Baker baseball bows out in first round of state

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 19, 2013 

Montesano put the Mount Baker baseball team in a nine-run hole after the first two innings, inevitably beating the Mountaineers 11-1 on Saturday, May 18, in the opening round of the Class 1A State Tournament.

"We just got down big early, and couldn't find a way back," Mount Baker coach Quinn LeSage said in a phone interview.

Baker seeded five runs in the first, all of which LeSage said could have been avoided if not for a few untimely errors.

"We didn't put ourselves in a good position," LeSage said of the errors and the subsequent runs.

Montesano's starting pitcher, Layne Bruner, helped his cause before ever stepping on the mound with a home run in the first inning.

Baker's starter, Nick Larson, while battling through some miscues behind him, just didn't have his good stuff, LeSage said.

"At times, he was missing up in the strike zone," LeSage said.

Baker scored its lone run in the fourth inning after Tyrel Cronk drove in Kaleb Brownfield. Cronk and Brownfield combined for the only two hits of the game.

With the loss, the Mountaineers saw their season come to an end.

"We made major strides this season," LeSage said. "I am extremely proud of the team."

MONTESANO 11, MOUNT BAKER 1

Montesano 540 200 0 - 11 13 2

Mount Baker 000 100 0 - 1 2 4

WP: Layne Bruner (NA). LP: Nick Larson (4-6). Highlights: Mount Baker: Tyrel Cronk 1-2 RBI, Kaleb Brownfield 1-2.

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