Pioneers' big sixth inning leads to victory

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 14, 2014 

Nooksack Valley's softball team used a four-run sixth inning to steal an 8-6 Northwest Conference victory over Lynden Christian on Wednesday, May 14, at Nooksack.

The sixth inning featured a two-run home run from Lindsay Hayes, who went 2 for 4 on the day.

"I think for both teams it showed how evenly matched we are," Nooksack (7-11, 4-8 NWC) coach Tom Harmon said in a phone interview. "It was an exciting game. We came on in the back end and were able to hang on."

LC (10-8, 4-7 NWC) scored six runs in the first two innings, forcing Kayla Struiksma to throw 60 pitches. Struiksma would later return in the fifth inning to replace Alexis Pike.

On LC's side, Kasey Luna threw the entire game, taking the loss.

"All three pitchers that threw today were workhorses," Harmon said.

Both teams enter the 1A District Tournament on Friday, May 16, at Janicki Fields.

NOOKSACK VALLEY 8, LYNDEN CHRISTIAN 6

Lynden Chr. 240 000 0 - 6 6 3

Nooksack Valley 300 104 x - 8 6 3

WP: Kayla Struiksma (5-9). LP: Kasey Luna (n/a). Highlights: Nooksack: Lindsay Hayes 2-4, 2 RBI, HR. LC: Karley De Jager 2-4, 2 RBI; Lexi Holleman 2-3.

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