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Knox mows down Bears

Dan Knox isn’t a large presence on the mound, but the South Kitsap High School pitcher continues to baffle hitters with his craftiness.

The senior had all four pitches working for him Thursday in a 4-0 win against Olympia.

Through six innings of work, Knox gave up just one of Olympia’s two hits and struck out eight.

Junior Brian Cox earned the save with a scoreless seventh inning.

Knox kept the Bears off balance the whole game with a variety of pitches.

“When something doesn’t work, then the other (pitch) does,” Knox said. “My curve didn’t work early in the game. In the beginning, my fastball was getting it done. But my slider was getting good towards the end.”

Knox has yet to throw a bad outing since he started at varsity last year, SK coach Elton Goodwin said.

“He just picks away and picks away at batters,” Goodwin said. “He had (Olympic) baffled with his slider. I’m also pleased with Brian (Cox) coming in and doing the job.”

While the pitching has been there early for SK (2-1), Goodwin said he’s still waiting for the bats to come around.

SK provided enough offense behind Knox to win though.

Senior Josh Showers belted a solo home run in the second inning, and SK picked up three more runs in the third off back-to-back RBIs from Showers and Josh Meeker.

Senior Brandon Nickerson was the leading hitter with a double and a single.

SK tallied just seven hits for the game.

Important hitters such as Tyler Mayfield (leadoff) and Travis Vetters (No.5) are still waiting to find their groove, Goodwin said.

“I knew we’d be doing well with pitching,” Goodwin said. “Our hitting is behind.”

Mayfield, the Narrows League Bridge Division MVP last year, just finished his first week of practice after concluding the basketball season.

Goodwin said he just needs more cuts in the batter’s box to get comfortable.

After falling to Bellarmine March 14, weather prevented SK from practicing on the field.

Goodwin said SK is gearing up for two dangerous games against Port Angeles and North Kitsap.

“We’ve got guys that aren’t hitting and we’re going to need to have that (against PA and NK),” Goodwin said.

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In junior varsity action at Marcus Whitman Junior High, SK edged Olympia 5-2 behind the pitching of starter Ryan Marshall and relievers Evan Brumfield and Eric Deisler.

Marshall gave up one run on two hits, struck out four batters, and walked one in four innings of work.

Oly tallied one run on two hits in the second off starter and winning pitcher Marshall. But that’s all they got as Marshall went four innings striking out four and walking one. Deisler struck out six of the final eight batters he faced to close out the game.

SK earned all five of their runs in the fourth inning.

After singles by Joe Riley and Deisler, Andy Sund scored Riley on a double.

Marshall’s single scored Deisler, and Aaron Cunningham followed with a two-run double.

Cunningham closed out the scoring on a Lonnie Ladenburg single.

Sund was perfect at the plate, falling a home run short of the cycle.

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