South Kitsap now is scheduled to play its winner-to-state, loser-out game at 1 p.m. Monday against Bethel at Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway. This is the second rain-related delay for the Wolves during the Class 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District Tournament, which was supposed to wrap up Saturday. South will play a seeding game for state at 5 p.m. Monday if it beats the Braves.
The state tournament begins Friday in Spokane.
Because rain suspended Friday’s late games, South Kitsap will play at 1 p.m. Saturday in a winner-to-state, loser-out contest against Bethel or Rogers in the Class 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District Tournament at Sprinker Recreation Complex in Spanaway. The game originally was scheduled for 11 a.m.
SPANAWAY — South Kitsap’s hopes to reach the Class 4A state tournament for the second consecutive year will come down to one game.
The Wolves (16-4) must defeat either Bethel or Rogers at 11 a.m. Saturday in the 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District Tournament at Sprinker Recreation Center to advance to next week’s state tournament in Spokane.
After defeating Mount Rainier 9-4 on Friday morning, South was in position to earn a state berth just hours later against Todd Beamer. The Wolves led most of the game, but the contest was tied, 2-2, entering the bottom of the seventh inning. Maddy Colson hit a leadoff single against starter Ashley Chamberlin and MaKinzie Palmer followed with a sacrifice bunt. But both reached base safely when Chamberlin’s throw to first base could not be corralled by Hayley Romo, which enabled Colson to advance to third base.
Megan Jewett-Chen then hit a sharp grounder to shortstop Alissa Buss, whose throw to home plate appeared to beat Colson. But catcher Drew Camacho dropped the ball, and the Titans (20-6) earned their first state berth in program history.
“It was a little bit of a letdown because they just gave it away,” South coach Jessica Cabato said. “We’ve been in the opposite role (before).”
The Wolves faced a similar predicament last year when they defeated Union 2-1 to earn their first state berth since 2003. Cabato, who is in her first year at South, expects a similar outcome.
“They will be ready,” she said. “We just discussed leaving this field without any regrets.”
South Kitsap’s baseball game against Olympia, which originally was scheduled for Friday, now is set to be played at 4 p.m. Tuesday. That will be the Wolves’ only home contest this week as they play today at Gig Harbor, Wednesday at Stadium and Friday at Central Kitsap.
South Kitsap’s game against Bellarmine Prep, which initially was scheduled for Monday, now is slated for Tuesday. Today’s contest against Gig Harbor was rained out and has not been rescheduled. The Wolves next play a nonleague contest Monday against Foss.
South Kitsap’s Class 4A Narrows League fastpitch game against Bellarmine Prep was postponed because of poor field conditions today. Administrative assistant Lisa Pavlik said scheduling conflicts will not allow for the contest to be rescheduled this week. The Wolves are scheduled to play at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday against Gig Harbor.
South Kitsap’s nonleague game today at Timberline was rained out. The game has not been rescheduled, but coach Marcus Logue said he hopes to play the Blazers later in the season before the playoffs.
South Kitsap senior Adam Gascoyne, a three-sport standout for the Wolves, has committed to play football next season at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
The Pointers, who compete in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, finished with a 2-8 record last year.
Gascoyne placed fourth in the Class 4A state wrestling tournament at 152 pounds and also runs track for South. His father, Ron, said his son will have the opportunity to compete in both sports at UWSP, as well.
On the gridiron, Gascoyne rushed for 1,079 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Wolves’ game scheduled for today against Central Kitsap was rained out. South Kitsap now is slated to play the Cougars at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
South Kitsap athletic director Ed Santos confirmed Tuesday morning that boys soccer coach Cory Vartanian will lead the team tonight at Olympia.
Vartanian missed the Wolves’ first two games last week. Santos said he had no details regarding Vartanian’s absence.