Baseball: Wolves top Forks and Crosspoint, fall to league foes

Sequim’s Wolves earned a pair of non-league wins and took losses to a pair of Olympic League powerhouses in a busy opening two weeks of the 2023 season.

Sequim opened the season with a 16-5 loss to visiting 3A Bainbridge on March 14. Ethan Staples had two hits, Zeke Schmadeke drove in two runs and Devyn Dearinger had a double and RBI in the loss. Lincoln Bear had a hit and two stolen bases.

SHS starter Ricky Jennings took the loss for the Wolves on the mound, striking out two in his two innings. Bryant Laboy and Brett Mote both pitched two-plus innings of relief.

The Spartans racked up 12 hits and nine walks.

Two days later, the Spartans no-hit the Wolves over six innings in a 10-0 win, taking advantage of 10 bases on balls. Bainbridge right fielder Duncan Bos had a home run and double.

Toppy Robideau, who drew one of Sequim’s two walks, pitched two-and-two-thirds of relief and gave up one run on two hits, striking out three Spartans.

SHS downs Forks, Crosspoint

Schmadeke got the start and went four strong innings, giving up just one run in a 3-2 Sequim victory on March 17.

The Wolves’ Braydan White pitched the final three innings for the save, striking out six. Schmadeke and White held Forks to six hits.

Ayden Holland drove in a run in the first inning with a double, while White drove in an insurance run in the seventh inning with a sacrifice fly.

The Spartans rallied and scored a run in the bottom of the seventh and had the tying run at third base when White struck out the final two batters to seal the victory.

A day later in Sequim, the Wolves rode a seven-run fourth inning in beating 1B Crosspoint 9-4.

The Wolves tallied 14 hits. Bear went 3-for-3 with an RBI, and White hit a pair of triples and had two RBIs and a run scored. Dearinger went 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Hunter Tennell went 2-for-3 and two RBIs. LaBoy went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.

Adrian Aragon collected the victory on the mound. He pitched the final two innings and allowed no runs and two hits.

Vikings win a pair

On March 21, Sequim fell in a tight, 3-0 Olympic League decision at home to North Kitsap, a state 2A participant in 2022. Vikings ace Noah Sorensen struck out 14 Wolves and gave up just two hits over seven innings, to Schmadeke and White.

“Hats off to their pitcher; he’s the best we’ve seen so far,” Sequim coach Dave Ditlefsen said.

Robideau pitched into the sixth inning and gave up two earned runs on seven hits and a pair of walks; he struck out five.

“Toppy … pitched very well to help us keep the game close,” Ditlefsen said.

Bear tossed an inning-and-a-third of shutout relief.

North Kitsap dominated Sequim on March 23, winning an 11-1 contest in Poulsbo. Tate Stearns paced the Viking offense with a double and triple, and Beau Pahrmann added three hits and two RBIs. NK took advantage of 10 bases on balls.

Dawsyn Anderson tossed a complete game, giving up three hits to Sequim.

Holland, Jennings and Tennell had hits for Sequim High; Tennell had a steal.

Coming up

Sequim (2-4) was scheduled to play at east Jefferson on March 24; the game was postponed.

The Wolves were also slated to host Kingston on March 28; details were not available at press time. Sequim plays at Kignston on March 29, before spring break.

Sequim returns to action on April 11 to play at Port Angeles, and then host the rival Roughriders two days later.