KENT — Lake Stevens jumped out to an early lead, but Vikings starter Branden Kelliher faltered in the fourth inning and South Kitsap won the state regional game 5-2 at Art Wright Field on Saturday morning.
Kelliher got out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the second inning with two strikeouts and a flyout, but couldn’t wriggle out of a jam in the fourth. South Kitsap loaded the bases again, but this time Hunter Riley smacked a two-run double to take a 4-2 lead it would never relinquish.
“I think having the whole week off you could tell (Branden) was a little rusty,” said Lake Stevens head coach Rodger Anderson.
Lake Stevens finished its season 15-9.
Kelliher knocked in both Lake Stevens runs with RBI singles in the first and third inning. Corey Bullens had a single and double in both innings and scored the Vikings’ second run.
At Wright Field
Lake Stevens 101 000 0 — 2 8 1
South Kitsap 000 041 x — 5 6 1
Branden Kelliher, Nick Hoskins (5), Skyler Swords (5) and Matt Del Fante. Logan Knowles, Mac McCarty (3) and Tyler Pinkerton. WP—McCarty (9-1). LP—Kelliher (5-2). 2B—Hunter Riley (SK), Corey Bullens (LS). 3B—Del Fante (LS). Records—Lake Stevens 15-9 overall. South Kitsap 20-5.