SK tops Olympia in tournament tuneup

It was an unscheduled tuneup game, but Jim Fairweather and his South Kitsap Wolves will take it.

Pat Kelly went 4-for-4 while Josh Fullington, Matt Hudson and James Nelson all got some work as the Wolves topped Olympia 4-2 Tuesday in a makeup game from a March rainout.

“We had 14 hits but only four runs to show,” Fairweather said. “We hit the ball well but couldn’t cash in with the bases loaded twice and second-and-third once.”

But South did enough to raise its season mark to 13-6. The Wolves finished the Narrows League Bridge Division play with a 10-4 record — good enough for second place.

SK, the defending Class 4A state champions, face Foss at 1 p.m. today at Heidelberg Field in Tacoma in a Narrows League cross-over game. The winner goes to the May 15 West Central District tournament as a No. 3 seed while the loser goes at a fourth seed out of the Narrows League.

Olympia touched Fullington for two quick runs in the first but, after that, the Bears managed just five hits and no runs off of South pitching.

“Still, we did everything else right against a quality team in Olympia,” Fairweather said. “Pitching was great after the first inning, our defense was terrific and we did the little things like bunt runners up and steal bases.”

After falling behind 2-0, South quickly tied the score on a double by Kelly and an RBI single from Aaron Cunningham. Singles by Chris Anderson and Brent Nickerson set up an RBI single off the bat of Steve Lucy.

Cunningham put the Wolves up to stay with a single scoring Craig Senter in the second inning. Kelly drove in the game’s final run with a single in the sixth that scored Jeff Coulon.

It was then up to Nelson to save the game for the Wolves. After Hudson relieved Fullington in the fifth, Nelson entered the game in the seventh inning with one out and the bases loaded. Nelson closed out the game with a pair of fly balls, earning his third save of the season.

Fullington got the win, raising his record to 4-2.

Cunningham, Senter and Nickerson all had two hits for the Wolves.

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