One last hurrah for Wolves

Today is the day the South Kitsap community can come out to Everett Memorial Stadium to give South Kitsap High School baseball coach Elton Goodwin a much deserved send-off.

Results of last night’s semifinal game between SK and Shadle Park were unavailable at press time, but the Wolves are playing today no matter what.

If SK lost last night, it’s playing the other semifinal loser for third place at 1 p.m.

The state championship game is tonight at 7 p.m.

Goodwin didn’t quiver on Wednesday during practice when talking about becoming state champs.

“I really think we’re going to do it,” Goodwin said. “Since the Curtis game, there’s been a different swagger about them. That game was huge.”

Asked whether he’d take a win for third place over a loss in the championship game, Goodwin said he didn’t even want to think about it. But, after a little bit of thought, Goodwin said he’d take second place in a heartbeat.

“I want to win it all,” he said. “If nothing else, I’d want second. If you can’t win it all, you’d rather be second.”

After falling to Woodinville in last year’s semifinal, SK battled hard in the third-place game to Richland, only to lose 2-1 in the ninth inning.

Goodwin said he envisions the same fortitude in his team no matter which game it plays today. “These guys have been playing so hard,” he said. “They won’t give up. I feel real good about them.”

The high the team has felt since Curtis has shown in its aggressiveness at the plate. Goodwin said pitchers have not been able to control the action, which is key to any team’s success.

“Right now I think we’re being patient at the plate and not putting ourselves in the hole,” he said. “I feel like we’ve been in control of the plate.”

Goodwin said one of the important things heading into the final four is to not make any drastic changes.

“We’re not doing anything different then what we’ve done before,” Goodwin said. “We’ve got to go with what’s been working for us.”

SK junior pitcher Josh Fullington got the starting nod last night, and senior Brian Cox is expected to take the mound today.

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