Marcus Logue sensed all the tension. So he tried the oldest trick in the book.
In the locker room, he gathered his South Kitsap High School baseball team, and played a little mind game.
“I said, ‘It is a Tuesday of baseball ... and if you treat it that way, you are going to be happy with the result,’” Logue said.
The 4A Narrows League champions played smooth and loose, battering SPSL North runner-up Tahoma, 6-0, in the opening round of the West Central/Southwest bidistrict tournament at Bellarmine Prep.
Starting ace Mac McCarty (8-0) threw a complete-game, three-hitter for the Wolves (18-4), who sewed up a spot in the district semifinals Saturday in Kent, and are guaranteed a trip to next week’s regional playoffs.
“I saw (the nerves) coming,”
Logue said. “They know what we were playing for and where we are at. They knew today was the big one. You’ve got to get to Saturday.”
Sometimes the runs don’t always come off sharp hits. And the Wolves took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on Hudson Kimple’s two-run bloop single to right field.
It was an interesting at-bat, too. Right before his hit, Kimple tried calling timeout. He was not granted it, and seconds later, Jake Lambro’s pitch for the Bears (15-6) came to home plate.
“If he is not giving you the timeout, you just have to go with it,” Kimple said. “So you’ve got to put it in play and do your job. It was definitely trouble — a short little blooper.”
The Wolves tallied four more runs an inning later to take a 6-0 advantage. Kimple drove in his third run of the game in the fifth on a sharp single to left field.
McCarty, a side-arm throwing right-hander, finished the game by retiring the final 13 Tahoma hitters. He ended up with eight strikeouts.
“That is an arm slot we don’t see,” said Tahoma coach Russ Hayden, who tried replicating McCarty’s pitching style in practice Monday. “We tried to convince our guys to not try and pull the ball on him. Sometimes these kids, they think they can just swing away ... but you have to change against a kid like that.”Todd Milles: 253-597-8442 firstname.lastname@example.org @ManyHatsMilles