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Knox golden against Peninsula

"Elton Goodwin couldn't help but hoot and holler after his South Kitsap High School baseball team defeated Peninsula 7-2 in Purdy Wednesday.The win--and Capital's 4-3 loss to Stadium--gave SK (11-3 NL, 16-4 overall) a tie for first place in the Narrows League Bridge Division with Capital.SK won the tiebreaker on run-differential and played at Olympia yesterday for the Narrows League championship.Results of the game were unavailable at press time.The Wolves went into yesterday's game as the hottest team in the league.They were winners of eight straight games and 14 of their last 15.If SK won, it will be the team's 19th league title (two in Olympic League) in Goodwin's 27 years at SK.A win also gives the Wolves the No.1 seed in the West Central District Tournament. The loser goes in as the No.2 seed.Goodwin said winning the league title was the motivation, not the No.1 seed.It seems logical that the No.1 seed would earn a good draw, but based on SK's experience last year, it has left a bitter taste in Goodwin's mouth.After winning the NL title last year SK had to play Evergreen, the No.2 seed out of the Southwest League.After edging Evergreen, SK had to play Sehome, the No.2 team out of the Wesco League.While expectations ran high with last year's team--which held the No.1 ranking in the state for most of the year--this year's group of mostly juniors has overachieved.With only one starting player returning from last year, this season was viewed as a rebuilding year.But SK has proved its program doesn't rebuild, it reloads.Before last Saturday's loss to North Kitsap, the junior varsity team was riding on a 85-game winning streak.While seniors Ryan Sage, Dominic Rio, and Shane Starkweather have been doing as expected, the juniors have pulled their own weight and the team's record is indicative of that.In the win against Peninsula, Rio knocked in four of the team's seven runs but it was the bottom of the lineup that set Rio up.Juniors Boya Quichocho, Josh Meeker, and Tyler Mayfield reached base in eight of their combined 12 at-bats, and scored more than half of the team's runs.Junior Dan Knox kept Peninsula's hitters off balance with a nice mixture of fastballs and curveballs in his complete game.Other than a solo homerun by Jordan Ramos, Knox limited the Seahawks to six hits. "

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