MONTESANO — A 2-0 shutout of Montesano has Forks on the verge of sealing up the Evergreen League boys soccer championship.
“We are solidly in the driver’s seat, a point ahead of Elma in the standings with two games against two cellar teams [coming up],” Spartans coach Joe Morton said.
Forks (8-1-0, 9-3-0) leads Elma (7-3-0, 9-3-0) and Montesano (7-3-0, 7-7-0) for first place. Teams only acquire one point per win, so the Spartans will need to win those two games against Raymond on Friday and Ilwaco on Monday to lock up the title.
“We were excited [to beat the Bulldogs],” Morton said. “They know we are right on the edge of winning this thing.”
Morton said defense was the difference maker in the win.
“I got two of my starters back, my two center backs Teo Ayala and Luis Torres, and it made a big difference for us back there,” Morton said.
The Spartans didn’t allow a shot on goal in the first half and took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
“They had zero shots in the first half on us, our defense was playing lights out,” Morton said.
“First half we were at the 32-minute point, and Tony Hernandez-Flores had the ball on the left side in the middle of the field in their third and he passed a beautiful cross to Hugo Sandoval who put in a great goal,” Morton said.
Forks added a second score midway through the second half.
“In the second half we moved Luis Torres to outside back and he had a nice left-footed cross over to Tony and he scored the second goal for us in the 59th,” Morton said.
Morton also had praise for Colton Duncan.
“He’s definitely playing well out of the back,” Morton said.
Forks hosts Raymond tonight at 6 p.m.
Sequim 4, Klahowya 2
SILVERDALE — The Wolves played well as a team and edged the Eagles on the road in a nonleague contest Wednesday.
“We played one of our nicer games in the first 35 minutes of the first half,” Sequim coach Dave Brasher said.
“The kids were excited, nice sunny day, nice new turf at Klahowya and I thought we possessed the ball really well and had four really nice goals. The kids rose to the occaision, playing well when there is nothing really to play for except pride.”
The Wolves started strong with some good scoring chances in the opening 10 minutes, but were caught against the run of play and Klahowya’s Oscar Peterson put the Eagles up 1-0.
“This was a good one, a little slap in the face because it looked like we were going to cruise,” Brasher said.
“We responded right away a minute later in the 11th minute. It was a good team goal. Chris Morgan started on the right, knocked it to Eli Gish who sent an excellent cross to Ryan Tolberd and he made a great header to the far post.”
A little give-and-go gave Sequim the lead 10 minutes later
“Another nice goal, Ryan took it down the left side, put the ball out to Mathys [Tanche] who gave it back to Ryan who sent it to Mike McAleer and he hit a rocket shot from about the 18-yard mark,” Brasher said.
The Wolves’ man of the match, defender Angel Servin, played a role in Sequim’s third scoring play.
“Another nice team effort that started from the defense of Angel Servin,” Brasher said. “He sent it up to Ryan who passed to Mathys and he took a left-footed shot that Sean Weber volleyed in off the left post.”
Sequim “kind of fell asleep” just before halftime and Klahowya, a perennial 1A state playoff contender, pounced to make it 3-2 at halftime.
Brasher said his team settled down defensively and pretty much shut the Eagles down after the break.
“I think [defenders] Brandon Benson and Rudy Franco were kind of offended by them scoring two goals and they talked about fininshing it out and they clamped down,” Brasher said.
The Wolves finished out the scoring in the 60th minute.
“Kristian Mingoy started down right side, cut it in and pushed it out to Brandon Charters, we brought him up from JV, and Brandon put the cross in and Reid Parker knocked it back to Mingoy and he hit a nice shot from about the 8-yard mark,” Brasher said.
Sequim (10-0-0, 12-0-2) hosts North Mason on senior night tonight.
Softball Port Angeles 5, White River 1
BUCKLEY — The Roughriders played small ball and took advantage of a big Hornets’ error in a potential district playoff preview on Wednesday.
Trailing 1-0 in the fifth inning, Port Angeles loaded the bases when Kiana Watson-Charles singles, Ella Holland bunted safely and Hope O’Connor singled.
With one out, Madi Roening’s fly ball was misplayed, clearing the bases for the Riders.
Port Angeles added a pair of runs in the top of the seventh.
Holland singled to shortstop, stole second and was brought home by an O’Connor single. Zoe Smithson then reached on a fielders choice, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a dropped third strike.
Holland and O’Connor teamed on the mound to get the win and also combined to reach base in six of seven at-bats, score three runs and drive in another at the top (O’Connor) and bottom (Holland) of the Riders’ batting order.
Port Angeles 5, White River 1
PA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 5 9 2
WR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0— 1 7 2
WP: Holland Sv: O’Connor
Port Angeles — Holland 4IP, 5H, ER, BB, 3K; O’Connor 3IP, 2H, 2BB, 2K.
Port Angeles — O’Connor 3-3, BB, SB, R, RBI; Holland 2-3, SB, 2R; Watson-Charles 1-3, R; Rudd 1-2, 2B; Cargo-Acosta 1-3, 2B; Nevaril 1-2.
Baseball Sequim 15, Bremerton 9
BREMERTON — The Wolves pounded out 14 hits in a slugfest win over the Knights on Wednesday.
Sequim has scored 28 runs in two games, both wins, this week.
Silas Thomas, Caleb Pozernick and Austin Newton all drove in three runs for the Wolves.
Michael Grubb brought home a pair of runs for Sequim (5-5, 10-7).
The Wolves are fourth in the Olympic League, a game up on Olympic (4-6, 7-10) for the league’s fourth playoff spot and a game behind North Mason (6-5, 9-9) for third.
Sequim hosts Kingston for senior night tonight.
Sequim 15, Bremerton 9
Sequim 3 0 3 2 0 2 5 — 15 14 2
Brem. 0 0 0 7 0 0 2— 9 9 3
WP: J. Young LP: Wakanobo
Sequim — J. Young 3.2IP, 7R, 5ER, 7K; Thomas 3.1IP, 2H, 2ER, 2BB, K.
Sequim — M. Young 3-6, 2B, 2R; Thomas 2-4, BB, 2B, 3R, 3RBI; J. Young 1-3, BB, 2B, 2R, RBI; M. Grubb 1-1, BB, SB, 2R, 2RBI; Rollness 2-2, 2R, RBI; Pozernick 1-4, BB, 3RBI; Newton 2-5, 2B, 3RBI.
Girls Tennis North Mason 4, Port Angeles 3
PORT ANGELES — The Riders’ busy week continued with a loss to the Bulldogs.
Port Angeles (6-7) will host Kingstonand honor the team’s seniors on Tuesday.
North Mason 4, Port Angeles 3
No. 1: Marissa Nemeth (NM) def. Summer Olsen (PA) 6-3, 6-2.
No. 2: Casandra Shamp (PA) def. Hailey Connell (NM) 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3: Hannah Reetz (PA) def. Montana Field (NM) 6-0, 6-1.
No. 1: Elmira Morozova/Izzy Alverts (NM) def. Dency Patel/Emily Rygaard (PA) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 2: Bre Agaschel/Kaylie Green (NM) def. Ellie Getchell/Kailey Droz 6-2, 6-2.
No. 3: Eden Critchfield/Reagan Critchfield (PA) def. Hailey Hicks/Kody Winn (NM) 6-0, 6-4.
No. 4: Allie Harlow/Rachel Youngman (NM) def. Abby Sanders/Angelina Sprague (PA) 6-2,7-5.
Compiled from team reports. Email scores to [email protected] or phone 360-417-3525.