South Kitsap’s win over Sumner last week gave them a shot at the South Puget Sound League title, and although they fell to Puyallup in the semifinals, the Wolves were able to rebound to crush Curtis 10-0 to grab third place for 2021.
The two-day tournament run commenced last Friday in a matchup under the lights of Heritage Field against Puyallup. But the Vikings were hot early and often at the plate, and South Kitsap couldn’t get much going against starter Wyatt Jones, who went the distance, allowing just four hits and one run.
Noah Deese provided South Kitsap’s lone run with a solo homer to leftfield in the fifth.
But the Wolves refocused and returned the next day to finish out the season with a big win.
Rylen Bayne led the way on the mound, pitching all seven innings and giving up just three hits and one walk while striking out 12.
Meanwhile, the offense was able to get going right from the start as Konnor Sutton’s RBI double put a run on the board in the top of the first inning.
Sam Canton added an RBI-single in the top of the second, and in the third Kaden Ecklund clubbed the first of his three doubles to score Bayne from first to give South Kitsap a 3-0 lead. After Jordan Poland walked, Ty Orser brought both base runners home with a double to left.
Deese knocked in a run with a single in the fourth, and Canton kicked off a four-run seventh inning with an RBI triple to center. Ecklund then doubled with the bases loaded to chase home all three runners. In all, Ecklund finished the game 3-4 with three doubles, four RBI and a stolen base.
South Kitsap finished the year with an overall 10-6 record.
South Kitsap 10, Curtis 0
SK 1 1 3 1 0 0 4 — 10 12 2
CR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 3 0
WP: Bayne LP: Blackburn
South Kitsap — Bayne 7 IP, 3 H, BB, 12 K.
South Kitsap — Ecklund 3-4, 3 2B, 4 RBI, BB, SB 2 R; Canton 2-4, 3B 2 RBI, 2 R; Poland 2-3, 2 BB, SB, 2 R; Orser 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI; Bayne 1-3, 2B, 3 R; Deese 1-4, RBI; Sutton 1-4, 2B, RBI.