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Oak Harbor falls in bid for state tournament | Babe Ruth

Oak Harbor relief pitcher Corey Roberts eyes his target in Friday
Oak Harbor relief pitcher Corey Roberts eyes his target in Friday's game.
— image credit: Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times

Burlington used a 10-run first inning to cruise by the Oak Harbor Babe Ruth 13/14 baseball team 17-4 in a winner-to-state, loser-out game in the district tournament at Burlington's Rotary Field Friday, June 27.

Oak Harbor defeated Burlington in two other meetings this season, including 7-2 earlier in the tournament.

Burlington, however, won the crucial matchup to earn a state trip and a chance to meet Whatcom in the title game.

The tournament's top two teams will go to state; Oak Harbor placed third.

It was a tough ending for Oak Harbor which overcame a slow start to the season to run off an eight-game winning streak before falling to Whatcom and Burlington in the final two games.

Burlington mixed hits, walks and errors to mount its 10-run first inning.

Oak Harbor responded with two runs in the first and threatened in each of the next three innings but couldn't punch across any runs.

The best opportunity came in the second when it loaded the bases with no outs but run into a triple play on a failed suicide squeeze bunt.

Burlington added three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth.

Oak Harbor's other runs came in the fifth inning.

Gabe Eck, one of five Coupeville players on the Oak Harbor team, doubled and drove in a run.

James Besaw and Coupeville's Hunter Smith added singles.

A steady rain began to fall midway through the game, making it more difficult for Oak Harbor to mount a comeback.

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