Gavin Guard homered twice and Otis Cooper-West tossed three innings of scoreless relief, as the Wolverines open the 2013 season with an 8-6 win on the road against Overlake.
Senior Austin Lambright kept Division 1A Overlake in check in the early stages of the March 9 non-conference contest, giving up just one unearned run over four innings on the mound.
But the Owls (0-1) narrowed the deficit in the fifth, scoring six runs on just three base hits before Cooper-West took the mound and slammed the door shut. The lanky left-hander junior allowed only one base hit over the final three innings of play and held Overlake scoreless to preserve the win.
Guard, a senior, knocked in three of Friday Harbor's eight runs, and Brandon Lambright and Casey Rothlisberger each had two base hits and a pair of RBIs. Cooper-West had three base hits to go along with a game-saving performance on the mound.
The Wolverines will host South Whidbey, Friday, beginning at 4:15 at Hartman Field. They face regional 1A rival Blaine on the road Saturday, March 16, at noon.