SEQUIM — Getting in a full game before heavy rain came down, the Sequim Wolves got great pitching performances from a trio of hurlers, shutting out Forks 3-0 on two hits in the baseball season opener for both squads.
The Wolves’ Caleb Pozernick started the game, going three shutout innings, while giving up one hit, two walks and striking out five. Silas Thomas went three innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two and Joey Oliver pitched the final inning, giving up no hits, no walks and striking out one.
Sequim kept up its long-standing pattern of creating pressure on the basepaths, stealing a total of seven bases.
Forks’ pitchers were nearly as good, allowing just three hits. Carter Windle started, going four innings, giving up two hits and one earned run, with three walks and four strikeouts. Joseph Reaume pitched the last two innings, giving up one hit, one earned run, while walking two and striking out three.
Oliver, Michael Grubb and Hayden Eaton had Sequim’s three hits, with Oliver’s hit a double, the only extra-base hit of the game. He added a run scored, a stolen base and an RBI. Eaton also had an RBI. Johnnie Young had a walk and an RBI and Michael Young had two stolen bases and a run scored.
Windle and Logan Olson had Forks’ two hits, with Trey Baysinger adding a pair of walks.
Both teams had just one error despite cold, wet conditions.
“The defense was solid for both sides. It was good for our team to get out there get the dust off and test out our young team,” said Forks coach Jason Richard.
Sequim (1-0) is scheduled to begin Olympic League 2A Division play at 4:15 p.m. Thursday at North Kitsap (0-0). Forks (0-1) was set to play Chimacum (1-0) Tuesday and will play Chimacum again on the road at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Sequim 3, Forks 0
Forks 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 2 1
Sequim 2 0 0 0 0 1 x — 3 3 1
WP: Pozernick LP: Windle
Forks — Windle 4IP, 2H, ER, 3BB, 4K; Reaume 2IP, H, ER, 2BB, 3K.
Sequim — Pozernick 3IP, H, 0ER, 2BB, 5K; Thomas 3IP, H, 0ER, BB, 2K; Oliver 1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, K.
Forks — Windle 1-3, Olson 1-3, Baysinger 2BB.
Sequim — Oliver 1-3, 2B, R, RBI, SB; Eaton 1-3, RBI, SB; Grubb 1-3; Young 0-2, R, 2SB.
Chimacum 9, Kingston 3
CHIMACUM — The Chimacum Cowboys got huge games from Issac Purser, Cody Clark and Cole Dotson to beat 2A Kingston 9-3 in their season opener.
Dotson picked up the win on the mound, pitching 4 2/3 innings in relief, striking out 8, while giving up two walks and two earned runs.
Purser and Clark combed to go 7 for 7 at the plate. Purser was 4 for 4 with a stolen base and three runs scored. He also pitched a perfect inning of relief, giving up no hits while striking out two. Clark, meanwhile was 3 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and four RBIs.
Carson McConnell also went 2-3 with two runs scored, two stolen bases, a walk and an RBI. Wyatt Pennington also went 2-3 at the plate with a run scored.
The Cowboys made no errors on the day.
Chimacum (1-0) was scheduled to play Forks (0-1) Tuesday after press deadline. The Cowboys’ next game will be hosting Forks at 4 p.m. Thursday.
South Whidbey 2, Forks 1
LANGLEY — The Forks soccer boys went on the road to South Whidbey to take on a good Falcons team, giving the home team a hard time, but falling in the end 2-1.
Teo Ayala scored the goal for the Spartans in the second half, with the assist going to Tony Flores.
“That’s a good team,” coach Joe Morton said, referring to South Whidbey. “They played five postseason games last year.”
Morton said the Spartans are young, but have a big squad with more than 30 boys turning out for soccer this season. The Spartans have a long break until they play again on March 21, when they will face Hoquiam in an Evergreen 1A League opener.
Until then, Forks knows after the South Whidbey game what it needs to work on, Morton said.
“We need to fix some defensive issues and look for another striker along with Flores,” he said.