SOFTBALL: Bentz, Besand lead Sequim past White River
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Sequim first baseman Alexas Besand, left, looks back at the infield after a first-inning force out of White River’s Kayla Smith.

By Michael Carman
Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — Sequim's softball team had a solid start to its season, dropping White River 4-3.

The Wolves were led by a complete-game, four-hit performance from pitcher Makayla Bentz and a 3 for 3 outing at the plate from first baseman Alexas Besand that included a triple and three RBIs.

“It was a real solid start for us, Makayla was tough on the mound and Alexas had a great day at the plate,” Sequim coach Mike McFarlen said after Saturday's win.

Some solid glove work by infielders Olivia Kirsch at third base, Mary Lu Clift at shortstop and Shelby Lott at second base also contributed to the Sequim victory.

“We're pretty good defensively, too,” McFarlen said.

The Wolves hopped on the scoreboard first, putting a run across with two outs in the bottom of the third inning.

Lott picked up an infield single and Besand then tripled her home with a rocket shot down the first-base line into right field.

Sequim struck again in the bottom of the fifth with Besand rapping a single up the middle to score Bentz.

Clift then reached base on an infield single and Melissa Lewis came aboard after an error by White River's Maddie Bailey.

Bailey bobbled Lewis' grounder and first baseman Kayla Smith's attempt to throw out Besand at third base sailed over the Hornets' third baseman.

Besand and Clift scored and Sequim was on the right side of a 4-0 margin.

Bentz carried a shutout into the final frame, but an error and a Bailey single scored the Hornets' lone run.

She finished with five strikeouts for the Wolves (1-0).

Sequim will host Chimacum on Monday.

Sequim 4, White River 1
White River 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 — 1 4 2

Sequim 0 0 1 0 3 0 X — 4 10 1

WP- Makayla Bentz (1-0); LP- Vollandt (0-1)

Pitching Statistics

White River: Smith 4 IP, 2K, 5 H, ER; Vollandt 2 IP, K, 4 H, 2 ER.

Sequim: Bentz, 7 IP, 5K, 3 H.

Hitting Statistics

White River: 1-3, 2B, RBI; Fray 1-2; Long 1-2.

Sequim: Besand 3-3, 3B, R, 2 RBI; Lott 2-4 2 R; Clift 1-3, R.

Last modified: March 16. 2014 6:35PM
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