During the hottest day on record on April 18, the South Kitsap High softball team fell to Bellarmine Prep 4-2.
The Wolves, who wore all black despite the temperature and blaring sun, were able to play strong defense until the final inning when Bellarmine ultimately pulled ahead.
Starting pitcher Alexandra Kessler-Paulino held the Lions to eight hits during her eight innings on the mound. And, with help from her infield, she was able to hold off the loss to the visitors until the final inning.
Outfielder Lexie Gojkovich went two-for-four on the day, and Kessler-Paulino earned a hit, helping the Wolves stay in the game.
Second baseman Danielle Thiele hit a double for the Wolves, contributing to their two runs early on. Diavionne DeWalt was strong defensively at third base, preventing many ground balls from breaking through the infield.
Although the Wolves held tough on defense, so did their opponents. South Kitsap was limited to only six hits as Bellarmine pitcher Chelsea Smith struck out six batters to secure the win.
With the loss, South Kitsap sits in third place in the Narrows League standings with a league record of 3-3 and 7-3 overall. Last season, the Wolves finished 9-12 overall.
The Wolves face Stadium April 22 in Tacoma at 3:30 p.m. before playing at home on the 25th against Timberline at 4 p.m.