By Emma Wickman
The Friday Harbor High School baseball team traveled to Stanwood High School on Saturday, May 13 to play in the 2B Bi-District Tournament. They first faced off against the Orcas Island Vikings, and beat them 9-2, knocking them out of the tournament. The boys then played the Concrete Lions and beat them 10-2, and advanced to the first round of the state championships.
In the first game against the Vikings, senior Kai Herko pitched all seven innings and even struck out the side in one inning.
Seniors Eli Cooper-West and Corbin Williams both hit a single and a double. Cooper-West had two RBIs as well.
Sophomore Marshall Clark had a line drive double that scored one RBI. Kai Herko had a single to center field, and a line drive shot down the third base line for a triple that scored two runs. Junior Rio Black had a double to center field and a single that scored a run.
The Wolverines went on to win the game against the Vikings and advanced to the final round of the Bi-District Tournament against the Lions.
Clark started and ended this game, pitching all seven innings. Herko turned a bunt into a base hit and surprised the Concrete infield. He also had a single, double, and a triple in this game; a home run shy of a cycle.
Cooper-West had a double that scored two runs, and two singles that both scored one run each. Black had a single to right field.
A ball was hit in the gap between left and center field, and senior James Guard caught it on the bounce and threw it to second baseman Nick Herko for the tag, and the runner was out.
Herko also had a double and two clutch RBIs and got all three outs in the top of the fifth inning.
The Wolverines will now advance to the state championship tournament. The boys will play Toutle Lake at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at Volunteer Park in Anacortes.
The Friday Harbor High School fastpitch team had two home games the week of May 8. The first was on Wednesday, May 10 against the Darrington Loggers, which the Wolverines won 26-4. The second game was on Friday against the La Conner Braves, and the Wolverines also won that game 11-1.
The Wolverines first game against the Loggers was completed in only five innings. Their bats were there and the players showed up to win the game.
This game was an opportunity for the second string players to get some playing time. Whenever they go into the game, there is always a positive outcome.
Sophomore Grace Pauls got to test out her screwball and had three strikeouts.
On Friday the Wolverines faced the Braves in their last regular season game. It was the team’s senior night, and they came up with a win in five innings, even though there was a 10-minute rain delay.
Senior Hannah Hopkins had two hits, this author senior Emma Wickman had a double that was just shy of going over the fence, and senior Cady Wilson had two hits. Freshman Jacqui Olsen got her first hit of the season, and it was a line drive to left field. Each senior was subbed out one by one throughout the top of the fourth inning when the Wolverines were on the field. At the end of the game, they each made one final lap around the bases and slid into home.
The girls are now finished with their regular season, and they have made it an undefeated regular season. They are 16-4 in overall play, and 12-0 in league play. The Wolverines will now move on to the postseason, and to the district championships. Their first game is at 3:30 p.m. at Stanwood High School against the Orcas Island Vikings on Friday, May 19.
The track and field team at Friday Harbor High School traveled to Mount Vernon to participate in the NW 1B/2B District Championships on Thursday. Overall, the boys’ team placed second, with a score of 44 points. The girls also placed second overall, with a score of 43 points.
The team was faced with pounding rain showers, but that did not stop them from competing to the best of their ability. Sophomore Pablo Canete De Mara placed second in the 100-meter run, with a time of 12.58 seconds. He also placed second in the 200-meter run, with a time of 25.64 seconds. Senior Chris Hallock was just behind him, placing third in the event, setting a personal record with a time of 27.21.
Sophomore Max Maddox placed third overall in the 800-meter run, with a time of 2:21.0 minutes. Junior Claudio Ochoa was just behind him, placing fourth and setting a personal record of 2:21.7 minutes.
The Wolverine girls placed second through fourth in the 100-meter run, with sophomore Jaclyn Domenech placing second, senior Kendra Cliffton placing third and sophomore Annamarie Thomas placing fourth. Junior Ciera Bailey placed first in the 800-meter run, with a time of 2:41.1 minutes. Freshman Katie Place took second place overall in the 100-meter hurdles (33-inch) with a time of 18.72 seconds. Senior Adriena Pew placed third in the 1kg discus with a season record of 79-08.
The Wolverines will now compete in the D1/D2 Bi-District Meet on Thursday, May 18 through Saturday, May 20 in Shoreline.