By Emma Wickman
The baseball team at Friday Harbor High School kept their winning streak going this past week with a total of three wins – toppling Concrete (1-0), and Orcas (16-1, and 16-6).
Their first game was on Tuesday against the Lions of Concrete. The game was a nail-biter until the last inning.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, things started to look up for the Wolverines. Freshman Marshall Clark hit a single, a line drive between the shortstop and second baseman. Next up to bat was freshman Nick Herko, who had played on the team in his eighth-grade year. He bunted for a base hit, advancing Marshall to second. Senior Corbin Williams got walked, putting runners on all bases. The team had two outs against them. Senior Kai Herko stepped up to bat in the with runners on base, knowing that a base hit would score a runner and the Wolverines would win the game. He hit a line drive to center field, and won the game 1-0.
On Friday, the Wolverines had a double-header against the Orcas Island Vikings, and proved to be the dominant team in both games.
In the first game, in the second inning, the boys scored four runs. Kai Herko, who pitched a one-hitter in this game, got a two-run triple, as well as a total of 6 RBI’s total over both games. juniors Nick Clark and Rio Black – (8 RBI’s total) and Marshall Clark all got doubles. The team went on to win that game 16-1.
In the second game, Rio Black had four hits and three RBI’s, senior James Guard went 4 for 5 and junior Yadir Plaza had two singles. This game went to the seventh inning, but the boys rallied and got enough runs for the umpires to call the game because of the ten run rule. The team won that game 16-6. Friday Harbor seniors, James Guard and Eli Cooper-West, had 7 and 5 hits respectively.
The boys are undefeated in both conferences and out of league play: 4-0 in conference and 10-0 overall.
“We always strive to win the 2B league state tournament, and we have a good chance of getting there this year, that’s our goal.” said Friday Harbor head coach Rich Warin.
The Wolverines next, and last, home game of the season is at 4:30 p.m, Tuesday, April 18, against the LaConner Braves at Hartman Field, in Friday Harbor. “We have the most hometown fans show up at our games than any place we play. Most other schools, they would be lucky to have all the parents of the players there. Over the years in Friday Harbor, it’s always been that way,” Coach Warin says.
Greg Sellentin contributed to this story.