For the second year in a row, the Harwood Union baseball team came up just one win short of a trip to the state title game.
The fourth-ranked Highlanders lost on the road to No. 1 Otter Valley, 6-1, in the Division 2 semifinals last Tuesday, June 4.
It’s the second year in a row Harwood has lost in the semifinals; last year, the second-ranked Highlanders were upset by eventual state champion Lake Region.
Otter Valley jumped on Harwood early, scoring three runs in the opening inning. The top-ranked team added another run in the third and two in the sixth, then slammed the door after Harwood scored a single run in the top of the seventh.
Skylar Platt, one of several underclassmen contributing for the Highlanders this year, took the loss on the mound, striking out one and giving up four hits in two innings.
Charlie Zschau had two of Harwood’s three hits on the day in his final game as a Highlander; his classmate Chase Reagan had the other.
Otter Valley ace Josh Beayon got the win, striking out four and scattering three hits over seven innings. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Harwood ends the year 10-4. Otter Valley improved to 18-1 but lost 3-1 to No. 3 Fair Haven in the D-2 state title game last Friday.