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Wolves' 'resiliency' shines through in win
South Kitsap needs two wins today to advance to the state fastpitch tournament for the first time since 2003.
Anything less will mark the end of its season.
After a 2-1 loss against Puyallup, the Wolves rebounded Friday to win a 6-0 consolation-bracket game against Olympia in the West Central District Tournament.
"What I love is their resiliency," South coach Kathy Ballew said. "They're mentally ready to come back and battle."
Her team plays the South Puget Sound League's No. 1 seed, Emerald Ridge, at 10 a.m. today at Tacoma's Sprinker Recreation Center. If the Wolves beat the Jaguars, they face the winner of the Kentlake vs. Stadium game at 2 p.m.
South (13-6) had few problems against the Bears as sophomore pitchers Emily Bricks and Emily Cunningham combined to allow just three hits, while striking out nine.
Cunningham, who went 2 for 4, also was a significant factor at the plate. She led off the second inning with a single and scored during the ensuing at-bat on a single by second baseman Bridjette Box to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead.
They didn't score again off Olympia starter Ally VanSchoorl until they capitalized on several defensive mistakes in the sixth. Alexis O'Dell reached when the second baseman bobbled the ball to start the inning. After Cunningham followed with a double, South capitalized when a fly ball hit by Box was dropped by the right fielder to score O'Dell.
The Wolves added another run during the ensuing at-bat when Ally Johnson hit into a fielder's choice. Instead of throwing Johnson out at first base, the shortstop attempted to throw Cunningham out at home, but she beat the tag. Box later scored on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Samantha Jacobs.
South's lead-off hitter reached in every inning the team scored. Catcher Megan Ransier accomplished that when her ground ball rolled through the shortstop's legs. She later scored on a two-out double by Box, who went 3 for 4 with two RBI. The Wolves added their final run when Johnson reached on a doubled ground ball by the second baseman to score Box.
Cunningham, who pitched the final 2 1/3 innings to earn the save, retired the Bears (11-10) in order to end their season.
West Central District Tournament
At Sprinker Recreation Center
South Kitsap 6, Olympia 0
South Kitsap 000 000 0 — 6 7 1
Olympia 000 000 0 — 0 3 5
Emily Bricks, Emily Cunningham (5) and Megan Ransier. Ally VanSchoorl and Olivia Lewis.
Leading hitters: Bridjette Box (SK) 3-4 2B 2 RBI; Emily Cunningham (SK) 2-4 2B.