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PORT ANGELES — Cara Cristion and Sarah Steinman of Port Angeles combined for a two-hit shutout against Port Townsend to help keep the Roughriders undefeated and on top of the Olympic League softball standings.
Port Angeles beat the Redskins 10-0 in six innings Wednesday at the Dry Creek athletic fields to improve to 5-0 for the season and in league.
Sequim defeated Bremerton 15-0 on Wednesday to remain a half-game behind the Riders at 4-0 in league. The Wolves are 5-0 overall.
Port Angeles and Sequim won’t play for the first time until April 10 at Sequim. According to the league’s master schedule, they were set to play today but both schools moved the game to April 10 before the season even started.
They are scheduled to play their second game at Port Angeles on April 24.
On Wednesday, Cristion and Steinman kept the Redskins off-balanced with strong pitching.
Cristion started and threw the first four innings, giving up just two hits while striking out four and walking two.
Steinman pitched the final two innings, allowing no hits while fanning three batters and walking none.
“This was a good game played by both teams,” Port Angeles coach Randy Steinman said.
“Port Townsend made some great plays in the outfield. Our pitchers allowed only four base runners, and our defense got back on track with zero errors.”
The Riders led 5-0 after two innings and 7-0 after three. They put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Alyssa Wetzler led the Rider offense by going 2 for 2 with two RBI.
Haley Gray also had two RBI while Ashlee Reid hit a double.
Sarah Steinman had an RBI.
Gen Polizzi and Rilke Rutenbeck had a hit each for Port Townsend.
Megan Lee pitched a complete-game six innings for the Redskins, striking out two and walking four.
Port Townsend coach Heather Polizzi picked Crystal Crump as the defensive player of the game.
Crump had four catches playing center field.
The Riders have next week off for spring break and won’t play again until April 9 against Kingston (3-0).
The Redskins (0-5), meanwhile, next host Olympic (2-2) today.
Port Angeles 10, Port Townsend 0
Port Townsend 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 2 3
Port Angeles 1 4 2 0 0 3 — 10 7 0
WP- Cristion; LP- Lee
Port Townsend: Lee 6IP, 2K, 4BB, 7H, 10R.
Port Angeles: Cristion 4IP, 0R, 2H, 4K, 2BB; Steinman 2IP, 0R, 0H, 3K, 0BB.
Port Townsend: G. Polizzi 1-2; Rutenbeck 1-3.
Port Angeles: Wetzler 2-2, 2RBI; Steinman 1-2, RBI; Johnson 1-1; Gray 1-3, 2RBI; Reid 1-3, 2B.
BREMERTON — The Wolves improved to 4-0 in the Olympic League and 5-0 overall as Makayla Bentz and Melissa Lewis combined for a three-hit, five-inning shutout Wednesday.
Sequim has yet to allow a run in league play.
Bailey Rhodefer and MaryLu Clift had monster days at the plate for Sequim as Rhodefer went 5 for 5 with a home run, five RBI and three runs scored while Clift was 3 for 4 with a home run and a triple, six RBI and three runs scored.
Lewis, meanwhile, went a perfect 3 for 3 at bat and scored four runs.
Bentz was 2 for 2 and scored a run.
The Wolves displayed speed as well as power with three players earning steals. Columbia Haupt led the way with two while Rhodefer and Shelby Lott had one each.
Sequim 15, Bremerton 0
Sequim 1 3 6 4 1 — 15 19 0
Bremerton 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 3 2
WP- Bentz; LP- Muhlman
Sequim: Bentz 3IP, 0R, 1H, 2K, 2BB; Lewis 2IP, 0R, 2H, 4K, 0BB.
Bremerton: Muhlman 5IP, 15R, 19H, 6K, 5BB.
Sequim: Rhodefer 5-5, HR, 5RBI, 3R; Clift 3-4, HR, 3B, 6RBI, 3R; Lewis 3-3, 4R; Bentz 2-2, R; Lott 2-3, R; Kirsch RBI, R.
Bremerton: Reed 1-1; Richer 1-1.
Cedar Park 5, Chimacum 3
BOTHELL — Cedar Park Christian held off the Cowboys in Nisqually League action Wednesday.
Mallori Cossell kept the Cowboys in the game with a three-run homer deep in center field. She went 2 for 4 in the game.
Chimacum smacked eight hits in the game with Ashley Kelly also going 2 for 4 and Megan Dukek hitting a double.
Cydney Nelson went the distance on the mound, allowing just five hits while striking out four and walking only one.
Nelson helped herself out by playing tough defense on the mound with three defensive plays while Erin Bainbridge and Kiersten Snyder also had three defensive plays each.
Cossell caught a hard line drive to short center field while Kristen Castillo and Kyah McKinlay each caught a fly ball in the outfield.
But the Cowboys also had four defensive errors in which two runners came around to score on them.
Bremerton 7, Sequim 1
BREMERTON — The Knights’ Eli Fultz was a little too much for the Wolves in Olympic League action Wednesday.
Fultz struck out a season-high 12 batters while limiting the Wolves to just two hits in seven innings.
Bremerton remained tied for first place in league with North Kitsap at 5-0 each while Sequim fell to 2-3, tied for fourth place with Port Angeles and North Mason.
Austin Clement had a hit and a run for Sequim in the game while Chris Whitaker had the other hit.
Nick Johnston had an RBI.
The Wolves next play at Olympic on Monday and at Port Townsend on Tuesday.
Bremerton 7, Sequim 1
Sequim 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 1 2 4
Bremerton 4 1 0 0 1 1 x — 7 7 0
WP- Fultz; LP- Rigg
Bremerton: Fultz 7IP, 1R, 2H, 12K.
Sequim: Clement 1-2, R; Johnston RBI.
Bremerton: Amicangelo 2-3, 2RBI, 2R, 2B; Merrill 2-2, 2RBI, R; Noll 2B, 2R.
SEQUIM — The Wolves had only one three-set match to improve to a perfect 2-0 record in the Olympic League, 4-0 overall.
In singles action, Hillary Smith defeated Katie Gallegos 7-5, 6-2 at No. 1; Anna Prorok beat Danielle Frederick 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 at No. 2; and Hannah Gauthun defeated Shania Rose 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3.
In doubles competition, Melanie Guan and Karen Chan beat Kelsey Dammeyer and Sidney Winters 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1; Maggie Christie and Heidi Stallman defeated Caroline Powell and Natalie Royle 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2; Kortney Oen and Anna Mittman defeated Emily Schurman and Miranda Eberhard 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3; and Tenisha Powless and Courntey Cassal beat Chloe Stilts and Tyana Cara 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4.