2000 Wolves' baseball & fastpitch game summaries:

May 19: Well, I never wanted to write those two words "season over" after either team's "next up", but it seems more painful to write it about the baseball team. Conventional wisdom says that things can go your way only so long. Eventually every action comes full circle, and those actions will soon haunt you. Case in point: The Wolves bats literally went dead, pitchers and relievers arms went awry, and, at times, the team looked like a comedy of errors (literally) as the Sehome Mariners took advantage of the Wolves' goofiness and pounded them 12-1 in the state first-round playoff game in Tacoma. "That's one of the ugliest games we've played in a long time" stunned coach Elton Goodwin told the Bremerton Sun. That aside, congratulations are still in order to Goodwin and his team for a spetacular and exciting year. The Wolves lose 11 seniors, but experience tells us that Goodwin will have his 2001 team ready for yet another run for the state championship.

May 18: Mother nature was cruel and unusual when she decided to rain down on four of the six state regional playoff games---including South Kitsap vs Sehome May 18. The game has been rescheduled for 6 PM on May 19.  Some bright news: Seniors Matt Einspahr and Nolan Soete have been named to the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area Baseball Team.  Wolves coach Elton Goodwin was chosen coach of the year.....congratulations!!

May 13: The fiesty Evergreen Plainsmen from Vancouver made it tough, but the baseball team came out ahead 4-3 as Scott Hartung singled in Nolan Soete in the 8th inning in district playoff action in Tacoma. The Wolves, currently ranked #1 in the state and #22 nationally, advance to the state regional tournament and will play Sehome (17-5), the #2 team from district 1, on May 18 at Heidelberg Field in Tacoma. Some bad news: In fastpitch, the Lady Wolves' season came to an end, losing 4-1 to Gig Harbor in the Narrows league playoffs.

May 11: Rain, rain go away! The fastpitch team will again try today to play their playoff game with Gig Harbor in Tacoma. Rain is also playing havoc with many teams in baseball playoff games for district seeding, although it's likely the SPSL will cancel most of them and award seeding based on league standings. The Wolves have already clinched the #1 district seed.

May 10: The first round of the Narrows fastpitch tournament has been postponed. Many of the Narrows teams still need to play make-up games that were originally postponed due to rain. These make-up games will determine the seeding to the tournament. The Lady Wolves, already the #3 team from the bridge division, will play the #2 team from the bay division (currently Gig Harbor) in a loser-out game to determine district seeding.

May 6: Jimmy Newell went 3-4 with two doubles and a home run to help the baseball team overcome a 6-run deficit as the Wolves defeated Wilson, the number one team in the bay division, 12-9 in Port Orchard. The Wolves claimed the Narrows league title, as well as the number one seed to the district playoffs, where they will meet Evergreen of Vancouver at noon on Friday, May 12, at Heidelberg Field in Tacoma. The fastpitch team wrapped up their regular season with a 4-2 win over Peninsula, and will play Gig Harbor, the #2 team in the bay division, in a loser-out/winner to district game on Wednesday, May 10 at the South End Recreation Area in Tacoma.

May 4: The Lady Wolves were shut out by Stadium, the first-place team in the bridge division, 6-0 in Tacoma. They will wrap up the regular season May 5 against Peninsula, and then play a loser-out game versus the second-place team in the bay division (currently Gig Harbor---date to be announced) for seeding to the district tournament.

May 3: The fastpitch team smacked twenty hits to belt Mount Tahoma 11-1 in a make-up game in Port Orchard. Melinda McDonald, Lindsay Suppa, and Carri Lefler each had a triple.

May 2: The baseball team wrapped up a perfect regular season by beating Peninsula 5-0 in Port Orchard. Steve Hall belted two triples with 2 RBI and Dominic Rio went 2-3 with 2 RBIs. The Wolves, ranked #1 in the state and listed on several national polls, including #8 on the Fox Sports west coast rankings, will host Wilson on May 5 to begin the playoffs and determine district seedings. The fastpitch team has two games remaining, and is still jockeying for a playoff spot.

April 30: Nolan Soete struck out nine and allowed only five hits as the Wolves beat cross-county rival Olympic 9-1 in Silverdale. SK will take on Peninsula in a make-up game in Port Orchard on May 1 to end the regular season. The Narrows league playoffs begin May 6.

April 29: The Peninsula at SK baseball game and the Mount Tahoma at SK fastpitch game were postponed due to rain. Possible make up dates to be announced.

April 27: The #1 ranked baseball team pitched a 1-hit shutout as they ripped Stadium 10-0 in Tacoma. Jimmy Newell went 3-4 with 3 RBIs and Matt Einspahr belted a double and a triple. The Wolves have outscored their opponents 104-10 in their last seven games. Not to be outdone, the boy's junior varsity team won their 60th straight game, coming back from a 7-1 deficit to beat Stadium 8-7. On the down side, the fastpitcher's bats have cooled down lately, losing their second in a row to Capital 5-3 in Olympia.

April 25: The Lady Wolves scored 5 runs in the seventh inning, but it wasn't enough as Olympia, the top team in the Bay division, held on to win 7-5.

April 21: The Narrows league champs Wolves shut out Mount Tahoma for the second time this season 14-0 in Port Orchard, outscoring the T-Birds 33-0 in the two-game series. The Wolves finally have a few days off to rest their torrid bats a bit with their next game scheduled for April 26 at Stadium.

