Wildcat fastpitch wins one, loses one

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Errors continued to result in frustration for the Oak Harbor fastpitch team, as they lost their ninth league game, 8-0 to Snohomish Friday afternoon.

“The last game we played against Stanwood, we made three errors in the whole ball game,” head coach Denny Zylstra said. “I thought, well maybe we’re over the hump and then we turn around and do this stuff again today.”

When it was said and done the Cats committed 15 errors to only two from the Panthers.

“We’ve averaged eight or nine errors all year long and we just can’t seem to get away from it,” Zylstra said.

Snohomish was able to capitalize on the Wildcat miscues early, taking a 6-0 lead after three innings. Their largest scoring output came in the third inning, when the Panthers converted six Oak Harbor errors into four runs.

Despite making solid contact with the ball on several occasions, the Cats found it difficult to come up with hits. The Wildcats had their best scoring opportunity in the fourth inning after Libbie Bear lined a lead-off single to center field. With one out, Sarah Bottenberg legged out an infield single, putting two on for the Cats. However, a strike out and a ground out quickly defused any opportunity for Oak Harbor.

“The kids for the most part are keeping their heads up, it’s just real frustrating,” Zylstra said. “I know they’re trying, it’s just a lot of the mental things that they have trouble with.”

Zylstra knows he has a young squad this year and that will occasionally lead to some of the problems the team has been experiencing.

“I start four freshman and they’re going to make mistakes,” he said.

Having such a young team also has its positives, as the Cats look toward the future.

“We’ve got seven or eight underclassmen, we’ll be in good shape for next year,” Zylstra said. “We’ve got all our pitchers back, so that will help.”

Snohomish 1 1 4 0 0 2 0—8 8 2

Oak Harbor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0—0 5 15

Rimbaugh and Smith; Degraaf, Howard (5) and Barone. WP-Rimbaugh, LP-Degraaf.

Oak Harbor 3, Arlington 2

Oak Harbor rebounded nicely Monday afternoon, winning 3-2 at Arlington.

Kristin Barone had a two-run triple in the third inning followed by a one-run single from Bear that gave the Cats all the runs they needed.

Yolanda Garcia also went 3-for3 with two singles and a double.

“She hit the ball hard all three times,” Zylstra said.

Ashley Howard pitched the complete game to pick up the win. She also held the tying run on base in the bottom of the seventh.

“She pitched a really good game,” Zylstra said.

The Cats also helped themselves by only committing two errors for the entire game.

Oak Harbor has five games remaining this season, with their next contest at 4 p.m., today, April 30 at home against Marysville-Pilchuck.

Oak Harbor 0 0 3 0 0 0 0—3 10 2

Arlington 0 1 0 1 0 0 0—2 8 2

Howard and Barone; Nicely and McAlister. WP-Howard (2-5), LP-Nicely (3-4). Oak Harbor 2-9 league, 3-12 overall; Arlington 3-7 league, 5-8 overall.

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