Baseball: Wildcats beat GP, host district game Saturday
By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News Times Sports editor
May 5, 2011 · Updated 12:12 PM
For the first time since 1994, the Oak Harbor baseball team has qualified for the district tournament and will open the double-elimination playoffs Saturday, May 7, at 1 p.m. at home with Glacier Peak.
The Wildcats (13-5-1) finished up the regular season with a 7-2 win over host Glacier Peak (7-12, 6-8) Wednesday, May 4. The victory put Oak Harbor in second place in the Wesco 3A standings and earned the 'Cats the No. 3 seed in the district tournament.
The loss dropped the Grizzlies to fifth in Wesco and to the No. 7 seed, which coincidentally earned them another matchup with Oak Harbor.
In other first-round action in district, No. 1 seed and Wesco champion Shorewood (18-2, 14-0) faces No. 8 Shorecrest (9-12, 5-9); No. 2 seed and Northwest Conference leader Mount Vernon (15-4, 11-2) faces No. 5 Meadowdale (7-12, 6-8); and No. 4 seed Mountlake Terrace (11-9, 8-6) faces No. 6 Ferndale (15-5, 10-3), currently tied for second in the Northwest Conference.
All games in the first two rounds are played at the site of the higher seed.
The championship game and the game for third and fourth places are at Everett's Memorial Stadium Saturday, May 14. The top three teams move on to the regionals.
The Oak Harbor/Glacier Peak winner and loser will face the winner and loser, respectively, of Mount Vernon/Meadowdale Tuesday, May 10, at 4 p.m.
In Oak Harbor's win over Glacier Peak Wednesday, the Wildcats erupted for six first-inning runs, all with two outs. Jay Stout singled, then came two outs. Josh Evans singled and Ryan Byrne blasted a two-run double. Hits by Sam Glavick, Jack Richter and Justin Counts and a walk to David Tillotson fueled the rest of the rally.
Gabe Clark tossed a complete game for Oak Harbor.Contact Whidbey News Times Sports editor Jim Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-675-6611 ext. 5060.