Softball

Lynden Christian upsets Mount Baker to reach finals

District 1-2 tournament day 1 recap
May 20, 2022 at 1:45 p.m.
Lynden Christian's Libby Bouwman and Katie Korthuis hug after beating Mount Baker 12-7 at Janicki Fields on May 19 in Sedro-Woolley.
Lynden Christian's Libby Bouwman and Katie Korthuis hug after beating Mount Baker 12-7 at Janicki Fields on May 19 in Sedro-Woolley. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)

By HAILEY PALMER
Staff Reporter

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — The first full day of the 1A District 1-2 softball tournament is in the books and Lynden Christian is looking to play spoiler.

After winning their first game of the day, the Lyncs moved on to play Mount Baker in the semifinals which they had lost to 16-10 in the regular season.

Lynden Christian upended Mount Baker this time around, beating the Mountaineers 12-7 to secure a spot in the bi-district title game Saturday. Here’s how each Whatcom County team fared Thursday.

photo  Grady Hoekema gets a lift from Zach Dykstra as he tries to get a ball out from the net covering spectators during softball games at Janicki Fields on May 19 in Sedro-Woolley. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)  


Nooksack Valley 12, Meridian 0; Nooksack Valley 12, Blaine 1

The Northwest Conference top seed and realistically the top seed in the tournament, Nooksack Valley, cruised to two wins Thursday to earn its way into the title game Saturday.

At this point in the season, Nooksack Valley head coach Tom Harmon said the team isn’t worried about outcomes, they’re focused on the process.

photo  Nooksack Valley's Renae Hoekema beats the throw to home plate as the Pioneers beat Blaine at Janicki Fields on May 19 in Sedro-Woolley. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)  


“We gotta keep doing what we do,” he said. “What do we need to do offensively to do well and what do we need to do defensively? Those are the focuses we have for goals within a game and inning by inning.”

Up next for the Pioneers will be Lynden Christian at 1 p.m. Saturday in the bi-district title game. The winner will move on to state and the loser will drop to the consolation final with one last chance to earn a state bid.

Lynden Christian 11, Cedar Park Christian 1; Lynden Christian 12, Mount Baker 7

The Lyncs played spoiler not once, but twice Thursday to earn their way into the title game.

Against Cedar Park Christian in the first round, Lynden Christian’s offense lit up the scoreboard to upset the Eagles 11-1.

The only break the offense took lasted about an hour while the teams were between games because the Lyncs picked up right where they left off heading into game two of the day against Mount Baker.

photo  Lynden Christian players Megan Smit and Sharlotte Whittern nearly collide while catching the ball against Mount Baker at Janicki Fields on May 19. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)  


Lynden Christian’s offense plated nine runs by the fifth inning and the defense thwarted the Mountaineers’ late comeback attempt.

The Lyncs will play Nooksack Valley at 1 p.m. Saturday in the bi-district title game. Nooksack Valley won the regular season matchup between the two teams 17-4.

Mount Baker 10, South Whidbey 0; Lynden Christian 12, Mount Baker 7

Mount Baker pitcher Kaitlyn Rosenburg dominated South Whidbey hitters as she threw her first career no-hitter.

“[Rosenburg] walked a couple girls which we’ve tried not to do, but she also had a couple three-ball counts and came back and got some strikeouts,” Mount Baker head coach Ron Lepper said. “That’s her first no-hitter, so it’s pretty cool.”

photo  Mount Baker's Taite Reardon is tagged in a rundown by Lynden Christian's Megan Smit as the Lyncs beat Baker 12-7 at Janicki Fields on May 19 in Sedro-Woolley. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)  


The Mountaineers’ flipped the script in the second game as they fell behind to Lynden Christian and had to find a way to crawl back into the game.

The Mountaineers had some fight in them, cutting the Lyncs’ lead down to two runs in the fifth inning, but Lynden Christian responded immediately, getting three of those runs back to push the lead back up to five.

Mount Baker will play Granite Falls at 11 a.m. Saturday in a consolation game. The Mountaineers will now have to win three straight games, all loser-out, to earn a trip to state.

Blaine 7, Granite Falls 1; Nooksack Valley 12, Blaine 1

Notching a win in the first round against Granite Falls meant meeting up with Nooksack Valley, one of the best teams in the state, in the second.

Blaine played well against Granite Falls, jumping out to an early lead it would never relinquish, but Nooksack Valley proved why it has the potential to make a deep run at state next week as the Borderites lost to the Pioneers 12-1.

Now in the consolation part of the tournament, Blaine will have to win three consecutive loser-out games in order to qualify for the state tournament.

Nooksack Valley 12, Meridian 0; Granite Falls 15, Meridian 1

The Trojans earned their way into the first round by beating Sultan 15-0 in a play-in game.

It’s been a tough go all season for Meridian and having to play the Northwest Conference champion to open the tournament wasn’t exactly a gift.

photo  Meridian’s Sydney Tenkley gets a hit as Meridian lost to Granite Falls at Janicki Fields on May 19 in Sedro-Woolley. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)  


Meridian lost in five innings to Nooksack Valley and didn’t have better luck in the consolation round against Granite Falls.

The Trojans’ loss to Granite Falls put an end to their season. Meridian finished with a 3-18 record.

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