A different ball game to be sure, but the result is the same.
Sequim continues to dominate rival Port Angeles on the softball diamond. After the Wolves won an 11-0 decision at P.A. on March 22, Sequim coach Mel Hendrickson figured their rematch would be much closer.
He figured correctly, but his star sophomore pitcher and the strong defense behind her helped Sequim to a 4-2 win on April 21, keeping the Wolves just a game behind undefeated North Mason for the Olympic League title.
Maddy Zbaraschuk and Chelsea Winfield each batted in runs off P.A. starter Stacy Webb while Briones spread 10 hits over seven innings in the win.
"Stacy (Webb) is a good pitcher - I just think she started a little slow," Hendrickson said.
The Wolves followed that up with an easy 14-1 win at Bremerton on April 22, getting five strong innings from pitcher Chelsea Winfield and two hits apiece from Lea Hopson and Bailey Rhodefer.
Sequim out-hit Bremerton 9-3 while the host Knights committed 11 errors.
"Our bats were just a little bit too strong," Hendrickson said.
Sequim was slated to battle Port Townsend at home on April 26 - results were unavailable at press time.
The Wolves host North Kitsap on April 28 and travel to Silverdale for a game against Olympic on April 30. Sequim's three opponents this week have a combined record of 7-24.
Hendrickson said it isn't a given that Sequim pulls out a 3-0 record from the week, however.
"You never know; teams get better as the season goes on," he said. "And Olympic is always tough."
Sequim has a showdown with league-leading North Mason in Belfair on May 4.
Wolves ground Eagles in 5
The only question about
Sequim's match-up with Klahowya last week was how quickly the Wolves could finish off the overmatched Eagles.
Answer? Five innings.
Briones tossed a five-inning one-hitter, striking out eight Klahowya batters and walking just one while driving in three runs at the plate as
Sequim clobbered their visitors from Silverdale 13-0.
"It felt good to be out there again," Briones said, noting Sequim hadn't played a home contest in eight days - since an 8-5 loss to archrival North Mason.
"I think we really bounced back," the sophomore said.
No kidding. Sequim ripped Klahowya starter Jacqui Hornbeck for five runs in the first inning, including Briones' two-run single and an RBI hit from Zbaraschuk.
Sequim made it 7-0 in the second inning after Hopson ripped an RBI double to score Winfield and scored herself on an Eagle error.
Sequim put the mercy rule into effect with a six-run fourth inning, getting a three-run home run to right field from Hopson and back-to-back doubles from Zbaraschuk and Briones.
"We played well in all aspects of the game," Sequim coach Mel Hendrickson said.
Hopson finished 3-for-3 with a home run, double, four RBIs and three runs scored, Winfield was 3-for-3 with a double and Briones was 2-for-3.
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