Rawls hit in the neck with line drive, Pioneers fall

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 15, 2014 

Nooksack Valley's baseball team took an 8-4 loss in the second round of the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament to Overlake on Thursday, May 15, at Marymoor Park.

The game was a scoreless tie until a hard line drive hit Pioneers starter Noah Rawls in the neck. Rawls continued for a few more batters, but eventually went to the hospital for X-rays.

"He wanted to keep going and he just wasn't quite as sharp," Nooksack Valley coach Scott Gelwicks said in a phone interview. "It was scary; it was like a rifle. It changed the momentum."

Rawls was able to rejoin the team for the return trip home and Gelwicks said he should be ok.

Curtis Handy went 2 for 4 with two RBI and Dalton Biehle was 1 for 3 with an RBI for the Pioneers.

The Pioneers graduate senior catcher Eben Rossmiller.

"Eben caught a great game," Gelwicks said. "He played well all season long and he's a great kid."

OVERLAKE 8, NOOKSACK VALLEY 4

Nooksack 000 001 3 - 4 8 3

Overlake 004 220 0 - 8 9 0

WP: Kelleran (n/a). LP: Noah Rawls (n/a). Highlights: Nooksack Valley: Dalton Biehle 1-3, 1 RBI; Curtis Handy 2-4, 2 RBI; Trevon Beck 2-2; Cole Matice 1-4.

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