With all things being even - and in Sequim's trio of league contests, they nearly were - good baseball teams need clutch plays to win close games.
The Wolves had that and more, earned a 3-0 week that catapults them back into contention for the Olympic League's top 2A spot.
Sequim was 7-4 in league and 8-6 overall heading into this week's slate of games.
The Wolves were scheduled to host Port Townsend on April 26 - results of the game were unavailable for this edition's press deadline.
Sequim hosts North Kitsap on April 28, is at Olympic (Silverdale) on April 30 and plays North Mason in Belfair on May 4.
Oliver, Gillis toss a gem
A day after shutting down the Port Angeles Roughriders in relief, Sequim senior Alex Gillis did it again versus Bremerton on April 22.
Sequim starter Jeremie Oliver worked into the seventh inning but, with two outs, ran into trouble as Bremerton loaded the bases. Gillis came in to secure the final out in a 5-3 thriller.
"We felt like we should've scored more runs, but the Bremerton pitcher did a nice job of throwing strikes and they played flawless defense," Sequim coach Dave Ditlefsen said.
Sequim got the game-winning run in a two-run fifth inning. Matt Rief paced the offense with a triple and three RBIs while Drew Rickerson made the most of a hitless game, picking up two walks, two runs scored and three steals.
Royall delivers the big hit
With the Wolves and rival Port Angeles Roughriders tied and threatening to go into extra innings for the second time this season, Weston Royall smacked an RBI base hit in the bottom of the seventh inning, giving Sequim the 6-5 home win on April 21.
On March 22, Port Angeles edged Sequim 7-6 in eight innings.
This time around, the purple and gold had the good fortune late. The Roughriders jumped to a 5-0 lead after two innings but the Wolves chipped away, getting two runs in the third, a run in the fourth and two runs on a two-RBI double from Royall in the fifth.
With Port Angeles threatening in the top of the fifth, Gillis came on and mowed down the Port Angeles hitters, giving Sequim a chance to send the home crowd away happy.
Royall and Preston McFarlen were both 3-for-4 at the plate. Rief and Isaac had two hits each.
Oliver saves big win at Klahowya
This was the first indication the week might be full of cliffhangers.
Down 7-3 going into their half of the seventh inning, the Klahowya Eagles pushed across three runs before reliever Jeremie Oliver struck out the final batter in a 7-6 Sequim win on April 20.
"Never a dull moment," Ditlefsen said.
Matt Bereiter worked six-plus innings for his first win of the season, tallying 11 strikeouts and giving up five hits and three walks. His brother Mike came on in relief before giving way to Oliver, who came in with the bases loaded and two out.
McFarlen went 2-for-4 with two runs, two steals and two RBIs while Rief drove in two with a double in a key, five-run fourth inning. Royall had a double and Rickerson filled up the box score with two walks, two runs, a steal and an RBI.
Olympic League standings
(as of April 25)
Team Lg. Over.
North Kitsap 10-0 13-0
Olympic 7-3 9-5
Kingston 6-3 7-3
Sequim 7-4 8-6
Pt. Angeles 5-6 5-6
North Mason 4-5 4-9
Klahowya 3-6 4-7
Bremerton 2-9 2-11
Pt. Townsend 0-8 0-10
Reach Michael Dashiell at firstname.lastname@example.org.