Sometimes the only thing that can wipe away a tough loss is getting back on the field and trouncing someone else.
On Friday afternoon Sequim got exactly that, courtesy of the Olympic Trojans of Silverdale.
Demiree Briones threw four solid innings of relief and went 4-for-4 at the plate as Sequim (3-3 in Olympic League, 4-3 overall) toppled Olympic 10-1.
Chelsie Winfield started and threw three innings of three-hit, no-walk baseball. Briones followed with four strikeouts.
At the plate, slugger Maddy Zbaraschuk was 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBIs. Kathryn Roeber had a triple and two RBIs and Kenzi Winfield added two hits. Sarah Donahue had a run-scoring hit.
This was nearly the same Trojan squad that swept
Sequim last year in two league games.
"We just hit the snot out of the ball," Sequim coach Mel Hendrickson said. "(We) were just finding the gaps. It was nice to see us bounce back."
The Wolves needed a bounce-back game after falling to rival Port Angeles on April 9. With starting infielder Lea Hopson out with injury, Hendrickson switched Chelsie Winfield to shortstop and started Briones, the freshman. After giving up two runs in the second inning and one in the third, Briones settled down – but the Roughriders won 3-0 behind strong defense and the pitching of Stacey Webb.
"(Demiree) pitched a good game for her first start," Hendrickson said. "We put the ball in play a lot. Their outfielders made some great plays out there."
Webb held Sequim to just three hits.
On April 7, Sequim needed four innings of warm-up before unloading on cross-Peninsula rival Forks. Down 3-0, the Wolves scored nine runs in the fifth inning and won the nonleague contest 10-5. Lauren Hendrickson picked up the win on the mound, beating Alexa Justus.
Sequim is 9-0 against the Spartans since 2001.
The Wolves have a full week and hope to have Hopson back; she’s missed action since picking up a knee contusion against Klahowya March 27.
Sequim was slated to take on Kingston at home April 13 – results were unavailable at press time. The Wolves travel to Port Townsend on April 15, to North Mason on April 17 and finally to Kingston on April 18.
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