Sequim was on a winning streak at the end of the regular season, but North Mason was even hotter.
The visiting Bulldogs scored one run in each of the last four innings for a come-from-behind, 7-5 win Tuesday afternoon in Sequim to earn a three-way tie with the Wolves and Port Angeles.
Despite the loss, Sequim takes league’s fourth seed and they’ll open up West Central District play at 10 a.m. on May 9 against White River at Russell Road Park in Kent.
The winner of that game advances to play the winner of the Sammamish-Highline game at 7p.m. that day, while the losing clubs from the two games play at 4 p.m. that day in a loser-out contest.
On May 5, North Mason won its fourth in a row behind timely hitting and a complete game, nine-strikeout performance from Hunter Hohmann.
The Bulldogs scored three runs in the first, taking advantage of a key error. Sequim battled back, however, with three of their own in the third inning, as Dust Bates and Tanner Rhodefer had RBI doubles.
Sequim’s Austin Hilliard drove in a run with a single in a two-run fourth as the Wolves held a 5-4 lead, but North Mason tallied a run in the sixth and another in the seventh off of SHS reliever James Grubb, and the Wolves couldn’t manage a rally.
Nigel Christian got the start for Sequim giving up seven hits and five earned runs and striking out four. Grubb struck out two and walked two.Seven Wolves had base hits and Hilliard had two of Sequim’s four steals.
The Olympic Trojans lost to the Port Angeles Roughriders 11-1 on May 6, giving the North Kitsap Vikings the league title, with Olympic taking second. Port Angeles wins a three-way tiebreaker for the third seed to districts thanks to a victory during the season against league champ North Kitsap, while Sequim took the No. 4 seed thanks to a win against league runner-up Olympic.
Wolves topple Trojans 9-2
Olympic’s Trojans may be a step ahead of Sequim in the standings, but that didn’t help the visitors from Silverdale Monday afternoon.
Bates had three hits, Christian and Gavin Velarde tripled while Christian, Grubb and Evan Hurn each drove in two runs in a 9-2 win in Sequim May 4.
Rhodefer went six strong innings, working around Olympic’s eight hits and two walks with the aid of six strikeouts, and Hilliard worked a scoreless seventh in the victory.
Olympic starter Ethan Goldizen lasted just one inning, giving up four runs.