The early throwing errors proved even more costly once the base running miscues surfaced.
In the end, it was all too much for Capital to overcome.
Nolan Wiler homered, Andrew Thoresen pitched effectively through five innings and visiting Central Kitsap picked up a 7-2 victory over a mistake-prone Capital squad in Narrows League 3A baseball action at Waits Field on Monday.
“We just didn’t have much energy early on,” Capital coach Jesse Elam said. “We had some opportunities. We just didn’t capitalize on them.”
Trailing 6-0, Capital’s bats finally woke up in the sixth inning when the Cougars scored both of their runs.
However, the two runs seemed bittersweet as Capital (7-8 overall, 4-4 league) squandered away a potential big inning with its base running.
Noah Bennett-Chong led the sixth off with a deep drive to center field, but was gunned down while trying to stretch his double into a triple — the first of two such plays in the inning for Capital.
“That one’s on me,” Elam said. “I waved him to third. I thought he could make it. That’s one we want to have back. I don’t send him and we extend that inning.”
Almost rubbing salt into the wound was the fact that the out was followed by a double from Jacob Johnson and a single from Connor Hayden. It marked the only time in the game Capital was able to string three consecutive hits together, yet still had yet to score.
Johnson finally got Capital on the board, scoring on a wild pitch.
Sean Morris drove in Hayden, trimming the deficit to 6-2, but was thrown out at second moments after the run crossed the plate to end the inning.
“We’re trying to be aggressive out there,” Elam said. “We send Sean every time on a play like that. More times than not, he’s safe. It was a tough inning for us. The guys were starting to square up and hit the ball. We just didn’t take advantage.”
Cody Jenkins got the start for Capital, pitching 52/3 innings before being pulled following Wiler’s two-run blast which pushed Central Kitsap’s lead to 6-0.
Sophomore Jacob Loose took over and did not allow a hit, but Central Kitsap (10-4, 7-2) was able to add a run in the seventh following Capital’s third throwing error to first as Collin Palau scored on the play.