Sequim sweeps, ready for Bulldogs

Here we go again.

The storied battles between Sequim and North Mason fastpitch teams were slated this week to write another chapter in their rivalry.

The Wolves (12-1 in league play, 16-2 overall as of May 2) head into the May 5 contest aiming to edge out the Bulldogs (12-0, 13-0) for the top 2A seed going into the West Central District tournament.

Sequim was scheduled to play Kingston on May 3, then play at Klahowya on May 13, their final tune-up for the postseason.

The district playoffs are May 21-22 at Sprinker Recreation Center in Tacoma.

The top 2A seed from the Olympic League gets a first-round bye and plays the winner of the Nisqually No. 2/Olympic No. 3 Friday evening game.

The No. 2 2A seed from the Olympic League takes on the Nisqually League No. 3 seed at 6 p.m. Friday in a loser-out contest.

The district advances just two teams to the state 2A tournament.

Hopson's homer sparks win

Hard to call a home run in a regular season softball game between two disparate teams legendary, but Sequim's Lea Hopson may have pulled off that feat.

Hopson hit a towering, three-run blast in the fourth inning of a Sequim 10-0 win against Olympic that traveled an estimated 325 feet at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds ball field, according to the Kitsap Sun.

Sequim coach Mel Hendrickson said it flew at least 300 feet. Either way, it cleared the 220-foot temporary fence that's standard on some prep softball diamonds, cleared another fence behind that and hit an auxiliary shed at the sports complex.

"It was a shot (and) towering too," Hendrickson said, noting it's the longest home run he's ever seen in high school softball.

The Wolves were already up 2-0 when Hopson, Sequim's slugging shortstop, cranked her 11th round-tripper of the season.

Unlike balls hit in Sequim, where Hopson has to run around all the bases, the Kitsap field had a fence.

Demiree Briones was sharp on the mound, surrendering just one hit in five innings against the 3A Trojan squad. She had five strikeouts and allowed just one walk.

The Wolves pounded Olympic starter Christina Bigelow and reliever Stacie Longmire for 10 hits, four by Hopson. Cindy Miller had a triple and three RBIs, Maddy Zbaraschuk had an RBI while Kinzie Winfield and Briones each added base hits.

"We played pretty well," Hendrickson said. "We had errors but they didn't hurt us at all."

Sequim added two big, mercy rule-shortened wins earlier in the week: a 19-0 win against Port Townsend on April 26 and a 16-0 victory against North Kitsap on April 28.

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