Chief Sealth pounds West Seattle in playoff tuneup

By Tim Clinton

What a way to tune up for the playoffs.

Chief Sealth did it by breaking out the bats and beating close rival West Seattle for the first time in four seasons Friday, 12-3.

The Seahawks outhit the Wildcats, 14-7, in the Metro League baseball regular season finale for both teams.
"We didn't know what to expect," said Chief Sealth head coach Ernest Policarpio. "West Seattle and Chief Sealth is always a good game. We just hit the ball better. We won because we outhit them."

The Seahawks finished the regular season with a 12-9 record and now open the Metro League playoffs at 7 p.m. Monday against Ballard at Mel Olson Stadium at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center.

West Seattle wound up at 4-14 and out of the playoffs, which has been a rarity under head coach Velko Vitalich.
Vitalich finds himself only four coaching wins shy of 400 for his career, all of which has been spent at West Seattle.

"It's tough to watch the playoffs when you're not in them," Vitalich told Policarpio toward the end of Friday's action at Hiawatha playfield next to West Seattle High School.

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West Seattle edges out Sealth soccer 1-0


Tough defense and total team contributions boosted the West Seattle Wildcats to a 1-0 3A Metro League boys soccer against rival Chief Sealth on Mon., April 24, at the Southwest Athletic Complex.

The Wildcats improved to 5-2-5 while the home team Seahawks dropped to 4-7 in league.
"We played scrappy," said West Seattle head coach Kyle Nothstein. "There was good defense. The team kept good poise. Everybody who was on the field contributed and gave their hearts into the effort. They left everything on the field."

Both teams went at each other strongly and evenly from the beginning with quick burst attacks, but lacking good ground passing.

Chief Sealth organized its passing and spacing after relying on sideline runs to set up numerous cross passes that were not picked up for shots as it held field position.

West Seattle actually delivered the more dangerous scoring attempts despite being on its heels for long periods.

After the middle of the first half, the Wildcats got off their heels to start pouring passes into Chief Sealth territory., nearly scoring just before intermission.

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Sportswatch 4-24-17: Sports events worth keeping an eye on

By Tim Clinton

High schools
West Seattle hosts crosstown rival Chief Sealth for a 4 p.m. game at the Hiawatha playfield Friday and Ballard travels to Rainier Beach at the same time.
Kennedy Catholic, meanwhile, will be at home playing Hazen at 4 p.m. Wednesday as Mount Rainier travels to Kentlake and Thursday Mount Rainier is at home against Kentlake and Kennedy at Hazen.
Mount Rainier visits Eastside Catholic for a non-league game Saturday, also at 4 p.m.
Foster travels to Franklin Pierce for a 4 p.m. game Wednesday and hosts Fife at the same time Friday.
Tyee is at home playing Eatonville at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Highline travels to Steilacoom for a 4 p.m. game. Highline hosts Renton at 3:30 p.m. Friday and Tyee travels to River Ridge at 4 p.m.
Seattle Christian gets a 4 p.m. visit from Charles Wright on Wednesday and entertains Bellevue Christian at the same time Friday before hosting University Prep at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Warriors visit Bellevue Christian at 4 p.m. Monday.

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