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Oak Harbor splits pair of extra-inning games | Legion
It's safe to say the Oak Harbor and Lynden Legion baseball teams are evening matched.
In a double header in Oak Harbor Wednesday, June 26, the two club battled through a pair of extra-inning games, each winning one by a single run.
Oak Harbor out-slugged the Lightning 10-9 in nine innings in the opener, then Lynden won a pitcher's duel 2-1 in eight innings in the second.
Oak Harbor (12-8) now takes on Bellingham at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at Bellingham High School.
In the first game with Lynden, Oak Harbor coughed up a five run lead but came back to tie the game in the sixth and win it in the ninth.
A four-run first got things going. Brent Mertins led with a double, then singles by Casiano Atienza and Brandon Bailey scored one run. Teddy Peterschmidt singled in two runs and Danny Wolfe drove in the fourth with a sacrifice fly.
Lynden scored once in the third, then Oak Harbor came back with two in the bottom half to make it 6-1. A walk, error and singles by Peterschmidt and Tyler Snavely pushed across the two runs.
Lynden used three hits, three walks and an error to tie the game with a five-run fifth.
Oak Harbor broke the tie with two runs in its half. A walk to Clay Doughty, another hit by Peterschmidt and an error off the bat of Wolfe resulted in the two tallies.
Lynden took its first lead, 9-8, with a three-run sixth on four hits, an error and walk.
Oak Harbor countered when Mertins singled and eventually scored on Atienza's bunt.
Oak Harbor won it in the ninth. Brandon Bailey (who became the winning pitcher) led with an infield single and was replaced by courtesy runner Koby Cosper. Rhys Mattila bunted Cosper to second and Clay Doughty singled him home with the game winner.
Mertins and Peterschmidt each finished with three hits, and Bailey added two and scored three runs.
In the second game, it appeared Oak Harbor might get a sweep as it led 1-0 going into the bottom of the seventh. (Lynden batted as the home team in the second game.)
Peterschmidt took a one hitter into the seventh, but gave up three consecutive hits to start the inning. The first batter, however, was out trying to stretch his single into a double.
After the second hitter singled, the third put down a perfect bunt for a base hit. On the play, the throw to first was late and high, going down the line and allowing the tying run to score.
An error, bunt and single won it for the Lightning in the eighth.
Oak Harbor scored its run in the fifth. Peterschmidt walked and Atienza took over as a courtesy runner. Wolfe bunted him to second and he went to third on Cosper's single.
Snavely followed with a dribbler in front of the plate. On the catcher's throw to first, Atienza raced home and beat the catcher and return throw to the plate.
Peterschmidt threw seven-and-a-third innings with four strikeouts, an unearned run, four hits and one walk. He also led the offense with two hits.