.SK managed just two hits in an eight-run first, but Winderl battled withcontrol (three walks) and three team errors.Four errors by the SK defense didn't boost Stuart's statistics.He pitched a complete nine-inning game, striking out 10 batters, walking two and hitting another two.Fortunately the offense did enough to preserve the victory.Shane Starkweather pushed SK's lead to 9-3 in the second inning after hitting an inside-the-park home run.It should have been a double, but right fielder Alex Marza crashed into the fence and couldn't find the ball when he came to his feet.Another error allowed the second run of the inning and increased SK's lead to 10-3.Trailing 12-5 after the sixth inning, Ace Paving's Corey Beahm made the game interesting with a three-run blast over the right field fence.But SK ended the threat and added a run in the bottom of the seventh and a run in the eighth.Ace Paving tacked on two more runs in the ninth, but that was all they could manage before Stuart struck Benji Ehlers out looking to end the game.SK coach Elton Goodwin said his squad is around .500 on the season but said he has been pleased with SK's recent improvement.At first we were really struggling, Goodwin said. But we've played some really tough teams and we've gotten better. As of late they've been steady.Goodwin admits he gets animated during the high school season, but said his job during the summer is more of a laid-back approach.Because competition to make varsity is fierce, Goodwin said summer baseball gives him an idea of what some of last year's junior varsity players are like.I try to gear down and watch more, Goodwin said. I like to watch their (players') personalities. I find out a lot about these guys by watching their antics and seeing their knowledge of baseball."

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