April 20: The baseball team clinched the Narrows league title, pounding Capital in Olympia. Jimmy Newell, Taren Glover, and Nolan Soete hit home runs to bring the record-breaking total to 21 home runs in 14 games. The Wolves have four regular-season games remaining. The Lady Wolves beat Bellarmine behind Irene Barber's 2-3, double, and triple performance.

April 19: I'm running out of verbs to describe what the baseball team and its entire lineup is doing to the rest of the Narrows league. Let's just say that they "had their way" with the top team in the Bay division, Bellarmine, 19-2. The Wolves pounded out 18 hits and scored 10 runs in the first inning. They have now outscored their opponents 166-28.

April 18: The Wolves are on an absolute tear through their schedules. On Monday, the baseball team slammed Olympia 20-1 on the Bears' home turf. Nolan Soete continued his hot bat, going 4-4 with two home runs and 6 RBI. The Wolves now have a team-record 18-home runs in twelve games, are batting at .463, and have outscored their opponents 147-26...with no team able to score more than five runs against their pitchers. Speaking of hot, the fastpitchers beamed Wilson 14-4 in Tacoma, and have outscored their opponents 148-64.

April 14: The baseball game between Bellarmine and SK was rained out, and rescheduled for Tuesday,  April 18. The game versus Anacortes scheduled for April 15 in Port Orchard was cancelled due to injuries suffered by two Anacortes players in an auto accident (they are okay).

April 13: Bridge division leaders South Kitsap shut out Wilson, tops in the bay division, 13-0 in Tacoma. Matt Einspahr was 4-5 with a double and a triple. Jimmy Newell also belted a double and a triple to add to the 18-hit attack as the Wolves remain the only undefeated team in the Narrows league. Jacque Vetter continues her terror through the Narrows league as the fastpich team scored 13 runs in the first inning to slam Lincoln 19-2 in Port Orchard. Vetter was 3-3 with two home runs and 6 RBI. Kellie Frye went 2-2 with a triple and a double.

April 11: Nolan Soete went 2-2 with 2 doubles and Jimmy Newell was 2-3 with a home run and a double as the Wolves pounded Lincoln 13-0 in baseball. The Lady Wolves were handed their first loss in five games by the Tides, 7-3, in Gig Harbor.

April 9: In baseball, the Wolves (9-0) handed the North Kitsap Vikings (7-2) only their second loss of the season 7-4 in Port Orchard. Adam Seward singled in the go-ahead run after a 4-4 tie.

April 7: Adam Seward struck out eight as the Wolves turned the Tides 14-2 in Gig Harbor.

April 6: The Foss Falcons are leaving Port Orchard a beaten bunch.  In baseball, the Wolves spanked them 11-1, one day after the Lady Wolves humilated the fastpitch team 25-0 (and that's AFTER the "mercy" rule). Both teams travel to Gig Harbor this week for tough games against the Tides.

April 5: The baseball team scored 14 runs in the first inning to beat Central Kitsap 16-5 on the Cougars' home turf. In fastpitch, Jacque Vetter went 4-5 with two triples, a grand slam, and 6 RBI as the Lady Wolves slammed Foss 25-0.  They have now outscored their past four opponents 70-5.

April 4: Both teams are beginning to set some distance between themselves and the rest of the divisions. The Lady Wolves pounded Peninsula 19-1 and have outscored their last three opponents 45-5. The baseball team also beat the Seahawks 8-4, outscoring their last three opponents 41-5, and remain the only unbeaten team in the Narrows league.

April 1: No foolin...The Wolves continue their rampage against Tacoma schools with the baseball team slamming Stadium 14-1, handing the Tigers their first league loss of the season The fastpitchers beat the Tigers in the bottom of the eighth inning, 4-3.

March 31: The Mount Tahoma Thunderbirds are probably glad to see the South Kitsap teams get the heck out of Dodge....The baseball team socked them 19-0, two days after the Lady Wolves' fastpitch team handed them a 22-1 wholloping. The Wolves had 22 hits and six doubles.

March 28: The fastpitch team took out whatever frustrations they had...ever...on a unsuspecting Mount Tahoma team by clobbering them 22-1 at Tacoma. The Wolves pounded out 20 hits, lead by Jacque Vetters' 3-home run, 7 RBI, 5-5 performance.  The T-Birds actually led 1-0 after the first inning. The boy's game with Mount Tahoma was rescheduled for March 30.

March 25: Playing their first league game of the season, the baseball team showed Capital who's boss in the bridge division by beating them 9-5. The fastpitch team was not as fortunate, being shutout by Capital 9-0 on the Wolve's home field.

March 24: The fastpitch team smacked Rogers 5-2 in a make-up game at Puyallup.

March 23: The sogginess continues.  The baseball team's game at Curtis and the fastpitch team's game at Rogers were both postponed due to poor field conditions.

March 21: The fastpitch team is not getting off to the most ideal start. After starting the season in a rainy mudbath against Central Kitsap, their next game against Decatur was cancelled due to rain. Falling into a big hole in the first inning cursed them against North Thurston in their second game. They bounced back in a double-header on March 17, beating both Federal Way and Decatur at home. By the time Fife rolled into town on March 20, well, they just hadn't recovered completely yet.  My crystal (base)ball says they'll shake their 2-3 start and Coach Ballew will have them back on track to blindside the Narrows league into the playoffs!

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