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Eagle POUND Oak Harbor
ARLINGTON The lights went on and everybody was home as Arlingtons entire lineup got involved while pounding Oak Harbor on March 27. A devastating seven-run first inning dropped Oak Harbor into a hole from which they never climbed out, falling 13-5.
Leading the way were Arlingtons Andrew Disotell with three hits, all singles, and Joey Dettrich who batted 3-4 with a triple. Disotell and Dettrich alone combined for nearly as many hits as Arlington hasbanged out as a team in their first two games.
Weve been doing plenty of work in the cages. The guys have all been working hard and the swings look good, but its a different animal facing live pitching, said coach Doug Plucker.
Due to the previous games batting drought, Plucker felt extraordinary measures were necessary. One practice prior to the game, Plucker dragged his boys out to the field to take live batting practice in a pouring rain.
It was important for us to do it as a team. Sure, we were cold and wet, but we needed to gain confidence going against an actual pitcher.
The floodgates opened up against Oak Harbor right from the beginning. All the hits that wouldnt come in the first two games rained down on Harbors deflated pitching staff, giving the home team an early 7-0 advantage. Arlington plated two more runs in the bottom of the third inning as Jonathan VanEyk led off with a triple over the head of the centerfielder. Dettrich followed with a bloop single to drive VanEyk home. A sacrifice bunt moved Dettrich to second and a shallow single from Disotell plated another run.
The home bats werent finished either. In the fourth inning Alex Rhodes slammed a single to right field and skipped over to second on a misplayed groundout to the shortstop. Rhodes then scored via a booming double from VanEyk and the route was on.
In the fifth, Oak Harbor finally put the bat on the ball, scoring a run on a deep triple to center. But nothing substantial materialized for the visitors and they never threatened Arlingtons lead.
Arlingtons own pitcher, Kyle Ayres, after being staked to a comfortable lead, cruised through 5 2/3 innings.
Kyle threw 98 pitches, 63 of which were strikes. Thats what Ive been asking him to do. I challenged him to get ahead in the counts and allow his defense make plays behind him, said coach Plucker.
Ayres walked only two batters and scattered five hits. More importantly, the defense did a nearly flawless job behind him.
Arlington hopes to build from the Oak Harbor victory as they head into the meat of their schedule. Their next game is April 6 against Everett.
Oak Harbor 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 - 5 7 4
Arlington 7 0 2 1 2 1 x - 13 16 1