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Aloha Knights beat Kitsap in marathon game

Matt Hibbitts hits game-winner in 15th inning
by: , Aloha Knights

The Aloha Knights boosted their postseason hopes with a 9-8 win against Kitsap on Saturday in a game that stretched to 15 innings and lasted almost 4 1/2 hours.

Matt Hibbitts finally ended the game with a two-run single. Four different Knights finished with multiple hits, led by Shawn Wayt who went 3 for 7 with an RBI and a run scored. He also pitched the final four innings, giving up only two hits.

Kitsap forced extra innings with a home run to lead off the ninth.

The Bluejackets avoided a series sweep with an 8-5 win in Sunday's finale. Kitsap rallied from a 5-1 deficit, pulling even with a four-run burst in the seventh inning and winning the game on a two-run single by pinch-hitter Max Kwan in the eighth.

Aloha tried to answer by loading the bases in the bottom of the eight, but a fly out to center field kept the Knights from making a dent.

Going into the final week of the summer season, the Knights (21-15) trail Bend and Wenatchee in the chase for a spot in the West Coast League championship series.