Fastpitch: Wildcats drop final 2 games

The Oak Harbor High School fastpitch team ended its season with a pair of loses this week, losing a nonleague game 7-4 at Stanwood Tuesday, May 10, and 20-4 at Everett Wednesday, May 11.

Stanwood (3-15) took advantage of two Oak Harbor errors to score two runs in the first inning, then used a five-run fourth to up 7-0. Oak Harbor got back into the game with four runs in the fifth but couldn't complete the comeback.

Amanda Pavey went 3-for-3 for the Wildcats with a double, run and walk. Abby Rankin ripped two singles and had an RBI, Shawna Steele singled in one run, and Nichelle Trumbull and Samm Zimmerman each singled.

The Everett game was a mess from the beginning. Oak Harbor committed six errors in the first inning, allowing the league-champion Seagulls (18-2, 13-1) to plate eight runs.

Everett added another eight-run inning in the third and tacked on four more runs in the fourth.

In all, the Wildcats committed 10 errors.

Steele doubled in the first inning and scored on Bailey Martinez's double for Oak Harbor's first run. The Wildcats scored three times in the fifth, two coming off Martinez's second double.

Although the Wildcats were handed a lopsided loss, coach Jess Weikle praised the play of her three seniors (Martinez, Rankin and Trumbull), who played well in their final game. She particularly lauded Martinez for her competitive spirit regardless of the score.

In regard to the week, Weikle said, "It was a tough couple of games." She noted that several players were playing out of position because some of the regulars were missing, and that led to some of the defensive breakdowns.

She added, "We had trouble shaking off our mistakes."

Everett's CJ Shaver went 4-for-4 with a school single-game record three home runs and eight RBI.

Oak Harbor finished the year 2-18, 2-12 in conference play.

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