Woodinville wallops SK

The South Kitsap Senior Legion team, with its best pitcher attending football camp this week, and having used the best of its remaining arms in a doubleheader on Saturday, was forced to face defending state champ Woodinville on Sunday with its No. 1 shortstop on the mound.

The results were predictable and ugly, as SK absorbed a 17-5 drubbing at Buck Gehring Field.

“We just didn’t have any arms left,” said Bill Segerman, SK’s first-year coach. “There wasn’t much else we could do, and (Woodinville) is a very, very good team.”

How bad did it get?

In all, Woodinville racked up 18 hits — including three homers — in seven innings against three SK pitchers. SK starter Boya Quichoco alone surrendered 13 hits, five walks and two wild pitches in four innings of work.

“We had to leave him out there too long because we didn’t have anyone else,” said Segerman. “We were tired.”

The damage started early as Woodville’s leadoff hitter, Brady Galloway, launched Quichoco’s fifth pitch of the game over the 390-foot sign in dead center. One out later, Casey Priseman doubled to the gap in left-center and Scott Tuiasosopo’s grounder to third was bobbled for an error.

First baseman Duke Welker then lined a single to right, scoring Priseman, with Tuiasosopo moving to third. Shawn Gyzminski brought in the third run with a fielder’s choice to short and Thomas Knowles blooped a single to center, making it 4-0.

A double by Matt Miller and a single by Nate Simmons made it 6-0 before Quichoco fanned Kramer Phillips — batting for the second time in the inning — for the third out. In all, Woodinville sent 10 batters to the plate and collected six runs on six hits before SK even came up to bat.

SK squandered a golden opportunity of its own in te second, as Quichoco led off with a solid single to center and Josh Shadbott followed with a double to left-center.

But with runners on second and third with no outs, Woodinville pitcher Jeff Lombard struck out SK’s Aaron Cunningham and Joe Riley before retiring Bill Thomas on an excuse-me grounder to second to end the threat.

After holding the visitors scoreless in the top of the second, SK broke through for a pair of runs against Lombard in the bottom of the inning. Travis Johnson drew a one-out walk and SK catcher Rocky Markham reached when his grounder to third was misplayed. One out later, Quichoco rapped his second single to center, scoring Johnson. Lombard then tried to pick off Quichoco at first, but his throw went wild and Markham scored, but Quichoco was thrown out trying to advance to third.

Woodinville led off the top of the third with a walk, a triple, a double, an error and a walk to bring in two more runs before any outs were recorded. Two more fielders’ choices and a single by Tuiasosopo made it 11-2 as 10 more Woodinville batters came to the plate in the inning.

Four more hits in the fourth, including a home run by Simmons, put Woodinville ahead 14-2 after four inings, at which point James Nelson relieved Quichoco on the mound.

In the sixth, Tuiasosopo blasted a one-out home run halfway to Retsil, bringing the score to 15-2. Three more hits and two runs followed in the inning to give Woodinville a 17-2 advantage.

In the bottom of the inning, SK’s Cunningham led off with a triple and scored on a fielder’s choice groundout by Riley. Thomas then squeezed a single under the second baseman’s glove, stole second and took third on an errant throw by Woodinville’s Gyzmanski. He scored on a single by Nelson, making it 17-4.

South Kitsap got its final run in the seventh as Shawn Garrett and pinch hitter Victor Mora opened with walks off Woodinville reliever Stephen Ramos. An error loaded the bases and a single by Cunningham scored Garrett before a strikeout and an unassisted double play to short off Thomas’s bat ended the game.

“I actually some some things out there I liked,” Segerman said. “We didn’t give up even though we were losing big. In the last three innings, we tightened up and put some runs on the board. That’s something we can build on.

SK swept Bainbridge 21-13 and 16-6 in a doubleheader and Segerman hopes to have No. 1 starter Josh Fullington back in uniform soon.

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