After spotting Snohomish a three-run lead, the Oak Harbor High School baseball team exploded for 15 runs over three innings to thump the host Panthers 15-4 in six innings Tuesday, April 9.
The second game of the series was rained out Wednesday and will be played in Oak Harbor at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 11. The Wildcats (4-4, 5-5) return to Snohomish (6-5, 6-7) for the series finale at 4 p.m. Friday, April 12.
Snohomish scored three unearned runs on only one hit off Oak Harbor starter Jacksyn Pawlowicz in the second inning.
The Wildcat offense, which had only one hit over the first three innings, took off in the fourth for four runs behind a double by Thomas Anderson and singles by Joe Dixon and Caleb Fitzgerald.
Oak Harbor added six runs in the fifth on a double by Noah Meffert and base hits from Andrew Dixon, Joe Dixon and Fitzgerald.
Singles by Austin Boesch, Aiden McCarthy and Fitzgerald highlighted a five-run sixth.
Fitzgerald finished with three hits and four RBI; Boesch, Anderson and Joe Dixon had two hits each; and Meffert, McCarthy and Andrew Dixon one apiece.
Joe Dixon drove in three runs, and Taylor Rummel, Anderson
and Andrew Dixon two each.
The Wildcats also stole nine bases. Anderson, Joe Dixon and Aaron Martinez each had two.
Pawlowicz tossed the first five innings and allowed only three hits, while striking out three and walking one.
Oak Harbor was helped by three Panther errors and nine walks.