Gage McLeod, shown here in a game earlier this season, pitched three shutout innings against Moses Lake Thursday. (Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times)

Oak Harbor, Coupeville knocked out of state tournament / Babe Ruth baseball

Both the Oak Harbor and Coupeville Babe Ruth baseball teams were ousted from the Northern Washington state tournament by Moses Lake Thursday, July 13, in Ephrata.

Oak Harbor, playing in the 13-year-old tournament, lost 9-2, and Coupeville, playing in the 14-year-old tournament, lost 12-2 in five innings.

Moses Lake 9, Oak Harbor 2

As in Oak Harbor’s first round loss, poor defense and the lack of hits haunted the Wildcats.

Oak Harbor committed six errors and gave up five unearned runs.

Meanwhile, the offense produced only two hits, a single by Ethan Abbott and a double by Gage McLeod.

Moses Lake scored three runs in the second inning and four in the third, and only two of the runs were earned. Moses Lake tacked on its final two runs in the fourth.

Both Oak Harbor runs came in the seventh inning. Will Rankin and McLeod walked and eventually scored on passed balls.

McLeod also pitched the final three innings, giving up two hits, no runs and no walks while striking out three.

Moses Lake 12, Coupeville 2 (five innings)

The Wolves, like the Wildcats, were hurt by errors and the lack of hits. They also had trouble throwing strikes, walking 14. Moses Lake pitchers struggled too, walking 10.

Moses Lake piled up a dozen runs on only five hits; seven of its runs were unearned.

Moses Lake took control with seven runs in the second inning, all with two outs. Moses Lake mixed four walks, a hit batter, two errors and two doubles to produce the big inning.

Coupeville scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

In the fourth, Sage Sharp and Jonny Carlson walked and Hawthorne Wolfe singled to load the bases. Sharp scored on Scott Hilborn’s ground out.

In the fifth, Cody Roberts, Gavin Knoblich and Ulrik Wells walked to fill the bases. After a double play, walks to Carlson and Wolfe forced in a run.

Wolfe and Daniel Olson collected Coupeville’s only hits. The Wolves left 12 runners on base.

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