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Oak Harbor sweeps Stanwood, moves into first-place tie
Oak Harbor moved into a tie for the lead of the Legion AA North Area I baseball standings by ripping Stanwood twice in a double header at Oak Harbor High School Tuesday, June 27.
Oak Harbor 10-runned the Cannons twice, winning the opener 11-1 and the nightcap 14-2. The pair of wins lifted the Wildcats' league record to 6-3 and into a three-way, first-place tie with Burlington (5-2) and Bellingham (6-3).
Oak Harbor has three league games left. It goes to the last-place Snohomish County Steel (0-7) Saturday, July 10, at 11 a.m. A make up game with Burlington has not been rescheduled yet.
This weekend Oak Harbor (16-7) is at the Port Angeles Firecracker Invitational Tournament.
In the first win over Stanwood Tuesday, the Wildcats did most of their damage in two innings.
After Stanwood scored its lone run in the first, Oak Harbor took the lead for good with a five-run second.
Josh Evans singled, Ryan Byrne was hit by a pitch and Justin Counts walked to load the bases. A single by Sam Glavick and an error off the bat of Sam Wolfe scored two runs.
After an out, Yale Rosen singled in two more runs, and Gabe Clark finished the scoring with a sacrifice fly.
In the fifth inning, the 'Cats tacked on four more runs, all with two outs.
Byrne, Counts and Glavick all walked. Wolfe followed with a bloop double down the right-field line that scored two. A balk and Jay Stout's infield single plated two more.
Oak Harbor ended the game in the sixth when it pushed the lead to 10 runs. Byrne singled in Peter Franssen, who had walked and was moved to second on Evans' HP. Evans scored on Wolfe's sacrifice fly to left.
Stout picked up the win with relief help from Clark in the sixth.
Oak Harbor scored in all but one inning in the five-inning second game.
In the first, Wolfe singled and Spencer McBride reached on an error. After moving up on a wild pitch, Wolfe scored on Rosen's ground out to second. Clark's sacrifice fly scored McBride.
In the second inning Oak Harbor scored seven runs to take control. Cannon errors to David Tillotson and Wolfe put runners at second and third. McBride walked and Rosen singled in two. Clark's bunt single reloaded the bases.
Byrne drove home two with a single. Back-to-back walks to Evans and Jack Richter forced in a run. Zach Zimmer's ground out scored another, and Tillotson singled in the inning's final score.
In the fourth inning, Tillotson drove in Oak Harbor's 10th run with a single that scored Richter, who had doubled.
In the fifth inning the 'Cats got four more.
McBride and Rosen walked and moved up on a ground out. McBride scored on a wild pitch, then Byrne tripled in Rosen. Evans' sacrifice fly knocked in Byrne.
Richter's single, an error and Zimmer's base hit wrapped up the scoring.
Byrne ended the game 3-for-3 with a double, triple, three RBI and two runs. Wolfe had a double and triple; Richter was 2-for-2 with a double and two runs; and Tillotson was 2-for-4 with two RBI.