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Oak Harbor continues run of strong tournament showings | Legion
Playing in its third tournament in consecutive weekends, the Oak Harbor Legion baseball team continued its success in the special events.
The Wildcats, a junior Legion team, lost to Wilder of Port Angeles' senior team 7-2 in the championship game of the Dick Brown Memorial Firecracker Tournament in Port Angeles Sunday, July 6.
The second-place finish was another strong tournament performance for Oak Harbor which finished second and first in the previous two tournaments.
Oak Harbor opened the Port Angeles tournament with a 5-1 win over Klahowya of Silverdale Saturday, then topped Wilder's junior team 10-4 later that day.
Oak Harbor nipped Wilder 1-0 in the title game in the Anacortes Wood Bat Tournament the previous week.
Sunday, the Wildcats defeated Sandberg of Olympia 9-4 and then lost to Wilder Senior 10-2 in pool play.
Though Oak Harbor dropped that final pool game, it had the second-best record and earned a spot in the finals and another crack at Wilder Senior.
In the win over Klahowya, Clay Doughty singled in Kevyn Johnson, who had also singled, for the first run in the first inning.
Oak Harbor added three runs in the fifth thanks to three hit batters, a walk and an error.
Doughty again singled in Johnson, who scored three runs, in the seventh for the final run.
Anthony Stewart, Robert Herring and Quentin Tungate added singles; Trent Benson pitched for Oak Harbor.
Oak Harbor scored six runs in the fifth inning to break open the Wilder Junior game.
Three walks, three hit batters and singles by Johnson and Tyler Snavely fueled the inning.
A walk to Danny Wolfe, a double by Benson and an infield out produced two runs in the fifth.
In the sixth, singles by Benson and Tungate helped score two runs.
Snavely picked up the pitching win.
Benson had a single and double; Johnson added two singles.
Tungate, Snavely and Dylan Bailey recorded the other Oak Harbor hits.
Oak Harbor scored a run in the first inning and six in the second to jump on Sandberg early.
The six-run second started with consecutive singles by Wolfe, Tungate and Snavely. After a walk and an error, base hits by Johnson and Benson finished the big inning.
Oak Harbor plated two more runs in the fifth behind hits by Johnson and Stewart.
Starter Wolfe earned the win.
Johnson rapped two hits and scored three runs; Stewart, Benson, Wolfe, Tungate and Snavely all singled.
In the first game with Wilder Senior, Oak Harbor trimmed the score to 5-2 with a pair of runs in the third when Bailey, who finished with three walks, scored on a balk and Johnson scored on a wild pitch.
The Wildcats loaded the bases in the sixth but couldn't score. Wilder senior then tacked on five more runs.
Wolfe had two hits; and Stewart, Doughty and Johnson had one each.
Wilder Senior scooted to another early lead in the championship game, scoring four runs in the first inning and two more in the third.
Oak Harbor scored its runs in the sixth. Consecutive doubles by Doughty and Wolfe produced one run, then singles by Benson and Tungate pushed in the other.
Stewart doubled and Herring singled for the only other Wildcat hits.
Oak Harbor (6-9, 18-13) returns to league play when it hosts Ferndale (14-4) at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 9.