SK's bats come alive early

Just two games into the 2005 season and the South Kitsap baseball team has already gotten a chance to see just what it’s made of.

Senior Matt Hudson got the Wolves off to a good start on Tuesday while Brad Ossman provided the power and Jason Reed closed the door on Wednesday as the South Kitsap baseball team moved to 2-0 on the year with a 10-0 beating of Foss and 13-10 slugfest win over Capital.

“We got to work on a lot of things and we got to see some things,” South coach Jim Fairweather said. “So we got to figure out what to work on.”

The Wolves were solid in the season opener, as Hudson allowed just three hits over five innings with basically just one pitch working for him.

“My pitches weren’t working very well, but I got through it,” Hudson said. “I threw probably about 90 percent fastballs. My pitches weren’t there. My curveball, I couldn’t do anything with it or my changeup. I pretty much threw five splitters and the rest fastballs.”

Hudson threw 76 pitches while striking out seven and walking two and allowing just one man to reach third.

And while Hudson was in control, his offense gave him a quick 2-0 lead on a bases-loaded double by Andy Hultz.

After getting a third run in the fourth inning, the Wolves put the game away with a seven-run fifth inning highlighted by a two-run single by Kyle Pease, which got the Wolves to 10 runs and ended the game.

“I thought our kids came out and battled pretty well,” Fairweather said. “I thought we played good defense. I don’t believe we had an error, which is pretty big for a first game. And Matt, with really only one pitch going, still battled and got the ball located where he wanted to.”

South had to survive an offensive onslaught in Wednesday’s game against Capital but provided plenty of offense themselves as Ossman ripped a grand slam to spark a seven-run fourth inning.

Ryan Cosgrove was 2 for 3 with a double and a pair of RBIs while Dan Dillard collected three hits for the Wolves.

Reed entered the game in the fourth inning and closed the door on the Cougars.

South begins Narrows League Bridge Division play Tuesday at Bremerton. Wednesday, the Knights come down to Port Orchard for the second game of the series. Both game start at 3:45 p.m.

South closes out the week with a non-league game with Roosevelt.

South 13, Capital 10

Andrew Thatcher, Kyle Pease (4), Jason Reed (4) and Doug Franz, Ryan Cosgrove (4); Brian Shannon, Donovan Puikis (4), Jordan Kettel (5) and Peter Rodgers.

Leading hitters: Cosgrove 2-3 (2B, 2RBI), Brad Ossman 1-3 (HR, 4RBI), Dan Dillard 3-4.

South 10, Foss 0

Antonio Melendez, Mike Guthrie (4), Mike Sheppard (5) and Rory Johnson. Matt Hudson and Doug Franz. WP-Hudson (1-0). LP-Melendez (0-1).

Leading hitters: Kyle Pease 1-4 (2RBI), Andy Hultz 1-1 (2B, 2RBI), Doug Franz 1-2 (RBI).

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