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Bremerton baseball squeaks past Klahowya
It was a tight game to the end Tuesday night for Bremerton and Klahowya. It was the opposite of the same night’s Mariners game, in which both teams combined for more than 20 points.
Both pitchers held the mound well, not giving up any easy hits. Bremerton pitcher Eli Fultz pitched a scoreless game, shutting out the Eagles’ offense.
Bremerton head coach Steve Schorzman praised the defense of both teams after the game.
“Both pitchers pitched to contact really well,” Schorzman said. It was “a really clean game. There were no errors. In the high-school game you don’t see that.”
It was a defense that Bremerton would need to defend its small lead for half the game. The Knights’ one run came in the fourth inning when Fultz came up to bat with Jason Crumb on second base.
“We had the last couple days off for spring break so I knew I was a little rusty swinging the bat and seeing the ball,” Fultz said.
Fultz fell down in the count 0-2, but took a change-up and was able to get the bat on the ball to score Crumb. Overall it was a good game for Fultz, who threw 78 pitches and got credit for the win on top of his game-winning RBI.
Klahowya started the season strong, playing undefeated in league until they ran up against fellow unbeaten team North Kitsap two weeks ago. After that the Eagles lost to Port Angeles, and now Bremerton.
North Kitsap lost its first game to Bremerton just before spring break.
The Knights remain the only undefeated team in the Olympic League. They stand alone at the top of the League, 8-0.
The team’s biggest hurdle, said Schorzman, will be their next game. The Knights will play Port Angeles, whom they only beat by one run the first time around.
At this point in the year, Bremerton will have to play back through the league before any thought of playoffs. They’re looking to avoid a repeat of last year, Schorzman said, where the team overlooked a must-win game before the playoffs and failed to qualify.
“We haven’t established enough tradition to be able to look ahead, and even if we did,” Schorzman said, “it doesn’t matter.”