The Lynden baseball team needed two days and 12 innings to earn a 5-4 Northwest Conference win against Ferndale on Saturday, May 4, at Lynden High School.
The two clubs were tied at 4-4 through 10 2-3 innings of play Friday, May 3, before the game was postponed due to visibility issues. The game resumed at 3 p.m. Saturday, and Lions pitcher Christian Mouat, who started the game on the mound and was hitless at the plate, drove in pinch-runner Jacob Hommes with a clutch, two-out base hit in the bottom of the 12th for a walkoff win.
Lynden's Jordan Wittenberg, who finished 3 for 4 with a home run, a double and two RBI, earned the win after throwing the rest of the 11th and the top of the 12th. Ferndale's Kyler Schemstad took the loss.
"It's huge," said Lions coach Cory White of the win in a phone interview. "We approached that game as a playoff game. I think we matured a lot, and I saw a lot of growth in the kids today."
Lynden's Dalton Ohligschlager, Cameron Wainwright and Anthony Garcia each recorded multi-hit games, and Ferndale's Joey Akers, Colin Wagner and Brady Shearer had two-plus hits. Wagner hit a two-run homer on Friday.
Lynden (12-7, 8-3 NWC) hosts Sedro-Woolley next at 4 p.m. Monday, May 5, in a win-and-your-in postseason situation. Ferndale (9-9, 6-5 NWC) finishes its regular season at home against Bellingham at 4 p.m. Monday, May 5
LYNDEN 5, FERNDALE 4 (12)
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WP: Jordan Wittenberg (1-0). LP: Kyler Schemstad. Highlights: Fern: Joey Akers 3-6, SB, Colin Wagner 2-5, HR, 2 RBI; Brady Shearer 2-6. Lyn: Jordan Wittenberg 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI; Dalton Ohligschlager 2-5, 2B, Cameron Wainwright 2-3, 2 sacs; Anthony Garcia 2-4, RBI.