By Tim Clinton
West Seattle battled back to beat close rival Chief Sealth by a 5-2 score at the Southwest Athletic Complex baseball field Monday afternoon.
The Wildcats, who trailed by a 1-0 score going into the third inning, ran their record to 10-9 with the win going into their regular season finale scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday against Seattle Prep at Hiawatha.
West Seattle has already cemented its postseason position and will open the Metro League playoffs at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, May 7 at Hiawatha. That is a loser-out game, as would be a 6 p.m. game against Roosevelt the next day at the SWAC.
"If we survive those, then we're in the double-elimination part of the tournament," said Wildcats head coach Velko Vitalich.
Chief Sealth fell to 3-16 with Monday's close loss and will wrap up its season at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday against Cleveland on the Rainier Beach field.
"We've lost a lot of games like that, seven or eight, that were one or two runs," said Seahawks head coach Ernest Policarpio. "Errors have been our worst enemy."