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Wildcats get win with another comeback | Softball

This time the comeback stuck.

The Oak Harbor High School softball team recorded spirited comebacks in its first two games on its new field, but both times the games slipped away late.

The third time was the charm as the Wildcats out-slugged Marysville Getchell 13-10 Wednesday, March 27.

Oak Harbor came back three times in the game, the last with a six-run sixth that sewed up the win.

The Wildcats led 7-6 after five innings, then the Chargers put up a four-spot in the sixth to lead 10-7.

Oak Harbor used a little bit of everything to mount the game-winning rally.

After an out, Lexie Findley lined the ball over the center fielder's head for a triple. She scored on Natalie Fiallos' infield hit. Shawna Steele followed with a triple down the left field line. Steele scored when she beat the throw home on Emily Saar's fielder's choice. Morgan Young hit the ball in the hole, and the shortstop's throw to second to force Saar was late. After a strikeout, Oak Harbor took the lead on a goofy play that scored three runs.

Kelsey Rankin beat out a nubber fielded by the MG pitcher. The throw was not only late but sailed over the first baseman's head into the right field corner allowing Rankin to circle the bases.

Oak Harbor scored all of its runs in three innings, beginning with four in the first after the Chargers started with two in their half. Findley led off with a triple. Fiallos and Steele both singled, then a walk and three errors followed.

Down 6-4, Oak Harbor regained the lead with three in the fourth. Singles by Findley, Fiallos and Steele loaded the bases. Two errors sent them home.

Findley (two triples), Fiallos (three runs) and Steele (double, triple, four RBI) each finished with three hits; Rankin added two.

Saar received the win, recording nine strikeouts and seven walks.

The Chargers (0-1, 2-5) committed eight errors.

Oak Harbor coach Jess Boswell said, "We played a good game today. The girls came out answering Getchell’s two runs with four, and continued to answer throughout the game. We battled, took advantage when we could and came through for each other."

She added, "[Catcher] Shawna Steele had an exceptional game at bat and with Saar. The zone wasn’t working for them like they planned, but Shawna’s blocking helped ensure girls didn’t advance on passed balls and she set up so that Emily didn’t get hit hard except for a few ground balls up the middle."

Oak Harbor (1-0, 2-5) goes to Everett (1-0, 1-5) for a 7 p.m. game Friday, March 29.

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