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Sequim squad sweeps aside foes

by MICHAEL DASHIELL
Sequim Gazette
 

Sequim’s pitchers were a little off in the squad’s season openers. Fortunately, the Wolves’ bats were on fire.

 

Sequim (3-0) knocked around Forks, Bremerton and Chief Sealth pitching for 41 runs in back-to-back-to-back contests last week.
 


Sequim pitcher Karsten Wake works the mound against non-league opponent Chief Sealth on Saturday, March 19. Wake pitched four innings and earned the win.    Photo by Jim Heintz


“Our offense is ahead of our pitching and defense,” Sequim coach Dave Ditlefsen said.

 

Sequim used a split varsity/junior varsity squad in a 16-0 win against 1A Forks on March 17. Nick Ramirez was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored, Lane Steichen was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and Karsten Wake added two of Sequim’s 17 total hits.

 

Anthony Ignagni (two innings pitched), Ray Montelius (two) and Jake Hudson (one) combined for a five-inning no hitter. The trio struck out nine.

 

A day later, Sequim came back from a five-run deficit to edge Bremerton, 12-11. The 3A Knights scored seven runs in the fifth inning but Sequim responded with five runs in the sixth and got a bases loaded walk from Wake in the bottom of the seventh.

 

Wake finished 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and a run scored. Weston Royall went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, Preston McFarlen was 3-for-5 with a double and Isaac Yamamoto reached base five times — four times by walk. He had a double, two RBIs and three runs scored.

 

Drew Rickerson gave up just one earned run in the first four innings but was wild, walking eight Knights. Tyler Campbell worked two-thirds of an inning, Kyler Johnston worked into the sixth and Yamamoto shut down Bremerton in the seventh, striking out two and earning the win.

 

“Huge win,” Ditlefsen said. “There’s no room to let games slip away (in this league).”

 

On March 19, Sequim battered Chief Sealth pitchers for 11 runs in the first three innings and held on for a 13-8 victory. Rickerson was 4-for-4 with a double, steal and three runs. McFarlen and Johnston had two hits and two RBIs each. Wake earned the win after pitching four innings while Montelius worked the final three innings for a save.

 

“We’re going to have to get sharper on the mound and tighten up the defense a bit,” Ditlefsen said. “We know we have some better teams coming up.”

 

Reach Michael Dashiell at miked@sequimgazette.com.

 

 

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