Oak Harbor struggles at home with Marysville

Hopes of winning back-to-back games for the first time this season came to an abrupt halt for the Oak Harbor baseball team on Friday afternoon.

Just two days after gaining their first WesCo North victory, the Wildcats (1-7, 3-11) were brought back to earth with a 9-2 loss to league-leading Marysville-Pilchuck.

“I think the fact that we played them tough most of the game and showed signs of offensive life...might have actually helped us mentally,” head coach Jim Waller said. “However, a win would have been better—we don’t need moral victories, we need wins.”

Down 4-1 headed to the top of the seventh, the wheels completely came off for Oak Harbor.

Marysville scored on a one-out RBI bloop single, then rallied for four runs with two outs. The Tomahawks’ Brandon Williams was a key component to that offensive explosion, nailing a bases-clearing three RBI triple off relief pitcher James Blunk.

Williams and teammate Josh Short, combined to go 6-for-8 from the plate, hitting two doubles, two triples and five RBI.

“Williams and Short both hurt us,” Waller said. “Hopefully we will do a better job against them this week.”

Oak Harbor starting pitcher Camden Schutte was solid most of the way. Schutte, who pitched six and two-third innings, retired the Tomahawks in order over the first three innings.

“Camden was mixing up speeds well, which kept Marysville off balance,” Waller said. “His change was particularly effective.”

Unfortunately for Schutte, Marysville was able to slow their bats down the second time through the batting order.

“He does not have the type of fastball that he can blow by hitters, so once they batters have faced him, they make adjustments,” Waller said.

Marysville took the lead in the top of the fourth on a two-out RBI single. The Tomahawks tacked on two more runs in the fifth, moving the score to 3-0.

OHHS finally broke into the scoring column in the bottom of the fifth when senior Kyle Isaacson ripped an RBI single through the left side of the infield, scoring freshman Marshall Lobbestael from second.

The Cats picked up their only other run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by John Lobbestael.

On a positive note, Marshall Lobbestael went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in his first ever varsity at bats.

“I think it would be unfair to expect him to go out and get two hits ever game, but he has a bright future and will get many more hits for Oak Harbor High School,” Waller said.

Senior Matt Badger also had a nice day, going 2-for-4 at the plate.

Oak Harbor faced Marysville in game two of their two-game series yesterday. The Cats have their next game at 4 p.m., today, April 14 at Lake Stevens.

Marysville 000 121 5—9 10 2

Oak Harbor 000 010 1—2 7 2

Treat, Cox (7) and Day. Schutte, Sinks (5), Blunk (7) and Isaacson. WP-Treat. LP-Schutte (1-1).

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