Stratton Fazio picked up two hits in four at bats in the 9-5 loss to Puyallup. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Stratton Fazio picked up two hits in four at bats in the 9-5 loss to Puyallup. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

South Kitsap falls to Puyallup, but will get another shot at an SPSL title

The Vikings prevailed 9-5, but the Wolves can still win the league championship by beating Rogers on Monday

PORT ORCHARD — The Wolves had a shot to lock up its first-ever South Puget Sound League 4A baseball championship since 2015, but couldn’t overcome some early mistakes.

Fortunately, the team will get another shot at winning the title outright on Monday when the team hosts Rogers at Elton Goodwin Field. Olympia could have tied the Wolves with a win, but were defeated 2-1 by Bellarmine Prep.

South Kitsap last won a league title in 2015, finishing atop the Narrows League, and eventually went on to capture a Class 4A state championship.

But Puyallup’s five-run first inning, aided by two walks and a two-base error, was too much to overcome in Friday’s 9-5 loss.

“It could have been a much closer game, but obviously we didn’t help ourselves,” South Kitsap head coach Marcus Logue said.

Nathaniel Beers drew them closer with a long two-run homer to left field in the second inning, but in the top of the third, the Vikings put up two more runs on a low throw and a drop at first base, which allowed the two runners to score.

South Kitsap had plenty of chances to close the gap, but left 12 runners on base and stranded a runner at third base in four different innings. Hitters were, at times, impatient against Puyallup starter Eli Sevener, who threw nearly as many balls (46) as strikes (52).

“We didn’t make the adjustments we needed to,” Logue said.

The Wolves did stage a mini-rally in the seventh. Rylen Bayne doubled with two outs and was brought home on a Sam Canton RBI-single. After Canton moved up to second on a wild pitch, Hunter McKlosky brought him home with a hard line drive single to center field. But the next hitter flied out to right to end the game.

Finishing in first place would put the Wolves in a more favorable position in the district tournament. The No. 1 team out of the SPSL faces the No. 4 team from the North Puget Sound League at 7 p.m. at Heritage Park in Puyallup on May 7 and would need only a victory in that game to ensure a spot in the 4A state tournament.

Puyallup 9, South Kitsap 5

Puy 5 0 2 1 0 0 1 — 9 7 2

SK 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 — 5 9 2

WP: Sevener LP: Duarte SV: Anderson

Pitching

Puyallup — Sevener 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, K; Anderson 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 K.

South Kitsap — Duarte 3 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; Reidy 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 K.

Hitting

Puyallup — Kim 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R; Pierce 2-4, 2 RBI, R; Johnson 1-3, 2B, BB, 2 R; 1-4, RBI, R; Molmen 0-2, RBI; Anderson 0-2, RBI, BB, R.

South Kitsap — Beers 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, R; Canton 2-4, RBI, BB, R; Bayne 1-3, 2B, BB, 2 R; Moritz 1-4, 2B; Fazio 2-4; McKlosky 1-5, RBI.

— Mark Krulish is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at mkrulish@soundpublishing.com. Follow him on Twitter @MKrulishKDN.

Stratton Fazio picked up two hits in four at bats in the 9-5 loss to Puyallup. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Stratton Fazio picked up two hits in four at bats in the 9-5 loss to Puyallup. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

More in Sports

Sadie Chipley
Athlete of the Week: Sadie Chipley, Olympic fastpitch

Sadie Chipley was instrumental in helping the Olympic softball team reach the… Continue reading

Max Larsen (7) and the rest of the Vikings congratulate Colton Bower on his home run against Sequim in the district playoffs. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Another successful Vikings season comes to an end in the state tournament

EPHRATA — The Vikings season came to an end last week in… Continue reading

Kymeal Gaulden won two individual events and was part of a winning relay team in helping the Central Kitsap girls win the district title. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Central Kitsap girls, Klahowya boys grab district track titles

SUMNER — The Central Kitsap girls made it two-for-two in postseason meets… Continue reading

Olympic’s Marissa Nemeth reached the district finals and finished second in the West Central District III tournament. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Olympic, North Kitsap district qualifiers all move on to state

Two singles players and three doubles pairs will represent the league at the state tournament

Most Read