The Wolverines will be riding a 3-game win streak heading into the home stretch of the regular season, with a pivotal rematch looming against league-leading La Conner and the Vikings nipping at their heals.
The Northwest 2B/1B League title will likely be up for grabs when Friday Harbor faces first the Braves (6-1) followed by the Vikings (5-2) in the final two games of the regular season.
Bouncing back from a one-run loss April 14 at La Conner, Friday Harbor (5-1 league, 8-2 overall) notched its third consecutive win with a decisive 12-2 victory at home April 21 over league-rival Concrete. Senior Gabe Lawson struck out 11 over five innings on the mound and Kai Herko drove in four runs. Peter Holt had a pair of RBIs and Rio Black ripped a double and scored twice.
Three days earlier, senior Brandin Allen had two base-hits and drove in four runs, and Herko had a pair of base hits and two RBIs, to lead the Wolverines to a 11-1 victory at home over Shoreline Christian in the opening game of a would-be double header. Herko struck out 10 and got the win. The second game was called because of darkness, with Friday Harbor out in front 7-0 after three innings.
The Wolverines notched their second win of the season against a Division 1A team with a 5-3 victory April 18 at Coupeville. Senior Isaiah Hauck had two base hits and drove in two of Friday Harbor’s five runs. Lawson, who posted the win, tossed four innings without giving up an earned run and James Guard threw three innings of scoreless relief.
Friday Harbor will face league foes Darrington and Cedar Park Christian on the road before returning home to square off against La Conner Friday, May 1; game time is 4:30 p.m. at Hartman Field. The Wolverines travel to Orcas for the regular-season finale, May 4.
— Scott Rasmussen