Fastpitch: Wolves fall just short of state tourney berth

Sequim’s Wolves blasted its first two opponents but ran out of firepower against Enumclaw in an 8-2 winner-to-state, loser-out district contest on May 19 in Lacey.

N0. 9 seeded-Sequim (11-8) put up 35 runs in earlier loser-out wins over No. 16 Lindbergh (17-0) and No. 9 White River (18-7), but could muster just five hits against the No. 5-seeded Hornets in their third West Central District match-up of the day at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey.

The Wolves dug an early hole, allowing a two-run triple and a two-run home run in the first inning.

Taylee Rome’s infield single scored Hannah Bates in the third and Sammie Bacon was hit by a pitch and moved up on an error and a passed ball and scored on a dropped third strike to pull Sequim within 4-2.

Enumclaw sealed the game with a grand-slam home run, Taylor Schneider’s second of the game, in the bottom of the fifth.

In Sequim’s opener against No. 16 Lindbergh, Bacon and Mikki Green each drove in four runs to pace the Wolves’ attack. Bacon had two hits, including a double.

Mia Pozernick doubled and hit a solo home run, scoring three times and Rome was 3 for 3 with three runs in the win.

Bates also had a big day with two hits, three stolen bases — including stealing home during the Wolves’ 11-run fourth inning explosion, along with three runs and an RBI.

Lainey Vig tossed a one-hitter, walking three and striking out four to earn the win in the circle. Vig also added a two-run triple to help her cause.

In the consolation semifinal against White River, the top of the Wolves’ order had a huge game, collectively going 11-for-15 at the plate.

Bates had three hits, including a triple along with two RBIs. Lexi King, batting second, went 5-for-6 day with a double and three RBIs, Taylee Rome was 3 for 5 with a double and a two-run home run along with four RBIs.