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Pitchers lead Oak Harbor to 2 wins | Legion

Two strong pitching performances helped lift the Oak Harbor Legion baseball team to a pair of wins over Burlington #2 this week.

Tuesday, June 28, Grant Schroeder tossed a two hitter as Oak Harbor won 8-0 in Coupeville, then Teddy Peterschmidt threw his fourth-straight quality game in Oak Harbor's 7-2 win in Burlington Wednesday. Offensively, Ben Etzell was part of every Oak Harbor rally.

Schroeder took a no hitter into the fifth inning and finished with five strikeouts, one walk and one hit batter.

Oak Harbor scored three runs in the second inning on its way to the win. Etzell walked, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a balk. Zach Zimmer and Morgan Payne walked and both scored on Anthony Stewart's single.

In the third, Oak Harbor added four more runs. Cory Cameron bunted for a hit and eventually scored on a ground out from Austyn Walker. Etzell and Zimmer singled and Nate Stanford walked to load the bases. Payne singled home a pair and Stanford scored on an error.

In the fifth, Etzell walked, went third on David Kusnick's double and scored on Zimmer's ground out.

Peterschmidt has posted a 0.75 ERA over the past four games and limited Burlington to seven hits while striking out three in Wednesday's win.

Coach Tyson VanDam said, "He doesn't walk people and he lives at the bottom of the strike zone; it makes him tough to hit."

Oak Harbor pounced on Burlington early with a four-run first. Cameron and Etzell walked then scored on Kusnick's single. Payne then drove in Kusnick and scored on an error.

In the fifth, Cameron reached on an error, Etzell singled, Kusnick singled in Cameron and Zimmer drove in Etzell with a sacrifice fly.

Etzell doubled in the seventh and scored on Walker's single.

The wins raised Oak Harbor's league record to 7-2, one game behind Bellingham. The Wildcats are 12-8 overall.

This weekend Oak Harbor takes part in the Anacortes Wood Bat Tournament, facing Sedro-Woolley at 1 p.m. and Anacortes at 4 on Friday, July 1. Saturday at 1 p.m. Oak HarborĀ  squares off with Bellingham.

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