Coach: Tom Harmon
Last year: The Pioneers finished 16-10 overall last year, and 6-6 in Northwest Conference play. ... Nooksack Valley swept its four games in districts and tri-districts, advancing to the state championships where it went 1-2.
Players to watch: Chloe Gardner (Sr., IF/OF); Kayla Struiksma (Sr., P); Alexis Pike (So., IF/P).
Outlook: The pitching tandem of senior Kayla Struiksma and Alexis Pike baffled teams last year, both bringing a different dimension to the circle, and coach Tom Harmon expects much of the same this year. "(There's) no hesitation going to anybody," Harmon said in a phone interview. In terms of offense and senior leadership, Chloe Gardner, an All-Whatcom County first-team selection last year, will provide a punch in the middle of the lineup for Harmon. Melanie Brown, too, is a bat he will rely on as the year progresses. "We have seniors (who've) logged quite a bit of playing time the last three years," Harmon said. "I think they are a pretty good group as a unit, supporting each other and as a team. They all got a lot of varsity experience, but critical experience in crucial areas game-wise."
Name Year Pos.
Brianna Turner So. C/OF
Kayla Struiksma Sr. IF/P
Katie Dykstra So. IF
Melanie Brown Sr. IF
Chloe Gardner Sr. IF/OF
Arlissa Oettel So. IF
Lindsay Hayes Sr. OF
Olivia Berkan So. P/OF/IF
Ashton Coto Jr. IF/OF
Cassidy Zylstra So. IF/OF
Kassie Labree Sr. P/OF
Alexis Pike So. IF/OF
Elizabeth Foresee Sr. OF
March 15 Alumni (at NVMS) 2 p.m.
March 18 Lynden (at NVMS) 4:30 p.m.
March 22 Friday Harbor (at NVMS) 4:30 p.m.
March 25 Mount Baker (at NVMS) 4:30 p.m.
March 28 at Sedro-Woolley* (at Janicki) 4:30 p.m.
April 7 at Meridian 4 p.m.
April 10 Blaine* (at NVMS) 4:30 p.m.
April 17 at Mount Baker* 4:30 p.m.
April 19 at Omak (at Chelan City) 10 a.m.
April 19 at Chelan (at Chelan City) noon
April 19 at Chelan (at Chelan City) 2 p.m.
April 22 at Lynden* 4 p.m.
April 25 Ferndale* (at NVMS) 4:30 p.m.
April 28 at Squalicum* 4 p.m.
May 1 Burlington-Edison* (at NVMS) 4:30 p.m.
May 6 Anacortes* (at NVMS) 4:30 p.m.
May 9 at Sehome* (at Geri) 4 p.m.
May 9 at Sehome (at Geri) 4 p.m.
May 12 Bellingham* (at NVMS) 4:30 p.m.
May 14 Lynden Christian* (at NVMS) 4:30 p.m.