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Wolves hold off Wilson
"Wins come in all forms, and the South Kitsap High School baseball team showed it could win in ugly fashion Monday at Buck Gehring Field.Jim Fairweather, a longtime junior varsity coach, sat in for varsity coach while varsity coach Elton Goodwin finished up his doctor's visit.Fairweather earned his first win as a varsity coach in a 10-6 victory over Wilson, but he also experienced the travails of a close game.I told these guys I'm going home and have a bottle of Tums for dinner, Fairweather said. I would have liked to have seen better defense.The Wolves (7-2 overall, 5-2 Narrows League going into yesterday's game at Bellarmine) committed four errors and found themselves flatfooted on groundballs that should have been fielded for outs.But the offense was good enough and senior reliever Jason Stuart had enough savvy on the mound to keep Wilson at bay.Junior Tyler Mayfield led the offensive charge with three hits, including a double and four runs batted in.Ryan Sage had two hits and two runs batted in, followed by Dominic Rio's two hits and a run batted in.Sophomore Adam Siler and juniors Josh Showers and Brandon Nickerson each added two hits.Wilson opened the scoring in the top of the second inning, jumping to a 2-0 lead.SK countered in the bottom of the inning with five runs, highlighted by Mayfield's two-run double and Sage's two-run single.Wilson scored a run in the third inning to cut SK's lead to 5-3.SK increased the lead to 9-3 with a four-run third inning.But Wilson countered again with three runs in the fourth.The Rams could have inflicted more damage.After knocking out SK starter Dan Knox, Stuart gave up a run (charged to Knox) before retiring three of the next four batters to end the threat.Mayfield increased SK's lead to 10-6 on a run-scoring single in the fourth inning, but it was Stuart's ability to battle that allowed the Wolves to keep its lead and win.Stuart had an easy fifth inning before being challenged in the sixth.After giving up back-to-back singles, senior Shane Starkweather threw out Wilson's Radley Raven, who was attempting to steal third base. Stuart walked the next batter to load the bases with one out.He escaped danger by striking out John Fredricks and inducing Derek Lyons into a flyout to centerfield.Stuart had an easier seventh inning, striking out two of three batters.Wilson stranded 13 baserunners compared to SK's 10.Fairweather said SK was fortunate to have timely hitting from Mayfield.Tyler Mayfield did a great job coming through in the clutch, Fairweather said. He was getting on base and wreaking havoc. Speed kills.Mayfield said he's pleased to see his hitting coming around.At first (practice) I couldn't even hit the ball, Mayfield said. But after two weeks I was OK. Last year I struggled a bit so I worked on it last summer. Finally I got my swing back. Hopefully it stays like that. "