Unable to generate much offense, the Oak Harbor High School softball team lost two games and was eliminated from the district tournament Tuesday, May 14, at Everett's Phil Johnson Fields.
The Wildcats, making their first playoff appearance since 1998, collected only four hits in the two games as they fell to top-seeded Meadowdale 7-2 in the opener and 9-1 to Ferndale in a loser-out match.
Errors helped Meadowdale score two runs in the bottom of the first inning and three in the third.
In the first, Wildcat catcher Shawna Steele tried to pick a runner off third base, but her throw got by third baseman Kelly Findley, allowing the runner to score. On the same play, the trail runner collided with Findley and was awarded home on an obstruction call.
In the third, a mistake in the outfield after two singles aided the Mavericks in scoring two runs.
Meadowdale (19-2) finished with eight hits, including four doubles.
Oak Harbor (5-17) narrowed the gap to 5-2 with a pair of runs in the fourth. Emily Saar and Morgan Young walked, then Findley registered Oak Harbor's only hit, a run-scoring single. Hannah Salmons' ground out pushed in the second score.
At that point, Meadowdale brought in ace pitcher Alyssa Reuble, a Seattle University recruit, and Reuble stopped the rally. Reuble struck out seven of the final nine batters she faced.
Ferndale, which lost a 5-4, 10-inning heartbreaker to Glacier Peak in the opener after blowing a two-run lead in the seventh, pounced on Oak Harbor early.
The Golden Eagles (14-8) scored six runs over the first two innings and eight in the first four to cruise by the Wildcats.
Five singles produced three Ferndale runs in the first, and Corrie Wilson hit a three-run home run in the second.
Oak Harbor scored its run in the second behind two of its three hits. Saar singled and Young doubled, then Findley plated Saar on a ground out.
Young added another double for the only other Wildcat hit.