Baseball: Wolves topple Vikings in upset

Olympic League standings

(as of April 23)

Team Lg. Over.

Port Angeles 7-1 10-2

North Kitsap 6-1 8-3

Olympic 5-4 7-5

Kingston 3-3 6-4

North Mason 3-4 5-10

Sequim 2-6 5-7

Bremerton 1-8 4-10

After losing six of heir first seven Olympic League games, Sequim broke through with a 7-4 win over league-leading ­— and previously undefeated in league play — North Kitsap in Poulsbo on April 19.

Ian Miller had three hits and scored three runs, while teammates Michael Young and Silas Thomas were both 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Johnnie Young tossed six strong innings of five-hit, one-walk baseball, striking out six Vikings. All three runs he gave up were unearned in a somewhat sloppy game that saw the teams combine to commit seven errors.

Sequim’s bats weren’t missing much early on, however, as the Wolves scored twice in the first and third innings off NK starter Isaac Richardson.

Young worked into the seventh inning as Sequim held a 7-1 lead. North Kitsap, sparked by Ryan Hecker’s 2-for-3 day at the plate, managed a comeback, but Young’s younger brother Michael came in and got the final three outs.

The victory dropped North Kitsap into a tie with Port Angeles atop the Olympic League (heading into this week), and keeps alive the Wolves’ slim hopes of a postseason berth.

Sequim’s playoff aspirations took a hit earlier in the week when North Mason used two big innings — the first against Sequim’s ace — and earned a season sweep of the Wolves in an 11-6 win in Sequim on April 18.

Noah Wiseman had three of North Mason’s 14 hits and added three RBIs, while Troy McCormick kept the Wolves at bay on the mound with five innings of three-run ball, as the Bulldogs got to Sequim pitching for five runs in the second and fifth innings.

The Wolves got to North Mason reliever Austin Knight for three runs in the seventh inning but couldn’t complete the comeback.

Michael Grubb and Johnnie Young both had two hits and two runs scored while Cameron Welcher had a two-run double in the seventh. Ryan Clark, Elandon Washburn and Michael Young also had RBIs for Sequim. Clark and Tristin Dotson drew three walks apiece.

Miller went four innings for Sequim, giving up five earned runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out seven.

Looking ahead

Sequim was scheduled to host Klahowya on April 23 — results were not available at press time.

The Wolves host rival Port Angeles on April 25 and Kingston on April 27 before finishing the regular season with a pair of away games: April 30 at Bremerton and May 2 at Olympic.

Sequim needs to finish in the top four of the Olympic League to move on to the West Central District tourney, set for May 5-12 in Bremerton and Tacoma.

The Wolves haven’t missed the postseason since 2013.