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Baseball: 'Cats miss opportunities, lose district game
In baseball, getting runners on base is only half the battle.
Getting them home wins games and Oak Harbor found that out in a 5-1 upset loss to visiting Glacier Peak in the first round of the district tournament Monday, May 9.
Oak Harbor (13-6-1), the No. 3 seed, now drops into the losers’ bracket of the eight-team, double elimination tournament. It will face another upset loser, Mount Vernon, at Sherman Anderson Field in Mount Vernon Tuesday at 4 p.m. The No. 2 seeded Bulldogs (15-5-1) fell to No. 5 seed Meadowdale 2-0.
In other district action, No. 1 seed Shorewood topped Shorecrest 10-0 and No. 4 seed Mountlake Terrace beat No. 6 Ferndale 7-0.
Oak Harbor and Mount Vernon tied 17-17 in the season opener in a nonleague game March 15.
Glacier Peak (8-12) , the No. 7 seed, rebounded to beat Oak Harbor after losing twice to the Wildcats (13-1 and 7-2) last week in the final two regular season games.
Monday, Oak Harbor loaded the bases with one out in each of the first two innings but failed to score. Two strikeouts ended the rally in the first and a double-play line out finished the second.
The Grizzlies, however, took advantage of their earlier opportunities.
In the second inning, a walk and two singles loaded the bases for GP. A ground out produced one run. A walk reloaded the bases, then the next Grizzly hitter looped a two-out pop up down the right field line that fell just inches fair and out the reach of a diving Peter Franssen. Three runs scored and the Grizzlies lead 4-0.
Oak Harbor left another runner stranded in the third, two more in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth for a total of 12 in the game.
The Wildcats’ lone run came on Yale Rosen’s lead off home run over the 360 sign in the fifth.
Glacier Peak picked up its fifth run on a single and two errors in the fifth.
After getting 19 hits in the first two games against Glacier Peak, the Wildcats collected only four Monday. Josh Evans was 2-for-4, Rosen 1-for-4 and Ryan Byrne 1-for-4. Oak Harbor received three walks, three hit batters and three GP errors.
Jay Stout pitched a complete game for Oak Harbor and took the loss. He gave up eight hits, three walks, hit a batter and struck out two.
Oak Harbor coach Tyson VanDam said the three-run double was the turning point in the game. After Oak Harbor’s first-inning rally fizzled, Glacier Peak started to pick up steam. The double added to the Grizzlies’ confidence, and momentum swung their way.