The Lynden softball team captured the Northwest Conference championship Tuesday, May 7, with a 9-1 win over Ferndale at Lynden.
Brooke Bonsen was masterful in the circle, picking up her 14th win of the season while throwing a complete-game, five-hitter.
"The key with her is the first inning," Lynden coach Steve Petersen said in a phone interview. "If she can get out and get rolling in the first, she can be really successful."
Bonsen also helped her cause at the plate, going 3 for 3 with an RBI. Tanna Benson added three hits of her own, including a double and an RBI.
"We were really fortunate that we came out and put some pretty good swings with runners on base," Petersen said.
Ferndale got a solid 2 for 2 outing from Corrie Wilson, and Collette Brown added a double and the lone RBI for the Golden Eagles.
Ferndale (12-7, NWC 8-3) hosts Bellingham on Wednesday, May 8, while Lynden (15-4, 11-1) plays its final game against Orcas Island on Friday, May 10.
LYNDEN 9, FERNDALE 1
Ferndale 010 000 0 - 1 5 1
Lynden 113 102 0 - 9 11 1
WP: Brooke Bonsen (14-3). LP: Lauren Maley (NA). Highlights: Ferndale: Corrie Wilson 2-2 R, Collette Brown 1-2 2B RBI. Lynden: Brooke Bonsen 3-3 RBI, Tanna Benson 3-4 2B RBI, Hannah Rothwell 2-3 RBI.