PORT ORCHARD — For the first time in nearly two years, South Kitsap’s baseball team played at home.
Rain and generally poor conditions often render Elton Goodwin Field unplayable, but the stars aligned for the first time since May 2016. Parents, fans and even members of the girls’ fastpitch team, who had finished up at practice on a nearby field, gathered to see the Wolves in action on the home campus.
But what should have been a glorious homecoming was spoiled by Graham-Kapowsin, which decided to rain all over South Kitsap’s parade with eight hits in the first two innings. The Eagles scored six runs and held on the rest of the way for a 6-2 win April 9.
Jacob Duarte was on the hill for the Wolves and took a hard-luck loss. The Eagles did not regularly make solid contact off Duarte, but they did put the ball in play and a few flares and bloopers found the outfield grass. Jordan Geffre, Tyler Wheeler and Jorge Camerena each drove in two runs for Graham-Kapowsin.
“Those first two innings, they threw the barrel at our pitches and made things happen, put the ball in play and seized the opportunities,” head coach Marcus Logue said.
It looked as if the Wolves would break through in the sixth. Alex Garcia was hit by a pitch to start the inning and then Torre DiGiovanni smashed a single up the middle. A walk drawn by Drew Worden loaded the bases with no one out. After a strikeout and a pop fly to the pitcher, Glisson and Nate Wotzka each worked two-out walks to bring in a couple runs, but a groundout ended the inning.
Dusty Garcia reached second base on an error to lead off the seventh, but he was stranded there to end the game.
The South Kitsap hitters had trouble squaring up Eagles starter Ethan McDaneld. The senior righty walked three batters but took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. Logue said the team was perhaps a little too patient in their approach and did not attack when the time was right. Garrison Glisson ended the no-hit bid in the fifth with a single.
“We were making it too easy on them,” Logue said.
Glisson was a bright spot for South Kitsap. He recorded a hit and a walk in two plate appearances and he threw four strong innings in relief, striking out five and yielding just one hit.
“He threw a phenomenal game and he should have gotten a victory out of that,” Logue said.
Graham-Kapowsin 6, South Kitsap 2
GK 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 — 6 9 1
SK 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 — 2 2 4
WP: McDaneld LP: Duarte
Graham-Kapowsin — McDaneld 5 IP, H, 3 BB, 2 K; Johnson 0 IP, 2 R, H, BB, HBP; Wheeler 2 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, K.
South Kitsap — Duarte 3 IP, 8 H, 8 R, BB, 5 K; Glisson 4 IP, H, 0 BB, 5 K.
Graham-Kapowsin — Wheeler 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, SB; Geffre 1-4, 2 RBI; Camerena 1-3, 2 RBI.
South Kitsap — Glisson 1-1, BB, RBI; Wotzka 0-2, BB, RBI; Worden 0-2, 2 BB; DiGiovanni 1-4.
— Mark Krulish is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MKrulishKDN.