Wildcats lose sixth WesCo game

A controversial call at first base on a juggled ball in the seventh led to a four-run Everett uprising and sent Oak Harbor down to its sixth defeat in WesCo North baseball action Thursday afternoon.

Both teams entered the top of the seventh inning deadlocked in a 4-4 tie, but the error, three hits, a stolen base and a walk gave the Seagulls an 8-4 victory.

The Wildcats scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning on an error, singles by James Leach, James Cardinal and Ernie Martinez, followed by a perfect squeeze bunt by Mark Naymik to take an early 3-0 lead.

However, the Seagulls came right back with three runs in the top of the fourth inning.

Winning pitcher Kyle Wells led off with a double, the first of three the right-handed hurler had in the game, and Bruce Herrick singled to put runners on first and third.

After Herrick stole second and John Gohranson walked to load the sacks, two runs came home on a throwing error and Alex Schaller collected a one-out single to tie the score.

Oak Harbor took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a Leach single followed by a Cardinal RBI double, only to have Everett tie the score once again with a run in the top of the fifth inning.

Oak Harbor pitcher Marshall Lobbestael held the Seagulls in check until everything became unravled in the top of the seventh.

Brent Swezey led the inning off for Everett by grounding to Naymik at third.

Nymik threw the ball low to Leach, and the umpire ruled the Wildcats’ first baseman did maintain control of the ball.

Swezey stole second and went to third on Jake Franenholtz’s single.

Wells then pounded a double over Cardinal’s head in left field scoring Swezey with what turned out to be the winning run.

Oak Harbor coach Jim Waller went to the mound and replaced Lobbestael with left-hander Greg Ellis.

Everett’s designated hitter Bryce Herrick was given an intentional walk to load the bases and Gohranson lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to plate the second run of the inning.

Rem Prochaska then put the cap on the scoring with a ringing double to the gap in the right/centerfield gap to drive home the final two runs.

Leach was two-for-three with two runs scored for Oak Harbor. Cardinal was two-for-two with a pair of RBI.

Wells was four-for-for with three runs scored for Everett.

The Wildcats (2-6, 3-8) will try to get back on the winning track hosting Stanwood at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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