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Wildcat district berth coming down to wire | Softball

Whidbey News-Times Sports editor
May 7, 2013 · Updated 11:35 AM

Whether the Oak Harbor High School softball team qualifies for the district tournament could come down to the final regular season game with visiting Marysville-Pilchuck at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 8.

The Wildcats lost 12-1 to host Shorecrest Monday, dropping Oak Harbor into a tie with Marysville Getchell for third in the Wesco 3A North standings. Only three teams qualify for district.

Both teams finish the regular season Wednesday, and Oak Harbor has the tougher game. The Wildcats (4-8, 5-14) face Marysville-Pilchuck (8-4, 11-8), the North leader, while Getchell (4-8, 6-13) goes to last-place Stanwood (2-10, 4-15).

The first time through the league schedule, Oak Harbor lost to M-P 12-0 and Getchell beat Stanwood 7-4.

Shorecrest (10-2, 14-5) won its 10th game in the past 11 with the five-inning victory over Oak Harbor.

The game was close, 3-1 Shorecrest, going into the bottom of the fourth, then the Scots scored nine runs in two innings.

The Shorecrest uprising was led by a pair of three-run home runs. Oak Harbor helped the Scot offense by committing seven errors.

The Wildcats scored their run in the fourth. Shawna Steele singled, went to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Morgan Young's single.

Oak Harbor had eight hits (all singles) in five innings but couldn't bunch the hits to produce runs.

Lexie Findley had two hits and Steele, Young, Kelly Findley, Hannah Salmons, Bella Sampson and Kelsey Rankin one each.

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