PREP BASEBALL: Forks swept by Ilwaco in battle for league title

Forks shortstop Landen Olson (9) made a great play on a hard hit ground ball then while falling down, throwing Ilwaco’s runner Ethan Hopkins (45) out on a force place by second basemen Dylan Micheau. (Lonnie Archibald/for Peninsula News

Forks shortstop Landen Olson (9) made a great play on a hard hit ground ball then while falling down, throwing Ilwaco’s runner Ethan Hopkins (45) out on a force place by second basemen Dylan Micheau. (Lonnie Archibald/for Peninsula News

FORKS — The Forks baseball team had a shot for undisputed first place in the Pacific 2B League, but the Spartans found out they still have work to do to get past Ilwaco.

Ilwaco won a doubleheader at Fred Orr Park 9-0 and 15-1, snapping Forks’ 12-game winning streak and winning the league championship. Ilwaco came in to the doubleheader one game behind Forks for the league lead as the sweep dropped the Spartans down to third place.

Forks is still in the postseason, which begins Friday.

In game one, Jeremy Hutto was 2-for-3 with a triple, while Gunner Rogers hit a double. Aidan Salazar and Rogers combined to allow five earned runs as Forks was hurt by four errors.

In the second game, the Spartans managed just two hits, one by Bubba Hernandez and the other by Dylan Micheau. Hernandez scored the Spartans’ run.

Forks (13-4, 7-2) begins District 4 postseason play with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Friday. The location and opponent has not been set yet, but it appears the Spartans’ first opponent will be Wahkiakum or Rainier.

Ilwaco 9, Forks 0

Ilwaco 2 4 1 0 1 0 1 — 9 11 1

Forks 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 3 4

Pitching

Forks — Salazar 3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 K; Rogers 4 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 5 K.

Hitting

Forks — Hutto 2-3, 3B; Rogers 1-3, 2B.

Ilwaco 15, Forks 1

Ilwaco 0 1 8 1 5 x x — 15 9 1

Forks 1 0 0 0 x x x — 1 2 0

Pitching

Forks — Hernandez 3 H, 5 ER, K; Olson 2.2 IP, 4 H, 9 ER, 3 K; Rowley 1.1 IP, 2 H, ER, K.

Hitting

Forks — Hernandez 1-2, R; Micheau 1-2.

Olympic 8, Sequim 1

SEQUIM — The Sequim baseball team wasted five doubles and could only muster one run in an 8-1 loss to Olympic at home.

Sequim pitchers Ethan Staples and Brayden White struck out 10 and allowed just four earned runs, but Sequim was hurt by three errors and 10 walks.

White, Staples, Zeke Schmadeke, Devyn Dearinger and Ayden Holland all belted doubles, but the Wolves had trouble bringing runners home as they stranded 10 baserunners.

Staples went five innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs while walking four. He struck out eight. White went two innings, allowed no hits, but walked six, allowing two earned runs. He struck out two.

The Wolves (10-9 overall) hosted Kingston on Tuesday in a tiebreaker game as Kingston, Sequim and Olympic all ended up tied for third place among 2A teams at 6-8 in the Olympic League. Result of the game was after press deadline. Look at peninsulanews.us for results.

Olympic 8, Sequim 1

Oly. 0 1 0 3 1 0 3 — 8 5 1

Seq. 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 — 1 7 3

Pitching

Sequim — Staples 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 K; White 2 IP, 2 ER, 6 BB, 2 K.

Hitting

Sequim — White 1-3, 2B, R; Doyle 1-2, RBI; Schmadeke 1-4, 2B; Holland 1-4, 2B; Staples 1-3, 2B; Dearinger 1-3, 2B.

Boys soccer Bainbridge 12, Port Angeles 1

BAINBRIDGE — The Port Angeles boys soccer team got off to a slow start and was never able to get on track against a good Bainbridge club that beat the Roughriders 12-1.

“The Spartans scored early and often in the first half against the Riders on a damp field at Bainbridge Island,” said coach Chris Saari. “The skill, ball movement and speed of the Spartans exposed Port Angeles defensively. Port Angeles made some changes at halftime that made it possible to see a few players in different positions.

“Freshman Hunter Eller played the first half in goal for Port Angeles and Kevin Royack played the second half in goal. Kevin made a few big saves to deny the Spartans and was aggressive coming off his line,” Saari said.

The game did feature sophomore Matthew Miller’s 21st goal of the season.

“Leif Moody played outside back in the second half and got an assist on Matthew Miller’s 21st goal [in the 55th minute],” Saari said. “Leif hit a long free kick into the Spartans penalty box and Matthew beat the keeper on the dribble after the ball popped loose from the initial challenge.”

Saari named Miller his offensive player of the match, Royack the defensive player of the match and Moody the transition player of the match.

Port Angeles (2-11, 3-12) will finish its season on the road Thursday against Bremerton (6-5, 6-6).

image Olson to Micheau=Forks shortstop Landen Olson (9) made a great play on a hard hit ground ball then while falling down, threw Ilwaco's runner E Hopkins (45) out on a force at second covered by Spartan Dylan Micheau.  Photo by Lonnie Archibald.

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