With a huge slate of games this week, pitching depth was going to be of the utmost importance to South Kitsap. So when one player takes charge and goes the distance, it helps the rest of the rotation fall into place.
That’s exactly what junior right-hander Noah Deese did against North Kitsap during Monday’s Tribute To The Troops game at Elton Goodwin Field in Port Orchard.
Deese allowed only one hit and two walks while striking out four and putting up seven consecutive zeroes on the scoreboard. He also helped out with the bat, hitting a double in his first plate appearance and walking twice.
“He’s been working really hard and hadn’t had an outing recently,” head coach Marcus Logue said. “And so we kind of told him this was going to be his game.”
His offense got him a run early. Sam Canton led off the game with a walk and Ty Orser followed with a single, moving Canton up to third. Rylen Bayne then squared around to bunt and it was successful, scoring Canton to get on the board.
The Wolves added on two more in the third, thanks to a long, two-RBI double from Jordan Poland. They took that 3-0 lead into the sixth inning and were looking for more to make sure they had enough of a cushion against a young, but talented North Kitsap squad.
“I said, ‘We need to tack on three more to make sure Noah is comfortable going into that last inning,’ and they did the job,” Logue said.
Deese himself led off the inning with a walk, scoring as Sean Shaffer laced an RBI triple down the right-field line. After Orser walked to put runners on first and third, Bayne’s long fly ball down the left-field line fell just short of the 320-feet sign but was good for a two-run double.
North Kitsap’s Dalton Brockett worked a walk in the top of the seventh, but Bayne and Cole Darcey turned a 4-6-3 double play to erase the runner. A two-base error opened another door for a scoring opportunity, but Deese induced another grounder to end the game.
“He was phenomenal,” Logue said. “You could see him slow down his tempo a little bit to make sure he was locating. Really smart on the hill today.”
South Kitsap will play Sumner on Tuesday in a seeding game for the South Puget Sound League tournament this weekend. If the Wolves win, they will play Puyallup on Friday and will have a shot at a league championship. A loss would likely mean a home matchup against Rogers in the No. 3 and No. 4 seed section of the bracket.
The tournament will take place on Friday and Saturday at various sites.
South Kitsap 6, North Kitsap 0
North Kitsap 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 1 0
South Kitsap 1 0 2 0 0 3 x — 6 9 2
WP: Deese LP: C. Edwards
North Kitsap — C. Edwards 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; Clark 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB.
South Kitsap — Deese 7 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K.
North Kitsap — Hayden 1-3; Brockett 0-1, BB; Sorenson 0-1, BB.