After splitting their first two games at the West Central District tournament last week, Sequim need two wins to advance to the state 2A tournament.
The Wolves (13-8) routed Orting 10-3 in their district opener on May 4, battering Cardinals pitchers for 13 hits and getting seven strong innings from starter Silas Thomas.
Sequim held a slim 2-1 lead through five innings before breaking out for three runs in the sixth and another five in the seventh.
Michael Grubb went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, two steals, two RBIs and three runs scored, while Brandon Barnett added three hits and two RBIs.
Thomas struck out five and scattered seven hits and a walk for the complete game win.
“He has really come along this year; he controls his fastball and curveball, both for strikes,” Sequim coach Dave Ditlefsen said of Thomas.
Sequim had at least two runners on base each inning and stranded more than 10 base runners through the fifth inning, Ditlefsen said, finally the Wolves broke it open in the sixth.
In the nightcap, Sequim ran into of tough pitching in a 4-1 loss to the top-seeded Fife Trojans (18-2).
Judah Graham and Gavin Knapp combined to allow just four hits and strike out 13 Wolves in the victory that sent Sequim to the consolation bracket.
“Their pitching was tough,” Ditlefsen said. “We got a run early (in the first inning) and had a couple of chances later, just couldn’t get the big hit.”
Fife sophomore Antonio Guerrero had a home run and triple to pace the Fife offense.
Sequim managed to score a run off a Johnnie Young triple in the first inning, but Graham and Knapp blanked the Wolves from then on.
“(Johnnie) gave it all he could against a very good Fife team that team puts up a lot of runs,” Ditlefsen said.
Sequim, who came into as the No. 9-seeded team in the district tourney and riding a four-game winning streak plays Lindbergh at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Silverdale.
The winner of that contest takes on either Eatonville or North Kitsap on May 11 at Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma for a spot in the district’s fifth/sixth place game later that day, and a guaranteed state tourney playoff berth.