Thomas hurls two-hitter in varsity debut

A powerful offense, stellar defense, and a two-hitter from a sophomore pitcher making her varsity debut propelled the South Kitsap High School fastpitch team to a 13-3 season-opening win against Spanaway Lake at home Wednesday afternoon.

Dawn Thomas made a memorable debut for SK, giving up two hits in five innings.

The Wolves’ infield helped Thomas’ cause, robbing Spanaway Lake of three hits, SK coach Kathy Ballew said.

Junior Cathy Kniess blew the game wide open with a three-run home run in a seven-run fifth inning.

The game was called because of the 10-run rule.

Seniors Kelsey Herstad and Ashley Robinson each had a pair of hits, and Thomas helped herself at the plate with two hits.

“What a good way to start,” Ballew said. “This gives everybody a boost of confidence.”

Ballew said the Wolves overcame nerves the first couple innings before settling down.

Admittedly, Ballew said she was nervous, too.

“I was anxious to see what we had,” Ballew said. “After they settled down I could see they were having a lot of fun.”

Ballew said the most impressive thing she saw was the execution of fundamentals.

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The South Kitsap High School boys’ soccer team suffered a 2-1 loss at Shelton to open the 2002 season Wednesday afternoon in a non-league matchup.

Despite the loss, SK coach Eric Bergeson said he was pleased with what he saw.

Statistically SK outplayed Shelton, but a couple of defensive miscues in the first half led to both of Shelton’s goals.

SK junior Jerad Kupietz scored at point-blank off a Nick Fletcher pass in the 42nd minute, but SK failed to convert on four other breakaways.

“We just didn’t finish,” Bergeson said.

Bergeson said he was pleased overall and the mistakes made in the game can be easily correctable.

“There were some positives,” he said. “We passed the ball real well. We had a lot of offense. We just have to finish.”

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The SK junior varsity baseball team opened the season with a 13-6 win against Auburn last week.

Pat Kelly hit a leadoff home run and had three runs batted in. Evan Brumfield added three RBI.

Brent Nickerson and Josh Ness each had two hits, and Andy Sund added an RBI-triple.

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