Powered by a seven-run fifth inning, the Oak Harbor High School baseball team completed a sweep of visiting Stanwood with an 8-4 win Friday, April 19.
The Wildcats need one win or one Stanwood loss over the final five league games to clinch a berth in the playoffs.
After taking all three games from the Spartans, Oak Harbor(7-7, 8-7) now faces unbeaten and second-ranked Arlington (13-0, 15-0) for three 4 p.m. games. The clubs play in Arlington Tuesday, April 23, and Friday, April 26, and in Oak Harbor Wednesday, April 24.
Oak Harbor 8, Stanwood 4
The game was scoreless for the first four innings, then Stanwood tallied a run in the top of the fifth on a single, walk, hit batter and another walk.
The Wildcats responded and then some.
Caleb Fitzgerald walked and then Austin Boesch and Noah Meffert each bunted for base hits to load the bases. Oak Harbor earned it first run just a Stanwood got its, with a bases-loaded walk. Donny Kloewer worked for the bases-on-balls for the RBI.
Thomas Anderson and Taylor Rummel each followed with run-scoring singles. Aiden McCarthey was hit by a pitch and Andrew Dixon walked, each forcing in a run.
Freshman Gage McLeod greeted a new pitcher with a two-run base hit to complete the big inning.
Oak Harbor added a run in the bottom of the seventh. Anderson reached on a error and scored on Rummel’s double.
The Wildcats played errorless defense until the seventh when four miscues helped the Spartans (3-13, 4-14) score three runs.
Oak Harbor starter Jack Lovendale “pitched great,” according to coach Cody Anderson. The right-hander tossed five and two-thirds innings, surrendering five hits and one run while striking out eight.
On offense, Meffert and Rummel each finished with three hits; Boesch, Anderson and McLeod had one apiece.