OAK HARBOR – John Lobbestael has a reputation for coming through when the pressure’s on. And with every clutch hit, his legend swells.
Lobbestael contributed a pair of huge hits on Wednesday, including a two-out RBI single that led to two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, to lead Oak Harbor past Monroe 5-4 in nine innings in a Western Conference North Division baseball game.
Overall, Lobbestael was 3-for-4 to help Oak Harbor improve to 4-11 in league, 6-13 overall. His single down the left-field line in the seventh drove in one run. The score-tying run was scored on the same play on an errant throw to home plate, forcing extra innings.
Oak Harbor head coach Jim Waller said he has come to expect such remarkable performances from Lobbestael.
“He’s our No. 3 hitter and he’s a very good hitter,” Waller said of Lobbestael, who also had a game-winning hit against Monroe last year. “He’s a senior, a three-year letterman. He’s a guy we want up in that situation.”
Other Wildcats also triumphed under pressure. With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Scott Donnell doubled down the left-field line to drive in teammate Matt Badger for the winning run. Lobbestael singled earlier in the inning to propel the rally.
Donnell and teammate Ryan Lange had two doubles apiece. Wildcat starting pitcher Zack Peattie struck out two and allowed one unearned run in five innings.
Pitcher Brian Sims struck out 11 hitters in seven innings and gave up just two earned runs for Monroe (6-7, 8-8). Neil Manthe was 2-for-4 and scored two runs and Andy Ranko was 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI for the Bobcats.
Sims, Brady (8) and Ranko. Peattie, Sinks (6) and Lange, Isaacson (6). WP-Sinks (2-2). LP-Brady. 2B-Williams (M), Donnell (OH) 2, Jansen (OH), Lange (OH) 2. 3B-Ranko (M). Records-Monroe 6-7 league, 8-8 overall. Oak Harbor 4-11, 6-13.
Stanwood 10, Mount Vernon 1: Stanwood’s Mike Bliss was 3-for-3 with two doubles, a two-run home run and five RBI. Winning pitcher Andrew Davis went the distance, striking out eight in the Wesco North game.
Gates and Steiner. Davis and Northrup. WP-Davis (6-1). LP-Gates. 2B-Garcia (MV), Bliss (S) 2. HR-Bliss (S), Lowe (S). Records-Mount Vernon 7-6 league, 9-8 overall. Stanwood 9-3, 13-1.
Lake Stevens 12, Arlington 3: Ryan Verdugo batted 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI and Lake Stevens scored seven runs in the last inning to defeat Arlington in the Wesco North game. Tyler Fiske and Brandon Crain both went 2-for-4. Crain added two RBI. Ben Bishop hit a two-run home run for Arlington.
Strong, Buzzo (5) and Kottsick. Bishop, Schaen (6) and Bayless. WP-Strong. LP-Bishop (1-4). 2B-Verdugo (LS) 2, Fiske (LS), Crain (LS). HR-Bishop (A). Records-Lake Stevens 9-4 in league, 13-4 overall. Arlington 1-12, 1-14.
Cascade 9, Snohomish 5: Blake Snow hit a two-run home run to help Cascade win the Wesco North game. Kevin Rodland homered for Snohomish.
Kelliher and Chiarelli. Eagon, Zelmer (3) and Guion. WP-Kelliher. LP-Eagon. 2B-Benson (C), Roberts (S). HR-Snow (C), Rodland (S). Records-Cascade 7-5 in league, 8-8 overall. Snohomish 5-8, 7-10.
Edmonds-Woodway 9, Everett 3: Edmonds-Woodway scored eight runs in the first three innings to take control of the Wesco South game. Jake Beattiger hit a home run, and Jordan Cooper and Blaine Hardy combined to go 4-for-7, each hitting a double for the Warriors. Lee Smith went 3-for-4 for Everett.
B. Levin, J. Levin (6) and Luatua. Hardy and Torgerson. WP-Hardy. LP-B. Levin. 2B-Nielson (E), Cooper (E-W), Hardy (E-W), Torgerson (E-W). HR-Beattiger (E-W). Records-Everett 8-7 in league, 8-9 overall. Edmonds-Woodway 13-2, 15-2.
Lynnwood 11, Mariner 9 (9 innings): Lynnwood’s David Goree and Brennan Grubb were both 3-for-5 in the extra-inning Wesco South contest. Mariner’s Nathan Downing was 2-for-5 with a double and four RBI.
Sloan, Jarver (not reported), St. Marie (not reported), Villabos (not reported) and Gruel. Dailey, Hogue (6), Matveev (9) and Degamo. WP-St. Marie. LP-Dailey (2-2). 2B-Heist (M), Craddock (M), Goree (L), Grubb (L), Villabos (L), Downing (M). HR-Dailey (M). Records-Lynnwood 4-11 league, 4-13 overall. Mariner 2-13, 2-13.
Jackson 2, Mountlake Terrace 1: Jackson’s Chris Bowen scored an unearned run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning on two Mountlake Terrace errors in the Wesco South game. Troy Hennum pitched a complete game, striking out seven Timberwolves and allowing just one earned run for the Hawks.
Hennum and Bruce. Woods and Pai. WP-Woods. LP-Hennum. 3B-Nelson (J). Records-Mountlake Terrace 7-8 league, 8-9 overall. Jackson 10-5, 12-5.
