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Slide continues for Bremerton baseball
After yet another loss, it appears as though the woes are mounting, not subsiding, for the Bremerton baseball team.
The Knights extended their season-long losing streak to eight games Tuesday with an 11-1 loss against North Kitsap at Legion Field. It was Bremerton’s fourth loss in five games by 10 runs or more.
Starting pitcher Josh Fisher allowed five runs in two innings, Joel Brockman and Max Hayes combined to allow six runs in three and the Knights managed just two hits before the game was called after the fifth due to the 10-run “mercy” rule.
“Sooner or later, the baseball gods have got to pay back what they take away from us,” said coach Ken Plowman. “We’re just gonna keep working, keep playing and see what happens.”
Freshman Conner Wales, who Plowman has called the team’s “best all-around player,” is out indefinitely after breaking his arm in two places during warmups before a game last week. Devin Garcia, who broke his hand prior to the season, also is sidelined, although Plowman said “hopefully he’ll get released (Wednesday) and can start playing.”
Wales and Garcia are the team’s top two shortstops.
“They are young kids, but they are two of our most fundamentally sound players,” Plowman said.
Yet Plowman said fill-in shortstop Andy Zazeski has been “pretty solid” and the absence of Wales and Garcia has hampered the team at the plate more so than in the field.
“As far as the position itself, it’s not killing us. Where it’s hurting us the most is at the plate,” Plowman said. “We’ve struggled with (hitting). We’ve been working hard on it, trying to get them extra cuts. We’re just going to continue to do that.”
The Knights sparked a small rally in the fourth, putting runners on second and third with two outs and the score 7-0.
But after Ryan Storey hit a routine grounder to second, which NK’s second baseman bobbled, Zazeski was thrown out at home while trying to score from second. Sophomore Max Hayes scored on the play from third.
“I was pretty pleased with our overall play today,” Plowman said. “We didn’t make as many errors, we didn’t strike out as much, we put the bat on the ball, we made a lot of good plays out there.”
Plowman also said he was pleased with the pitching of Brockman, Hayes and Fisher, who Plowman pulled after two to save him for today’s game against Klahowya.
“I think they pitched really well,” Plowman said. “None of our pitchers are overpowering, but we didn’t hardly walk anybody.”
Fisher, however, wasn’t as generous in critiquing himself or his teammates, citing his health and the sometimes shoddy defense behind to explain NK’s 11-run tally.
“I’d say that I probably wasn’t pitching at 100 percent today. My elbow was kind of sore, so for the most part I was serving up batting practice and hoping my defense could do something with it,” Fisher said. “It’s kind of tough not knowing that the defense always has my back.”
The Knights faced Olympic yesterday, but results from that game were unavailable at press time. The hosts Klahowya at 4 p.m. today at Legion Field.
“I know this team is better than they’ve showed to this point,” Plowman said. “We’re just going to keep working on playing to our level, to the ability we’re able to play at.”