Nooksack Valley softball capsule




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.

*NWC game

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