Sequim's Wolves are headed to the playoffs, but their road to a repeat appearance at state isn't a smooth one.
With a 5-3 loss at Olympic on April 30, Sequim is all but assured the No. 2 seed to the district playoffs that start early next week.
The West Central District 2A tourney kicks off May 11 with loser-out contests. The No. 2 Olympic League seed would host the Nisqually League No. 3 team. The winner advances to the double-elimination bracket and takes on the Nisqually League No. 1 seed on Friday, May 14, at Legion Field in Bremerton.
The district takes two seeds to the class 2A state tourney.
Sequim was scheduled to take on North Mason in Belfair on May 4 .
The Wolves host Kingston, the Olympic League's top 2A team, on May 5.
No. 4 Vikings prove too tough
In a battle of purple-clad squads, the state-ranked North Kitsap Vikings showed their mettle in an 8-4 win in Sequim on April 28.
Viking ace Alex Smith survived some early trouble to pick up the win, giving up three runs in five innings of work. He helped North, ranked No. 4 in the state coming in, stay undefeated on the season and clinched at least a share of the Olympic League title.
"Our kids played well, but N.K. is very talented and came out swinging the bats," Sequim coach Dave Ditlefsen said. "The last time we faced their pitcher (Smith), he shut us out, but we hit the ball much better this time."
Alex Gillis went 3-for-4 for the Wolves, scoring three times. Matt Rief added a double, a triple and knocked in two runs.
Jeremie Oliver took the loss, giving up five earned runs on 11 hits in five-plus innings. Gillis struck out five in two innings of relief.
"I think we've made some great strides this season and have been playing good baseball for the past two weeks," Ditlefsen said.
Redskins no match for hungry Wolves
Windy conditions bother some ballplayers. For Matt Bereiter, the small tempest made for perfect pitching conditions.
The southpaw senior made his curve ball flutter to the tune of a five-inning one-hitter, striking out nine and not issuing a single walk in a 10-0 win against Port Townsend on April 26.
Sequim garnered 11 hits and scored three runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings to earn a mercy rule-shortened league win.
"P.T. was missing a couple of seniors and we jumped on them pretty good," Ditlefsen said.
Gillis and Preston McFarlen were each 2-for-2. Gillis scored twice and had two steals while McFarlen and Drew Rickerson knocked in two runs apiece. Oliver and Rief also had RBI hits.
Olympic League standings
(as of May 2)
Team Lg. Over.
N. Kitsap 14-0 17-0
Olympic 10-4 13-6
Kingston 9-3 10-4
Sequim 8-6 9-8
Pt. Angeles 7-7 7-8
N. Mason 6-8 6-11
Klahowya 4-9 5-10
Bremerton 2-11 2-13
Pt. Townsend 1-13 1-15
Reach Michael Dashiell at firstname.lastname@example.org.