The shoulder might not be healthy, but Kyle Conwell’s swing is working just fine.
Tahoma’s Conwell, who dislocated his surgically-repaired shoulder two weeks ago, was back in the lineup for just the second time Friday night against Beamer in a South Puget Sound League baseball playoff game.
And the Bears couldn’t be happier.
Behind Conwell’s big bat and another strong pitching performance from ace Chris Marangon, Tahoma fended off Beamer at Kent Memorial Park, 6-3, to claim the SPSL’s No. 3 seed to Saturday’s West Central District tournament.
Conwell went 3 for 3 with one run scored, a stolen base and four runs batted in — including a clutch three-run, bases-clearing double in the sixth inning — to key Tahoma’s victory.
“He threw me a first-pitch curveball and I just sat on it,” said Conwell of the clutch double.
On Friday, Conwell’s shoulder proved healthy enough.
“My arm is strong, it’s just throwing that makes it a little sore,” said Conwell, who had labrum surgery on his right shoulder in November. “I am done throwing and will probably DH the rest of the year.”
Having Conwell’s bat in the lineup is enough for the Bears right now.
“His doctor gave him the green light and said his shoulder will occasionally (pop out),” Tahoma coach Russ Hayden said. “He can’t play in the field at all, but just to be able to use his stick in the lineup (is big).”
But Conwell wasn’t alone. Marangon delivered again, allowing three runs on six hits in six innings of work. Marangon, who also chipped in a pair of hits, struck out six.
With the win, the Bears (15-5) will play the Narrows League champion Olympia at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Tacoma’s Hiedelberg Park.