After the first inning of Tuesday’s WesCo North baseball game, the Oak Harbor Wildcats were on the verge of pulling off the coup of the 2007 season — completing a two-game sweep of the league leading Lake Stevens Vikings.
Coming off a 7-4,14-inning victory over Lake Stevens on Friday, the Wildcats had the Vikings on the ropes early, pushing across three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take an early 3-0 lead.
However, Lake Stevens scored a pair of runs in the top of the second inning and another in the top of the third to tie the score.
The Vikings went ahead to stay with a run in the top of the fourth and two more in the fifth which proved to be the game winners in the eventual 8-4 victory.
The loss drops the Wildcats’ record to 3-9 in league games and 4-11 overall.
Starting the game with a little two-out magic, Brandon Kays stroked a double to get things rolling for Oak Harbor.
After Kays advanced to third on a wild pitch, Marshall Lobbestael drew a walk and James Leach singled home the first run of the game with a line drive to centerfield.
Trying to nail Lobbestael at third base, the throw from the outfield sailed high over the bag and the senior shortstop never quit running.
Lake Stevens’ third baseman recovered the ball and then threw wildly to home plate as Lobbestael scored the second run with a head-first slide. Before the Vikings’ catcher could track down the errant throw, the speedy Leach raced all the way around the bases for the third run of the inning.
Lake Stevens put two runs on the board in the second inning on three hits, a walk and a wild pitch, and tied the score in the top of the third on a single by Alex Bruun, a pair of wild pitches and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Dominic Pulitano.
The Vikings scored the go-ahead run in the fourth on a one-out walk, a single and a misplayed ball off the wet grass in right field.
Oak Harbor relief pitcher Gary Ellis gave up two runs in the fifth inning and the Vikings added single runs off relievers Danny Lura and Brian Hornbaker in the sixth and seventh.
Ernie Martinez was two-for-four and Kays scored a pair of runs.