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Knights engineer 5-1 win against PT

Bremerton’s Ryan Kopp rounds third base en route to the eventual winning run in Tuesday’s 5-1 win against Port Townsend. The win was the second on the season for the Knights, falling Wednesday to split the series with the Redskins. - Photo by James Mange
Bremerton’s Ryan Kopp rounds third base en route to the eventual winning run in Tuesday’s 5-1 win against Port Townsend. The win was the second on the season for the Knights, falling Wednesday to split the series with the Redskins.
— image credit: Photo by James Mange

Bremerton has been waiting for a game like this all season.

The Knights (2-7, 2-7-1) got some breaks and made a few of their own while manufacturing runs in a 5-1 victory against Port Townsend Tuesday.

Bremerton got the scoring started in the second, scoring two runs on only one hit. Bucky Bakuku held in, fouling off two pitches after falling behind 1-2, then reached first when he got hit by a pitch. A sacrifice bunt moved him to second and he scored when Ryan Kopp hit a hard grounder, forcing a Redskin error. Kopp advanced on a dropped third strike on the next batter, then Louie Cox ripped a single down the right field line to drive home what would end up being the winning run.

“We’ve been waiting for that all season,” said coach Joe Whitsett. “We had three things happen that we’ve been struggling to get every game. First, we found ways to get men on base, then we forced the defense to make an error and then we got a key hit.”

The same pattern continued after Port Townsend scratched out a run of its own in the top of the third. David Eagon walked and stole second and Josh Horst and Bakuku followed with singles to drive him around.

Eagon delivered a two-out RBI with a single in the fourth after Cox had reached with a hit and moved to scoring position on a passed ball.

Cox continued the clutch hitting with his own two-out RBI in the fifth, driving home Bakuku after a single, a passed ball and a steal of third.

In all, Bremerton swiped four bases on the day.

“We’ll take them when the opportunity presents itself,” Whitsett said. “We don’t get that many base runners that we can just send them all the time.”

Horst worked the complete game on the mound to pick up his first win of the year, striking out two while scattering five singles and three walks.

Cox, Bakuku and Eagon all had two hits for the Knights, with Horst and Kopp adding one each. The team dropped a tough 6-5 decision at Port Townsend the next day, when a bases-loaded balk brought home the heartbreaker. Still, Whitsett was encouraged by his team’s fight. After falling behind 4-0 in the first two innings, the Knights chipped away at the lead to force the extra inning.

“It showed the kids wouldn’t give up,” he said.

Bremerton scored two runs in the third, and one each in the fourth, fifth and sixth. Kopp went 2-4 with an RBI and Maxwell was 2-3 with two runs batted in.

The Knights had a non-league contest with Bainbridge on Thursday, but results were unavailable at press time. Bremerton returns home this Tuesday in a 4 p.m. game with league-leading Peninsula.

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