Nine times out of 10 a South Kitsap High School baseball team will defeat a team missing two-thirds of its starting infield and using a sophomore pitcher making his varsity debut.The Olympic Trojans (6-3 OL, 7-4 overall) took those odds and overcame them in a 7-5 upset victory against the Wolves (4-3 NL, 6-4 overall) Saturday at Buck Gehring Field in Port Orchard.Besides the permanant suspension of pitcher Joe Dixon, the Trojans also played without catcher Mitch Urrutia (thumb), third baseman Kyle Anderson (finger) and Jordan Duncan (one-game suspension).Olympic coach Nate Andrews gave the ball to sophomore Zach Curry, who had yet to pitch in a varsity game.SK countered with its own sophomore, Brian Cox - who was making his second varsity start.While Cox gave up six runs in two innings of work, Curry went five innings before handing a 6-4 lead to reliever Josh Adams.Olympic sprinted out to a 6-0 lead through three innings.But that comfort zone was soon impeded by an SK comeback in the fifth inning.SK closed the gap to within one with a run in the fourth inning, three in the fifth and one more in the sixth.Olympic only managed two hits in the final five innings, but SK helped the Trojans earn an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning.After striking out Curry, SK's Boya Quichocho walked Charlie Webb, who advanced to third base on a stolen base and passed ball. Adams knocked in Webb with a single to increase the lead to 7-5, which turned out to be enough for the win.Adams had a 1-2-3 seventh inning to end the game.I know that coming in here the kids doubted (a win), Andrews said. They don't understand how talented they really are. Confidence in baseball is such a key part of your success.What confidence Olympic built, SK lacked.We didn't show up today and I don't know why, SK coach Elton Goodwin said. I told them we were going to face a sophomore pitcher like we were and that sophomore pitcher (Curry) made us stink.Goodwin said he didn't understand how his team could fail to hit against Curry, especially because Curry threw only fastballs.We watched pitches all day long, Goodwin said. I just looked at them and said 'what are you doing, those are right down the middle of the plate.Andrews said even he was amazed Curry was able to stifle the SK bats.Zach, that was his first varsity start and that's a lot of pressure, especially against a traditionally strong team, Andrews said. He kept the ball down and found a spot the umpire liked and hit it, hit it, and hit it with really one pitch.Goodwin said his team dug its own grave.You can't expect to play when you look at that many pitches and not swing the bat, he said.Goodwin hoped it had been a fluke going into the home game Monday against Olympia in a Narrows League game.But that fluke turned into a two-game losing streak after the Wolves were topped 5-1.Three of Olympia's five runs were unearned and came in the first two innings.SK starter Travis Vetters struggled with his control but battled back to pitch a solid third inning before reliever Kris Cleaver took over.Cleaver pitched three strong innings and Jason Stuart finished off the seventh.But the offense was nowhere to be seen, collecting just three singles and a Brandon Nickerson triple.We had one extra-base hit and we get guys in scoring position and we can't get a big hit, Goodwin said. The simple fact is we're not coming through when we need to come through.Because the Wolves are in the playoff hunt, Goodwin said there's no panic in the team.I don't think there's a sense of panic, we just need to get it done with the bats, he said. All of a sudden we're not doing that. OLYMPIC 7, SOUTH KITSAP 5Olympic 042 000 1 - 7 8 1South Kitsap 000 131 0 - 5 9 1Zach Curry, Josh Adams (6) and Neil Brunson; Brian Cox, Kris Cleaver (3), Boya Quichocho (6), Jason Stuart (7) and Shane Starkweather. 