Oak Harbor tops Lynden in league finale | Legion

The Oak Harbor Legion AA baseball team upset visiting Lynden 9-3 Thursday, July 12, in the final league game of the summer season.

The win came after losses at Lynden Tuesday and at Stanwood Wednesday.

The Wildcats finished fifth in the nine-team North standings; three teams qualified for district.

Oak Harbor recently added a tournament to its schedule, going to Stanwood July 20-22.

Oak Harbor (7-9, 12-15) got off to a good start in the win over Lynden (7-4) by scoring two runs in the second inning and five in the third.

In the second, singles by Andrew Snavely and Cory Cameron and a walk to David Kusnick load the bases, then Anthony Stewart's fly to left was misplayed into a two-run error.

In the third, Lynden scored one run and the Wildcats countered with five. Jack Richter led with a double and Brent Mertins bunted for a base hit. An error off the bat of Snavely scored a run and put runners at second and third. Kusnick got aboard when his squeeze bunt, which scored Mertins, was mishandled. After a walk to Clay Doughty, Stewart squeezed in Snavely. Grant Schroeder walked, then Mike Maletto drove in two with a single.

Oak Harbor added two in the sixth when Maletto was hit by a pitch, Richter was walked and Mertins and Snavely singled.

Lynden scored two unearned runs in the seventh.

Schroeder threw a four hitter and gave up no earned runs while striking out six and walking five.

Mertins and Snavely went 2-for-4.

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