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GreyWolves start series in Kitsap with a win

Konnor Zickefoose delivers the winning runs in a pinch-hit appearance

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - GreyWolves manager Justin Barchus keeps his eye on the action. Gresham is tied for third place in the South Division heading into the weekend.

Wednesday, June 29

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Gresham GreyWolves
Kitsap Bluejackets

The Kitsap Bluejackets went to the bullpen over and over again in the eighth inning, but failed to find the answer as the Gresham GreyWolves put on a late three-run spurt to claim a 4-1 win in the series opener Wednesday night.

John Matros prompted a fly out to start the inning, but was pulled off the mound before the next batter stepped into the box.

“They were trying to go with matchups lefty-on-lefty and righty-on-righty,” GreyWolves coach Justin Barchus said.

Lefty Jordan Knoll hit a batter and walked the next.

Kitsap made a change.

Gresham's Jack Johnson drew a walk — bases loaded.

The chess game moved deeper.

GreyWolves coach Justin Barchus inserted Konnor Zickefoose into the lineup for a pinch-hit performance.

“He hasn't seen too many at-bats this summer, but I've noticed him getting better and better in batting practice, so he was my first option to come in tonight,” Barchus said.

Zickefoose came into the game hitting 5-for-22 (.227). He quickly fell behind 0-2 in the count, but rewarded his coaches' trust by knocking a single through the left side that scored Dylan Doherty and Curtis Perrin for the winning runs.

Gresham (9-13) finishes its series in Kitsap on Friday before hosting Walla Walla on Sunday night to begin a three-game set at Oslund Field.

Look for expanded coverage in our Friday, July 1, print edition.

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