Eagles clinch playoff spot

"The Klahowya Secondary School baseball team did what it had to do against Port Townsend last Friday. And yesterday, the Eagles reaped the first of what they hope will be many rewards.Klahowya ace Jeff Berend scattered seven Port Townsend hits and the offense supplied not one, but two decisive rallies as the Eagles clinched the Olympic League's sole Class 2A playoff spot with a 7-2 victory.The win earned first-year coach Russ Shiplet and his team at least two more games. The Eagles played at Chimacum Tuesday in a seeding contest, with both teams moving on to regional play.After that, we won't play until May 20, Shiplet said. The winner will go up north somewhere, and the loser will head south. But we'll both still be playing.Berend, a senior right-hander, had nine strikeouts in the latest in a season-long parade of dominant pitching performances.But Shiplet was even happier with the way his offense handled Townsend's pitching, ripping it for 12 hits - six for extra bases.More than anything, I'm pleased we hit the ball well, Shiplet said. It was the one thing we've been missing.It's like we put all the pieces together, and as a result it's the first game we've really kind of dominated another team, he said.Kyle Skelly's bases-loaded triple keyed Klahowya's four-run third inning, and Berend added a two-run double to help the Eagles tack on three more runs in the fourth.Lupe Martinez, Zach Seals and Lukas Sullivan each had two of the Eags' hits. Both of Sullivan's were doubles, and both Martinez and Joe Emel added a two-bagger to the attack.Olympic 10, Central Kitsap 2: Scott Armstrong and T.J. Brown each had two-run singles to help the Trojans avoid a coin flip with the Cougars for the No. 3 seed into the league 4A tournament.Kyle Anderson, Ernie Parsons and Jeff Farman each had two of Troy's nine hits in the game, a total matched by CK. The Cougs got two each from Eric Dickinson and Scott Lebas.Boys soccerOlympic maintained its two-point lead over North Kitsap in the race for the league's No. 2 state playoff berth by trouncing Klahowya 5-0 behind the two goals of Scott Tonge.John Hoogestraat added a goal and an assist for Oly, which got shutout goalkeeping from Ken Campbell and Noah Veth en route to the Saturday victory.FastpitchKlahowya won its second straight game, totaling 11 hits and committing just one error in an 8-3 home victory over Sequim.Five different Eagles had two hits apiece - Jenny Beall, Teresa Sjostrom, Rachael Rolle, April Jackson and Carrie Brougher. Sequim managed nine hits off winning pitcher Amanda Lax.North Kitsap 11, Olympic 3: At the Fairgrounds, North jumped on the Trojans for three runs in the second inning and led throughout. Victoria Gutierrez and Nicole Strickland each had three of Oly's eight hits."

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