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Brown belts CK past Wolves

CK starter David Stilley, who had strong movement on his fastball and curveball, held the Wolves scoreless for five innings in the Cougars’ 6-5 win Tuesday. - Photo by Jesse Beals
CK starter David Stilley, who had strong movement on his fastball and curveball, held the Wolves scoreless for five innings in the Cougars’ 6-5 win Tuesday.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

It’s the situation kids dream about.

Bottom of the ninth (or seventh in this case) inning. Two runners on. Two outs. Down by three. Full count.

Gone.

Central Kitsap’s Caleb Brown made that baseball fantasy a reality Tuesday, lifting CK to a 6-5 win over the Wolves at Huey Field with a walk-off home run.

“That feels awesome,” he said after the 3-run shot erased a 5-2 deficit on the game’s last pitch. “I wasn’t keeping my head in it on the first (two strikes). The last swing, it just went straight from my shoulders to the ball.”

The Cougars also got strong pitching from David Stilley to knock off South Kitsap. Wednesday, the Wolves struck back, winning 5-2 in Port Orchard.

Central Kitsap (10-2, 7-1) is now tied with Gig Harbor for first place in the Bridge Division after also topping Bremerton 10-0 in five innings on Thursday.

As for the win over South, Stilley said the team must now remain focused with games against the Tides and Port Angeles still on the schedule.

“We’re really excited,” Stilley said. “We’re trying really hard to win. We’ve got good teamwork here. Now we get ready for PA and Gig.”

CK coach Bill Baxter said it’s nice when the team is taking charge in terms of focusing for upcoming opponents.

“That’s what we’ve been preaching,” Baxter said. “It was an emotional win for us but we can’t come out and let down.”

In terms of Brown’s walk-off blast however, which sailed out of right-center field, Baxter said the game, in which the lead changed three times, was certainly a fun one.

“I’ve just got to tip my hats to those kids,” Baxter said. “There was nothing I could do at that point but just sit back and watch.”

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