2B: Austin Hendershot (Oly) 2, Travis Vetters (SK) 2, Josh Showers (SK), Tyler Mayfield (SK), Dominic Rio (SK).Oly: Adams 2-4, 2RBI; Hendershot 2-4; Curry 5 strikeouts. SK: Vetters 3-4; Showers 2-3. " "/> Nine times out of 10 a South Kitsap High School baseball team will defeat a team missing two-thirds of its starting infield and using a sophomore pitcher making his varsity debut.The Olympic Trojans (6-3 OL, 7-4 overall) took those odds and overcame them in a 7-5 upset victory against the Wolves (4-3 NL, 6-4 overall) Saturday at Buck Gehring Field in Port Orchard.Besides the permanant suspension of pitcher Joe Dixon, the Trojans also played without catcher Mitch Urrutia (thumb), third baseman Kyle Anderson (finger) and Jordan Duncan (one-game suspension).Olympic coach Nate Andrews gave the ball to sophomore Zach Curry, who had yet to pitch in a varsity game.SK countered with its own sophomore, Brian Cox - who was making his second varsity start.While Cox gave up six runs in two innings of work, Curry went five innings before handing a 6-4 lead to reliever Josh Adams.Olympic sprinted out to a 6-0 lead through three innings.But that comfort zone was soon impeded by an SK comeback in the fifth inning.SK closed the gap to within one with a run in the fourth inning, three in the fifth and one more in the sixth.Olympic only managed two hits in the final five innings, but SK helped the Trojans earn an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning.After striking out Curry, SK's Boya Quichocho walked Charlie Webb, who advanced to third base on a stolen base and passed ball. Adams knocked in Webb with a single to increase the lead to 7-5, which turned out to be enough for the win.Adams had a 1-2-3 seventh inning to end the game.I know that coming in here the kids doubted (a win), Andrews said. They don't understand how talented they really are. Confidence in baseball is such a key part of your success.What confidence Olympic built, SK lacked.We didn't show up today and I don't know why, SK coach Elton Goodwin said. I told them we were going to face a sophomore pitcher like we were and that sophomore pitcher (Curry) made us stink.Goodwin said he didn't understand how his team could fail to hit against Curry, especially because Curry threw only fastballs.We watched pitches all day long, Goodwin said. I just looked at them and said 'what are you doing, those are right down the middle of the plate.Andrews said even he was amazed Curry was able to stifle the SK bats.Zach, that was his first varsity start and that's a lot of pressure, especially against a traditionally strong team, Andrews said. He kept the ball down and found a spot the umpire liked and hit it, hit it, and hit it with really one pitch.Goodwin said his team dug its own grave.You can't expect to play when you look at that many pitches and not swing the bat, he said.Goodwin hoped it had been a fluke going into the home game Monday against Olympia in a Narrows League game.But that fluke turned into a two-game losing streak after the Wolves were topped 5-1.Three of Olympia's five runs were unearned and came in the first two innings.SK starter Travis Vetters struggled with his control but battled back to pitch a solid third inning before reliever Kris Cleaver took over.Cleaver pitched three strong innings and Jason Stuart finished off the seventh.But the offense was nowhere to be seen, collecting just three singles and a Brandon Nickerson triple.We had one extra-base hit and we get guys in scoring position and we can't get a big hit, Goodwin said. The simple fact is we're not coming through when we need to come through.Because the Wolves are in the playoff hunt, Goodwin said there's no panic in the team.I don't think there's a sense of panic, we just need to get it done with the bats, he said. All of a sudden we're not doing that. OLYMPIC 7, SOUTH KITSAP 5Olympic 042 000 1 - 7 8 1South Kitsap 000 131 0 - 5 9 1Zach Curry, Josh Adams (6) and Neil Brunson; Brian Cox, Kris Cleaver (3), Boya Quichocho (6), Jason Stuart (7) and Shane Starkweather. 