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SK captures 21st Narrows League title
Accustomed to being king of the Narrows League, the South Kitsap High School baseball team reclaimed its league title after a one-year hiatus Saturday at Heidelberg Park.
Facing a Wilson team that had lost 11 straight to SK including title matchups in 1998 and 2000 the Wolves routed the Rams 10-1 to earn their 21st league championship in 29 years.
SK (17-3) plays Puyallup, the South Puget Sound No. 6 seed, at Heidelberg Park Saturday at 4 p.m.
A win Saturday will clinch a spot in the state tournament, which starts out with two rounds of regional action before the state semifinals.
SK held just a 1-0 lead through three innings against Wilson.
But that didnt mean the offense was lagging.
The Wolves continually made contact against Wilson pitcher Brent Shea only to see him wriggle his way out of jams.
Sheas luck ran out in the fourth inning when the Wolves tagged the junior for six runs.
A pair of Wilson errors led to an SK run.
Joel Goodwins inside-out single, which skimmed down the first-base line past diving first baseman John Frederick, scored two more runs to give SK a 4-0 lead.
Goodwin later scored on a wild pitch and Travis Vetters belted a triple into the right field corner to score two more runs and give SK a 7-0 lead.
The Wolves added a run in the fifth on Andy Sunds RBI single and Josh Showers (3-4 3 RBI) concluded the scoring with a two-run home run in the sixth inning.
While the offense flourished, SKs defense was equally brilliant behind the solid pitching of Dan Knox.
Knox threw a complete game and gave up just one runa Frederick solo home run.
SK coach Elton Goodwin said it was his teams defense that may have set the tone of the game.
Showers converted a throw to first baseman Josh Meeker after snagging a hard-hit grounder while lunging to his left in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Meeker also turned in a web gem with his unassisted double play at first base.
After catching a line drive just in foul territory, Meeker quickly touched the bag for the double play.
Dan (Knox) struggled at times but we played behind him, Goodwin said. The kids really helped him on defense.
Knox, who improved to 7-1 on the season, continually baffled Wilson hitters with his slider and curveball.
Goodwin said he couldnt have been more pleased with the teams offensive output.
Guys came through with key hits, Goodwin said. Joel (Goodwin) came through with a key hit that opened the inning right there. I was so pleased with the way we came up swinging.
Goodwin said he preached to his players how important it is to keep the ball down on the ground.
Joel Goodwin echoed those sentiments.
We just put the ball on the ground and thats what we always try to do because things happen when we put it on the ground. We were able to capitalize on their errors.
Elton Goodwin said Shea was a pretty good pitcher, but his junk wasnt going to fool his team.
I told them he was going to try to thumb (junk) them to death and make them pop up, Goodwin said. Our guys really came out swinging today.