Meridian coach Steve Slesk called the Trojans' performance against Mount Baker "their best of the season."
Trailing by two runs heading into the top of the fourth, Meridian rallied to score six runs in during the final innings to claim a 6-3 Northwest Conference win against Baker Monday, April 29, in Deming.
"I was extremely proud of our kids, because we got down early," coach Steve Slesk said during a phone interview. "It was our best of the season to tell you the truth."
Trojans pitcher Tanner Tutterow earned the win, while Mountaineers pitcher Cody Larson suffered the loss despite throwing seven innings of four-hit baseball.
"It was only his second start, but he competed really well for us," Mount Baker coach Quinn LeSage said of Larson during a phone interview. "He gave us a shot, but we didn't make the plays we needed to."
Meridian's Dakota Jones and Jake Plagerman had two of the Trojans' four hits, and Mount Baker's Titus Balvanz, Andrew Zender and Seth Bass each recorded two hits.
Mount Baker struggled in the field during the second half of the game and gave Meridian too many chances, LeSage said.
"We were able to get on top early and score runs, but we didn't execute well enough down the stretch to put ourselves in a position to win," said the Baker coach. "They didn't overpower us with hits, but they put the pressure on us defensively."
Meridian's loss means the Trojans (11-9, 5-7 NWC) have earned the No. 2 seed in the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament and will host Nooksack Valley at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 4. Mount Baker (7-13, 5-7 NWC) has claimed the No. 3 seed and host South Whidbey at the same time and date.
MERIDIAN 6, MOUNT BAKER 3
Meridian 000 121 2 - 6 4 3
MB 200 010 0 - 3 9 2
WP: Tanner Tutterow (N/A). LP: Cody Larson (0-2). Highlights: Mer: Dakota Jones 1-4, RBI, Jake Plagerman 1-3. MB: Titus Balvanz 2-4, 2 R; Andrew Zender 2-3, RBI; Seth Bass 2-3.
Winning team corrected in headline