2B: Austin Hendershot (Oly) 2, Travis Vetters (SK) 2, Josh Showers (SK), Tyler Mayfield (SK), Dominic Rio (SK).Oly: Adams 2-4, 2RBI; Hendershot 2-4; Curry 5 strikeouts. SK: Vetters 3-4; Showers 2-3. ""p>Nine times out of 10 a South Kitsap High School baseball team will defeat a team missing two-thirds of its starting infield and using a sophomore pitcher making his varsity debut.The Olympic Trojans (6-3 OL, 7-4 overall) took those odds and overcame them in a 7-5 upset victory against the Wolves (4-3 NL, 6-4 overall) Saturday at Buck Gehring Field in Port Orchard.Besides the permanant suspension of pitcher Joe Dixon, the Trojans also played without catcher Mitch Urrutia (thumb), third baseman Kyle Anderson (finger) and Jordan Duncan (one-game suspension).Olympic coach Nate Andrews gave the ball to sophomore Zach Curry, who had yet to pitch in a varsity game.SK countered with its own sophomore, Brian Cox - who was making his second varsity start.While Cox gave up six runs in two innings of work, Curry went five innings before handing a 6-4 lead to reliever Josh Adams.Olympic sprinted out to a 6-0 lead through three innings.But that comfort zone was soon impeded by an SK comeback in the fifth inning.SK closed the gap to within one with a run in the fourth inning, three in the fifth and one more in the sixth.Olympic only managed two hits in the final five innings, but SK helped the Trojans earn an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning.After striking out Curry, SK's Boya Quichocho walked Charlie Webb, who advanced to third base on a stolen base and passed ball. Adams knocked in Webb with a single to increase the lead to 7-5, which turned out to be enough for the win.Adams had a 1-2-3 seventh inning to end the game.I know that coming in here the kids doubted (a win), Andrews said. They don't understand how talented they really are. Confidence in baseball is such a key part of your success.What confidence Olympic built, SK lacked.We didn't show up today and I don't know why, SK coach Elton Goodwin said. I told them we were going to face a sophomore pitcher like we were and that sophomore pitcher (Curry) made us stink.Goodwin said he didn't understand how his team could fail to hit against Curry, especially because Curry threw only fastballs.We watched pitches all day long, Goodwin said. I just looked at them and said 'what are you doing, those are right down the middle of the plate.Andrews said even he was amazed Curry was able to stifle the SK bats.Zach, that was his first varsity start and that's a lot of pressure, especially against a traditionally strong team, Andrews said. He kept the ball down and found a spot the umpire liked and hit it, hit it, and hit it with really one pitch.Goodwin said his team dug its own grave.You can't expect to play when you look at that many pitches and not swing the bat, he said.Goodwin hoped it had been a fluke going into the home game Monday against Olympia in a Narrows League game.But that fluke turned into a two-game losing streak after the Wolves were topped 5-1.Three of Olympia's five runs were unearned and came in the first two innings.SK starter Travis Vetters struggled with his control but battled back to pitch a solid third inning before reliever Kris Cleaver took over.Cleaver pitched three strong innings and Jason Stuart finished off the seventh.But the offense was nowhere to be seen, collecting just three singles and a Brandon Nickerson triple.We had one extra-base hit and we get guys in scoring position and we can't get a big hit, Goodwin said. The simple fact is we're not coming through when we need to come through.Because the Wolves are in the playoff hunt, Goodwin said there's no panic in the team.I don't think there's a sense of panic, we just need to get it done with the bats, he said. All of a sudden we're not doing that. OLYMPIC 7, SOUTH KITSAP 5Olympic 042 000 1 - 7 8 1South Kitsap 000 131 0 - 5 9 1Zach Curry, Josh Adams (6) and Neil Brunson; Brian Cox, Kris Cleaver (3), Boya Quichocho (6), Jason Stuart (7) and Shane Starkweather. 2B: Austin Hendershot (Oly) 2, Travis Vetters (SK) 2, Josh Showers (SK), Tyler Mayfield (SK), Dominic Rio (SK).Oly: Adams 2-4, 2RBI; Hendershot 2-4; Curry 5 strikeouts. SK: Vetters 3-4; Showers 2-3. " "/> Power outage leads to losing streak for SK - Port Orchard Independent
