Sequims juniors softball squad is tops in its district and headed to the state tournament in Poulsbo next week after blasting Key Peninsula in the finals of the District 2 Little League softball tournament July 13.
Sequim toppled Key Peninsula 15-3, including a solo home run from Demiree Briones.
We had a great time, manager Shelley Haupt said. Its our aggressive running (and) everybody hits the ball. They really do a good job hitting.
Sequim opened the tourney by blasting North Kitsap 20-0 on July 5 and trounced Key Peninsula 18-1 a day later. Needing just one win in two tries,
Sequim pounced on Key Peninsula early.
At the state tournament, Sequim opens against Glenwood Little League (Vancouver, Wash.) at 6 p.m., July 22 at Snider Park in Poulsbo. A win pits Sequim against the winner of Evergreen Little League versus Bonney Lake/Sumner on July 23; a loss forces Sequim into a loser-out game against the Evergreen/Bonney Lake loser earlier that day.
The juniors are Sequims lone Little League team remaining after both of the younger squads slipped in their brackets.
Sequims 9- and 10-year-olds looked to battle out of the consolation bracket after getting blown out by Jefferson County July 6 but came up one run short in a loss to Bainbridge Island, 7-6, on July 12.
Needing two wins for the district crown, Sequims 11- and 12-year-old majors softball squad fell just short, dropping an 11-5 decision to champs Bainbridge July 7.
Sequim beat Key Peninsula 37-0 to open the tourney but fell to Bainbridge 7-6 after a close play at home plate.
Sequim rebounded by topping a Jefferson County team 10-1 on July 6 but couldnt beat the Islanders a day later.
9 & 10 year old boys fall
Sequims youngest baseball squad is done for the season after its comeback bid against South Kitsap Western fell short 9-7 on July 8.
Down 6-0 after two innings, Sequim battled back to a 6-6 tie but left runners stranded in each of the last two innings.
These kids did an outstanding job, coach Rick Dryke said. Im proud of them; they could have folded after those first two innings. They came right after them. I think we just left too many runners on base.
Chris Whitaker pitched five innings and was 3-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBIs at the plate. Andrew Thomas was 2-for-4 with two RBIs while Daniel Harker was 2-for-4 and drove in a run.
It was definitely a fun group to have; they shouldnt hang their heads, Dryke said.