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Arlington Eagles hold off Snohomish Panthers
Behind Zednick, Arlington quashes late Snohomish run to secure Wesco win
SNOHOMISH — The Eagles overcame their early struggles.
Arlington used timely hitting and stingy pitching to win the first half of a two-game series against Snohomish April 3.
“We did not look sharp at the plate in the first four innings,” said Arlington manager Erik Heinz.
But that all changed when Ben Larson came to the plate with runners on first and third and a pair of outs. He took a 2-2, outside fastball the other way for a two-RBI single to make the score 2-0.
“That was just a solid piece of hitting,” Heinz said. “He really picked us up and kind of got us back on track.”
Larson finished going 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs.
Meanwhile, Arlington starter Carson Zednick kept Snohomish’s hitters off balance, pitching six consecutive scoreless innings.
“Carson was awesome,” Heinz said. “He started to get tired a little bit at the end, but he kept guys off balance, changed speeds and worked both sides of the plate for us.”
Heinz applauded Zednick’s ability to keep the Panthers from retaliating in the bottom half of the fourth, after Larson’s single. Instead, Zednick let Snohomish know that it wasn’t going to be easy to score, striking out the side.
“That is one thing we’ve been talking about all year, keeping guys from scoring after we put runs up and Carson just shut them down,” Heinz said. “That was probably the most important inning in the game.”
Arlington got three much-needed insurance runs in the seventh, which capped by senior Dustin Ward’s two-RBI base knock to make the score 5-0.
Snohomish would score three runs in the seventh, but that was as close as it would come as Zednick went just one out shy of a complete game, striking out eight on three hits and allowing three earned runs.
Highlighting the Eagles’ bats was Austin Baker, who played his first game at the lead off spot, going 2-for-2 with two walks, a stolen base and two runs scored.
“Austin can be really proud of that game because he was just unstoppable getting on base,” Heinz said.
While the Eagles did well at the plate and on the mound, in the field was where Heinz thought the game was won.
“We played error-free ball today and that is something that has been a problem for us so far this season,” Heinz said.