RICHLAND — If Lynden Christian’s path to the Class 1A State Tournament had been predicated on the first game, the Lyncs would have had no shot at advancing to the second day.
Instead, Lynden Christian took full advantage of its second chance.
The Lyncs were held to one hit in a shutout loss the opening game of state on Friday, May 25, at Columbia Playfield in Richland, but scored 27 runs combined in the next two and will be the only Northwest Conference team in any classification playing on the second day after each of the other five bowed out after the first day.
"I never would have expected it," said Lynden Christian coach Mitch Moorlag in a phone interview. "We are playing with house money now. The kids are so excited."
The Lyncs got nothing going against Onalaska's Sarah Barnes in the first round of the state tournament on its way to a 10-0 loss.
But Moorlag said his team was certainly looking forward to the team up next on the schedule.
Lynden Christian met Orting in the consolation bracket in a rematch of their bout in the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament on May 19, when the Lyncs stormed back in the seventh inning to tie, only to see its run thwarted by an Orting run in the bottom half of the seventh.
"I can't say we were looking forward to losing against Onalaska because our girls were really wanting to play Orting in the winners bracket," Moorlag said. "But they were licking their chops about that one. Losing to them last week 8-7 after the great comeback we had just really made our team want to take it back to them."
Lynden Christian wasn't about to leave its rematch with Orting on Friday come down to the final inning.
The Lyncs trailed 4-2 into the bottom of the fifth inning before scoring six runs the next two innings to pull away and keep its season alive with an 8-4 win.
They kept pounding away at the plate in the second consolation game against Okanogan, especially in the second inning.
Lynden Christian pulled away from a 2-2 tie in the second with 12 runs - half of them thanks to Shelby Brown - and the Lyncs won in five innings 19-8. Brown hit a grand slam her second at-bat of the inning after recording a 2-RBI single her first at-bat for six RBI in the one inning alone.
Lynden Christian's Bridget Kruck had herself a long day inside the circle, pitching all three games and earning two wins.
Kasey Luna batted 2 for 4 against Orting with two runs and followed it up with a 4 for 4 performance against Okanogan with two RBI and four runs.
Lynden Christian next plays against a team that had yet to be decided by press time at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at the same field.
ONALASKA 10, LYNDEN CHRISTIAN 0
Lynden Christian 000 000 0 - 0 1 5
Onalaska 100 054 X - 10 11 0
WP: Sarah Barnes. LP: Bridget Kruck. Highlights: LC - Karley De Jager 1-2
LYNDEN CHRISTIAN 8, ORTING 4
Orting 001 030 0 - 4 8 4
Lynden Christian 101 033 X - 8 12 4
WP: Bridget Kruck. LP: Budnick. Highlights: LC - Lexi Vander Greind 2-4, 2 R; Kasey Luna 2-4, 2 R; Shelby Brown 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI.
LYNDEN CHRISTIAN 19, OKANOGAN 8 (5)
Okanogan 022 22 - 8 12 0
Lynden Christian 2(12)5 00 - 19 15 3
WP: Bridget Kruck. LP: K. Huner. Highlights: LC - Kasey Luna 4-4, 2 RBI; 4 R; Erika Heystek 2-2, 3 R, 2 RBI; Shelby Brown 3-4, 6 RBI, GS; Meagan Van Berkum 2-3, 2 RBI.