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.More ›