Ferndale-Lynden baseball game postponed in 11th inning

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 2, 2014 

LYNDEN - Ferndale and Lynden provided so many momentum-shifting plays, clutch hits, rallies and high-drama moments, the clubs needed more than one afternoon of baseball to come to a resolution.

Ten innings and nearly three and a half hours passed before the umpire decided to suspend the game due to what Lynden coach Cory White understood as visibility issues Friday, May 2, at Lynden High School.

"Visibility is I think what he said," said White, who was seemingly frustrated with the game being called at 7:25 p.m.

Somewhat heavy rain began falling as the top of the 11th started while dark clouds shifted over the field of play, and with two outs in the 11th and a Ferndale runner on third, the game was suspended.

But while fans in attendance were forced to head home with the game still in limbo at 4-4, they were treated to a thrilling contest between perennial Northwest Conference baseball powers.

"It's been a great high school baseball game," White said. "The pitching has been really good. It's not like it's been a walk-fest. ... Both teams have had some chances, and we didn't capitalize. (Ferndale coach) Donny (Hennigs) is feeling the same way I am right now, but you know what, we play tomorrow and it's not over yet."

Both teams had their chances to end the game in what was a playoff-like atmosphere with Lynden (11-7, 7-3 NWC) and Ferndale (9-8, 6-4 NWC) needing wins to improve its postseason hopes.

The Golden Eagles capitalized on a Lynden error in the top of the seventh to take a one-run lead before Lynden's Kody Ames sent the game into extra innings thanks to a clutch, two-out RBI single in the bottom half of the inning.

The Lions again answered in the eighth in a big way as Jordan Wittenberg launched a solo home run over the left-center field wall to tie the game at four following a run scored by Ferndale's Andrew Littrell in the top of the inning.

"Kody was huge," White said. "He's been hitting the ball real well lately and throwing his hands at it. Witt was a huge AB there, getting that thing out, so I'm really proud of our kids right now. They keep going and keep getting after it."

Starting Lynden pitcher Christian Mouat and Ferndale starter Kyle Baker each pitched well through the first three innings, but Golden Eagles first baseman Colin Wagner put Ferndale on the board first with a big blast over the left field wall, which was marked at 304 feet.

Wagner sat back on an offspeed pitch and in one swing scored himself and Nate Carlson, who had a game-high four hits, after he drove a single back up the middle.

Lynden, as it did in the seventh and eighth, responded in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 2 apiece.

Lions' Anthony Garcia cut the deficit to 2-1 with an RBI single to left that scored Ames from second base, and after Jordan Corbin loaded the bases with a single of his own, Wittenberg recorded his first RBI of the game with a deep sac fly to center field.

Ames took over for Mouat after 4 2-3 innings, and Ferndale's Brady Bauthues replaced Baker after 6 2-3 innings. Bauthues was still throwing when the game was postponed, and Cameron Wainwright took over for Ames in the eighth inning.

Ferndale and Lynden each advanced runners to third in the ninth. Ferndale's attempt to take the lead ended after a botched suicide-squeeze attempt was followed by a strikeout.

The Lions' bid to end the game came up a half-step short as Ferndale third baseman Kyler Brudwick barley threw out Garcia at first with two outs and a runner at third.

Wittenberg led the Lions, going 3 for 5 with a double, home run and two RBI. Wainwright, Garcia and Corbin each had two hits.

Besides Carlson's four hits, catcher Brady Shearer went 3 for 4 and both Joey Akers and Wagner had two hits.

White said the game will continue tomorrow in the same way it ended Friday - two outs in the top of the 11th with Bauthues at third and Nate Carlson at the plate. New pitchers will have to throw, though, White said.

Reach Andrew Lang at andrew.lang@bellinghamherald.com or call 360-756-2862. Follow @bhamsports on Twitter for Whatcom County sports updates.

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