Blake Ballew connects for a base hit during his team’s 7-6 win over Central Kitsap. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Blake Ballew connects for a base hit during his team’s 7-6 win over Central Kitsap. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

South Kitsap holds off Central Kitsap in non-league battle

EAST BREMERTON — South Kitsap grabbed an early lead in an old-school matchup with Central Kitsap and held off a late Cougars rally.

It was another day on the diamond in which the Wolves received contributions from all over the roster as they jumped out to a 7-2 lead. Central Kitsap chipped away over the final four innings, but South Kitsap came out on top, 7-6.

Jacob Duarte, Rylen Bayne, Hunter McKlosky, P.J. Moritz and Blake Ballew all recorded multi-hit game and Blake Bingham gave them a solid start on the mound. Duarte led the way with three RBI.

“That’s what we love about this group,” said South Kitsap head coach Marcus Logue. “Different guys are stepping up every game.”

This game was originally scheduled for the new turf field at Central Kitsap High School, but it has not yet to be completed. Two teams with long baseball histories in Kitsap County — and two of the best teams in Kitsap this year — facing off certainly have been an appropriate way to christen the field. However, it appears the Cougars will not play at CKHS at all this year.

Bill Baxter, in his 26th and final season as the head baseball coach at Central Kitsap due to a school district policy change that does not allow athletic directors to coach, was hoping he’d get to lead his team onto the new field for the first time.

“It’s disappointing, no doubt,” Baxter said. “But what can you say; it needs to be done right, we don’t want to rush it.”

Instead, the game was played at the Fairgrounds. The Wolves, fresh off a late-inning comeback win over Rogers the previous night, got off to a hot start.

South Kitsap’s first run of the game came in on a throwing error on a ground ball with two runners on. Jacob Olsen laid down a bunt and the throw to first was wild allowing Nathaniel Beers to round third and score. Bayne then picked up an RBI-single and a third run came home on a balk. McKlosky then laced a single into right to chase in a fourth run.

Duarte drove in the final three runs, picking up RBI-singles in two consecutive at-bats in the fourth and fifth innings.

“We gave them some runs, some opportunities,” Baxter said. “We got into too many hitters counts against a good team, they’re going to bang it.”

The Wolves left a couple of runners stranded in the fifth after taking a 7-2 lead and also loaded the bases in the sixth, but came away empty-handed. Those missed opportunities would loom large as Central Kitsap came charging back over the second half of the game.

“I think we could have put more up, we had some runners on and we were a little tentative,” Logue said.

Bingham rolled along, retiring the first even batters he faced. He hit a speed-bump in the fourth inning as Nate DeSchryver drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Kaden McDowell launched a triple to center field to score another, but Jeriah Blake came on to strand McDowell at third.

“Bingham pitched really well for us today,” Logue said. “That was good to see, he ate up some innings.”

Central Kitsap continued to close the gap little by little. An RBI-double by Carson Wiler in the fifth cut the lead to 7-3.

The Cougars then tacked on another in the sixth on John Corley’s second hit of the game scoring Kade Coombe, who had doubled to get himself into scoring position.

In the seventh, Wiler and DeSchryver recorded one-out singles and Coombe walked to load the bases. McDowell hit a sacrifice fly to center to bring Central Kitsap within two. Justin Baldoria walked to load the bases and then Corley hit a grounder to third that was mishandled to bring home another run. But McKlosky induced a fly out to center to end the game.

“I like the way they battled, they never gave up,” Baxter said. “We had some great at-bats.”

South Kitasp 7, Central Kitsap 6

SK 0 4 0 1 2 0 0 — 7 13 1

CK 0 0 0 2 1 1 2 — 6 11 1

WP: Bingham LP: DeSchryver SV: McKlosky

Pitching

South Kitsap — Bingham 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 K; Blake 2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, K; McKlosky 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, ER, 2 BB.

Central Kitsap — DeSchryver 3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; McDowell 2.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, K; Flaugher IP, H, K.

Hitting

South Kitsap — Duarte 2-5, 3 RBI; Bayne 3-4, RBI, 2 R; McKlosky 2-3, 2 BB, RBI, SB, R; Moritz 3-5; Ballew 2-3, 2B, BB, R;

Central Kitsap — McDowell 2-3, 3B, 2 RBI; Wiler 2-4, 2B, RBI, R; DeSchryver 1-3, RBI, R; Corley 2-4, RBI; Coombe 2-3, 2B, 2 R; Flaugher 2-4, 2B.

Nate DeSchryver puts the ball in play for the Cougars. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Nate DeSchryver puts the ball in play for the Cougars. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

More in Sports

Nick Zeller-Singh
Why Seattle is a perfect spot for 2026 World Cup

Seattle is one of 16 locations in North America to host the… Continue reading

David Musselman worked as a security guard and in customer service for the Seattle Seahawks for nearly seven seasons. Courtesy Photos
Poulsbo firefighter’s path to Seahawks security

First in a series on locals involved with professional sports Dave Musselman… Continue reading

Nicholas Zeller-Singh/Kitsap News Group photos
Kitsap County residents have seen a spike in participation numbers of all ages since the Seattle Kraken started.
Kraken spark more interest in hockey in Kitsap County

The Seattle Kraken pro team has been a hit in Kitsap County,… Continue reading

Salix Wartes-Kahl of NK placed second to lead the Vikings at state. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
NK gets 6 Top 5 finishes at 2A state

Salix Wartes-Kahl had the best finish for North Kitsap at the state… Continue reading

Senior catcher Colton Bower was a big reason for NK’s success this season. He will be on scholarship to play for Washington State University next year.
NK baseball stunned in 1st round at state

North Kitsap’s baseball team won over 20 games and only lost a… Continue reading

Makayla Stockman winds up to pitch for the Vikings. Steve Powell/File Photos
NK girls make it to state the hard way

Competitions took place last weekend to see who would advance to the… Continue reading

Pitcher Noah Sorensen moved the ball around and struck out a number of Pirates.
NK wins district title, on to state

Kingston wins 1 before being eliminated

NK's Angel Chavez (8), a junior forward, and Jackson Reeves (12) rush back to defend to keep Clover Park from scoring a breakaway goal. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
NK wins in soccer, softball

North Kitsap is still alive in the District 2/3 2A boys soccer… Continue reading

Laine Miller of NK tossed the discus over 142 feet to win the discus. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
NK boys, girls win home track meet

Whether it’s for first place, or last, or somewhere in between, high… Continue reading

Kingston sophomore Peau Tameilau (33) slides safety into home plate as catcher Colton Bower of North Kitsap awaits the throw. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
NK comes back to beat Kingston

For a little while, it looked like Kingston might upset rival North… Continue reading

The free fishing derby put on by the Lions Club is Saturday in Poulsbo. Courtesy Photo
Free fishing derby Saturday in Poulsbo

The Poulsbo Noon Lions Club is hosting a “Hooked on Fish Derby”… Continue reading

Colton Bower of NK dives safely back to first base after hitting a single in the first inning. Zach Duffy of BHS applies the tag. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald
NK falls to league-leading Bainbridge

You can bet the North Kitsap Viking outfielders are going to be… Continue reading