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Ace Paving rolls over South Kitsap senior legion team

"The South Kitsap Senior American Legion baseball team looked like a team that had never played on a baseball field after committing eight errors in its 9-1 loss to Ace Paving in Bremerton Wednesday at Legion Field.Normally meant as a metaphor, the statement is literallytrue for SK.We can't afford to play at the high school for 20 bucks an hour, SK coach Ron Yingling said. After counting a doubleheader, that's five hours, and then add umpires. That's $250 a day.Use of school facilities this summer is still affected by the levy failure more than a year ago.Though costs are set to drop substantially this fall, that doesn't help summer teams forced to pay an arm and a leg.We haven't had a field to practice on, Yingling said. We've been doing it at my house right now.Bremerton's Ace Paving (3-4) looked just the opposite of SK (3-6), showing brilliance in the middle infield and on the mound.Shortstop Joey Lynch and second baseman Alex Mansfield robbed SK of four base hits, and Joe Bollinger threw nine strong innings for the win.The guys are solid up the middle, Ace Paving coach Ryan Parker said. The highlight of our season has been our middle infielders. Every game we get two great plays from each of them.Bollinger helped himself at the plate with three hits and three runs batted in.Alex Marza followed with a pair of hits and scored three runs, and Paul Gehring knocked in the team's other run.The remaining five runs were unearned.SK's Josh Meeker slapped a trio of singles but only two other SK players managed a hit.Though the hitting was stagnant, Yingling said the mental gaffes was an eyesore.Eight errors is going to kill you, Yingling said. I don't care who you have pitching, I guarantee you will not win. Six of those we absolutely should have had. Right now, we're in a slump. We're not playing good baseball.On the flip side, Parker said his team is starting to put good games together after struggling early in the season.Early on, we just didn't hit the ball, Parker said. Now we're getting guys in scoring position and finally getting base hits with guys in scoring position.Parker said his only concern with his team is the number of players he has on his roster.It's hard coaching summer ball because you got guys going on vacation, he said. We haven't had a full team practice except for maybe once. We'll be all right though.SK's game in Bremerton was the closest from home the team will play. The remaining games are all on the road, which could make for a long season. "

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