Facing the prospect of heading into spring break with just one league win, Sequim’s Wolves rallied for five runs in the final two innings for a big home win against Bremerton on March 29.
Brandon Barnett and Silas Thomas drove in two runs each and Johnnie Young scored three runs in a wild, 7-6 Sequim victory.
Young went the distance on the mound, giving up four earned runs on eight hits and a walk. He struck out eight.
He and brother Michael accounted for four of the Wolves’ five steals.
Bremerton senior Andy McMartin held Sequim in check with eight strikeouts and just two hits allowed over five innings, as the Knights built a 6-2 lead; McMartin also had a triple and scored three times, and teammate Hector Infante was 3-for-4 with three runs scored.
But Sequim managed to score three runs in the bottom of the sixth before plating two more with two outs in the seventh.
Young started the sixth inning rally with walk, a steal and a run thanks to a passed ball. Barnett later drove in a run with a single and the Wolves added a third on an error.
In the bottom of the seventh, Young hit a one-out double. The Knights then made errors on ground balls by Michael Grubb and Silas Thomas to allow a run to score, making it 6-6. Hayden Eaton was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Austin Newton was hit by a pitch, driving in the winning run.
Wolves get win over Doty’s Warriors
Crosspoint had a Sequim High baseball legend in the dugout, but the Wolves had all the answers on the field.
Johnnie Young, Michael Young and Michael Grubb combined for nine hits and seven RBIs in an 11-1 rout of the visiting 2B Warriors on March 26, spoiling a homecoming of sorts for Crosspoint head coach Derrin Doty.
Michael Young was a home run short of the cycle and scored three times while older brother Johnnie also tripled and drove in four runs. Grubb had three RBIs and teammates Thomas, Joey Oliver and Zach McCracken had two hits each in a 17-hit attack.
Five Sequim pitchers — Thomas, Eaton, Oliver, Michael Young and Caleb Pozernick, pitched an inning apiece, holding Crosspoint to an unearned run and striking out 10 over five innings.
Doty, a Sequim High graduate who starred at the University of Washington and played four years of professional baseball, coached Crosspoint to girls soccer state championships in 2013 and 2014, a second-place finish in 2015 and a third-place finish in 2012 before taking over as head coach of the varsity baseball team at Crosspoint — a small, private school in Silverdale.
Also a prep basketball star, Doty earned a scholarship to play at Washington and was drafted by the California Angels in the 17th round of the 1993 draft as an outfielder.
Last week, he saw his two sons — freshman Thunder Doty and senior Derrin Doty Jr. — hit third and fourth, respectively, against his former school. (Each had a hit and Doty Jr. drove in a run in the first inning.)
Sequim is off for spring break before taking on Kingston on the road on April 10.
The Wolves host Olympic’s Trojans on April 12 and North Kitsap’s Vikings on April 15.