Oak Harbor, Coupeville drop openers at state / Babe Ruth

Both the Oak Harbor and Coupeville Babe Ruth baseball teams gave up two touchdowns and a field goal in opening-round losses at the Northern Washington tournament Wednesday, July 12, in Ephrata.

Oak Harbor lost 17-7 to Ephrata in the tournament for 13 year olds.

Coupeville fell 17-12 to Othello in the 14-year-old division.

Both clubs will play loser-out games Thursday morning.

Ephrata 17, Oak Harbor 7

Ephrata tallied in all but one inning and took advantage of seven Oak Harbor errors to score 12 unearned runs in the first-round win.

The Wildcats also struggled on offense, collecting only three hits — singles by John Blankman, Will Rankin and Gage McLeod — and striking out 14 times.

Down 11-0, Oak Harbor scored once in the bottom of the fourth inning. McLeod singled and advanced on a passed ball and two errors.

The Wildcats pushed across six runs in the fifth on only one hit, a two-run single by Blankman. Rankin, McLeod, Ethan Abbott, Teak Hopkins, Brock Boyer and Aidan Golden all walked to keep the inning moving along. Abbott’s walk forced in a run, Shawn Day plated a run with a ground out and two runs scored on passed balls.

Othello 17, Coupeville 12

In a game of momentum swings, Othello had the biggest.

Coupeville raced to an 8-0 lead, then Othello scored 17 straight runs before Coupeville bounced back with four more.

The Wolves were up 8-0 in the third, and with the comfortable lead, coach Steve Hilborn pulled starter Daniel Olson to save him to pitch Thursday.

Things, however, began to unravel for Coupeville.

“A couple of key errors and the score was tied,” Hilborn said.

The Wolves were still in it in the sixth, down 9-8. Othello then erupted for eight runs to pull away.

Coupeville got four runs back in the bottom of the sixth but couldn’t dig all the way out of the hole.