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SK bows out of state baseball playoffs
Playing in its first Class 4A state baseball tournament since 2003, South Kitsap stunned Puyallup with an 11-run first inning on its way to a 21-2 victory Saturday morning but watched the opposite occur just a few hours later as nationally ranked Jackson ended the Wolves season with an 18-0 win.
South finished the year 13-8 and just a game away from the final four. Jackson moves on to the state semifinal round Friday at Safeco Field.
The Wolves put up some impressive numbers against Puyallup, scoring a season high 21 runs while pounding out a season-high 20 hits to end the Vikings year.
Seniors Zach Jacob and Ryan Cosgrove hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning as South put the game away almost immediately. Sophomore Michael Cooper hit a homer in the fourth inning for South.
But the newfound high-octane offense never showed up for the Wolves' second game as Jackson pitchers Cameron Nobles and Joey Petosa combined to toss a one-hit shutout.
As South had done in its first game, the Timberwolves struck early and often, getting six runs in the first and five in the second to jump out to a quick 11-0 lead.
Senior catcher Aaron Smothers recorded the only hit for South, which had just four batters reach base the entire game.
Jackson, ranked second in the nation by Baseball America, had beaten Lake Washington 5-3 to get to the regional finale.