By Sam Paul-Barrette
The first time Friday Harbor and Orcas Island met, it was a pitching duel that ended with the Wolverines squeaking out a 1-0 win at home at the end of March.
What transpired in their second meeting was an entirely different affair, with the Wolverines taking control early and never letting their foot off the gas en route to a 10-2 win at Orcas Monday, May 11.
The Friday Harbor bats were hot right from the beginning. Senior Peter Holt, third in the Wolverines batting order, swatted a deep triple that would have been a home run in almost any other ballpark but the ball bounced off the left field wall, which sits 417 feet back at Orcas Island’s Buck Park.
Gabe Lawson then crushed a double to right field that proved too hot to handle, and Isaiah Hauck and Eli Cooper-West would also connect and Holt, Lawson and Kai Herko all came in to build the lead to 3-0 before Orcas could stop the offensive onslaught with a diving catch by center fielder Vanya Bullock.
After a scoreless second inning, the Wolverines would tally three runs each in the 3rd and 5th innings. The Vikings registered only one hit in the game, with Junior Pasha Bulluck smacking in a RBI double in the bottom of the 4th.
For the Wolverines, Holt went 3-4 with one walk and 2 RBIs. Herko and Hauck each notched a pair of RBIs, while Cooper-West went 2-4 with two runs scored.
Gabe Lawson started on the mound for Friday Harbor and was relieved by James Guard in the bottom of the 5th. The Vikings saw starting pitcher Miles Harlow replaced by Pasha Bullock after four innings.
With the win, the Wolverines (10-2 League, 13-3 overall) clinched sole possession of second place in the Northwest 2B/1B League and will begin post-season play against the same Vikings (8-4, 10-4) in the District 1 2B playoffs, Saturday, May 16, at Stanwood High School, beginning at noon.
The winner will move on to the district championship game, which is slated to begin at 2 p.m., also on Saturday, at Stanwood, while the loser will see its season end.