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Dean's homers power SK past Lincoln
He's been little more than a relief pitcher most of the season.
But on Wednesday, Swey Dean showed he can hit a little, too.
The South Kitsap junior hit a home run to left field in the third inning and followed with another over the right-field fence the following inning to help the Wolves to an 18-1 win against Lincoln in Narrows League play.
"I just waited on the first one," Dean said. "I was getting kind of anxious."
South (11-2 overall, 9-2 league) didn't play Monday — the Abes forfeited because of a lack of players — and coach Jim Fairweather wanted to use several pitchers in preparation for Friday's game at Central Kitsap.
He used a different pitcher for each of the five innings. Only starter Scott McGallian (one) and Gordy Anderson (two) allowed hits. Right-hander Collin Monagle, who signed to play next year at the University of Washington, made just his second appearance of the season. He had his right labrum repaired during the offseason by Birmingham, Ala.-based specialist Dr. James Andrews.
"It feels great to get back out there and face live hitters," Monagle said. "I probably wasn't throwing as hard as I could, but I was working on arm angles."
Monagle said he is limited to 30 pitches per outing with that total increasing by 15 each week. He struck out all three batters he faced in the third inning, throwing 9 of 10 pitches for strikes. Monagle said he felt healthy afterward.
"It feels great," he said. "No pain; no swelling."
The Wolves' pitching staff combined to allow three hits, while striking out nine. Quentin Brown scored the only run for the Abes (0-11, 0-11) when he crossed the plate on a two-out double by Alex Boriskavich.
But the game long was out of reach by that point. South scored five runs in the first inning off Ray Bartosewicz and Fairweather made his first substitution during the second when his team added six more runs.
Most starters were out by the third inning, but even that didn't slow an offense that had a junior-varsity look at times. The Wolves scored two more runs in the third before Lincoln reliever Saje Dickjose gave up five in the fourth. Most of those came from Dean, who went 2 for 2 with five RBI.
"It was nice to get those young guys in," Fairweather said. "It was exciting to see them swing the bat. It was a really good, positive day."
At least for the most part.
Infielder and pitcher Ricky Johnson, who drew two walks, was hit by a pitch in the left cheekbone in the second inning and had to leave the game.
"I'm not real happy about Ricky getting hit in the face," Fairweather said. "I had some vibes something bad was going on today. I'm hoping we'll be able to survive that."
Johnson, whose face was noticeably bruised after the game, serves as South's No. 2 hitter. Fairweather is hopeful he'll be able to play today.
"(South athletic trainer Patrick) Olsen said it looked like it would be OK by Friday," Fairweather said. "There's a contusion and some swelling, but he seems to think it's not that serious."
At South Kitsap 18, Lincoln 1
Lincoln 000 10 — 1 3 2
South Kitsap 562 5x — 18 14 0
Ray Bartosewicz, Saje Dickjose (4) and Quentin Brown.
W-McGallian (4-1). L-Bartosewicz.
Leading hitter: Swey Dean (SK) 2-2 2 HR 5 RBI.