ARLINGTON — The Arlington High School baseball team has faced some fierce opponents in the last two weeks.
They lost their first game against Stanwood High School in a close competition ending in a final score of 9-5 on April 27.
Although the Eagles were defeated, they still played a solid game with sophomore Ryan Walker and junior Bret Hilker both 3-for-4 with two doubles. After the series against the Spartans, slated to end on May 2, the Eagles’ season will come to a close. Final scores and standings can be found at www.arlingtontimes.com.
“That was a really tough series,” said AHS Head Coach Scott Striegel, of their games against M-P. “But we’re facing up against Stanwood and they are ranked sort of in the middle. I think we can do well.”
Stanwood’s current record is 4-9 league, 6-10 overall. As of April 30, the Eagles record is 3-10 league, 6-12 overall. They face their final two games against the Spartans at Stanwood High School on May 1 and May 2 at 4 p.m.
The Eagles lost a tough series against league second Marysville-Pilchuck on Saturday. The series against Marysville started with an 18-0 defeat on their home turf on April 18 and ended with a 7-3 loss on April 28, a game that had been rescheduled due to a rainout.
“Eighteen was kind of a big number, but it wasn’t a sloppy game,” said M-P Head Coach Kurt Koshelnik. The Tomahawks managed to clinch another victory during the second game of the series on April 20, with a final score of 6-1.”Arlington played much better, but with baseball you really never know. It can be different day by day.”
The final game on Saturday had three errors from Arlington, which helped the Tomahawks, but the Eagles still managed to put offensive pressure on M-P throughout all nine innings. Senior Riley Tracy was 2-for-3 in that game.
M-P ranks second in the Wesco North 4A division and now, after three losses to the Tomahawks, Arlington ranks fifth of six in the division. Before the series against M-P, the Eagles managed to completely sweep the Monroe Bearcats in the series that started with junior Garrett Atkinson pitching a complete game and striking out 11 Bearcats with no earned runs. Walker also had a memorable performance against Monroe when he struck out five and went 3-for-4 with two RBI at the plate.