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Bellingham eliminates inconsistent Oak Harbor | Legion

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Oak Harbor's Anthony Stewart steals second in Friday's loss to Bellingham as Post 7 second baseman Alexander Richard snares the wide throw.
— image credit: Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times

"Shoulda, coulda, woulda."

That's how Fred Orns, assistant coach of the Oak Harbor Legion baseball team, described Oak Harbor's performance in the district tournament, which ended with a 6-3 loss to Bellingham Friday, July 19, in Mount Vernon.

Inconsistent play haunted fifth-seeded Oak Harbor as it won only one of three games and was eliminated.

Regular season champion Bellingham used two hits, two walks, two ground outs and an error to score five runs in the second inning in the win over Oak Harbor.

Bellingham went on to finish second in the tournament to Burlington, the third seed.

Oak Harbor struggled to recover from the early Bellingham surge, but did trim the gap to 5-3 with a run in the third and two in the fourth.

In the third, Teddy Peterschmidt walked, stole second and scored on an error off the bat of Jack Richter.

In the third, Anthony Stewart singled, stole second, moved to third on C.J. Meders' bunt and scored on Brent Mertins' double. Peterschmidt singled in Mertins.

That was a close as Oak Harbor would get though it had other opportunities. It left 10 runners stranded in the game, continuing a common theme in the three tournament games. In all, Oak Harbor left 33 aboard at district.

Tyler Snavely started for Oak Harbor and was relieved by Richter with one out in the second. Richter allowed only three hits, struck out three and walked none the rest of the way.

Mertins was the hitting star again. He rapped three hits and finished the tournament 9-for-13 with four doubles.

Brandon Bailey and Stewart each had two hits, and Richter and Peterschmidt one apiece.

The loss was disappointing, head coach Tyson VanDam said, but he was pleased with the growth of his players throughout the summer. He specifically mentioned the hitting of Mertins, adding, "Teddy (Peterschmidt) improved a ton."

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