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"p>Nine times out of 10 a South Kitsap High School baseball team will defeat a team missing two-thirds of its starting infield and using a sophomore pitcher making his varsity debut.The Olympic Trojans (6-3 OL, 7-4 overall) took those odds and overcame them in a 7-5 upset victory against the Wolves (4-3 NL, 6-4 overall) Saturday at Buck Gehring Field in Port Orchard.Besides the permanant suspension of pitcher Joe Dixon, the Trojans also played without catcher Mitch Urrutia (thumb), third baseman Kyle Anderson (finger) and Jordan Duncan (one-game suspension).Olympic coach Nate Andrews gave the ball to sophomore Zach Curry, who had yet to pitch in a varsity game.SK countered with its own sophomore, Brian Cox - who was making his second varsity start.While Cox gave up six runs in two innings of work, Curry went five innings before handing a 6-4 lead to reliever Josh Adams.Olympic sprinted out to a 6-0 lead through three innings.But that comfort zone was soon impeded by an SK comeback in the fifth inning.SK closed the gap to within one with a run in the fourth inning, three in the fifth and one more in the sixth.Olympic only managed two hits in the final five innings, but SK helped the Trojans earn an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning.After striking out Curry, SK's Boya Quichocho walked Charlie Webb, who advanced to third base on a stolen base and passed ball. Adams knocked in Webb with a single to increase the lead to 7-5, which turned out to be enough for the win.Adams had a 1-2-3 seventh inning to end the game.I know that coming in here the kids doubted (a win), Andrews said. They don't understand how talented they really are. Confidence in baseball is such a key part of your success.What confidence Olympic built, SK lacked.We didn't show up today and I don't know why, SK coach Elton Goodwin said. I told them we were going to face a sophomore pitcher like we were and that sophomore pitcher (Curry) made us stink.Goodwin said he didn't understand how his team could fail to hit against Curry, especially because Curry threw only fastballs.We watched pitches all day long, Goodwin said. I just looked at them and said 'what are you doing, those are right down the middle of the plate.Andrews said even he was amazed Curry was able to stifle the SK bats.Zach, that was his first varsity start and that's a lot of pressure, especially against a traditionally strong team, Andrews said. He kept the ball down and found a spot the umpire liked and hit it, hit it, and hit it with really one pitch.Goodwin said his team dug its own grave.You can't expect to play when you look at that many pitches and not swing the bat, he said.Goodwin hoped it had been a fluke going into the home game Monday against Olympia in a Narrows League game.But that fluke turned into a two-game losing streak after the Wolves were topped 5-1.Three of Olympia's five runs were unearned and came in the first two innings.SK starter Travis Vetters struggled with his control but battled back to pitch a solid third inning before reliever Kris Cleaver took over.Cleaver pitched three strong innings and Jason Stuart finished off the seventh.But the offense was nowhere to be seen, collecting just three singles and a Brandon Nickerson triple.We had one extra-base hit and we get guys in scoring position and we can't get a big hit, Goodwin said. The simple fact is we're not coming through when we need to come through.Because the Wolves are in the playoff hunt, Goodwin said there's no panic in the team.I don't think there's a sense of panic, we just need to get it done with the bats, he said. All of a sudden we're not doing that. OLYMPIC 7, SOUTH KITSAP 5Olympic 042 000 1 - 7 8 1South Kitsap 000 131 0 - 5 9 1Zach Curry, Josh Adams (6) and Neil Brunson; Brian Cox, Kris Cleaver (3), Boya Quichocho (6), Jason Stuart (7) and Shane Starkweather. 2B: Austin Hendershot (Oly) 2, Travis Vetters (SK) 2, Josh Showers (SK), Tyler Mayfield (SK), Dominic Rio (SK).Oly: Adams 2-4, 2RBI; Hendershot 2-4; Curry 5 strikeouts. SK: Vetters 3-4; Showers 2-3. "

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