Friday Harbor’s Gabe Lawson notched win No. 2 of the season and a second-straight shutout in leading the Wolverines to a 1-0 victory over Orcas Island Tuesday at Hartman Field.
In his second start of the year, the senior right-hander shutdown the Vikings offense from start to finish, striking out 14 would-be hitters and scattering four hits over seven innings on the mound. Lawson tossed four scoreless innings the week before to earn the win in the Wolverines 11-0 season-opening victory at Lynden Christian.
With the March 24 win at home, the Wolverines evened their league record at 1-1, bouncing back from a lopsided 12-2 loss on the road at Cedar Park Christian (4-1) the day before. The Eagles followed a 5-run first inning with four more in the second and Friday Harbor never recovered from the early deficit. Senior Nathan Rude drove in both of the Wolverines runs.
On a day when the bats were nearly silent, the Wolverines cobbled together just enough offense to capitalize on Lawson’s dominant pitching performance. Shortstop Bill Revercomb smacked a triple into left-center field to lead off the bottom half of the fifth inning and center-fielder James Guard drove him home in the next at-bat with a RBI single.
Trailing by a single run, the Vikings had a golden opportunity to tie the score when catcher Pasha Bullock led off the fifth inning with a double into left-center field. The Wolverines retired the next three batters to snuff out the scoring threat and leaving Bullock stranded at second base. Lawson struck out three of four batters that he faced in the seventh inning to seal the win.
Vikings pitcher Miles Harlow gave up four base-hits and struck out four in six innings on the mound.
The Wolverines (2-1) are on the road Friday, March 27, for a 2:30 p.m. match up against Northwest 2B/1B rival Concrete, and face Darrington Tuesday, March 31, in a league contest at Hartman Field, beginning at 4 p.m.
— Scott Rasmussen