Prep Roundup

Oak Harbor splits with Spartans

After dropping a 6-1 decision in a game shortened to five innings due to rain on the road at Stanwood Tuesday afternoon, the Oak Harbor baseball team rebounded with a 5-3 victory over the Spartans at home on Wednesday.

Coach Jim Waller said the Wildcats played a strong all-around game on and praised the pitching performance of Bennett Richter.

“We got a great effort out of Bennett,” he said. “He did a good job of keeping them off balance and induced them into 12 fly ball outs.”

Other keys to the victory were a strong defense and the bottom half of the batting order came through.

“Our top four hitters in the order have hit consistently well throughout the year, so it was nice to see the second half of the order help us out offensively, Waller said.

Chris Reilly was 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBI and Ben Wolfe was 2-for-3.

Kurtis Weaver was 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.

Richter pitched the first six innings of the game to pick up his second pitching victory of the season. He was relieved in the top of seventh inning by Johnny Encinas who earned the save.

Richter retired the first nine batters he faced and the Wildcats gave him a four-run cushion, scoring four times in the bottom of the second inning.

Waller said the Wildcats didn’t play poorly in Tuesday’s loss to Stanwood, but had just two hits in the game and rapped into double plays after each one of them.

Reilly and Danny Lura had the only hits for Oak Harbor that remains in the thick of the WesCo North race with a 4-6 league record and a 6-8 overall mark.

’Cats fourth at Tom Dolan Tourney

Paced by Phil Reedy who shot a one-over par 73 to finish in third place, the Oak Harbor High School golf team finished fourth at Monday’s Tom Dolan Invitational Tournament played at the Everett Golf and Country Club.

Kamiak won the tournament with a team score of 307 strokes.

Jackson and Snohomish tied for second place with 320 strokes and the Wildcats shot a score of 328.

Oak Harbor’s Eric McCardle carded a score of 78 strokes to finish in ninth place.

“It was a windy, rainy day at the tournament and we managed to finish fourth out of the 17 teams entered,” coach John Matzen said.

Judd Ford shot a score of 88 strokes for Oak Harbor with teammate Brandon Kenworthy close behind with 89 strokes.

Josh Hunt rounded out the Wildcats’ scorecard with a round of of 94 strokes.

Kamiak’s Reed Martin won medalist honors shooting a seven-under-par 65.

Wolves defeat Tigers 5-2

Five different players scored and the Coupeville High School soccer team rolled to a 5-2 Cascade Conference victory over Granite Falls Wednesday evening at Mickey Clark Field.

Spencer Tack, off an assist from Zeb Williams, got things rolling for the Wolf Pack four minutes into the game, beating Granite Falls goal keeper Kevin Ahrens for a 1-0 lead.

At the 10-minute mark, Geoff Wacker fed Williams the ball and he put it in the net for a 2-0 Coupeville lead.

Another Wacker assist and a goal by Toni Sherman at the 25-minute mark made the score 3-0, before Matt Johns scored on a penalty kick for Granite Falls.

With seven minutes remaining until halftime, Paul Gumke cut the lead to a single goal beating Coupeville’s Josh Adams with a shot.

The Wolves retained a 3-2 halftime advantage and Wacker scored 15 minutes into the second period to up the margin to 4-2. Mitch Stevenson assisted on Wacker’s score.

Taylor Anthony scored an unassisted goal with seven minutes remaining in the game to cap off Coupeville’s onslaught.

“It was the best goal scoring performance of our season so far,” said coach Paul Mendes.

Coupeville has a 2-9 record in league games and a 4-9 overall mark.

Jansen wins on court

Oak Harbor junior Jennifer Jansen was the only tennis player to win when the Wildcats squared off against Marysville-Pilchuck Wednesday afternoon in a match that was rained out on April 8.

Jansen dropped the first set to Ashley Bartlett 6-2, but came back in the second set to win 6-3. In the third and deciding set, Jansen came through with a 7-5 win.

All the other singles and doubles players lost their matches in straight sets.

In fourth singles, Oak Harbor’s Lauren Rico lost the first set 6-2 and was trailing 2-1 in the second set before being forced to retire.

Kellie Newton battled Marysville-Pilchuck’s Jodie Anderson in the second singles match before losing 6-3, 6-3.

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