The Meridian and Lynden Christian softball teams split a double-header on Thursday, May 2, at Meridian, with the Trojans taking the Northwest Conference league game, 8-7, and the Lyncs stealing the non-league game, 11-10.
In the first half, Meridian got a strong offensive push in the sixth inning, scoring four runs including a three-run home run by Bailey Haugen.
"We've been persevering all this year," Meridian coach Tony Johnson said in a phone interview. "We finally came back with four in the bottom of the sixth and we held them off in the seventh."
Madeline Gray also had a home run and two RBI in the win.
In the second half of the double-header, the Lyncs found themselves down 10-1 through the first three innings. Despite the lofty deficit, Lynden Christian strung together five-run innings in the fourth and sixth to take an 11-10 lead.
"They got on base and hit the ball," Johnson said. "They deserved the win (after) coming back from a 10-1 deficit."
Bridget Kruck went 7 for 8 on the day with a home run, four runs and four RBI for the Lyncs.
Angela Roderick had a home run and three RBI for the Trojans in the losing effort.
Lynden Christian (5-13, NWC 1-9) travels to Squalicum on Monday, May 6, while Meridian (5-12, 3-7) plays Sehome on Tuesday, May 7.
MERIDIAN 8, LYNDEN CHRISTIAN 7
LC 011 022 1 - 7 10 1
Meridian 200 204 0 - 8 12 6
WP: Juliana Magliano (5-10). LP: Bridget Kruck (NA). Highlights: LC: Bridget Kruck 3-3 2R 3RBI HR, Levi Vander Griend 2-3 2R RBI, Kasey Luna 2-4. Meridian: Kendra Holmes 3-3 R, Madeline Gray 1-3 1R 2RBI HR, Bailey Haugen 2-3 R 4RBI HR, McKenna Smith 2-3 2R 2B.
LYNDEN CHRISTIAN 11, MERIDIAN 10
LC 010 505 0 - 11 12 3
Meridian 334 000 0 - 10 11 5
WP: Karley De Jager (NA). LP: Juliana Magliano (5-11). Highlights: LC: Bridget Kruck 4-5 2R RBI 2B, Karley De Jager 2-5. Meridian: Madeline Gray 3-4 3R RBI, Angela Roderick 2-3 2R 3RBI HR, Victoria Coe 2-4.