The Arlington boys baseball team matched up with the Marysville Getchell Chargers in a tough fought game on March 15.
The Chargers entered the game against Arlington without their star player Malakhi Knight as he suffered an injury in a previous game.
The Eagles started out strong in the first inning as they shut out the Chargers and put up the first run on the scoreboard for a 1-0 lead. Marysville Getchell wasn’t going to lay down as they answered back in the top of the second. Arlington then took back the lead in the bottom of the same inning as they score three runs to put themselves up 4-1.
Over the next two innings neither team was able to string together hits and they both went scoreless through the fourth inning. The next run would come from the Eagles as they managed to put up one more for a 5-1 lead after the fifth inning. Arlington shutout Marysville Getchell over the last two innings as they secured the 5-1 victory in their home opener.
“Our pitchers did a pretty good job and our defense did a good job as well. We made a few mistakes throughout the game but that can be expected this early in the season. We've got a long season and we need to take care of us, if we do that we’ll get a good result,” said Arlington Head Coach Scott Striegel.
The Eagles were led by Owen Bishop, Camdon Anderson, Michael Tsoukalas and Cameron Smith. Bishop, junior pitcher, pitched for five innings with seven strikeouts as well as earning one hit, one RBI and a stolen base. Anderson, senior third baseman, only had one hit in the game but it came as a three-RBI double to go with his one run and one stolen base. Tsoukalas, sophomore outfielder, led the team with two hits, one run, a single and a triple. Smith had one single on the day with one run, as well as pitching the last two innings with three strikeouts.
“Arlington is one of the best teams in the state and I think that our young guys showed that they can step up to play at a high level. Right now I want to see them compete and play with confidence in every game. If we can do that, and not beat ourselves, I think we can have a special season,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Gabriel Rochon.
Marysville Getchell was led by their core of Ryan King, Trevor Loucks, Josiah Koellmer and Colby Watts. King, senior outfielder, had one hit with it being a double and also had one stolen base. Loucks, sophomore outfielder, had one hit for a single with one RBI and one stolen base. Koellmer, sophomore utility player, went 1-3 at the plate with one hit for a single. Watts, senior pitcher, went 1-4 at the plate for a single, as well as pitching an entire game with one strikeout.
If you want to come out and support the Eagles their next home game will be against the Everett Seagulls on Wednesday, March 20, at 4 p.m. Or if you want to root for the Chargers their next home game will be against the Snohomish Panthers on Friday, March 22, at 4 p.m.