Pioneers hold on to win 5-2, stay alive in districts

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 3, 2013 

The Nooksack Valley baseball team held on to win 5-2 in the first consolation round of the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament Thursday, May 2, at Pipeline Fields in Blaine.

Nooksack Valley advances to play Friday Harbor in the second consolation round in an elimination game Saturday, May 4, in Blaine. The winner of that game advances to the third place game later that day.

"I felt like we were in control the whole game," Nooksack Valley coach Scott Gelwicks said in a phone interview. "I thought our pitchers threw very well and tied them up and we made some plays when we needed to. It was a fun game. It was a good game for us."

Brandon Turnberg led the Pioneers (7-14) and went 2 for 3 with two RBI, Joey Scheffer went 2 for 3 and Tyler Cienfuegos went 2 for 4 with a RBI.

Noah Rawls earned the win for Nooksack Valley.

"Our pitching was great, and I was primarily impressed with Rawls," Gelwicks said. "He had a rough outing against Meridian last game and I think anytime a kid comes back and performs after a rough outing it's huge and shows great maturity. It was nice to see us hitting the ball too."

Rawls and starting pitcher Titus Balvanz only allowed six hits and each pitcher allowed a run in the win.

Nooksack Valley jumped on the scoreboard first with two runs in the second inning. Friday Harbor cut the lead after scoring a run in the third, but wouldn't come as close again as the Pioneers added three more in the fourth and fifth.

Nooksack did have three errors in the game.

NOOKSACK VALLEY 5, COUPEVILLE 2

NV 020 021 0 - 5 11 3

Coupeville 001 001 0 - 2 6 1

WP: Noah Rawls (n/a). LP: Curtin (n/a). Highlights: NV: Brandon Turnberg 2-3, 2 RBI; Tyler Cienfuegos 2-4, RBI; Ethan Vinup 2-4, RBI; Joey Scheffer 2-3

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