The Friday Harbor softball team is lighting up the scoreboard and racking up the wins.
On the eve of post-season play, the Wolverines added more fuel to a late-season surge by notching their sixth consecutive win Tuesday at home with a 8-2 victory over regional 1A rival Meridian.
Senior Hannah Starr drove in three of the team’s eight runs in leading Friday Harbor (6-1 league, 9-5 overall) to its second victory of the year over one of three Division 1A Whatcom County foes. The Wolverines clinched a 15-14 come-from-behind extra-inning victory over Lynden Christian the week before by tallying seven runs in their final two at-bats.
Known for its defensive prowess, Friday Harbor’s senior-laden squad has proven its no slouch at the plate. With eight against Meridian, the Wolverines have tallied a total of 74 runs in their last six games. They shutout Concrete April 15 by a score of 10-0, posted nine in a come-from-behind win April 21 at La Conner, hung 32 more on Concrete in an April 26 double header sweep, and added to the score-fest by tallying a combined 23 against Lynden Christian and Meridian.
At Concrete, seniors Maggie Andersen, Elle Guard, Margaret Nash, and Starr, each smacked a home run in the double header sweep.
With a six-game win streak in tow, the Wolverines will have momentum on their side and first place in the Northwest 1A/2B League standings to defend when they face Orcas today in a double header on the Vikings home field. At 7-2, the Vikings move to within a half game of second-place La Conner (8-2) in the league standings with a 5-3 victory at home Tuesday over the Braves.
The Wolverines defeated Orcas 16-15 when the inter-island rivals and league foes squared off in their first meeting of the year April 8 in Friday Harbor.
— Scott Rasmussen