Kamiak 5, Meadowdale 0: Kamiak’s Brian Ouellette (5-2) pitched a complete game two-hitter, striking out 15 Mavericks for the Wesco South victory. Meadowdale pitcher Brandon McKerney pitched a complete game, scattering five hits, striking out nine Knights and allowing three earned runs.
Ouellette and Reed. McKerney and Bach. WP-Ouellette (5-2). LP-McKerney. 2B-Fischer (K), Brown (K), Reed (K). Records-Kamiak 12-3 in league, 13-4 overall. Meadowdale 5-10, 5-12.
Shorewood 10, Shorecrest 0: Shorewood’s Luke Farden was 2-for-2, including a two-run home run in the third inning, and amassed five RBI in the Wesco South game.
Workman, Kastell (3) and Sweazey. Farden, Rockey (5) and Tonkin. WP-Farden (6-1). LP-Workman. 2B-Hammer (Shorew), Boudon (Shorew). HR-Farden (Shorew). Records-Shorecrest 6-9 league, 8-9 overall. Shorewood 8-7, 10-7.
Sultan 14, Meridian 4: Sultan’s Cliff French hit a grand slam in the fourth inning to help the Turks win in a game halted by the 10-run rule. French also pitched five innings and struck out seven in the North Cascades contest.
VanDiest, Norris (3) and Tiffany. French and Damianidis. WP-French (5-2). LP-VanDiest. 2B-Scott (M), Cofer (S). HR-French (S). Records-Meridian 6-6 league, 7-8 overall. Sultan 7-6, 7-10.
South Whidbey 7, Lakewood 1: No. 2 South Whidbey upset North Cascade-leading Lakewood. Conley White led the Falcons with 2-for-4 batting accompanied by an RBI. Teammate Michael Osburn was 1-for-1 with two RBI. Lakewood’s Anthony Savage was 2-for-3.
Kolbo and Parra. Cantwell, Thomas (5), Rife (6) and Wammack. WP-Kolbo (4-1). LP-Cantwell (3-3). 2B-White (SW), Lodell (SW), Rumple (L). Records-South Whidbey 9-3 league, 10-5 overall. Lakewood 11-2, 13-3.
Granite Falls 12, Lynden Christian 5: Granite Falls’ Jake Peden hit a grand-slam home run in the sixth inning to break a tie score and put the Tigers ahead for good. Teammate Josh Knudson was 3-for-5.
Fowler, Todd (5), Knudson (7) and Kalma. Sprague, DeBoer (6), Visser (7) and Visser, unreported. WP-Todd (1-0). LP-Sprague. 2B-DeBoer (LC), Kennaw (LC), Visser (LC). 3B-Haug (GF). HR-Peden (GF). Records-Granite Falls 8-7 league, 8-11 overall. Lynden Christian 3-10, 4-12.
Shorecrest 3, Kamiak 1: Joey Crudo scored the game-winning goal for Shorecrest in the 62nd minute of the Wesco South game. Sophomore forward Rebel Hall scored in the 52nd minute for Kamiak.
Goals-Shorecrest: Richards, Crudo, Starkey. Kamiak: Hall. Goalkeepers-Shorecrest: Wright. Kamiak: Cash. Records-Shorecrest 4-2 league, 9-3-1 overall. Kamiak 2-3-1, 6-6-1.
Meadowdale 3, Everett 0: Senior captain Eric Marty recorded Meadowdale’s seventh shutout of the season. In 13 games this season Meadowdale has allowed just twelve goals and has scored 42. Maverick Solly Gold knocked in his ninth goal of the season.
Goals-Meadowdale: DiCaprio, Gold, Schmitt. Goalkeepers-Everett: Nazario. Meadowdale: Marty. Records-Everett 0-4-2 in league, 1-10-2 overall. Meadowdale 5-1, 11-1-1.
Sultan 8, Lynden Christian 0: Caleb Barnhill scored three goals in the first 42 minutes and Tim Grossi scored twice in the second half for undefeated, first-place Sultan (13-0) in the North Cascades game. Goalkeeper Billy Losleben earned the shutout and Gage Galle added two assists for the Turks.
Goals-Sultan: Barnhill 3, Knapp 1, Gonzales 1, Tolson 1, Grossi 2. Goalkeepers-LC: Huartson, Rylaarsdam. Sultan: Losleben. Records-Lynden Christian 5-8 league and overall. Sultan 13-0, 13-0.
Lakewood 4, South Whidbey 0: Kenny Serna scored two goals to highlight Lakewood’s North Cascades shutout. Curtis Hackworth had two assists for Lakewood.
Goals-Lakewood: Dominguez, Serna 2, Esser 1. Goalkeepers-SW: McGlenn. Lakewood: Clifton. Records-South Whidbey 4-9 league and overall. Lakewood 10-3, 10-3.
Archbishop Murphy 233, Orcas Island 250: Jason Petterson won medalist honors shooting a 2-over par 38 in Tuesday’s Northwest A meet.
Archbishop Murphy-Petterson 38 (medalist), Ferrel 45, Duffy 49, Daviscourt 50, Waiss 51.
Orcas Island-Moran-Hodge 49, Goffny 60, Wrobel 66.