Baseball: Wildcats host Arlington Tuesday in playoff game

It could be “play-in game times two” for the Oak Harbor baseball team in its quest to reach the district tournament.

The Wildcats (6-10, 9-11) will play Arlington (6-10, 6-13) in Oak Harbor Tuesday, May 4, at 4 p.m. to break a fifth-place tie in the Wesco North standings. If Oak Harbor wins, it will then play at the fourth-place team from the Wesco South, Shorewood (10-7, 12-7), the next day, Wednesday, May 5, at 4 p.m. to pick up the final berth to the district tournament.

The district tournament, which is double elimination, begins Saturday, May 8.

Oak Harbor finished fifth by falling to Lake Stevens 16-5 in six innings at OHHS Monday. Stanwood (7-9) defeated Snohomish to finish fourth in the North. Cascade (5-11) lost to Monroe and dropped out of the playoff picture.

Lake Stevens, Marysville-Pilchuck and Monroe secured the top three North berths for district.

In Monday’s loss to the Vikings, Oak Harbor committed seven errors. The miscues mixed with Lake Stevens’ 16 hits resulted in the lopsided loss.

The Vikings jumped to an early lead, but Oak Harbor trimmed it to 8-4 by the fourth inning, and six of Lake’s runs were unearned. Just as it appeared the Wildcats were going to get back into the game, defensive lapses returned and the Vikings put the game away.

Oak Harbor had a strong offensive game, collecting 10 hits. Sam Wolfe was 3-for-4 and Brad Farnum 2-for-3. Yale Rosen tripled off the fence just to the right of the 360 sign, and Pat Higbee added another triple.

The win helped Lake Stevens (15-1) earn at least a tie for the Wesco North crown with Marysville-Pilchuck.

Oak Harbor and Arlington split their two regular season games last week. Arlington won in Oak Harbor 13-4, then the Wildcats defeated the Eagles 6-4 in Arlington.

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