Friday Harbor defeats Darrington to keep league title hopes alive | Fastpitch softball

Shortstop Hannah Starr provided the spark with a triple in Friday Harbor
Shortstop Hannah Starr provided the spark with a triple in Friday Harbor's come-from-behind 13-5 victory at Darrington in the opening game of a doubleheader, Friday. The Wolverines prevailed in the closing game, 12-0.
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It's been a season of surprises for Wolverines Head Coach Kevin Carlton.

And Friday's doubleheader at Darrington proved no exception.

The Wolverines jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but the offense did a disappearing act after that. The Loggers rallied and Friday Harbor trailed 3-2 going into the sixth inning.

"They gave me a scare," Carlton said of the Wolverines, who needed seven innings and a wake-up call to notch a come-from-behind 13-5 win. "It's the first time I've ever gone seven innings at Darrington in 10 years."

In the sixth, shortstop Hannah Starr smacked a triple to provide a much-needed spark and the Wolverines tallied 11 runs in their final two at-bats to seize a decisive victory. Senior Kerri Goff kept the Loggers in check until the offense reemerged and posted the win on the mound.

Freshman Jean Melborne tossed a five-inning shutout as Friday Harbor took a commanding lead in the nightcap and cruised to a 12-0 win.

The Wolverines improved to 8-3 in Northwest 1A/2B League play and 12-5 overall, and can grab a share of a possible three-way tie for the league title with a victory on the road today at Orcas.


The Wolverines host Lynden Christian Saturday, beginning at 11:30 a.m., in a pivotal matchup with post-season implications, and close out the regular season at home May 8 against Division 2B state champ Adna.

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