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Friday Harbor fastpitch team edges Orcas, seeks state-clinching win Friday

  • Written by Matt Pranger

Friday Harbor edged Orcas Island 7-6 in the first round of the Class 2B District 1 Fastpitch Tournament Wednesday, May 18, 2015. With the victory the Wolverines are a win away from a state tourney berth.

Friday Harbor junior Hayden Mayer smacked two doubles in the Wolverines' 7-6 victory over Orcas Island Wednesday, May 18, 2015. Matt Pranger Photo

The Wolverines (14-5) advance to the district championship game against Concrete (11-6) at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 20 at Stanwood High School. Concrete reached the title game by routing La Conner 17-6. The Vikings (4-8) move to a loser-out consolation contest against La Conner (6-13), also at 3:30 p.m. at Stanwood.

The Vikings started strong against the host Wolverines: Jessie Nichols hammered a three-run homer in the third inning for a 3-0 lead. The sophomore plated Katy Minnis, who singled, and junior Bethany Hansen, who reached base on balls.

The Wolverines scored a run in the bottom of the third on sophomore Mili Holt’s single and freshman Ava Hoffman’s sacrifice fly.

Friday Harbor added four more runs for a 5-3 lead in the fourth. Junior Hannah Hopkins doubled and scored on Lili Wood’s triple. Junior Cady Wilson doubled, sending Wood home. Junior Alexa Mora singled and Hayden Mayer capped the scoring by smacking a two-run double.

Minnis ripped a solo homer to pull the Vikings within a run in the fifth but the Wolverines scored two in the bottom of the frame. Sophomore Savannah Hoffman and Hopkins rapped base hits. Wilson singled in a run and junior Emma Wickman reached on an error and recorded an RBI.

Orcas took advantage of a walk and errors to score two runs in the seventh but the Wolverines recovered for the victory.

Wickman struck out five in earning the victory.


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