PORT ORCHARD — The South Puget Sound League still runs through Puyallup as the Vikings handed South Kitsap its first loss of the season March 26 at home.
The Wolves will happy to see Puyallup southpaw Sidney Booth graduate this season. She was her usual dominant self, striking out 12 hitters and hitting a pair of home runs over the center field fence in her team’s 11-3 victory.
South Kitsap (3-1, 1-1) was able to strike for a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. Sarah Hoyt led off the frame with a single and Aubrey Faucett followed with a walk. After Booth struck out the next two hitters, the prospects of scoring were looking grim. But then Jordynn Lawrence smashed a single into the outfield to score both runners.
The Wolves added another run in the sixth after a leadoff double by Kaitlynn Johnston. Hoyt hit a sizzling grounder to shortstop that ricocheted off the fielder’s glove for an error, allowing Johnston to score.
Puyallup’s big inning came in the fourth when Olivia Ellingson and Booth hit back-to-back homers. Ellingson finished the day with five RBI.
South Kitsap played March 28 at Bellarmine and will also take on Curtis March 29.
Puyallup 11, South Kitsap 3
Puyallup 3 0 1 4 0 2 1 — 11 14 1
South Kitsap 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 — 3 5 3
WP: Booth LP: Nehus
Puyallup — Booth 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 12 K.
South Kitsap — Nehus 4 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 7 ER, BB, K; Fessenden 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, ER, 3 BB.
Puyallup — Ellingson 3-5, HR, 5 RBI, R; Booth 4-5, 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R; Conerly 2-4, 2 RBI; Ulrey 2-4, 2B, 2 R.