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Baseball: Wolves’ bats rip Riders
After a busy week of league and non-league play, Sequim and North Kitsap’s Vikings are atop the Olympic League standings heading into their showdown on April 16.
The Wolves pummeled league rival Port Angeles on April 11 and got some help later in the week when the Riders knocked off North Kitsap to force the logjam.
Sequim opened the week with a 1-0 loss at Bremerton on April 9. Coming off spring break, the teams combined for 19 hits but just the lone run. Ben Merrill got the game-winning hit in the bottom of the fifth and Knights ace Eli Fultz made it stick, striking out five, walking one and spreading out eight hits in seven innings.
Nick Johnston worked into the fourth inning before Jake Hudson took over. Hudson took the loss, giving up the one earned run in two-and-a-third innings of work.
Brett Wright and Jon Donahue had key hits for Sequim.
Two days later, scoring was not a problem for the Wolves, who ripped Roughrider pitching for 13 hits and walked six times in a mercy-rule shortened, 14-1 victory in a steady Sequim rain.
Karsten Wake was busy, going 3-for-3 with four RBIs and picking up the win on the mound. He went all five innings, striking out four and allowing six hits and a walk.
Teammate Tyler Forshaw was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, a steal and three runs scored. Tyler Campbell added two hits and two RBIs while Hudson drove in three.
On April 13, Sequim got a much-needed win late when Forshaw scored from second base on a ninth-inning error as Sequim upended North Mason, 6-5.
Sequim held a 5-1 lead until the seventh, when the Bulldogs plated four runs. Chase Schoonhoven hit a two-out, two-run double to tie it.
Forshaw finished 2-for-3 with a double, two steals and three runs scored while Wake had three RBIs and Hudson drove in two.
Hudson picked up the win in relief.
Sequim picked up a non-league game Saturday in Chimacum but also picked up a loss, falling to the 1A powerhouse, 9-4. Quinn Eldridge held Sequim batters at bay for five innings. Donahue had a run-scoring single for Sequim.
Following the match-up with North Kitsap on Monday, the Wolves were slated to take on Klahowya in Silverdale on April 18 and play at Olympic — also in Silverdale — on April 20.
Sequim is back at home for a match-up with Port Townsend on April 23 before traveling to Kingston April 25.
The Wolves round out the regular season with North Mason (April 27) and Port Angeles (April 30).