Nooksack goes 1-2 on other side of mountains

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 19, 2014 

After winning the first game, Nooksack Valley's softball team lost a pair of close games on Saturday, April 19, in Chelan.

Nooksack won the first game 9-0 over Chelan, cruising on the strength of Chloe Gardner's bat. She hit 3 for 4 with a double and home run.

Gardner knocked another one out in the second game, but Nooksack fell 4-3 to Chelan.

"The difference in the second games is we didn't finish our quality at bats," Nooksack coach Tom Harmon said in a phone interview.

Heartbreak loomed for Nooksack in the final game, as Omak hit a three-run walk-off home run in the seventh inning to win 6-5.

"It was one of the best situational games we've had," Harmon said of the game against Omak. "Even though we came up short, it was our best game all year."

Nooksack's Kayla Struiksma went 1-1 on the day. Olivia Berkan picked up the other loss in the circle.

Nooksack (6-5, 1-2 NWC) plays Lynden on Tuesday, April 22, at Lynden.

OMAK 6, NOOKSACK VALLEY 5

Nooksack 101 111 0 - 5 2 1

Omak 000 120 3 - 6 11 3

WP: Harris (n/a). LP: Kayla Struiksma (3-4). Highlights: Nooksack: Cassidy Zylstra 2B, Katie Dykstra 2B.

CHELAN 4, NOOKSACK VALLEY 3

Nooksack 100 000 2 - 3 12 2

Chelan 301 000 0 - 4 7 0

WP: Reeves (n/a). LP: Olivia Berkan (1-1). Highlights: Nooksack: Chloe Gardner 3-4, RBI, HR; Brianna Turner 3-3, 2B.

NOOKSACK VALLEY 9, CHELAN 0

Nooksack 102 020 4 - 9 12 2

Chelan 000 000 0 - 0 2 3

WP: Kayla Struiksma (3-3). LP: Horledrin (n/a). Highlights: Nooksack: Brianna Turner 2-4, 2B; Arlissa Oettel 2-4, RBI; Chloe Gardner 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI; Melanie Brown 3-5, RBI, 2B.

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