Jacob Duarte dives for the plate in the seventh inning against Emerald Ridge, but a good throw resulted in an out. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Jacob Duarte dives for the plate in the seventh inning against Emerald Ridge, but a good throw resulted in an out. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Wolves rue missed opportunities in 3-2 loss to Emerald Ridge

PORT ORCHARD — South Kitsap is entering a critical stretch of games in a South Puget Sound League that is jam-packed at the top of the standings.

Monday’s game against Emerald Ridge may be one that got away. The Wolves had a runner on third with less than two outs in three different innings and failed to drive him in. Those missed opportunities proved to be the difference in a 3-2 loss at Elton Goodwin Field.

Entering the day, South Kitsap and four other teams — Emerald Ridge, Olympia, Puyallup and Curtis — were all at the top of the standings with just one loss. The Wolves host Olympia on Tuesday and play at Puyallup on Thursday.

“I told them, ‘This game is over,’” said head coach Marcus Logue. “‘We can’t change what happened today, tomorrow we have a big game against Olympia, so we have to flush it and move on.’ And I think this group understands that.”

South Kitsap had a golden opportunity in the seventh to tie and perhaps win the game, loading the bases with no outs after Jacob Duarte led off with a walk and P.J. Moritz followed with a single. The Emerald Ridge manager then signaled for Stratton Fazio, who was already 2 for 3 with a double, to be intentionally walked.

Blake Ballew hit a solid fly ball to right field that was caught for the first out. Duarte broke for the plate in hopes of tying the game, but he was tagged out on a close play thanks to a perfectly-placed throw.

Nathaniel Beers then came up and hit a long fly ball to dead center field where Wesley Robinson caught it running backwards and falling down just a few feet short of the 380 sign to end the game.

The Wolves wound up with 11 hits in the game, but only managed two runs.

“Obviously if that ball goes a couple more inches over the center fielder’s head, it might be a win for us,” Logue said. “But I think things happen for a reason. In losses, you learn a lot about yourself and your team.”

Tim Reidy and Moritz shared pitching duties, and held the Jaguars to just seven hits and three runs. The defense, though it made two errors, also turned a pair of double plays and helped its pitchers out of jams.

Jeriah Blake made two tough catches in deep left field on balls that threatened to clear the fence. Rylen Bayne also made a good heads up play at shortstop, fielding a tough grounder in the hole and chasing down an Emerald Ridge runner that had broken toward third base prematurely.

Limiting a talented Emerald Ridge to just three runs should have been an ideal outcome, but the Wolves were simply unable to capitalize on their offensive opportunities. They had runners on first and third with no one out in the second inning, left a runner stranded at third in the third inning, and had runners at second and third with two outs in the sixth.

“These tough lessons early on will hopefully pay dividends later in the season,” Logue said.

Emerald Ridge 3, South Kitsap 2

ER 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 — 3 7 3

SK 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 — 2 11 2

WP: Harris LP: Reidy

Pitching

Emerald Ridge — Harris 7 IP, 11 H, 2 R, ER, 3 BB, 5 K.

South Kitsap — Reidy 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; Moritz 2.2 IP, 3 H, K.

Hitting

Emerald Ridge — Heaton 2-3, RBI, BB, R; Hamel 2-3, RBI, R, SB; Stransky, 1-4, 2B; Nimmich 1-3, R, SB.

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

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

More in Sports

Ryan Burchell has two top-six seed times for the Trojans in this year’s 1A/2A state meet. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
State Swimming Preview: Swimmers to watch this weekend

FEDERAL WAY — This weekend is the culmination of yet another great… Continue reading

Bremerton’s Thor Michaelson is a state championship contender in the 2A 138 weight class.
State wrestling preview: Wrestlers to watch at Mat Classic XXIII

TACOMA — Mat Classic XXXII is set for this weekend at the… Continue reading

Kimo Retome gets a shot up and over the Steilacoom defense in Bremerton’s 54-52 win on Wednesday. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Bremerton’s fourth quarter comeback moves them to within one win of a regional berth

The Knights play Franklin Pierce on Friday in a winner-to-state game

Olympic’s Caleb Erickson tries to get a shot up and over Port Angeles’s Damen Ringgold (22) in Wednesday’s 72-55 loss. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Hoops roundup: Oly boys fall to PA; CK boys and Klahowya girls stay alive

UNIVERSITY PLACE — The Trojans were looking to pull an upset against… Continue reading

Noelani Barreith
Athlete of the Week: Noelani Barreith, North Kitsap girls basketball

For the past four years, Noelani Barreith has been one of the… Continue reading

Mateo Sipai of Chief Kitsap Academy looks to get past a Puget Sound Adventist defender in the Bears’ 53-50 win in the 1B tri-district tournament. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Chief Kitsap Academy clinches 1B regional spot with win over Puget Sound Adventist

KINGSTON — Things were looking a little grim for Chief Kitsap Academy… Continue reading

Klahowya’s Ella Koebelin tries to dodge a Cascade Christian defender in her team’s first round district game. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Klahowya struggles from the floor in district loss to Cascade Christian

PORT ORCHARD — Klahowya was fresh off the first winning season in… Continue reading

North Kitsap senior Shaa Humphrey is congratulated by his teammates after reaching the 1,000-point milestone in his team’s district win over Steilacoom. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Humphrey hits 1,000 career points as North Kitsap clinches its regional berth

POULSBO — There was no shortage of reasons to celebrate in North… Continue reading

Noelani Barreith had 11 points and 13 rebounds in North Kitsap’s upset victory over White River. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group).
North Kitsap stuns No. 1 White River to secure a spot at regionals

BUCKLEY — The North Kitsap girls stunned White River on Friday evening… Continue reading

Most Read