Anacortes' slugs its way by Oak Harbor | Legion

Avery Aguirre leads off Oak Harbor
Avery Aguirre leads off Oak Harbor's four-run second inning with a single.
— image credit: Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times

Anacortes used an impressive offensive performance to overwhelm Oak Harbor 17-5 in five innings in the first round of the Legion baseball district tournament at Burlington-Edison High School Wednesday, July 16.

Oak Harbor (21-19) meets South Whidbey at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 17, in a loser-out game. South Whidbey (10-11) lost 14-4 to Mount Vernon (17-4) Wednesday.

In other opening-round games, Ferndale (17-4) won 10-0 over Arlington (10-11) and Bellingham (17-4) won 13-10 over Burlington (8-13).

During the regular season, Oak Harbor and South Whidbey split.

Anacortes, the home team, clubbed 20 hits in just four innings, including seven doubles and a triple.

Oak Harbor scored first. Kevyn Johnson led off the game with a walk and scored on Danny Wolfe's two-out single.

Anacortes scored five in the bottom of the second on an error and five hits, one a three-run triple.

The Wildcats came right back to tie the game in the top of the third inning with four runs. Oak Harbor began with four straight singles from Avery Aguirre, Johnson, Anthony Stewart and Clay Doughty. Doughty's hit scored one run, and, after an out, Trent Benson walked to force in another. The final two runs came on an error off the bat of Robert Herring.

Oak Harbor had just two base runners, both from walks, over the final two innings.

Anacortes, though, was just getting started. The Steamers scored nine times in the bottom of the third on 10 hits, five which were doubles.

The Oak Harbor/South Whidbey winner will play the loser of Ferndale/Bellingham at 3 p.m. Friday, July 18.

(Kevyn Johnson snags a low throw and attempts to tag out Anacortes' Jordan Neville in a steal of second. Jim Waller photo.)

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