Storm baseball rolls past Mountaineers

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 21, 2014 

SQUALICUM 16, MOUNT BAKER 7 (8)

Squalicum's baseball team couldn't get the win in seven innings, but scored nine runs in the eighth to defeat Mount Baker 16-7 on Friday, March 21, at Mount Baker.

"I was absolutely happy with the effort through the first seven," Baker coach Quinn LeSage said in a phone interview.

The Mountaineers tied it up in the seventh inning with a check-swing two-run double. Then hit a hard line drive that would have won the game if it hit the grass, but the Storm made a play to send it into extras.

"They made a good play," LeSage said. "Then the wheels came off in extra innings."

The game was typical of an early-season game, Squalicum coach John Inge said in a phone interview.

"There was a lot of weird bounces and a bunch of errors," Inge said.

There were also a lot of walks. Both teams walked 11 batters.

"The pitchers had control issues," Inge said. "I really like my pitching staff and I think they're going to pitch well, but it's early-season stuff right now."

Jacob Marr, who took the loss on the mound, was a star at the plate for Baker. He went 3 for 5 on the day.

"Marr definitely paced us. He looked good at the plate," LeSage said.

Squalicum's Ernie Yake was the man leading the way in the other dugout. Yake went 3 for 4 with five RBI.

"He's a terrific kid and a great talent. He's a super competitor and works his tail off," Inge said.

Squalicum faces Sehome on Monday, March 24, on the road. Baker plays Ferndale on Tuesday, March 25.

SQUALICUM 16, MOUNT BAKER 7 (8)

Squalicum 200 301 1 9- 16 10 2

Mount Baker 021 101 2 0 - 7 7 6

WP: Ben Wolters (1-0). LP: Jacob Marr (0-1). Highlights: Squalicum: Ernie Yake 3-4, 3 R, 5 RBI, 1 2B, HR; Josh Holcomb 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, David Stealey 2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB. Baker: Seth Bass 2-3, 2 R; Jacob Marr 3-5, 1 R, Andrew Zender 1-3, 2 R.

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