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SK's big first inning cools Ace Paving

"Lost in the shuffle of 11 combined errors were the strong pitching performances from South Kitsap's Jason Stuart and Ace Paving's Derek Winderl in a Senior American Legion baseball game July 12 at South Kitsap High School.Stuart and his SK teammates took advantage of an 8-run first inning to eventually hold off a relentless Ace Paving team, 14-10.Ace Paving rolled to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning led by Joe Bollinger's two-run double. Bollinger eventually scored the third run off of shortstop Chris Kelly's fielding error.But SK countered in the bottom of the inning but had a lot of help from Ace Paving's Winderl and the defense.Of the eight hits Winderl gave up only one was an extra base hit. He struck out five batters, but walked five and watched his team commit six of its seven errors while he was on the mound.SK managed just two hits in the 8-run first, but Winderl battled with control (three walks) and three team errors.Four errors by the SK defense didn't boost Stuart's statistics.He pitched a complete nine-inning game, striking out 10 batters, walking two and hitting another two. Fortunately the offense did enough to preserve a victory.Shane Starkweather pushed SK's lead to 9-3 in the second inning after hitting an inside-the-park home run.It should have been a double but right fielder Alex Marza crashed into the fence and couldn't find the ball when he came to his feet.Another error allowed the second run of the inning and increased SK's lead to 10-3.Trailing 12-5 after the sixth inning, Ace Paving's Corey Beahm made the game interesting with a three-run blast over the right field fence.But SK ended the threat and added a run in the bottom of the seventh and another in the eighth.Ace Paving tacked on two more runs in the ninth but that was all they could manage before Stuart struck Benji Ehlers out looking to end the game."

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