Oak Harbor tops Lynden in league finale | Legion
By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News Times Sports editor
July 13, 2012 · 9:28 AM
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.Contact Whidbey News Times Sports editor Jim Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-675-6611 ext. 5060.