Fastpitch: T-birds rally by Wildcats
By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News Times Sports editor
April 7, 2011 · 8:55 AM
Shorewood rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to squeeze by the visiting Oak Harbor fastpitch team 6-5 Wednesday, April 6, on a wet, sloppy day.
Wind, rain and hail swirled as the Thunderbirds (3-5, 2-2) mixed two hits, an error and three walks into the winning rally.
Oak Harbor trailed 1-0 heading into the fourth when it took the lead with two runs. Morgan Young and Shawna Steele both singled and then moved up on a double steal. Abby Rankin followed with a two-run single.
Shorewood evened the score in the bottom of the fourth, then the Wildcats added two more runs in the fifth. Hannah Salmons led with a bunt single, then an error off the bat of Nichelle Trumbull put runners at second and third. After an out, Emily Saar and Young ripped RBI singles. Oak Harbor eventually left the bases loaded, and the missed opportunity to score several more runs would haunt the 'Cats at the end.
Shorewood scored once in the fifth to make it 4-3.
Down 6-4 heading into the last inning, Oak Harbor rallied for a run. With one out, Young singled, stole second and scored on Steele's hit. Steele, the tying run, was stranded.
Young had "the best game," according to coach Jess Weikle. The center fielder went 3-for-4 with two runs, four stolen bases and one RBI. In the field she doubled a runner off first on a fly ball and gunned down a runner at the plate.
Steele finished 3-for-3 with three stolen bases and an RBI.
Oak Harbor out hit the T-birds 9-6 but "left a lot of runner on," according to Weikle, a gave up several unearned runs.
Weikle saw some positives in the game: "The girls played their most intense game all year."
Oak Harbor (1-5, 1-3) heads to Shorecrest (1-6, 1-3) Friday, April 7, at 6 p.m.
Contact Whidbey News Times Sports editor Jim Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-675-6611 ext. 5060.