South Kitsap pours on the runs in 12-1 victory over Kentwood

The Wolves collected 12 hits in the five-inning mercy rule game

KENT — The South Kitsap prep baseball team picked up their first win of the season in grand fashion, knocking off an always tough Kentwood program 12-1 on the road March 15.

The Wolves (1-1) racked up 12 hits and received a strong pitching performance from senior right-hander Nathaniel Beers.

Hunter McCloskey went 2 for 4 and drove in four runs, including a single with the bases loaded that chased home two in a five-run third that helped blow open the game. Blake Ballew collected three hits and Stratton Fazio and Rylen Bayne also had multi-hit performances.

Beers pitched four shutout innings, giving up just four hits and striking out one batter on just 43 pitches.

South Kitsap’s next game is its home opener on Wednesday against Graham-Kapowsin.

South Kitsap 12, Kentwood 1

SK 1 2 5 3 1 — 12 12 1

KW 0 0 0 0 1 — 1 6 3

WP: Beers LP: Yang

Pitching

Kentwood — Yang 2.2 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K; Hansen 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, K; Franceschina IP, 2 H, R, ER, 2 BB.

South Kitsap — Beers 4 IP, 4 H, K; Bingham IP, 2 H, R, ER, K.

Hitting

Kentwood — Stensell 1-2, R, SB; Yang 1-3; Hansen 1-3; Rivera 1-2.

South Kitsap — McCloskey 2-4, 3B, 4 RBI; Ballew 3-4, 2B, R; Bayne 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R; Fazio 2-3, RBI, R, BB; Duarte 1-3, RBI, BB, R; Olson 1-2, RBI, BB, 2 R.

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

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