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Friday Harbor’s Shawn Cutting  scattered seven base hits and notched the win in leading the Wolverines to a 6-4 victory over Nooksack Valley, May 8 in the District 1 playoff opener.   - Scott Rasmussen
Friday Harbor’s Shawn Cutting scattered seven base hits and notched the win in leading the Wolverines to a 6-4 victory over Nooksack Valley, May 8 in the District 1 playoff opener.
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It’s do-or-die time for the Friday Harbor baseball team.

The Wolverines just missed clinching a berth at the state 1A tournament May 8. Meridian’s John Murphy stroked a pinch-hit double in the eighth inning to lift the Trojans to a 4-3 extra-inning victory in the District 1 championship game in Blaine.

As District 1 runner-up, Friday Harbor (17-4 overall, 14-1 league) will face Cascade Christian in the opening round of the Tri-District tournament May 15 at Sehome. The winner will earn a trip to State, while the season will come to a close for the loser.

Hitless in five trips at the plate, Head Coach Rich Warin said the Wolverines showed a lot of moxie in battling back into the contest.

“Their guy had a no-hitter going into the fifth,” Warin said. “Our guys could’ve just folded at that point, but they didn’t. This is a pretty great group of guys, especially when you consider where we were at the start of the season.”

The Wolverines opened the season on the Trojans’ home field in mid-March and were shutout 7-0 that day. They weathered a series of ups and downs earlier on, righted the ship, and had a 13-game win streak in tow going into Saturday’s championship game, including a

6-4 victory over Nooksack Valley in opening round of the 1A regional playoffs.

Trailing 3-0 in the sixth, Friday Harbor finally caught up to Trojans starting pitcher Mitchell Tripp, who held the Wolverines without a base hit over the first five innings. Freshman Brandon Lambright belted a leadoff double to ignite the offense and Shawn Cutting upped the ante by following with a hard-hit single.

With two runners on, senior Justin "J.J." James and Alex Jangard each connected with an RBI single and Sasha Moghadam knotted the score at 3-3 with a sacrifice fly.

Murphy shattered the tie with the game-winner in the eighth and, with the victory, gave Meridian its first appearance at State in four years.

Friday Harbor 6
Nooksack Valley 4
Junior Roy Taylor belted a two-run homer and Alex Jangard stroked a solo shot as the Wolverines opened the District 1 playoffs with a 6-4 victory over Nooksack Valley May 8 at Pipeline Fields in Blaine.

Friday Harbor led 5-2 at the end of the fourth inning, added an insurance run in the fifth, and held on to advance into the championship game against Meridian, which opened the playoffs with a 7-1 win over Coupeville. (Coupeville snagged the final berth at Tri-District with a 10-9 win over Nooksack Valley).

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