It was pretty simple to Meridian baseball coach Steve Slesk why his team fell to Lynden 6-4 on Wednesday, April 9, at Meridian High School.
"They're real gritty. They just out-competed us," Slesk said in a phone interview. "The difference was Lynden competed harder than we did. Down 4-1, they battled back and showed a lot of character."
The Trojans jumped ahead early 1-0 in the bottom of the first after getting to Lions starter Kody Ames. Lynden evened the game up in the top of the second, but a three-run fourth lifted Meridian to a 4-1 lead that simply wouldn't last. Lynden plated four in the top of the fifth to secure a 5-4 lead that it wouldn't relinquish.
"Once they got up, they just kept their foot on the pedal, and we coasted through it," Slesk said.
David Anderson started the game on the mound for Slesk, working into the fifth inning before the Lions strung together five consecutive hits to chase the senior. Ames, on the other hand, weathered the difficult fourth inning to hold Lynden's lead.
Lucas Petersen finished 3 for 5 for the Lions, while Ames and Anthony Garcia both went 2 for 4. Dakota Jones was 2 for 3 for Meridian.
Slesk made note of the fact that this contest wasn't the cleanest of games, with the two teams combining for five errors. Still, he said, he had to "hand it to Lynden" for battling back despite the early deficit.
Both Lynden (4-4, Northwest Conference 1-0) and Meridian (4-4, NWC 0-2) are back in action on Friday, April 11, with the Lions taking on Burlington-Edison and the Trojans traveling to face Bellingham.
LYNDEN 6, MERIDIAN 4
Lynden 010 040 1 - 6 12 2
Meridian 100 300 0 - 4 5 3
WP: Kody Ames (NA). LP: David Anderson (1-2). Highlights: Lynden: Lucas Petersen 3-5, Kody Ames 2-4 RBI, Anthony Garcia 2-4. Meridian: Dakota Jones 2-3, Josh Hosick 1-3.