In a game between the top two high school baseball teams in the Wesco North 3A Tuesday, it figured to be a close game. It wasn’t.
The Arlington Eagles gave the home team Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks an old-fashioned whipping, winning 20-5. M-P was never in the game, as Eagle pitcher sophomore Owen Bishop owned them from the start. His fastball flew by them, while his curve froze them at the plate.
Meanwhile, when Arlington was up, it was like batting practice for the visiting team, with the Eagles smashing one line drive after another. Power-hitting junior catcher Jack Sheward smashed a grand slam home run to make it 17-0 in the fourth. The entire lineup hit the ball, including No. 9 hitter Andrew Smith, who also drove in multi-runs with a homer earlier in the game.
The two teams played again Wednesday, in a game more fitting of their records.
Arlington again came out on top, scoring in the bottom of the seventh to win 3-2.
Eric Anderson of M-P and Cameron Smith of Arlington were locked in a pitchers’ duel. Both pitched the entire game, Anderson striking out eight and Smith six.
M-P actually outhit the home team, with Baily Alvis leading the way going 3-for-4 with a double. He also scored both runs.
Bishop was the hitting star for Arlington, even though he only had one hit. But he drove in two key runs.
Michael Tsoukalas had two hits, including a double.
Arlington improved to 11-0 while M-P dropped to 6-3 in league play.
Earlier this week:
Arlington improved its record to 6-1 with a 10-0 win over Oak Harbor in six innings.
Jacob Burkett pitched the complete game, allowing just four hits. He struck out nine.
Bishop and Gavin Rork led the Eagles at the plate, each going 3-for-4. Bishop smacked two doubles and knocked in three runs, while Rork hit a triple.
Smith went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
In games not reported M-P blanked MG 10-0 in five innings.
Lakewood beat Granite Falls 9-5.
EVERETT — It took 23 holes, 5 in sudden death, but Cody Oakes of Arlington High School won the 17th Annual Tom Dolan Memorial Invitation Monday at Everett Golf and Country Club.
Oakes, a senior, and Glacier Peak junior Tyler Spalti tied with three others after 18 holes, all with 2-over-par 74s. The others were eliminated one by one, but those two remained tied until the fifth hole.
Spalti pulled his tee shot while Oakes hit another of many long fairway drives. While it took Spalti four shots to reach the green, Oakes was on in two. He two-putted for par to take the victory.
“It’s a pretty big tournament and the past winners are pretty good,” he said. “So to have my name up there is pretty cool.”
Spalti wasn’t even in the running until late, and then he almost won it in regulation after he birdied four holes. But he bogeyed his last hole to join the crowd at 2 over. Oakes almost lost it on the second hole of the playoff, but sank a 20-foot putt to stay alive.
“I was pretty confident in that putt,” Oakes said. “I didn’t putt well throughout my round today. But standing there, I kind of looked all around it and thought, ‘I can make this. I’ve got the read.’”
Oakes called the playoff nerve-wracking.
“I’ve never been in anything like that,” Oakes said. “The nerves were insane, because I have never been in contention in a tournament this size.”
Arlington took fourth in the team standings with 335 points. Marysville-Pilchuck was 13th with 364.
For Arlington, Nate Metcalf shot an 84, Alex Coghill 85 and Cam Sjolund a 92.
Justin Trueax shot an 81 for M-P followed by Jeff Reynolds with a 92, Conner Peterson a 94 and Jarren Parks a 97.
For Marysville Getchell, Bernard Duplessis had an 87 and Justin Good a 100.
McKenzie Justice tossed a three hitter and helped herself out at the plate going 2-for-2 as M-P blanked MG in five innings 10-0 Monday.
Justice smashed a double and a triple, had two RBI and struck out seven for the winners. Cassidy Phelps went 3-for-3 at the plate, while Chloe Morgan went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Lilianne Fischer added a double and 2 RBI.
M-P improved to 5-1.
MG also lost 4-2 to Edmonds-Woodway Tuesday.
Brionna Palm went 2-3 at the plate for 2 RBI and catcher Shannon Patton hit a double for the Chargers.
Arlington, 2-6, lost its game 13-1 to Snohomish. Madisyn Estes had the only Eagle hit. Brooklyn Lamie took the loss.
The Eagle bats came alive Tuesday against Shorecrest, but Arlington still lost 20-13.
The Eagles fell behind 11-1 in the first inning but fought back from there. Karleigh Coker was a monster at the plate going 4-for-5 with a double and 3 RBI. Megan Lawrence scored four times and also went 3-for-5 at the plate. Kylie Hinds had 2 hits in 5 trips to the plate, with a double and 2 RBI.
Marysville-Pilchuck improved its record to 3-3 with a 4-3 win over Marysville Getchell Tuesday.
M-P won the first three singles matches and the No. 1 doubles match.
Haley Dixon beat Megan Zimmerman 6-4, 6-1; it took three sets but Mariah Prater got by Maria Falcon 6-4, 4-6, 6-1; and Paige Bramer topped Sophia Trujillo 6-4, 6-1. At No. 4 singles, MG’s Marry You lost the first set to M-P’s Taylor Bichel, but won the next two sets 7-5 and 6-4.
In doubles, Dana Bichel-Cheyenne Coe beat Hannah Jones-Abbi Pfeil 6-2, 6-3. MG took the other two matches, each going three sets. Fatima Alevedo-Aresli Marmoleyo lost the first set 6-4, but won the final two 6-2, 6-2 over MP’s Athena Rondeau-Katie Stuart. Then Chargers Autumn Perkins-Tristan Fetro came from way back against Kristina Gret-Taylor Martin. M-P won the first set 6-3, but the MG duo battled back in the second 7-6 after taking a 7-2 tiebreaker. The M-P team must have ran out of gas, falling 6-0 in the final set.
Monday, the Eagle girls fell to Stanwood 6-1.
The only Arlington win was at second doubles where Emily Gonzalez-Annika Hatfield won easily 6-1, 6-2. Ashley Kolbeck won three games, Margarita Muro and Ellie Kikuchi five each, Abby Weber two, Nina Cameron-Gabby Nelson four and Courthey Krause-Grace Bynum three.
The Eagle girls lost to Snohomish 7-0 Tuesday.
LAKEWOOD – Paige Shimkus of Lakewood was named a WIAA Athlete of the Week.
Shimkus threw a personal-best of 133 feet, 9 inches in the javelin at the Birger Solberg Invite in Bellingham.
It was her third first place in three years, and the third time Shimkus has broken the school record.