Juggling is an art – but on the baseball diamond, it’s anything but pretty.
Errors and leaving runners on base, combined with some hot-hitting league foes, led to an 0-3 week for Sequim’s hardballers.
After a pair of league losses, Sequim dropped a 7-4 decision to Highline on April 9.
Despite out-hitting the Pirates 7-3, the Wolves committed seven errors.
Matt Reif spurred the Sequim offense with a 2-for-3 day and two RBIs while Preston McFarlen added two hits and an RBI.
Isaac Yamamoto took the tough-luck loss on the mound, giving up just one earned run and one hit in three innings. Mike Bereiter struck out five and gave up just one earned run and two hits in relief.
The highlight of the day, said Sequim coach Dave Ditlefsen, was watching Highline shortstop Ryan Brett, a top pro prospect. Brett had a hit, two walks, two runs, two RBIs, stole five bases and turned three double plays.
"He is the real deal," Ditlefsen said.
Sequim was slated to host North Mason on April 12 – results of the game were unavailable at press time.
The Wolves are at Kingston on April 14, then host Klahowya on April 20 and Port Angeles the next day.
Trojans too tough
On April 8, the Wolves racked up 10 hits and 15 walks but got outslugged by Olympic 13-9.
Keith Davis had two doubles and drove in four runs as the Trojans scored 10 runs in the final three innings, erasing a 5-3 Sequim lead.
Reif paced the Sequim offense, hitting two doubles and driving in two. McFarlen went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. Weston Royall added a double, two walks and an RBI.
The Wolves left 15 runners on base.
Bereiter took the loss, striking out three and walking just one in five-and-two-thirds innings pitched. Just half of his 10 runs allowed were earned, thanks to six Sequim errors.
Olympic’s Spencer Hansen earned the win, relieving starter Ryan Skoubo in the second inning and surviving the slugfest.
Vikings triumph in slugfest
North Kitsap’s big bats helped the Poulsbo school jump to an early 10-run lead and even a ferocious Sequim comeback couldn’t get the Wolves past the league-leading Vikings in a 13-9 decision on April 6.
Zane Minder blasted a three-run home run and drove in four while N.K.’s top starter Alex Smith picked up the win.
The Vikings got to Sequim starter Drew Rickerson early, chalking up two runs in the first inning and six in the second.
The Wolves battled back with four runs in the fifth and five runs in the ninth. Jeremie Oliver finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs, Isaac Yamamoto went 2-for-5 with a double and drove in two, Bereiter had a run-scoring double and McFarlen added two RBIs.
"They jumped us early, but we battled back to make the score respectable," Ditlefsen said. "We had some hard hit balls but right at people."
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