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"SKS juniors experience highs, lows of all-star play"

"Within 48 hours, the South Kitsap Southern Junior all-star team felt the thrill of victory and the frustration of defeat.After opening the tournament with a stellar 12-1 win against Key Peninsula Saturday, SKS suffered an 11-1 loss to South Kitsap Western Sunday.The loss dropped SKS to the loser-out bracket.SKS kicked off the loser-out competition by ousting North Mason Monday behind the strong pitching of Chris Minga, the team's No. 1 ace.But the road didn't get easier as it continued to face elimination yesterday against either Key Peninsula or Gig Harbor National.Results were unavailable at press time.If SKS won, it plays either Gig Harbor or East Jefferson tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.SKS manager Shane Payton said the loss to East Jefferson was tough to swallow because he knows his team was can play better.SKS looked like it was picking up where it left off from the previous night.Skyler Wilder, Minga and Mike Hawkins each had singles to load the bases.Matt Mason drew a walk to bring in a run.It looked like SKS would tack on more, but East Jefferson pitcher Mike Staley recorded back-to-back strikeouts to Jeremey Jackel and Daniel Ryan to end the threat.SKS managed only three hits from the second inning on.East Jefferson countered with two runs in the bottom of the first inning and scored one or more runs in the final four innings before the 10-run rule ended the game.We just didn't show up, Payton said. We had bats last night and bats in the first inning of this game and it just stopped. We had a great pitcher last night in Chris Minga. Today our No. 2 (Ryan) pitcher wasn't in it.East Jefferson was also aggressive on the base paths, registering 19 extra bases via stolen base, wild pitches or errors.Payton attempted the same style, but the speed wasn't there and East Jefferson catcher Jeff Rosebeck showed a strong arm behind the plate.Greed kills, Payton said. I got greedy today.***South Kitsap Little League Minor (9-10) and Major (10-12) all-star teams are also experiencing the highs and lows of the District 2 tournament at Chimacum's Bob Bates Field.In Minor Little League action, SKS advanced to the quarterfinals in the 14-team bracket after wins against SKE and SKW. It plays Bainbridge Island Gold or North Kitsap American Friday at 6 p.m.SKS sent SKE and SKW into the loser's bracket.If SKE defeated Port Townsend Monday, it would have had to win six games in six days, including a game yesterday. Results were unavailable at press time.SKW kicks off its tour in the loser-out bracket with a game against Gig Harbor American today at 6 p.m.In Major Little League Action, SKW earned a spot in the quarterfinals after sound wins against Port Townsend (14-5) and North Mason (10-0).It plays Bainbridge Island Saturday at 3:30 p.m.SKE opened the tournament with a 10-6 win against Sequim but lost the following game to Bainbridge Island 12-8.It plays Firday at 3:30 p.m. in a loser-out contest.SKS opened with a 6-2 loss to Gig Harbor National and now must play "

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