Legion AA drops two to Bellingham

Errors, errors and more errors cost the Oak Harbor Junior Legion AA baseball team two games this week.

The Wildcats committed five miscues on Wednesday, resulting in six unearned runs and a 9-5 loss, and had one error on Thursday that provided the Red Raiders the only score of the game in a 1-0 loss.

“I think our errors are as much mental as physical,” Oak Harbor coach Jim Waller said. “It has been a problem all summer and I think the players are starting to tighten up and are worrying about making errors.”

Things started off fine on Wednesday as starter Tyson Boon retired the side in order during the first.

After getting two outs in the second inning, however, Bellingham began to capitalize on errors. The Red Raiders loaded the bases via a single and two consecutive infield errors, then drilled a two-run single up the middle for the lead.

The third inning was almost identical as Bellingham scored two more unearned runs to go up 4-0.

Boon was sharp in his time on the mound. A combined five miscues behind him, however, didn’t help. He went six innings and only allowed one earned run with 10 strikeouts.

Despite falling behind, Oak Harbor didn’t give in.

In the bottom of the fourth the Wildcats rallied for four runs to tie the game. A lead-off single and then two one-out walks set the table for Brendan Kays, who connected on a two-RBI double. The next batter, Marcus Naymik, kept things rolling nailing a two-RBI triple to right field to knot the score 4-4.

Bellingham scored three more unearned runs in the sixth, before tacking two more earned scores on in the seventh off reliever Brendan Kays.

The Wildcats got one more run in the sixth when Boon led off the inning with a triple all the way to the left centerfield fence. He then came home to score on the play when the relay throw went into the dugout.

Oak Harbor reduced its errors Thursday, however, the one they did commit came back to haunt them.

Bellingham scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the fifth on a ground ball that went through the second baseman’s legs to score a runner from third.

Wildcat starter Marshall Lobbestael pitched a solid game, going seven innings while allowing just four hits with five strikeouts.

Oak Harbor struggled to generate offense with only two hits.

“We did hit the ball hard, but always at people,” Waller said. “Their outfielders also made three diving catches — it just wasn’t our day, that’s baseball.”

Oak Harbor is now 5-8 overall and 2-4 in league.

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