PREP BASEBALL: Forks earns doubleheader split with clutch hit

Port Angeles, Sequim softball teams win big

Forks Spartans.

Forks Spartans.

MENLO — The Forks baseball team earned a doubleheader split with Pe Ell-Willapa Valley, thanks to a game-winning hit in the top of the eighth inning by Emmanuel Hernandez-Stansbury.

The Spartans beat the Titans 6-4 in the nightcap for their first win of the year after losing the first game of the twinbill 7-3.

In addition to Hernandez-Stansbury’s big hit, the Spartans also got a complete game from Aiden Salazar. Salazar struck out five and allowed just five hits and one walk while allowing one earned run.

The Spartans had just five hits themselves with Landen Olson hitting a two-run double and Salazar, Dylan Micheau and Ryan Rancourt adding hits.

In the top of the eighth and the game tied at 4-4, Rancourt started the rally with a single. He moved to third on a two-base error. Walker Wheeler was hit by a pitch and then stole second base. After a strikeout, Hernandez-Stansbury hit a two-run single. In the bottom of the inning, Salazar had a strikeout and induced a pair of pop-up outs to seal the win.

In the opening game, the Spartans gave up six runs in the first inning with most of the runs unearned. Gunner Rogers settled down after that rough start and went the full game, allowing just one earned run in six innings. He allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out five.

At the plate, Salazar had a hit and two RBIs, while Rogers had a hit and an RBI. Micheau and Olson added hits.

Forks (0-1, 1-2) will next host Hoquiam at 3 p.m. Friday. Rain is forecast.

North Kitsap 3, Sequim 0

SEQUIM — The Sequim baseball team got a fantastic performance from pitchers Toppy Robideau and Lincoln Bear, but could only manage two hits against North Kitsap’s Noah Sorensen in a 3-0 pitchers’ duel loss.

Sorensen finished with 14 strikeouts as neither team generated much offense. Tobideau allowed seven hits and two earned runs in 5⅔ innings. He struck out five and walked two. Bear pitched a perfect 1⅓, allowing no hits and no walks while striking out one.

At the plate Zeke Schmadeke and Braydan White had hits. The Wolves made just one error.

Sequim (0-3, 2-3) will try to get some revenge at 4:15 p.m. today with a game scheduled at North Kitsap. Rain is forecast.

Softball

Port Angeles 15, Bremerton 2

BREMERTON — The Port Angeles softball team, led by a monster game from Heidi Leitz, remained perfect in a 15-2 win over Bremerton on Tuesday.

Leitz was dominant at the plate and on the rubber. She hit three home runs while going 4-for-4 at the plate and she also pitched three perfect innings with eight strikeouts.

The Roughriders tallied 22 hits as they have scored 59 runs in four wins so far this season.

Lily Halberg hit her third home run of the year in just four games, going 2-for-4. Abby Kimball went 3-for-3 with a home run.

Taylor Worthington, Alexis Perry and Kennedy Rognlien each had a pair of hits, while Lexie Smith, Ali Money, Ava-Anne Sheahan all had hits.

Lynzee Reid pitched the final two innings, allowing two hits and two runs. She struck out one.

Port Angeles (1-0, 4-0) next plays in a doubleheader Saturday at Bellevue College. The Riders will play Ellensburg and East Valley of Yakima.

Sequim 13, Bremerton 2

SEQUIM — The Sequim softball team got a great pitching performance from Lainy Vig and won its Olympic League opener 13-2 over Bremerton.

“We played pretty well. It was definitely an improvement over our game last Wednesday [a 9-6 loss to Shelton],” said coach Mike McFarlen.

Vig had nine strikeouts while giving up three walks and four hits. She also went 2-for-4 at the plate.

Offensively, Taylee Rome had a big day, going 3-for-3 with a single, double and a home run. Mia Pozernick went 2-for-3 with a single and a home run. Hannah Bates went 2-for-3 with three runs scored.

Sequim (1-0, 1-3) is scheduled to host Bremerton at 5 p.m. today. Rain is forecast.