Wolfpack fall at state regionals | Baseball

By David Pan | Jun 01, 2018

Jackson had every opportunity to advance to the final four of the 4A state baseball playoffs.

But the Timberwolves came up a couple runs short in a 2-1 loss to Skyview in a loser-out 4A state regional tournament game Saturday, May 19, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

The Storm went on to lose 6-2 to Richland in the state championship game.

Sophomore pitcher Case Matter followed up his perfect performance in the district championship game with another outstanding effort on the mound, allowing only two runs in the first inning and limiting Skyview to only five hits.

Teammate pitcher Alec Schuldt allowed only three hits to lead the Wolfpack to a 3-0 victory over South Kitsap earlier in the day.

“It was a great season,” Jackson coach Kirk Nicholson said. “All you can do at the end of the year is give yourself a chance. … At the end, we had some hot pitching going. We were playing really well. We fell just short of the final four. You can’t ask for anything more than that. My kids were great. They were a wonderful group to coach. It was disappointing at the end. We had a legitimate chance.”

The Wolfpack produced eight hits against the Storm but was only able to score one run on an RBI single by Kyle Serres in the bottom of the seventh.

“We had plenty of opportunities,” Nicholson aid. “We hit the ball hard right at people. If we find the gap, we score some more runs.”

The Wolfpack had runners thrown out at home and second to kill potential scoring rallies.

“They made two plays we haven’t seen anybody make all season,” Nicholson said. “They made perfect plays to get those guys. They made great plays and that happens sometimes.”

The Jackson coach praised the performances of his two pitchers.

“Alec and Case were special,” Nicholson said. “When you only give up two runs in the state playoffs in 14 innings, that’s getting it done. It really is.”

Junior catcher Ben Steck excelled in the state regional games.

“He did a wonderful job of catching,” Nicholson said. “He does everything right.”

Senior Carter Booth, who is headed to Oregon State, helped jump start the Jackson offense against South Kitsap. Booth, who was 2-for-3 with two runs, took advantage of his speed.

“He beats out a ground ball that everybody else is thrown out,” Nicholson said. “Others clutched up. Addison Beckman was amazing. He had a great year.”

Beckman, senior Diego Altamirano and Bradley Lundquist each drove in a run against South Kitsap.

Jackson graduates 10 seniors but returns a strong battery in Matter and Steck.

“Replacing our seniors is not going to be any easy task,” Nicholson said.

“Our guys have to get a lot better. There is a lot of work to do.”

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