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Baseball: No extra innings for Wolves
In the end, it was a familiar foe that ended Sequim’s season.
Needing just one more victory for their first state appearance since 2009, Sequim’s Wolves (13-8) ultimately fell just short in their bid Saturday for the West Central District’s fifth and final seed to the state 2A tourney.
A few hours after knocking off Olympic League competitor Olympic 4-2 to end the Trojans’ season, the Wolves similarly saw their season end by a 3-2 count to league rival Klahowya at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.
Despite a strong start from Nigel Christian, Sequim fell behind 4-0 and rallied for a pair of runs in the seventh inning before Klahowya’s Kendal Kitts closed it out.
“Our bats went cold,” Sequim coach Dave Ditlefsen said. “We didn’t swing (them) as well as we could have.”
In a game that featured 16 hits — all singles — Christian and Tanner Zuber managed to work out of jams for much of the afternoon. The Eagles (14-8) broke through in the third inning with a trio of runs, including Zuber’s two-run single.
Sequim got two back on Tanner Rhodefer’s single and an RBI groundout from Dusty Bates in the seventh, but that was all.
The Wolves needed a pair of wins Saturday and started out the day with a comeback win against Olympic. Rhodefer tossed six innings of four-hit, two-run baseball and Nick Johnston threw a scoreless seventh for the save.
Down 2-0 going into the fifth inning, the Wolves got RBI doubles from Evan Hurn and James Grubb to highlight a four-run inning.
Grubb finishes 3-for-3 while Hurn and Brett Wright had two hits each in a 10-hit Wolfpack attack. Wright added a pair of steals.
In the West Central District opener, the No. 2-seeded Wolves dropped a 5-0 decision to Fife, whose Trojans went on to nab the district’s third seed to state.
Fife pitcher Tanner Knapp tallied 15 strikeouts in seven innings, sending the Trojans to an automatic state berth.
Against Fife, Sequim had little answer for Knapp, who struck out the side in the first and fourth innings and two batters in four other innings.
“Hardest thrower we’ve seen all year,” Ditlefsen said of Knapp.
Sequim’s Evan Hurn had two of Sequim’s four hits, including a sixth inning leadoff double, but the Fife pitcher kept the shutout intact by making the Wolves miss. Sequim loaded the bases in the first and second innings, but Knapp ended both threats with strikeouts.
“We missed some opportunities (and) later on we couldn’t quite adjust,” Ditlefsen said.
Sequim’s Nick Johnston suffered the loss on the mound, giving up five runs — four earned — on six hits. He struck out seven and walked none.
Fife’s Jaden Hassell had a home run. Dusty Bates and Dylan Lott had hits for Sequim.
Sequim’s 13 victories were the most since 2011.
“This was a young team,” Ditlefsen said. “A lot of these kids were playing their first varsity season.”