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Oak Harbor wins wood bat tournament | Legion
The Oak Harbor Legion baseball team shines brightest during tournament play; this time claiming the title in the Anacortes Wood Bat Tournament June 27-29.
The Wildcats are only 6-8 in the regular season but are 9-1 in tournaments.
Five of those wins, including three shutouts and all close games, came this past weekend. Oak Harbor opened the tournament with a 1-0 win over league rival Post 7 of Bellingham; Bellingham defeated Oak Harbor twice earlier this year.
Next, the Wildcats edged Capital 4-2; got by league foe Arlington 6-4 in eight innings and shutout Kirkland's FM Green 2-0.
In the title game, Danny Wolfe fired a one-hitter and drove in the game's only run as Oak Harbor defeated Wilder of Port Angeles 1-0.
That run came in the first inning. Lead-off hitter Anthony Stewart walked, stole second and scored on Wolfe's two-out single.
Wolfe did the rest, blanking Wilder with one walk in an efficient 59-pitch, complete game.
Preston Rankin and Avery Aguirre had Oak Harbor's only other hits.
Oak Harbor's first game was similar to its last. Stewart led off with a walk, stole second, was bunted to third by Kevyn Johnson and scored on Clay Doughty's hit.
That was it for the scoring as pitcher Tyler Snavely pitched a shutout.
Doughty finished with two hits; Stewart, Wolfe and Snavely added singles.
Oak Harbor used a three-run fourth inning to get by Capital.
Trent Benson led off with a single, then with two outs, an error and singles by Aguirre and Stewart produced the three runs.
The fourth run came in the seventh. Stewart walked, Johnson singled and Wolfe scored Stewart with a ground out.
Against Arlington, a single by Benson, double by Aguirre and an error led to the winning runs in the eighth inning.
In the third, Dylan Bailey reached on an error and scored on Doughty's double.
Oak Harbor got two runs in the fourth behind singles by Snavely, Rankin and Quentin Tungate.
Snavely doubled in Wolfe, who was hit by a pitch in the fifth.
Doughty and Snavely each had two hits; Benson, Robert Herring, Rankin, Aguirre and Tungate singled.
Oak Harbor scored both its runs against FM Green in the third inning. Johnson walked and Doughy singled. One run scored on Wolfe's ground out, then consecutive singles by Benson and Tungate produced the second.
Stewart, Snavely, Aguirre and Rankin also singled.
Oak Harbor hosts Mount Vernon at 6 p.m. Monday, June 30.