Wildcats, T-birds split | Fastpitch

The Oak Harbor fastpitch team finished out its home schedule by splitting a double header with Shorewood Monday, May 7.

The Thunderbirds took game one 8-7 in nine innings in a game that was a continuation of a contest that was tied 7-7 and suspended because of rain after eight innings at Shorewood April 11.

Oak Harbor won the second game 4-1.

In the Wildcat win, Oak Harbor scored two in the second and never trailed. Emily Saar, who was also the winning pitcher, started the inning by reaching on an error. After an out, Samm Zimmerman rapped an RBI double. With two out, Bri Patton hit a run-scoring single.

In the third, consecutive singles by Riley Thompson, Morgan Young, Shawna Steele and Saar picked up another run.

In the sixth, Marissa Fakkema boarded on a two-base error and scored on Thompson's single.

Thompson, Young and Patton each collected two hits.

Back on April 11, Oak Harbor jumped to a 6-0 lead at Shorewood (3-11, 3-15). The Wildcats wasted little time as they scored three in the first. Fakkema walked and Young singled and both scored on Steele's triple. Zimmerman's sacrifice fly scored Steele.

Oak Harbor added three in the third. Young singled, stole second and scored on Steele's single. Zimmerman walked and moved up with Steele on a passed ball, then both scored on a long sacrifice fly by Emily Hunt.

Shorewood cut the lead in half with three runs in the fifth.

The Wildcats scored again in the sixth. Kelsey Rankin got on on an error and scored on Fakkema's double.

The Thunderbirds rallied for four in their half of the sixth to tie.

With the rains pouring, Oak Harbor threatened but didn't score in the eighth. After Wildcat pitcher Hunt hit the first Shorewood batter, the game was suspended.

Hunt struck out 11 and gave up only three hits, but was hurt by 10 walks and two errors.

Wildcat coach Jess Weikle said, "We were extremely pleased with our girls tonight. We were glad to see the team come together to…create an energetic atmosphere for their seniors on senior night."

It was the final home games for seniors Hunt, Zimmerman, Patton and Fakkema.

Oak Harbor (3-12, 5-14) goes to Glacier Peak (9-4, 12-5) at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, for its final game.


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