The Ferndale softball team allowed six runs over the first three innings to Shorecrest, inevitably losing to the Scots 9-3 in the Class 3A Northwest District Tournament conselation round on Thursday, May 16, in Everett.
"They caught us on our heels a bit," Ferndale coach Holly Hilton said in a phone interview. "They just are very strong, big hitters."
Lauren Maley picked up her sixth loss of the season after pitching all seven innings, striking out one and allowing 14 hits.
"It wasn't that she wasn't hitting her spots," Hilton said of Maley's performance. "She was throwing the ball very well."
After falling down 3-0 in the first inning, Ferndale's Sydney Shawler came through with an RBI in the second to narrow the Shorecrest lead to two, but the Scots rallied to put together a string of six runs over the next four innings.
Scarlett Nyenhuis finished the game 3 for 4, upping her average in the three-game tournament to .615. Corrie Wilson and Collette Brown both had two hits, with Brown's two-run home run in the sixth being the only other runs for the Golden Eagles.
The loss spells an end to Ferndale's season, a season which saw its fair share of peaks and valleys.
"Their growth was amazing from the start of the season," Hilton said of her team. "We were getting beat by 20 runs ... and then Anacortes beat us 12-0, and we put our heads down and started working.
"We won nine games in a row, so that kind of tells you how hard the kids worked this season."
SHORECREST 9, FERNDALE 3
Ferndale 010 002 0 - 3 10 2
Shorecrest 321 210 0 - 9 14 3
WP: Amanda Hartley (x-x). LP: Lauren Maley (10-6). Highlights: Ferndale: Scarlett Nyenhuis 3-4, Corrie Wilson 2-4 2B, Collette Brown 2-3 2R HR, Sydney Shawler 2-3 RBI.