While major league baseball players have to wait for September for their playoffs, Sequims youngest diamond stars already are battling for postseason glory.
Five Sequim Little League squads the boys 9-10 and 11-12 (majors) baseball teams, plus the girls 9-10, 11-12 (juniors) and 13-14 (majors) softball teams are competing this week for a chance to play at state tournaments later this month.
Already with a couple of games under their belts are Sequims 11- and 12-year-old baseballers, managed by Bill Bates. Playing at Art Mikelsen Field in Port Orchard, the Sequim squad dropped its first contest 15-2 to North Mason on June 28, but came back to edge North Kitsap National 7-5 on June 29, with Brandon Jones picking up the win and Jesse Dailey getting the save. The team was scheduled to play the North Kitsap American team June 30 results for the game were unavailable at press time.
Below is the schedule for opening games for each of Sequims teams. Get scores and game recaps online at sequimgazette.com/sports or see brackets and scores at: www.eteamz.com/WAD2/news/.
Girls 9-10 softball
Playing games at Snyder Park in Poulsbo, the Sequim girls youngest softball team is managed by Craig Stevensen. They are slated to open their tournament July 6 against the winner of the Bainbridge Island/Jefferson County contest July 5. A win gives Sequim a semifinal berth against the winner of a Gig Harbor/North Kitsap contest on July 12, while a loss means Sequim plays an elimination game July 12 and would need three wins to take the district title.
Last year, Sequim went 3-0 and won the district title, then placed in the top four at the state tourney.
Boys 9-10 baseball
Sequims youngest baseball squad, managed by Rick Dryke, opens July 2 against South Kitsap Southern in Gig Harbor. The district may be the toughest bracket for any Sequim team to win with 16 teams competing, including three North Kitsap teams, three South Kitsap teams and two each from Bainbridge Island and Gig Harbor. A win gives Sequim a game against the winner of the North Kitsap National/Port Townsend team July 6, while a loss puts Sequim in an elimination contest against the loser of the same two teams on July 5.
Girls 11-12 softball
Sequims juniors, led by manager Dave Bentz, have the smallest bracket to win: just three teams compete in this tourney. Playing games at Snider Park in Poulsbo, Sequim opens July 5 against North Kitsap. A win pits Sequim against Key Peninsula in the semifinals July 6. Like the other tourneys, this is double elimination.
Last year, the 11- and 12-year-olds took the district title after going 3-0, then went 2-2 to finish in the top four at state.
Girls 13-14 softball
Managed by Shelley Haupt, Sequims majors softball squad was slated to open against Key Peninsula July 1 at Snider Park in Poulsbo results were unavailable at press time. A win puts Sequim in the semifinals July 5 against the winner of the Jefferson County/Bainbridge Island contest.