For the second consecutive day, the Oak Harbor High School baseball team stopped Stanwood; this time in less dramatic fashion.
The Wildcats, who won on a walk-off hit Tuesday, beat the host Spartans 8-3 Wednesday, April 17.
Oak Harbor (6-6, 7-7) will attempt to sweep the three-game series from Stanwood (3-12, 4-13) when the teams meet on the Wildcats’ diamond at 4 p.m. Friday, April 19.
Oak Harbor 8, Stanwood 3
Oak Harbor led only 4-3 heading into the fourth inning, then the Wildcats doubled their score with a four spot.
With one out, Caleb Fitzgerald started the rally with a single. A single by Austin Boesch and a walk to Noah Meffert loaded the bases.
An error off the bat of Donny Kloewer scored one run, then a sacrifice fly by Thomas Anderson produced another.
Stanwood then booted Taylor Rummel’s grounder, allowing Meffert to score.
Kloewer finished the scoring in the inning by swiping home on a double steal.
Oak Harbor got off to a good start by scoring a pair of runs in the first inning. Meffert reached on an error and scored on Anderson’s single. Rummel then doubled in Anderson.
After Stanwood tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the second, Oak Harbor added two runs in the third. Meffert singled, took second on an error and scored on Anderson’s single. After a Rummel base hit, an error let Anderson slip home.
The Spartans finished with five errors and surrendered six unearned runs.
Oak Harbor committed two errors and all three of Stanwood’s runs were unearned.
Ethan Pace pitched the first 2.2 innings for Oak Harbor and was the victim of three unearned runs. He gave up two hits and five walks and struck out one.
Andrew Dixon followed with 3.1 shutout innings, blanking the Spartans on four hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
Noah Miller pitched the seventh and struck out one.
Meffert, Anderson and Rummel all finished with two hits; Meffert added three runs, and Anderson scored twice and drove in two.
Boesch, Dixon and Fitzgerald all had one base hit.